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Roger Moore, with then-First Lady, Gloria Bejarano Almada observes the work at Ciudad de los Niños in June 1991.
Actor's UNICEF work began with Costa Rica visit
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff
with wire service reports

British actor Roger Moore, best known for his movie role as James Bond, has died at the age of 89.

But what some expats may have known is that Moore began a humanitarian career with a visit to Costa Rica in 1991.

"It is with a heavy heart that we must announce our loving father, Sir Roger Moore, has passed away today in Switzerland after a short but brave battle with cancer," his children said in a statement Tuesday.

"The love with which he was surrounded in his final days was so great it cannot be quantified in words alone."

A private funeral will be held in Monaco according to his wishes, they added.

Moore gained international fame for playing famous secret agent James Bond in seven films released between 1973 and 1985, including “Live and Let Die” and “The Spy Who Loved Me.” The films were based on the Ian Fleming books.

Moore was also one of the longest serving goodwill ambassadors for the United Nations Children's Fund, visiting projects for children in countries including Costa Rica.

In fact, his first mission for UNICEF was to Central America in 1991. Moore visited projects for children in Costa Rica, El Salvador and Guatemala.

His visit to Costa Rica was in June 1991.

“He brought attention to the desperate conditions facing some of the world’s most vulnerable children and was a compelling voice on issues such as children’s rights, HIV/AIDS, landmine injuries, child labour and iodine deficiency,” the organization said in a statement.

UNICEF’s record tells a story of decades of service. Moore visited a health center in Cartago as well as a school for deaf children with supplies from the organization, UNICEF said. Accompanied by the then-first lady of Costa Rica, Gloria de Calderon, he then visited the Ciudad de los Niños in San José. The institute was a vocational training center for low-income and street children, UNICEF said.

He was awarded UNICEF United Kingdom's first lifetime achievement award in 2012, which was later named the Roger Moore Lifetime Achievement Award.

"With the passing of Sir Roger Moore, the world has lost one of its great champions for children and the entire UNICEF family has lost a great friend," UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake said in a statement.


Exchange rate makes big jump as bank urges calm
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

For some people, Tuesday morning was simply business as usual but for those who happened to check the day’s exchange rate, and knew the foreshadowed consequences, the financial day began gloomily.

That morning, the cost of buying a dollar hit 594 colons, while the banks are paying 582 colons for each dollar any customer wants to sell, according to data from the Banco Central.

Despite the high and sudden raises in the exchange rate that have taken place in the last two weeks, the central bank has called for tranquility among the population, as this is part of normal dynamics in the economy, according to a press release.

In almost complete opposition to this optimism, the finance ministry issued a grim statement Monday urging lawmakers to bring in some of the much-needed revenue expected from passing more taxes or face fiscal consequences in the future.

Moreover, the Ministerio de Hacienda urged that cuts to the budget are just as necessary as increasing tax rates.

The assumption is that the increase in expenditures would require the government to finance them by borrowing more money and accumulating even more debt.

According to Banco Central, it will continue selling dollars out of its reserve, since it still has plenty of them and its interest is to keep the exchange rates steady.

As of May 19, bank authorities claim they have sold $313 million in the local market, out of a $7.2 billion reserve. That reserve accounts for 12 percent of the country's gross domestic product.

Authorities also explained that, in case the bank starts running out of dollar reserves, it will then make a short-term loan from the Latin American Reserves Fund, as it is established in the law.

The shortage of dollars is attributed to macroeconomic incertitude from the Donald Trump administration in the United States. This has led many investors to secure their funds by accumulating dollars.

Another reason, according to the bank, is an increase in the amount of Costa Ricans who prefer to keep their savings in dollars, because the interest rates in colons are not attractive.

A third reason provided by the bank in the increase in imported goods during the first quarter of 2017, which need to be paid in dollars. There is also the consideration that the payments for most of the foreign loans Costa Rica borrowed from others need to be made in dollars.


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Suspected fake marriages are declining

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In the last seven years, the number of couples faking marriages for citizenship purposes is declining, according to recent data provided by the Tribunal Supremo de Elecciones.

More strict controls and a higher awareness of the legal consequences of this behavior have helped bring the numbers down, according to Luis Guillermo Chinchilla, chief officer at the registry department of the Tribunal.

“Those who are proven to fake a marriage will automatically have their citizenship revoked and probably be deported. Depending on the case, they may also face jail time,” Chinchilla said.

In 2013, the Tribunal sent 265 marriage files to the General Solicitor's office to determine whether those cases should go to trial and have a judge determine whether to cancel or not the marriages.

That figure dropped to 182 cases in 2014, went back up again in 2015 with 231 cases being sent to the respective authorities. Finally, in the last two years the decline has stabilized. Last year, the Tribunal sent 118 cases before justice and this year the total is 56 as of March.

Most of the cases are detected from March to May each years, according to statistics provided by the Tribunal. Since 2010, the total amounts of fake marriage cases sent to the solicitor’s office were 1,031.

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Some other times, the same crooked lawyers sign marriages between their clients and people who had no idea their identity is being used for fraud.

“Some people realize they show up as married once they come here either to register a child or a legitimate birth and unfortunately, they have to go through a very complicated process to fix their marital status,” explained Chinchilla.

According to the Costa Rican parenting law, known as Código de Familia, any child born under a marriage has the same rights as those born from other type of relationships.

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The Cruz Roja Costarricense is getting a new makeover, according to a Tuesday statement by the organization.

The group is implementing a new labeling process that allows its fleet greater visibility as an emergency care vehicle and improvement in the fleet’s safety standards.

The vehicles will be receiving an increase in the number of stripes on the vehicles and a section of dashed lines to denote the front end of its vehicles is also created. These changes are expected to be applied on all vehicles recently acquired or new by the fleet and all those vehicles in need of cosmetic repair, Cruz Roja said.

The new makeover will not be applied to any Cruz Roja vehicle in service more than five years, the organization noted. The new emblems also emphasize, not only safety concerns, but also the symbols for the International Red Cross movement.

The size of their premier symbol, the red cross, is going to be increased and put on all sides of the vehicle so it can be seen better by drivers and others. Another feature will be a request to the public not to take photos of patients in emergency scenes, the Cruz Roja said. Lastly, the vehicles will also include the notice of a rule that no one in the vehicle be carrying or possessing a firearm.

"The Red Cross is adopting international standards in the area of first response fleet and emergency care increasing the visibility of the units as vehicles for emergency care, mainly for the attention of incidents on the road, especially those where there are unfavorable lighting conditions artificial,” Jesus Escalona, the security coordinator for Cruz Roja, said.

“In this way, we ensure that these units are distinguished at a greater distance as an emergency unit in labor and by moving vehicles, offering a safer scene for the human resource that attends the incident."


Agents arrest four suspects on 17 thefts

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Agents of the Judicial Investigating Organization arrested four men Tuesday morning suspected of participating in at least 17 robberies.

The robberies cost an estimated loss of almost 22 million colons, or around $37, 800 by Tuesday morning’s exchange rate. In Curridabat, a 42-year old man who is allegedly the leader of the robber band and a client of one of the banks, apparently would enter the premises and scope out people to rob, agents said.

Another 18-year old man was arrested in Desamparados for allegedly catching the victims on a motorcycle and take their money.

Meanwhile, within San José, two 28-year old men were arrested and their houses searched in Barrio México and in Alajuela, investigators said. The investigation concludes that the group split up with some surveying the bank facilities and warn the others outside to follow the next victim and rob them of their money. In one of the cases where a victim tried to defend themselves, the assailants shot him in the leg, judicial authorities said.

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Ex-patients of children's hospital to perform this coming Thursday
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Orquesta por la Vida is hosting a concert Thursday in celebration of its sixth anniversary, according to the cultural ministry.

The event is scheduled at the Hospital Nacional de Niños and is intended also as a part of the hospital’s 53rd birthday, the Ministerio de Cultura y Juventud said. The ensemble is made up of 28 children and teens who are all current or former patients of the hospital. Many of them have or had health conditions that required treatment at the hospital.

The concert will be held this Thursday at 10:30 a.m. in the main lobby of the hospital. Access is limited due to the nature of the location and members of the public are to be invited by the children and patients of the hospital as well as their families, the cultural ministry said.

Some of the pieces will include German composer Ludwig Van Beethoven’s “Violin Concerto” and the Costa Rican traditional piece “Estrellita,” organizers said. Sergio Herrera, a Costa Rican composer and former guest conductor for the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional, will be the director for the concert.

The orchestra practices twice every month in the recreation room of the hospital, officials said. It began back in 2011 with the idea of promoting a comprehensive development of patients and former patients with its formation, a statement from the ministry read.

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The Orquesta por la Vida performing in another show.

The program has a system of volunteer teachers and advanced students of music coming in as guest performers.

Every Saturday, they collaborate with the students in language, music theory, instrumental technique and orchestral repertoire.

In its six years of existence, the Orchestra por la Vida has performed at Teatro Nacional, Teatro  Popular Melico Salazar and the Templo de la Música at Parque Morazán.

They also help light the hospital’s Christmas tree during December. It is part of the wider Sistema Educación de la Música.



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Experts say Costa Rica's media too concentrated in corporate hands
By Rommel Téllez of the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The concentration of media outlets in a few corporate hands could be harming the people's right to communication and the democracy itself, according to several experts who are fighting for more inclusive broadcasting laws.

In the last two decades, the Central American region has seen a raise in the trans-nationalization of the media, as the researches Robles Rivera and Koen Voorend suggest in their study “Los dueños de la palabra en Costa Rica en un contexto de reforma neoliberal,” published by the Universidad Estatal de Distancia.

In the paper, the academics show that, as of 2012, the businessman Ángel Gónzales owns at least 30 television channels and 70 radio stations all across Latin America. In the Costa Rican case, his company Grupo Repretel owns the public broadcasting channels 4, 6 and 11.

Grupo Repretel also acquired several radio stations in 2006 when they bought Central de Radios. The other competitor of Ángel Gonzáles is the Picado Cozza family, which owns channels 7 and 33 and the cable television company called Cable Tica.

This situation derives in a decline of alternative voices and points of view, as stated by the Programa de Libertad de Expresión, Derecho a la Información y Opinión Pública at the Universidad de Costa Rica.

“The media concentration implies a threat to the pluralism, diversity and social inclusion, all of them fundamental values in the democratic system and essential to the freedom of speech,” said Giselle Boza, director of the program.

The state should promote, through legislation, an inclusive broadcasting model; one which will strengthen human rights and the construction of a real citizenship,” added Ms. Boza.

Aside from the concentration of media, two reports of the Superintendencia de Telecomunicaciones show that the few conglomerated broadcasters might not be complying with the requirements established by the law.

According to the documents 756-SUTEL-DGC-2014 and 02492-SUTEL- DGC-2014 from 2014, some FM radio stations and television companies have a coverage below 32 percent of the national territory, which is the minimum established by law. Also 90 percent of radio stations have coverage of less than half the country, the documents say.

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However, reality may take a lot more than politics to narrow the gap between powerful corporate media and alternative initiatives.

Carlos Chamorro, on its 2014 study called “El poder de la Prensa: entre el Estado y el Mercado,” warns about the lack of diversity in the media as a phenomenon fostered by the governments

The author explains that alternative media remain at a vulnerable position before the state, since this is one of the main providers of income through advertising. In this scenario, the power institutions punish the small media when the latter reports on things the former do not approve of.

He also mentions how Costa Rican laws allow someone to go to jail for libel and defamation sentences, while in other countries those are considered civil offenses rather than penal.

The expert also warns about how rich businessmen running big media have the capacity to influence big audiences with specific ideologies, especially if other forces simply become invisible.

As of now, a group of citizens gathered under the name of Movimiento Social por el Derecho a la Comunicación seek the approval of a new bill that would correct some inequalities in the law.

The group is looking for citizen's support by organizing small rallies in several places in San José. So far, they presented the bill at the popular initiative office at the legislative assembly.




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Trump unveils extensive cuts
to foreign aid packages


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

U.S. President Donald Trump's administration has unveiled a $37.6 billion budget request for the State Department and U.S. Agency for International Development, or USAID, for fiscal year 2018, cutting nearly one-third in funding for foreign aid, humanitarian food assistance and peacekeeping missions around the globe.

The estimated spending for fiscal 2017 is $54.89 billion.

This new budget proposal prioritizes programs that support efforts aimed at defeating the Islamic State militant group and other terrorist organizations, enhancing the State Department's cybersecurity posture, and combating illegal migration and trafficking.

It also includes cuts to the public diplomacy program, as well as funding for nongovernmental organizations, while streamlining administrative and travel-related costs of the State Department and USAID.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the new budget proposal reflects a more efficient and more effective U.S. diplomacy engagement and aid programs that advance American's national security, economic interests and values.

But diplomatic sources and budget experts said they fear the sizable cut will demoralize America's diplomatic corps and undermine the voice of the U.S. overseas.

The fiscal year 2018 budget eliminates programs including the Asia Foundation and the East West Center. It also proposes the elimination of funding for climate change programs.

Programs sponsored by the State Department's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) are slashed, in favor of what some regard as more successful ones, including the Fulbright and International Visitor Leadership programs.

It also consolidates assistance programs, including food aid and emergency refugee and migration needs, as well as economic and development assistance.

State Department officials described the steep reductions as necessary to bond development aid with U.S. national security interests.

The budget proposal came as the State Department wrapped up a listening tour of agency reorganization, according to Doug Pitkin, director of the Bureau of Budget and Planning.

The procedure for reforms of future program operations at the State Department will continue through this summer. Under the so-called skinny budget, 2,300 American diplomats and civil servants at the State Department may be let go.

Former diplomats expressed fear that cutting foreign aid risks giving up U.S. influence in other regions and countries.

Earlier in February, more than 100 retired generals and admirals sent an open letter to the White House and the Congress, cautioning against cuts to foreign aid and diplomatic engagement.

The letter said many of the crises the U.S. faces do not have a military solution alone. It cited the State Department and USAID's role in maintaining global stability by confronting extremist groups like Islamic State, curbing refugee flows and combating infectious diseases like Ebola.

Breast cancer study draws
some sobering conclusions


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

One of the largest cancer prevention studies of its kind to date reached a sobering conclusion. Just one alcoholic drink per day can increase the risk of breast cancer in women. But researchers also concluded there are things women can do to decrease their risk of breast cancer.

The study by the American Institute for Cancer Research was a review of 119 prior studies involving 12 million women, 260,000 of who had developed breast cancer.

Lead author Anne McTiernan is a cancer prevention expert at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, Washington.

In 10 of the studies involving 4,000 women of childbearing age who developed breast cancer, Ms. McTiernan said investigators uncovered a connection between alcohol consumption and increased risk of breast cancer.

“We found that those women who drank an average of just 10 grams of alcohol a day had a five percent increased risk of breast cancer. So, five percent is a small amount but it was statistically significant so it gives us more confidence that it’s probably real,” said Ms. McTiernan.

She noted, “Ten grams of alcohol is like a small glass of wine.”

In another subset of studies involving 35,000 post-menopausal women who developed breast cancer, Ms. McTiernan said alcohol was found to be a greater risk factor.

According to Ms. McTiernan, “We found that there was a nine percent increased risk of drinking that same amount of alcohol, drinking 10 grams per day of alcohol. Again, small glass of wine, eight ounce of beer, one ounce of hard liquor.”

Ms. McTiernan said the World Health Organization considers alcohol a carcinogen, or cancer-causing agent. It contains a metabolite called acetaldehyde that is damaging to DNA.

On the positive side, investigators found that vigorous exercise, such running or bicycling fast, decreased the risk of breast cancer in young women by 17 percent and 10 percent in post-menopausal women.

Moderate activity, such as walking and gardening frequently, was found to reduce the risk of breast cancer by 13 percent in the most active women compared to the least active.

There was also evidence too that eating a non-starchy, plant-based diet is beneficial.

To the extent that being overweight has been found to increase an older woman's breast cancer risk, Ms. McTiernan said eating a diet full of fruits and vegetables can help women keep their weight down.

According to the American Institute for Cancer Research, an organization concerned with cancer prevention, one in three breast cancer cases in the United States could be prevented if women did not drink alcohol, stayed physically active and maintained a healthy weight.

Ms. McTiernan said the evidence of this comprehensive and up-to-date report is clear: Having a physically active lifestyle, maintaining a healthy weight throughout life and limiting alcohol, these are all steps women can take to lower their risk of breast cancer.

The American Institute for Cancer Research is part of the World Cancer Research Fund, which collects and analyzes data from around the world on cancer prevention, drawing conclusions on how attention to weight, diet and exercise can reduce the risk of developing cancer.


Britain raises terror alert
to the highest level


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Britain has raised its terrorism alert to critical, the highest level, and soldiers are being deployed to assist armed police, Prime Minister Theresa May announced Tuesday.

Ms. May addressed the country one day after a suicide bomber blew himself up at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, killing 22 people and wounding nearly 60. She said members of the military would be deployed along with police at what she called big events.

The prime minister said the national terror threat level is being raised from severe to critical, which means another attack is expected imminently.

She said it is possible a wider group of individuals may have been responsible for Monday's Manchester bombing, something British police are urgently trying to determine.

Police have identified the suicide bomber as 22-year-old Salman Abedi, but have given no other information about him.

Islamic State is claiming it was behind the attack, but neither British nor U.S. intelligence have confirmed that.

Police raided a residential area of Manchester Tuesday and carried out a controlled explosion at a house in Fallowfield, a racially mixed suburb.

They also arrested a 23-year-old man elsewhere in Manchester, but have not given any information about how he may have been involved in the blast.

The bomber blew himself up in a hall just outside the arena, where American pop star Ariana Grande had just ended her show.

Ms. May said the bomber deliberately chose the time and place to cause maximum carnage and to kill and injure indiscriminately.

Video shows the joy in the audience turning to confusion and then to panic and a scramble to get out of the building as the realization of what just happened spread.

Witness say they saw blood covered bodies on the floor while others, badly wounded, staggered toward the exits.

Many of the victims were young girls who idolize Ms. Grande. The youngest was just 8 years old.

The scene outside the concert hall was just as chaotic, with traffic snarled and parents rushing to the scene. Some mothers and fathers were still looking for their children on Tuesday.

Britain's Queen Elizabeth held a moment of silence at a garden party at Buckingham Palace. French President Emmauel Macron signed a condolence book at the British embassy in Paris. German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the attack only strengthens Germany's resolve to work with the British.

The U.N. Security Council also condemned the bombing. President Donald Trump, visiting Bethlehem in the West Bank, called those responsible for the blast evil losers in life.


WHO names Ethiopian
the new director-general


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Ethiopian official Tedros Adhanom Gheybreysus has been elected director-general of the World Health Organization. Tedros won the post in two rounds of balloting Tuesday, defeating Dr. David Nabarro of Britain and Dr. Sania Nishtar, a Pakistani cardiologist.

The vote by 185 member states took place by secret ballot after the candidates made last minute pitches.

The candidates have been campaigning for this fiercely contested post for the past year-and-a-half. As they approached the final stretch, each in turn presented his or her most persuasive arguments for becoming the new director-general of the World Health Organization.

Tedros, a former Ethiopian health minister, told the assembly that he has dedicated his whole life to improving health, reducing inequalities, and helping people everywhere to lead more productive lives.

He noted that while the WHO has never had a director-general from Africa, no one should elect him just because he's from Africa.

Not to be outdone, the second candidate, David Nabarro of Britain, put in a vigorous performance.

He touted his long experience in global health and described the work he has done in tackling infectious outbreaks and emergencies, such as the Ebola epidemic in West Africa.

He said he was the best person to lead the fight against newly emerging diseases and ongoing old diseases, including tuberculosis, malaria and AIDS.

The third candidate, Pakistani physician Sania Nishtar, said she had a proven record of dealing with hard issues and would make constructive changes to the WHO if elected.

Ethiopia’s Tedros takes over as new WHO director-general, on July 1.


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Photo-mosaic of one of the B-25 bombers found.

Team of scientists find
lost WWII B-25 bombers

By the University of California San Diego
press staff

Project Recover, which is a collaborative team of marine scientists, archaeologists and volunteers who combined efforts to locate aircraft and associated MIAs from World War II, recently documented two B-25 bombers in the waters off Papua New Guinea.

The B-25 bomber is one of the most iconic airplanes of World War II, with nearly 10,000 of the famous warbirds conducting a variety of missions, from bombing to photo reconnaissance, to submarine patrols, and the historic raid over Tokyo.

Present-day Papua New Guinea was the site of military action in the Pacific from January of 1942 to the end of the war in August 1945, with significant losses of aircraft and servicemen, some whos have never been found.

Project Recover is comprised of scientists from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego and the College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment at the University of Delaware and members of the nonprofit organization BentProp, Limited.

In February, a Project Recover team set out on a mission to map the seafloor in search of missing WWII aircraft, conduct an official archaeological survey of a known B-25 underwater wreck, and interview elders in villages in the immediate area.

In its search of nearly 10 square kilometers, Project Recover located the debris field of a B-25 bomber that had been missing for over 70 years, associated with a crew of six MIAs.

Project Recover blends historical and archival data from multiple sources to narrow underwater search regions, then surveys the areas with scanning sonars, high definition imagers, advanced diving, and unmanned aerial and underwater robotic technologies.

In addition to searching for missing aircraft, Project Recover also conducts archaeological surveys of sites that are known, but not yet documented, like the site of a B-25 bomber that was discovered in Madang Harbor, Papua New Guinea.

While the scientific focus of Project Recover is to conduct underwater searches and surveys, equally important are the historical accounts of crashes that are often part of local histories, passed from one generation to another.

While speaking to village elders about the two B-25 cases, Project Recover team members were told about local terrestrial burial sites and an additional aircraft that had crashed on land.

“Any find in the field is treated with the utmost care, respect and solemnity,” said Kathy O’Connell, the executive director for the project.

“There are still over 73,000 U.S. service members unaccounted for from World War II, leaving families with unanswered questions about their loved ones. We hope that our global efforts can help to bring closure and honor the service of the fallen.”

In 2016, team members expanded operations, conducting missions in eight countries, England, New Caledonia, Palau, Saipan, the Solomon Islands, Tinian, and the U.S., in search of over 20 aircraft and 100 service members still missing in action.

Five aircraft were successfully identified and documented, with documentation submitted to DPAA. The missions also resulted in new leads, based on field research and personal accounts from locals, which will aid in planning for future missions.


India claims it attacked
Pakistani posts in Kashmir


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The Indian army said Tuesday it has hit army posts in Pakistani Kashmir that were providing cover for militants planning to cross into the Indian side of the disputed Himalayan territory. Pakistan denies that any such action took place.

Major General Ashok Narula did not specify when the military operation was carried out, but he said it happened recently. Narula called it part of counter-insurgency operations in Kashmir.

The army released video footage that apparently shows heavy artillery hitting bunkers on a mountain.

Soon after the Indian announcement, Pakistani military spokesman Asif Ghafoor tweeted that the Indian claims of destroying Pakistani post along the line of control are false.”

Saying that the Pakistani army had been providing support to armed infiltrators, Narula said the operation aimed to bring down the number of terrorists in Kashmir so that terrorists from across do not adversely influence youth in Jammu and Kashmir.

He said that with the onset of summer even more pro active counter terrorism operations were called for as infiltration is likely to increase with melting of snow and opening of mountain passes.

India has long accused Pakistan of supporting Islamic terror groups that foment a separatist insurgency and carry out strikes in Indian Kashmir. Pakistan denies it.

The situation in Indian Kashmir has deteriorated in recent months, with an upsurge in violence targeting security forces and street protests that have worried New Delhi.

The army announced the action three weeks after the Indian army vowed retaliation for the beheading of two of its soldiers allegedly by Pakistani-based militants.

This is the second time the Indian army announced that its troops carried out operations in Pakistani Kashmir.

Last September, it said it conducted surgical strikes to take out militant camps following an attack on an Indian army camp that killed 19 soldiers. Pakistan had said no such strikes took place in its territory.

The latest claim by the Indian army of hitting Pakistan posts will further damage the already frayed ties between the South Asian rivals.


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Beautiful home in the mountains near San Ramón with 180-degree view of the gulf of Nicoya. 7 miles from San Ramón, 1 mile from Interamericana highway. 3,200 foot elevation so temp is 65 to 75 year around. Electric gate, private drive. house built in 2010. 2 bedrooms, 1 bath, appliances included. High-speed internet installed,  Price for sale $179,000    Contact Mike: mmpeace@hotmail.com  (please link that email)
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We are selling our beautiful finca that has been in the family for 37 years. It is located 3 miles (5 km.) northwest of Santiago de Puriscal in the village of Desamparaditos. We are looking for a discriminating buyer who would appreciate the location, views, flora and fauna. Excellent for artists, writers and nature lovers. Fantastic birding. Very private but not isolated. Have surveyed plans for possible subdividing.

For more information:  In the U.S.A. call the owners: Pete & Debbie Todd: 970 -221-1457 or 970-581-4826 or email toddscolorado@gmail.com. In Costa Rica call Liz Guegan at 506-7187-8577.
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This is a gorgeous, new, 3-bedroom luxury home on 2.2 flat acres in a secure, gated community, high in the hills of Puriscal, with stunning, 180-degree views of the ocean, city and mountains of the Central Valley in Costa Rica. Centrally located in the heart of Costa Rica, you are never more than an hour from the Pacific beaches while being much less than that to the culture, shopping, services and night life of the San José, Escazú, Santa Ana and the whole Central Valley. The Altos de Antigua gated community sits at an altitude of 2,800 feet with mild temperatures year round. Features wide paved roads and cement culverts throughout, a large community pool & spa with changing rooms & showers. The community association fees are $42 a month ($500 annually).
This property is currently being offered for $355,000.00 U.S.
Purchase adjoining 2.2 acre investment lot with the home sale for $35,000.00 U.S. or separately for $55,000.00 U.S.
 
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Beautiful farm in excellent location
At only an hour's drive from San José, minutes from Guápiles, and boardering Braulio Carrillo National Park, Etlingera Farms is one heck of an amazing farm. We purchased this 77-acre farm 10 years ago after many trips, and an exhaustive search. It has a little bit of everything we were looking for and a whole lot of beauty. Our average elevation of 600 meters helps to keep Bella Vista cool year round. This farm is nearly level with a semi-modern 2-bedroom house. A fairly rustic 2-bedroom caretaker's home. And, a comfortable, 1-bedroom cabin where we stay. We have 2 large barns, a chicken coop, and a 3-stall pig pen. There are two tilapia ponds and 2 hectarias, (approximately 5 acres) of different species of bananas. The property boarders Rio Blanco in the rear and has 300 meters of public road frontage. Water, electricity, and telephone are all serviced by public utility. Etlingera Farms was reforested with several thousand wood trees of different tropical varieties. We truly believe this farm is spectacular. Our neighbors are selling for as much as $20 per meter. We are negotiable, motivated and open to offers. Our location can be found by searching Etlingera Farms on Google Maps. Our webpage is www.etlingerafarms.com and photo album can be found at www.ticorico.com
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Spectacular Horse Ranch and Spiritual/Yoga
Retreat Center For Sale

We invite you to a horseback tour of 187 acres of pristine farm land with breathtaking vistas, including the islands of the Gulf of Nicoya. There are multiple springs and streams, wooded areas, hard-wood and fruit trees, rolling hills with a geat variety of birds and wildlife. This property boasts the privilege of being bordered by thousands of acres of forest preserve down a steep canyon, offering its own spectacular views, which will never be developed. The many hills provide a builder an endless array of possibilities for nestling buildings in where they will have both views and privacy. The elevation of the property at 1,200 to1600 feet above sea level ensures fresh breezes and ideal year-round temperatures with a day-time average in the low 80's for open-air living. There is a ranch-style house with guest house with 8 total bedrooms, 5 modern baths, huge eat-in kitchen, landmark palm-thatched giant rancho, stable, and storage buildings. The home will come partially furnished, including beds, ample dishware for large groups, housewares, linens, washer/dryer, and fine hard-wood hand-built cabinetry. The remaining horses, 4 to 6 of them, will also convey if one wishes. We are also including a LARGE BEACH LOT in nearby Playa Bejuco. San Rafael de Nandayure is a tiny rural village nestled into the mountainside above Carmona with all the charms of the simple good life of a BLUE ZONE. Carmona is a thriving town with a clinic, restaurfants, shopping, and everything else one may need. The price of our listing Rancho Ricco is $799,000. More information
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9183-6/13/17

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Brand new home with 4-plus bedrooms and 3 baths all overlooking an incredible 180-degree view of the Pacific Ocean and mountains. Located only 45 minutes from the San Jose airport and about the same to the Pacific Ocean.  The lower level could be used as a separate apartment or mother-in-law setup. Home includes HUGE master  suite, CLOSETS, custom cabinets, granite counter tops, high wood ceilings, and all in an area that is 70-80 degrees year round. Priced at $199,000. Completion date is January.  See the Virtual Tour CLICK HERE or see our site here  www.whynotcostarica.com. If you would like to take a look at this amazing house, please give me a call at  Costa Rica # 506-8755-6743 or if from the States call # 509-570-1928 or email tim@whynotcostarica.com 
9143-2/3/17

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 5 -story penthouse for sale.  One of a kind penthouse on top of the Corobici Hotel in Sabana overlooking the Central Park and new Soccer Stadium in San José.  Excellent location provides you easy access to everywhere.  Other benefits include 24-hour security, 2 restaurants inside the hotel providing 1st class room service plus shared common areas in the hotel. Commercial license is in place. Seller will consider owner financing.  Asking $795K U.S.  Also available for monthly rent for $3,400 per month on an annual basis. Go to www.ThePenthouseCostaRica.com  Owners U.S. cell phone: 813 310-7402  Email crstratton@ymail.com
9132-6/1/17

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Several profitable businesses, including a regional radio station, are for sale in Costa Rica. Certain purchases can provide the new owner with residency as well as a great lifestyle. So live your dream while making a profit. Contact: manager@crbusiness.biz.

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9215-3/22/18


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Tamarindo
www.remax-oceansurf-cr.com The experts in buying property in Costa Rica, with more than 20 years experience and the largest networked team of agents in the country.  We can help you learn if investing in Costa Rica is right for you with our low-key, educational approach to sales. Our professional agents can tell you more about Costa Rica properties, including condos, homes, lots and & commercial real estate. Twelve (12) agents to serve you, from Playa Marbella to Playa Dante in the Guanacaste, through our Tamarindo and Flamingo offices. For more information, please contact our local phones: 506-2653-0073 Tamarindo / 506-2201-9056 Flamingo ~ Toll Free: 1-866-976-8898 or email:  info@remax-oceansurf-cr.com  or click here www.remax-oceansurf-cr.com
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Two sloths rescued by Fuerza Pública

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Some furry friends of the Fuerza Pública were rescued Monday night at the canton of Matina in Limón province.

According to a report by the Ministerio de Seguridad Pública, police officers were patrolling the area around the district of Batá when they were told that a person was taking a machete to the unfortunate sloth. When police arrived, the suspect escaped into some tall brush and the officers were left with a female sloth with deep wounds on its head.

Searching around the area, the Fuerza Pública found the sloth’s baby, just a few days old, but otherwise unharmed. The baby apparently clung to her wounded mother, reports said.

The sloths were immediately taken to a local veterinary clinic in Batán where they received rapid treatment. Officials said the sloths will be released back into the wild once they have healed.


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CERN agreement gets second approval

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Costa Rican legislature gave the second approval for a cooperation agreement between the country and the European Organization for Nuclear Research, or more commonly known as CERN.

The agreement is intended to be on scientific and technical cooperation in the area of high energy physics. Carolina Vásquez Soto, the head of the Ministerio de Ciencia, Tecnología y Telecomunicaciones, praised the measure as allowing Costa Rica to reap the technical benefits of partnering with CERN.

"The ratification of this international agreement will allow the development of scientific research projects, both in experimental as well as theoretical aspects, as well as in the engineering of accelerators and detectors,” Ms. Vásquez said. “On the other hand, excellent opportunities for study, scholarships, internships, courses and trainings will be opened.”

The new agreement allows for scientists and professionals to be eligible for employment as members of CERN’s associate staff, the science ministry said. Research from the national university can also receive further cooperation from the European group.

CERN is considered one of the most important scientific research centers in the world, a statement from the science ministry said. Among its goals are the study of fundamental physics and the search for the origins as well as the particles forming matter. The group uses the world’s largest particle accelerator and some of the most complex instruments to study matter’s basic components.

The European body already has similar agreements with other Latin American countries such as Brazil, Chile, Colombia, México, Argentina and Perú among others.



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German bank agrees to loan $28.7 million

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The Banco Centroamericano de Integración Económica and Germany signed an agreement to the tune of 25.7 million Euros to support a Central American clean water program.

The money for the loan is coming from the German Development Bank as a response to efforts made by the Instituto Costarricense de Acueductos y Alcantarillados, the bank said in a statement. These include the execution of projects around the country in Manuel Antonio, Quepos, Garabito, Limón Centro and Guácimo among others.

The purpose of these projects will be to identify where water is being wasted or not reported to optimize the resource and make the institute more efficient in the process.

The ambassador of Germany, Beatrix Kania, stressed that potable water and sewerage are very important areas for development and the environment for the Central American countries. This is why this sector is a priority of German cooperation in the region, she said.

The loan to Costa Rica is also a part of the regional “Programa de Agua y Alcantarillado.” The amount of the loan in dollars is equivalent to over $28.7 in U.S. currency.