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2006-02-02 16:25:02

(Correcting name in next to last paragraph.) By John McPhaul SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (Reuters) - Upset at a rash of corruption scandals, Costa Rican voters are likely to usher Nobel laureate and former president Oscar Arias back into power in elections on Sunday. Polls give Arias, a 65-year-old free market moderate, a commanding lead in the presidential race in a nation that prides itself on being a cut above the rest in Central America. Costa Rica, which does not have an army, was...

2006-02-02 15:23:19

By John McPhaul SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (Reuters) - Upset at a rash of corruption scandals, Costa Rican voters are likely to usher Nobel laureate and former president Oscar Arias back into power in elections on Sunday. Polls give Arias, a 65-year-old free market moderate, a commanding lead in the presidential race in a nation that prides itself on being a cut above the rest in Central America. Costa Rica, which does not have an army, was stable while many of its neighbors were...

2006-01-26 08:15:00

By Eduardo Garcia SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras -- Before going to work for the Villatex clothing factory on the outskirts of San Pedro Sula, Jose Tico earned less than $3 a day as a shift worker on Honduran banana, black bean and coffee plantations. Today the 32-year-old father of two earns around $67 in a four-day work week sewing bra straps for brands like Lovable, Victoria's Secret and Vanity Fair in this brightly lighted, air-conditioned factory. "Working in a maquila is hard work, it's very...

2006-01-25 12:53:24

By Doug Palmer WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Colombia could lose current trade benefits with the United States if the two countries are unable to finish talks on a free trade agreement, U.S. industry and congressional sources said on Wednesday. The warning came as U.S. and Colombian negotiators began their 14th round of talks this week and next in Washington. Colombia, Peru and Ecuador all started free trade talks with the United States in May 2004, and at the time hoped to finish by early...

2006-01-20 14:13:34

By John McPhaul SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (Reuters) - Nobel Peace Prize winner and Costa Rica's former president Oscar Arias is widely tipped to return to power in February elections as voters turn to an untarnished icon after a slew of corruption scandals. Arias, a 65-year-old free market moderate, has a commanding lead and all polls show him easily winning more than 40 percent support, the threshold needed for a first round victory in the February 5 vote. Arias says he decided to run...

2005-12-30 12:40:00

By Sophie Walker WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States said on Friday it would miss its target date of January 1 for implementing a hard-won free trade pact with Central America, but hoped the countries involved would write it into law in the next couple of months. "I can confirm we will miss the target date of January 1 for implementation with our CAFTA partners," said Steve Norton, a spokesman for the U.S. Trade Representative. "It's not uncommon for the implementation process...

2005-11-18 12:31:01

By Doug Palmer WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Key committees in the Senate and the House of Representatives approved a U.S. free trade agreement with Bahrain on Friday, clearing the way for final congressional approval by the end of the year. The pact strengthens U.S. trade and investment ties with a moderate Arab state that is a tiny island neighbor of Saudi Arabia and home to the U.S. Fifth Fleet. Bahrain also has promised separately to completely end its participation in the Arab League...

2005-10-05 15:27:10

PANAMA CITY (Reuters) - After two years of talks, Panama and the United States are hoping to wrap up a free trade agreement at a new set of negotiations likely later this month, the two governments said this week. "The United States and Panama are looking at our schedules to see if we can set a final round (of talks) some time during the second half of October," Neena Moorjani of the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative in Panama, said on Wednesday. Panama said on Tuesday that...

2005-08-11 15:18:04

By Doug Palmer WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Bush administration will press China next week to negotiate a deal limiting the amount of clothing it can ship to the United States through the end of 2008, U.S. trade officials said on Thursday. The action has been sought by textile state lawmakers who two weeks ago had helped the White House narrowly win approval of a trade deal with Central America. Imports from China surged dramatically after a decades-old global quota system expired on...

2005-08-11 14:43:09

By Doug Palmer WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Bush administration will press China next week to negotiate a deal limiting the amount of clothing it can ship to the United States through the end of 2008, U.S. trade officials said on Thursday. The action has been sought by textile state lawmakers who two weeks ago had helped the White House narrowly win approval of a trade deal with Central America. Imports from China surged dramatically after a decades-old global quota system expired on Jan....


Word of the Day
bodacious
  • Remarkable; prodigious.
  • Audacious; gutsy.
  • Completely; extremely.
  • Audaciously; boldly.
  • Impressively great in size; enormous; extraordinary.
This word is probably from the dialectal 'boldacious,' a blend of 'bold' and 'audacious.'
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