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2008-06-21 00:15:00

What was once home to monkey's, turtles and other rare wildlife, a beautiful stretch of coastline in northwest Costa Rica is now developing so fast that it is tarnishing the country's reputation as a destination for eco-tourists. Every year some 1.4 million people visit Costa Rica, but they no longer come just for the national parks that cover more than a quarter of its area and are home to almost 5 percent of the world's plant and animal species. They also want sand, surf and...

2006-04-01 17:54:03

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (Reuters) - A controversial trade pact between the United States and Central American nations took effect in Honduras and Nicaragua on Saturday as supporters said it would help bring prosperity to the poor region. The U.S.-Central American Free Trade Agreement, known as CAFTA, will give smaller businesses access to international markets, Honduran President Manuel Zelaya told a news conference where he was joined by U.S. Ambassador Charles Ford. "We will...

2006-03-07 20:20:00

By John McPhaul SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (Reuters) - Costa Rica's president-elect vowed on Tuesday to get a free trade pact with the United States through Congress despite barely winning last month's election and failing to get a legislative majority. Speaking shortly after he was formally declared the winner of the February 5 vote, Oscar Arias told opponents of the U.S.-Central American Free Trade Agreement, or CAFTA, he would not back down to promised street protests. "You should not have the...

2006-03-03 23:14:46

By John McPhaul SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (Reuters) - The opponent of Nobel Peace Prize laureate Oscar Arias conceded defeat on Friday in Costa Rica's presidential election after weeks of bickering following an extremely close vote count. Otton Solis of the Citizen Action Party conceded that Arias, president of Costa Rica in the late 1980s, had won the February 5 election. Solis had challenged results giving Arias a narrow victory but gave up the fight after electoral authorities...

2006-02-22 21:30:23

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (Reuters) - A recount in Costa Rica's February 5 presidential election appears to give a narrow victory to former President Oscar Arias, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, but the winner will not be declared until complaints over alleged irregularities are resolved. The president of the country's Supreme Elections Tribunal, Oscar Fonseca, said on Wednesday that more than 500 complaints lodged by political parties must be settled before a winner can be announced. He...

2006-02-10 16:37:01

By John McPhaul SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (Reuters) - Costa Rica is embroiled in its most contested election of modern times but unlike other Latin American countries where upheaval is rife, the quiet Central American nation is expected to sail through. A small country with no army, Costa Rica has gone about its daily business with little fuss since Nobel Peace laureate Oscar Arias tied with Otton Solis, his former planning minister, in last Sunday's election. Both candidates won just...

2006-02-07 18:34:05

By John McPhaul SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (Reuters) - A U.S. free trade pact with Central America, already delayed by a legal wrangle, has run into further trouble at presidential elections in Costa Rica where voters punished the main pro-trade candidate. Costa Rica's electoral board began a recount on Tuesday of the vote from the weekend, which ended with a near dead heat despite opinion polls showing free trade advocate Oscar Arias would win easily. Arias, a former president who...

2006-02-07 03:02:24

By Chris Aspin and John McPhaul SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (Reuters) - Costa Rica's presidential election was too close to call on Monday with Nobel Peace Prize winner and former President Oscar Arias failing to sweep to victory, casting doubt on the future of a trade deal with Washington. With votes from 87 percent of polling centers counted in Sunday's poll, social democrat Arias had 40.5 percent and centrist Otton Solis, who once worked for Arias as planning minister, had 40.3 percent....

2006-02-06 12:56:40

By Chris Aspin and John McPhaul SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (Reuters) - Battered by government scandals, Costa Rica slid further into uncertainty on Monday when a presidential election that could decide the future of a trade deal with Washington was gridlocked. Nobel Peace Prize winner Oscar Arias, a former president, was tied with Otton Solis, and an electoral official said it could take more than a week before a winner was declared. With votes from 85 percent of polling centers counted in...

2006-02-06 08:51:31

(Please read in third paragraph ... With votes from 83 percent of polling centers counted ... instead of ... With votes from 83 polling centers counted ...) A corrected story follows: By Chris Aspin SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (Reuters) - Battered by government scandals, Costa Rica slid further into uncertainty on Monday when a presidential election that could decide the future of a trade deal with Washington hung by a thread. Nobel Peace Prize winner Oscar Arias, a former president, was...


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  • The offense of persistently instigating lawsuits, typically groundless ones.
  • An unlawful breach of duty on the part of a ship's master or crew resulting in injury to the ship's owner.
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This word ultimately comes from the Old French word 'barater,' to cheat.
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