A diplomat from the Costa Rican embassy in Venezuela was seized by armed abductors near his home in Caracas Sunday, in the country's latest high-profile kidnapping in recent months. His captors have made a ransom request, officials said.
Costa Rica, Latin America’s third-richest country, disbanded its army over 60 years ago, a matter of much pride to its people. But now it’s feeling vulnerable, due to border tensions with Nicaragua and drug convoys en route to Mexico. Costa Rica needs defence, and the poorly equipped police can no longer guarantee the country’s security.
The French national football team begins Wednesday a series of friendly matches in preparation for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. They take on lightweight Costa Rica before scheduled matches against Tunisia and China.
Ruling party centrist Laura Chinchilla is poised to become Costa Rica's first woman president, with opinion polls giving her the 40 percent needed to avoid a second round run-off, as voters head to polls on Sunday.