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Today in Latin America Top Story — Kidnapped Costa Rican diplomat Guillermo Cholele was released Tuesday with a head injury but was otherwise in good health after his abduction in Caracas, Venezuela on Sunday. Cholele, a trade attaché for the Costa Rican Embassy, was found before dawn wandering and disoriented in the streets of Charallave, a town in…

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Costa Rica has overturned a rule prohibiting conjugal visits for gay prisoners, the Supreme Court announced Thursday. Article 66 of Costa Rica’s Technical Penitentiary Regulations guaranteed the right to “intimate visits,” but specified that the inmate’s visitor “must be of the opposite sex.” The Supreme Court struck down the latter phrase in its four-three ruling,…

Guatemalan President Álvaro Colom and Costa Rican President Laura Chinchilla during a meeting Sunday.

The presidents of Costa Rica and Guatemala rejected Sunday a recommendation from a committee of former Latin American presidents to legalize “soft” drugs in an effort to help mitigate violence caused by organized crime in Central America. Costa Rican President Laura Chinchilla and her Guatemalan counterpart Álvaro Colom met over the weekend for a brief…

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Today in Latin America Top Story — Costa Rica swore in the country’s first female president this weekend as Laura Chinchilla was inaugurated during an open-air ceremony in San José. Chinchilla, 51, replaces Nobel peace prize winner Óscar Arias as president of the Central American nation and becomes the third female president in Central America…