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Costa Rica
Costa Rica’s result may yield clues for upcoming votes in Brazil, Mexico and elsewhere.

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) approved $100 million dollars for Costa Rica to modernize its border-crossing infrastructure, the Ministry of Finance announced on Tuesday.

Only two countries in Latin America—Costa Rica and Uruguay—can be considered “full democracies,” according to an Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) study commissioned by BBC for Democracy Day on January 20.

Regardless of where we go from here, this has been America's Cup.

Likely top stories this week: the Cuban government passes a new foreign investment law; Venezuelan troops take control of San Cristóbal; Costa Rican presidential candidate Solís lacks an opponent; Brazilian security forces raid Maré favela in Rio; China's Chinalco halts its Toromocho mining project in Peru.

The United States, Argentina and Costa Rica secured their place in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil last night, becoming the first three teams in the Americas to do so.

Only six months away from the February 4, 2014, presidential election in Costa Rica, the former mayor of San José and official candidate of the Partido Liberación Nacional (National Liberation Party—PLN), Johnny Araya, holds a significant lead over his rivals in the most recent poll.

President Obama’s recent visit to Costa Rica focused on enhancing competitiveness and deepening economic ties with the Central American Integration System (SICA) through a U.S.-SICA partnership based on human and economic development.

View an exclusive AQ slideshow of Camp Harbor Head, a camp run by the Sandinista Youth on the disputed San Juan River.

Today, as U.S. President Barack Obama kicks off his sixth visit to Latin America, Americas Quarterly releases its Spring issue, Latin America Goes Global.

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