The case of a 12-year-old Costa Rican girl, who was raped by her father and denied an abortion, is dividing a nation that prides itself on its human rights record.
While Costa Ricans pride their country for being an oasis of stability in Latin America, the nation has struggled with restrictive laws and social attitudes toward immigrants from Nicaragua.
Environmental sustainability has a role in increasing national well-being.
Sloths have been moving slowly for 64m years.
In the midst of a rapidly growing economy, research budget shortcomings threaten a young scientific community that struggles to stay afloat.
Divers at the famed Cocos site off Costa Rica record declines in a number of shark species – a sign that marine preserves are limited protection against illegal fishing.