Achievements in Portugal, Scotland and Costa Rica show that a 100-percent-clean electricity grid is no longer a dream.
Carlos Alvarado, a novelist and former Cabinet member running under the banner of the ruling Citizen Action Party, wins by a wide margin over an evangelical minister.
Many of the United States' neighbors to the south will be voting on new heads of government, possibly changing their countries' directions.
The country’s congress overwhelmingly passes the law on its second reading, aiming for 37,000 EVs in five years. Meanwhile, the U.S. Congress' tax bill promotes carbon-based energy.
In Costa Rica, publicly-owned banks have been available for so long and work so well that people take for granted that any country that knows how to run an economy has a public banking option.
While other parts of the world were witnessing the growth of feminist movements, many South American countries were fighting dictatorships. For this reason, and thanks to the governments’ strong ties with the Catholic Church, many women are still denied the right to an abortion in Latin America.
After years in absentia, retired CIA operative Robert Seldon Lady reappeared out of nowhere on the border between Panama and Costa Rica. And then -- poof! -- he vanished a second time. Not another news story was heard here in the U.S.
Liberty Reserve, which, until Tuesday, operated a virtual currency that could be exchanged for cash, stands accused by the United States of laundering $6 billion in criminal funds.
Karina Bolanos, a vice minister in Costa Rica, was let go after a video of her claiming her longing to her lover while clad in underwear was made public on YouTube; Americans apparently throw away nearly half of their food; meanwhile, a 15-year-old used the Internet to create an advanced cancer test. These discoveries and more after the jump.
The Honduran Supreme Court just stuck its tongue out at the rest of the world, which has been waiting patiently for the country's coup leaders to restore lawfully elected and promptly ousted Manuel Zalaya to the presidency. A carefully negotiated deal would have hit the reset button and called for early elections, but the court wasn't interested. It doesn't help that the U.S. has softened its position.