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Sunday 23 December 2007, San José, Costa Rica

Hipermás Open 24 Hours, Other Retailers and Malls Offer Extended Hours For Last Minute Christmas Shopping
Supermarkets, malls and large retailers have all extended they hours during the last couple of days of the Christmas shopping, to allow their customers to shop without the crowds and long lines at the check out counters.

ICE Plays Santa With Free Cellular Services
The Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE) informs that for customers who are using the GSM technology will be able to access three new services, and for fee.

Record Pot Bust
Costa Rican authorities reported Saturday making the largest marijuana bust in the country's history, seizing 4.85 tons of the drug found in an abandoned boat.

Cool Weather Predicted For The Christmas Holidays
The Instituto Meteorológico Nacional (IMN) - the national weather service - is calling for cool weather during the next couple of days, including the possibility of some drizzle and strong winds.


Cuba Helps Nicaraguan People on Visual Problems
Nicaraguan press media highlighted the arrival of 15,000 Nicaraguan people that have been operated of visual problems in the Ophthalmologic Center where Cuban specialists are working.here on Friday a decree to fight deforestation in the Amazon rainforest.

Genetically Modified Bananas Could Solve Panama Plight
The Australian Banana Growers Council says developing a genetically-modified banana plant may solve the problem of panama disease that has devastated the industry in the Northern Territory.

Colombia Waits Expectantly to See FARC Gesture
The announcement of the prompt release of three people held by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) revived hopes and expectations this week about a probable humanitarian exchange of prisoners.

Brazil's Population Grows at Annual Rate of 1.2% in 2002-2007
Brazil's current population is 183,987,291, growing at an annual rate of 1.2 percent during the 2002-2007 period, a study released by the Brazilian Geography and Statistics Institute (IBGE) said on Friday.


Waking Up to a Better Coffee
"Before, we didn't know how to market the coffee, or who would buy it in other countries, all we knew about was planting and harvesting," says Guatemalan coffee grower Pablo Pérez.


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