Thousands of Costa Ricans kept up their fifth day of marches and wide public workers strike to protest a proposed fiscal reform, dealing their centre-left president his first major test since taking office in May.
Former president Antonio Saca was sentenced to five years for money laundering, and five years for embezzlement.
The expulsion of a United Nations human rights team comes two days after they published a critical report blaming the the government of Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega for violent repression of opposition protests.
The UN documented human rights violations against protesters, including the disproportionate use of force and extrajudicial killings by the police, disappearances, arbitrary detentions, and torture and sexual violence in internment centres.
A total of 113 turtles were found dead between July 24 and August 13 in the Puerto Arista sanctuary in the municipality of Tonala in Chiapas state.
Prime suspect Siraj Ibn Wahhaj was also charged with abducting his three-year-old son from his home in Atlanta last December, prompting a cross-country manhunt that led authorities to the compound.
The new unit will tackle violence against women across the country, which in recent years has recorded tens of thousands of such cases.
The Aeromexico-operated Embraer passenger jet crashed in heavy rain soon after take-off in Mexico Durango state on Tuesday. There were no fatalities among the 103 passengers and crew on board.
Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega is facing the biggest challenge to his leadership since returning to power in 2007. More than 280 people have been killed since April, but he has so far resisted demands to resign and hold early elections.
Pressure is mounting on president Daniel Ortega as the united nations call for an end to Nicaragua unrest
Sunday's clashes near Masaya City were sparked by the release of some 200 students who were held by government forces in a church for over 20 hours.
Political tensions have soared since protests against a now-aborted pension reform began on April 18 and mushroomed into general opposition to President Daniel Ortega and his government.
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