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Americas Briefing— Global

Preface

Costa Rica's first female president gets the once over in our Style Leader. Plus our Washington correspondent reports on how big business and political campaigns in the US don't always make good bedfellows.

Aid, Baffin Island, Census, Free trade, Gold mining, Immigration, Laure Chinchilla, Reform, environemnt

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Costa Rica [LAURA CHINCHILLA]

Laura Chinchilla took power in February as Costa Rica’s first female president after a landslide victory. She has some tough tasks ahead of her. As well as combating rising crime rates and drug trafficking and reducing the country’s carbon emissions in a bid to make Costa Rica carbon neutral by 2021, she apparently also needs to stay looking good.

“Chinchilla has a special challenge – to continue to look as great as she has until now,” commented one local television channel following her decisive election…

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