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Ex-CIA official detained in Panama returns to U.S.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former CIA Milan station chief Robert Seldon Lady, who was convicted in Italy of kidnapping an Egyptian Muslim cleric and detained in Panama this week, returned to the United States on Friday, a State Department spokeswoman said. Full story

Costa Rica probes soapy money-laundering link to Venezuela

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (Reuters) - Costa Rica said on Thursday it was investigating two men suspected of laundering money for Venezuelan government firms after detecting a shady scheme to buy millions of bars of soap. Full story

How the Liberty Reserve Crackdown Threatens Your Online Anonymity

Last week the U.S. Federal Court filed an indictment against Liberty Reserve, an online currency exchange website that allowed users to anonymously transfer funds anywhere in the world. Liberty Reserve was also known to be popular among cybercriminals. Full story

The rise and fall of a billion-dollar poker empire

   Ben Mezrich, author of “21” and “The Social Network,” talks about his latest book, “Straight Flush,” which tells the story of a multibillion-dollar online poker empire built by a group of hard-partying frat brothers that was shut down by the feds, turning its founders into fugitives.

U.S. accuses currency exchange of laundering $6 billion

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. prosecutors have filed an indictment against the operators of digital currency exchange Liberty Reserve, accusing the Costa Rica-based company of helping criminals around the world launder more than $6 billion in illicit funds linked to everything from child pornography to Full story

Liberty Reserve's website cited anti-money laundering policy

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Older versions of the website for Liberty Reserve, a company U.S. authorities claim was a money transfer hub for criminal gangs trafficking in drugs and child pornography, expressly said the firm "will not do business with anyone suspected of, or directly involved in money laund Full story

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  Volcano rumbles in Costa Rica

The alert level was raised to green after the Turrialba Volcano in Costa Rica spewed ash for e third day. NBCNews.com's Dara Brown reports.

  Obama: Israel must ‘guard against’ terrorism

In an interview with Telemundo, President Obama says that while he won’t comment on reported Israeli airstrikes over Syria, he backs Israel’s efforts in guarding against the transfer of advanced weaponry to terrorist organizations like Hezbollah. NBC’s Kristen Welker reports.

  Obama to embark on last leg of Latin America tour

Telemundo’s Jose Diaz-Balart and Shannon O’Neill of the Council on Foreign Relations join Andrea Mitchell Reports to discuss.

  What is Thrillist?

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  Adorable sloth pays a visit to Studio 1A

In 2010, filmmaker and zoologist Lucy Cooke explored a sloth sanctuary in Costa Rica, which inspired a series of viral videos and now a children’s book called “A Little Book of Sloth.” Cooke talks about the book and introduces a sloth named CC.

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