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Costa Rica told Nicaragua to cut the staff of its embassy in San Jose from 47 to 10 amid deteriorating relations in a dispute over political asylum. Costa Rican President Luis Alberto Monge said he is also studying other measures to retaliate for Nicaragua's refusal to release a Nicaraguan student. Costa Rica says the student was kidnaped by Sandinista police from its embassy in Managua, where he had sought refuge. Nicaragua has described Costa Rica's protests as a U.S.-backed maneuver to prevent regional peace talks.

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