Monday 27 February 2017

Nicaragua uses google for invasion

Nicaragua has used an error on Google's internet maps system to justify an invasion of Costa Rica.

Last week, Nicaraguan troops crossed the San Juan river, which divides the two countries near the Caribbean coast, and planted a flag on Costa Rica's Calero Island.

The island sits in a border region whose sovereignty has long been fiercely contested but has been recognised as part of Costa Rica since 1897. Google Maps, however, placed it in Nicaragua. After an inquiry, the company admitted that it had wrongly handed a 1.7-mile stretch to Nicaragua.

Costa Rica, which does not have an army, sent security forces to the border to back up 150 agents who have been there since tensions rose last month. Laura Chinchilla, the Costa Rican president, asked the Organisation of American States to investigate. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Irish Independent

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