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24HORAS (Costa Rica), CLARIN (Argentina), CNN EN ESPAÑOL

SAN JOSE - Costa Rican Vice-Minister of Youth Karina Bolaños is in hot water after a ‘hot" video of her, lying in bed wearing only lingerie and flirting with the camera began to circulate on the Internet, 24Horas reported.

Adding to the controversy, the video was meant not for Bolaños's husband, a well-known politician, but her boyfriend with whom she was having an affair. Laura Chinchilla, the President of Costa Rica, has personally requested Bolaños's resignation, and Bolaño was officially relieved of her duties earlier this week. But the government says it is not the sexual video that prompted calls for her resignation, but rather accusations of harassment from Bolaños's ex-boyfriend, as well as the failure to report that she was being extorted in exchange for not publishing the video, Clarin reported.

Bolaños says that the video, which was recorded in 2007, was stolen from her computer by an IT engineer she had hired to install surveillance cameras in her home. She says the engineer then demanded money in exchange for not publishing the video, Clarin reported.

In an interview with CNN en Español, Bolaños apologized but said that she did not feel that she had anything to be ashamed of, and that her forced resignation was an injustice.

At the beginning of the video, below, Bolaños says "Hello Pequis, here I am. You're really asking a lot of me, I'm not used to doing this."

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Russia’s neighbors — from Finland in the west to Mongolia more than 3,100 miles (5,076 km) to the east — are being flooded with the arrival of men fleeing the national draft announced last week as Moscow's invasion of Ukraine falters.

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In the first two days after Vladimir Putin announced the mobilization, 261,000 men of conscription age have left the country. Observers believe that has likely doubled since. The most popular destinations are the neighboring countries where one can enter without a visa or even without an international passport, such as Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Armenia.

But Finland too has reported a major uptick, with nearly 19,000 arriving, compared to 9,000 crossing in the opposite direction. "The arrival rate is about double what it was a week ago," Mert Sasioglu of the Finnish border guard told AFP.

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