Google Maps almost started a war?
Errors by Google Maps have in the past week re-ignited a territorial dispute in North Africa and nearly caused a war in Central America.
In the latter instance, last week Nicaraguan forces crossed a disputed border and raised their flag in territory that was long considered part of Costa Rica after the military commander on the scene looked up the area on Google Maps to determine how far he could deploy his troops.
Costa Rica has responded with heavily armed police (the country abolished its army decades ago) and its president has called the move an invasion. Nicaragua so far has refused to withdraw its soldiers.
The Organization of American States has been called in to mediate and later today the regional body will consider a proposed solution whereby Nicaragua removes its forces and the two sides sit down to map out the border. Both sides have so far rejected the plan.