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Catamarca, Argentina, Apr 26, 2018 / 07:23 pm (ACI Prensa).- Residents of the Catatumbo region of Colombia, which borders Venezuela, are trapped in their own homes due to an ongoing conflict between two guerilla groups fighting over drug trafficking routes. “People are trapped in their own homes and the people who ...
The Polisario separatist movement has received another slap from Latin America as Colombia made it clear that it has severed ties with the Algerian-backed militia. Colombia has “neither diplomatic representation nor ambassador” with the Polisario separatist entity, RASD, Colombian foreign ministry said.

Colombia is shaking off its violent, cartel-afflicted past and is emerging as a go-to filming location for a growing number of international producers seeking exotic story settings. The geographically diverse nation – its landscapes range from the snow-capped Andes Mountains to the tropical Caribbean coast ...
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombian authorities say a former guerrilla leader arrested this month on U.S. drug trafficking charges has been hospitalized for ill health caused by a prolonged hunger strike. The former FARC leader better known by his alias Jesus Santrich has reportedly been on a hunger strike since he was ...
It was a time period in Colombia where the “secure” careers were doctor and engineer, not composer or conductor. The tables in Colombia have flipped nowadays, with, in her words: “Colombian doctors having to drive taxis and musicians making more money.” But back then, the idea was dangerous.
The official was referring to the more than 3,000 civilians murdered by army brigades across Colombia between 2002 and 2008. In cases that came to be known as “false positives,” officials recorded the murder victims as enemies killed in combat and rewarded officers for running up the body count.

The Colombian government has decreed the Catatumbo region in the northern area of the country a "public calamity" owing to the armed fight between the National Liberation Army (ELN) and a criminal group, Los Pelusos, formerly the Popular Liberation Army (EPL). RELATED: Colombia Evaluates New ...
I pause, yet again, to wipe away the sweat escaping my bandana and pouring down my brow. I glance at my watch: 9:23 a.m. and it's already 89 degrees Fahrenheit. I'm dressed in long trousers tucked into heavy gumboots and a long-sleeved shirt buttoned up to the top. Any exposed skin is fair game for ...
The map shows historic large earthquakes from the ISC-GEM catalog in Colombia. One can see that just to the south of today's event, there are numerous M=6+ events in the past few decades, highlighting the earthquake hazard of the country. Further illustrating the seismicity of Colombia is the map below ...
While the masses of other Venezuelan migrants have dispersed into cities across Colombia, the Yukpa's concentrated presence on the border has irritated local authorities. Members of the group have repeatedly clashed with Colombian border officials, and even threatened them with bows and arrows.
The networking event, which comprises a one-day conference and a day business-to-business meetings and study visits, provides a unique snapshot of the fruit and vegetable market from the perspective of suppliers and buyers, focusing on the potential for increasing Colombia's fresh exports as well as ...
Colombia's security forces have arrested the brother of “Otoniel,” the leader of the country's largest paramilitary organization AGC, the Defense Ministry said Sunday. Angel Eusebio Usuga, a.k.a. “Chengo” was the paramilitary organization's financial chief, and responsible for laundering the AGC's mining ...
To understand the dynamics of this market and to evaluate whether political responses to the phenomenon are appropriate and effective, we present this report on opium poppy cultivation in Mexico and Colombia, which, together with Guatemala, are the poppy-producing countries of Latin America. While it ...
THE IRISH DEFENCE Forces Peacekeeping Mission and the president of Colombia are among those shortlisted for the prestigious Tipperary International Peace Award. 17-year-old Palestinian teenager Ahed Tamimi and renowned Kurdish humanitarian Dr Widad Akreyi are also shortlisted for the award, ...
WASHINGTON — Colombia is undertaking a campaign to count the number of Venezuelan migrants who have fled their country's ongoing political and economic crisis to determine who has crossed the border and what services they need, so it can best respond to displaced populations arriving in its ...
The collapse of Venezuela was provoking a 'humanitarian and security crisis' in Colombia, reported the Miami Herald, though many migrants move on to Peru and Chile – seemingly to get as far away from their stricken homeland as possible – in the short term, at least half of the estimated 1.5 million who ...
Bogota, Colombia - The arrest of a former top FARC commander last week has put an already fragile peace deal under further strain, but could help bolster the peace process in the long run, depending on how the charges are carried out, according to analysts. The deal between the left-wing rebel ...

The vice president's conversation with Santos comes as Colombia is on the verge of achieving a state of normalcy, thanks in many ways to decades of partnership with the United States. While dealing with the short-term issues in Colombia, the United States should get ready to find ways to reap the benefits ...
Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos has told the security forces to go after a criminal gang known as the Gulf Clan after the group was blamed for a bomb attack which killed eight police officers in north-western Colombia. The bomb went off on Wednesday as the officers were escorting officials ...
“I know in Colombia being transgender is quite heavy,” Mucha says. “It's a very conservative country. LGBTQ [awareness] is something that's coming slowly and in the bigger cities, like Bogota. When it comes to villages and indigenous communities, they see it as a disease that comes from the white man.
Luis Soriano, a Spanish teacher in La Gloria Colombia, is educating local children with his donkeys. Soriano was concerned that his students had no access to books at home, so he decided to do something about it. With the help of his two donkeys, Alfa and Beto, Luis created a makeshift mobile library and ...
Luis Soriano was a Spanish teacher in rural La Gloria Colombia. Concerned that his students had no access to books at home, he decided to do something about it. By adapting the packsaddles of his two donkeys, Alfa and Beto, from carrying water to carrying books, Luis created a makeshift mobile library ...
CUCUTA, Colombia – In search of food, Yackeisy Uzcategui left Venezuela in 2017 with her husband and four children for Colombia. But hunger has followed them to the slum where they settled on the outskirts of Cucuta, near the Venezuelan border. “If we have no work, we have no food,” Uzcategui told ...
FILE - In this March 11, 2013 file photo, Jesus Santrich, member of the negotiating team for Colombia's Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), speaks to journalists at the continuation of peace talks with Colombia's government in Havana, Cuba. The former leader of Colombia's disbanded rebel ...
This callout box includes a weekly update on releases and work specifically related to implementing the Final Peace Accord between the Government (GOC) and the FARC in Colombia. The current government now has three months to get the remaining legislation for the implementation of the Peace ...
The voting recently began for the South American region of the annual World Travel Awards, and Colombia, as well as several of its largest cities and enterprises, is among the nominees. While the first-place destinations and organizations always stand to benefit from some form of reputation boost, this year ...
For the past month, a broken oil well in Colombia has been pouring crude oil into important waterways in the state of Santander. Officials say that the spill is now under control, but as Elaina Zachos reports for National Geographic, the environmental disaster has caused the deaths of 2,400 animals, ...
Colombia is currently applying for membership. The United States should help Colombia join as the 36th member state before President Juan Manuel Santos leaves office in August. A country club for serious countries, the OECD was originally conceived to administer the Marshall Plan and helped with ...
Though it may not rank high up in the innovative jailbreaks you would have heard of, nonetheless, it is as effective as it gets. Two alleged FARC (a Marxist militant group in Colombia) guerrillas escaped the maximum security wing of the largest prison in Bogota, Colombia after getting a prison guard drunk.
With a global increase in the use of medicinal marijuana, Colombia could become a top producer, given the country's ideal geographic and climatic conditions for growing the plant.
“Imagine a city the size of Barcelona that was relatively rich a few years ago but which now has no food in its supermarkets, no medicine in its hospitals, and where protesters are persecuted: that's what we've escaped,” says Susana Guevara, one of the thousands of Venezuelans who have fled the country.
Lockheed Martin's Sikorsky subsidiary has announced plans to offer depot-level maintenance and flight training services for Black Hawk customers in Latin America through facilities located in Colombia. Sikorsky intends to extend support services that Colombian armed forces and national police currently ...
The Latin American Geopolitical Strategic Center CELAG has prepared its second quantitative opinion survey on the presidential elections in Colombia, whose first round is scheduled for next May 27. This new work is in addition to the first survey published on February 28 and the qualitative opinion survey ...
Colombia's government and the Marxist-inspired ELN rebels resumed on talks on Monday to try to agree on an indefinite ceasefire before a new president takes office in August. The government's chief negotiator, former Vice-President Gustavo Bell, said to be optimistic the warring parties could make ...
Sweden, Norway and Switzerland have reportedly asked Colombia to respond to concerns over the possible mismanagement of foreign contributions to the country's peace process. According to newspaper El Tiempo, the ambassadors of the sponsor countries said they shared a “general concern about ...
The recent arrest in Colombia of two veteran air traffic controllers linked to Mexico's Sinaloa Cartel has once again highlighted the key role played by corrupt aviation authorities in the international drug trade and the growing activities of Mexico's organized crime groups in the world's top cocaine-producing ...
Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos ordered his government to surrender financial information related to the country's peace process after pressure from sponsor nations. The order followed a letter of the ambassadors of Norway, Sweden and Switzerland in which they expressed a “general concern ...
The kidnapping of a journalist team by a dissident group of FARC (which stands for Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia in Spanish) on the border with Ecuador represents another complicating factor to Colombia's road to peace after more than 50 years of armed conflict. The process has resulted in ...
Sorry, it appears as though your operating system and/or web browser does not support modern standards. Please consider updating your web browser. Colombian singer-songwriter Juanes has opened up about his three-decade career as he brings his Grammy Award-winning music to Australia. Updated ...
For decades, the Colombian government has implemented a strict policy of forced eradication of coca crops via aerial fumigation by military forces, with the important support of U.S. military forces as part of a long-standing cooperation know as Plan Colombia. However, the plan failed to properly fight ...
In what many wordsmiths have seen as an extraordinary development, Webster's dictionary has introduced 'Columbia' into the English language as an alternative spelling to 'Colombia'. Formerly, only the latter spelling was accepted as correct but, as a result of linguistic change, Webster's decided to take ...
Initially, Ecopetrol stated that it managed to control the oil spill, which is an issue the company has dealt with frequently in rural Colombia due to guerrilla attacks on pipelines. But early attempts to halt the flow of oil proved ineffective. Though Ecopetrol was able to reduce the pressure of the leak to some ...
El Estrecho, Colombia - For more than 35 years, Blanca Ducuara Gomez lived in Colombia's mountains, patrolling the countryside as a member of the country's largest rebel group, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). But today she lives in a FARC disarmament camp (also known as ...
Basic food shortages have threatened supplies of holy bread for the predominantly Catholic nation of Venezuela, and a Colombian church has stepped in to help just in time for Easter. Venezuela, which was once the richest country in Latin America, suffers from political and economic chaos, marked by ...
At the beginning of March, an oil well in northern Colombia burst, spewing an unclear amount of oil into the Magdalena River, a principal waterway that flows about 950 miles northward through the western half of the country. Over the next month, reports say the crude killed more than 2,400 animals, ...
A crude oil spill has been causing an environmental disaster in central Colombia for three weeks without state-run oil company Ecopetrol taking action to control it. Oil started escaping the Lizama 158 oil field on March 3, but it was not until Saturday that Ecopetrol vowed to send heavy equipment that could ...
Colombia's business association fears that tariffs on iron and aluminium announced by US President Donald Trump could severely disrupt the local industry. According to Bruce Macmaster, the president of business association ANDI, the US tariffs threaten Colombia's $226 million iron and aluminium ...
Following is the transcript of a CNBC interview with Colombia University professor and Nobel Laureate, Joseph Stiglitz at the China Development Forum in Beijing. The interview was broadcast on CNBC's The Rundown on 26 March 2018. All references must be sourced to a "CNBC Interview'. Interviewed ...
But most people outside of Colombia know relatively little about the paramilitaries, or about Colombia's internal conflict, beyond the stories of kidnappings by the FARC guerrillas or the now three-decades-old stories about Escobar. That's one reason I chose to tell a story that shed light on this critical part of ...
PARIS (Reuters) - France coach Didier Deschamps said that Friday's 3-2 home defeat by Colombia in a friendly game served as a timely warning for Les Bleus, less than three months before the World Cup in Russia. Updated Updated 5 hours ago. France appeared to have the match under control as they opened up a 2-0 ...


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