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Colombia: Violence spreading in areas abandoned by guerrillas

The Guardian -guardian.com/ Violence is spreading particularly fast in areas abandoned by guerrillas under the peace deal because the promised state security forces have not arrived.

There is little clarity about who is behind the killings, but areas once held by guerrillas are often places where illegal mining or farming of coca – the raw ingredient for cocaine – make a tempting target for armed gangs or dissident rebels who refused to hand in their guns.

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And the pace of the killings is feeding fears here that a government which battled long and hard for a peace deal is being dangerously lax about making paper plans a reality. Read Full Article

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Colombia: Dutch Tourist Found Safe, lost during trek

rcnradio.com (feb. 3. 2017)-machine translated- reported (machine translated)Franciscus Antonio, a Dutch tourist, who had been lost since last Thursday night, was finally found by the agencies of Socorro. Major Fernando Vélez, commander of the Civil Defense in Boyacá, indicated that the tourist was found in the municipality of Chiquiza, and once they met with the […]

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Colombia: As FARC demobilizes, many feel unprotected as other criminal groups move in

bbc.com reported officials said people are fleeing because illegal armed groups are trying to take over the mining and cocaine trade which had provided the Farc with an income. Norte de Santander has emerged as the country’s main hub for coca cultivation. Last week peasant farmer organisations in the region around Catatumbo blocked the demobilisation […]

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Colombia: Six Ecuadorians detained with 1.5 tons cocaine, allegedly linked to dissidents from FARC

Six Ecuadorians detained in southern Colombia with 1.5 tons of cocaine eluniverso.com reported Colombian agents seized 1.5 tons of cocaine and arrested six Ecuadorians allegedly linked to dissidents from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), the country’s defense minister said Wednesday. THINKING OF MOVING TO ECUADOR – THIS IS ONE BOOK THAT IS A […]

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Colombia: Increase in Birth Rates Among FARC

INTERMEDIATE ADVANCED SPANISH VOCABULARY – READ THIS BOOK caracol.com.co/ Rafael Pardo pointed out that this is a reality that must be interpreted as a commitment by the guerrillas to abandon their armed struggle and dedicate themselves as any Colombian to having a family and a job . “This is certainly a good symptom, women who […]

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Tumaco Colombia: Half Ton of Cocaine seized, headed to Ecuador, final destination U.S.

rcnradio.com REPORTED in an articulated work of the Dijin Judicial Police and the basic criminal investigation unit of the Special Police District Tumaco, they managed to seize 486 kilos of cocaine hydrochloride, 03 shotguns, 01 bulletproof vest and the capture of one person. ….. At the scene, the 47-year-old Ricardo Ramirez captured the flagrante delicto, […]

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Colombia: Body of Missing Tourist from Ecuador Found in Sunken boat

andes.info.ec / The body of an Ecuadorian tourist who disappeared in December in a wreck in the Caribbean of Colombia was found “after 18 days of uninterrupted search operations,” reported the Colombian National Navy. Marina Izurieta had been reported missing on December 20 when the passenger boat “Gente de Mar III”, which was heading for […]

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Top Five Retirement Destinations for 2017: Mexico, Panama, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Colombia

Internationalliving.com/cnbc.com Annual Ranking 1. Mexico has always offered arguably the easiest transition to expat life around: Low-cost, conveniently close, friendly locals and plenty of expats—Mexico offers an appealing balance of exotic foreign culture and familiar First-World lifestyle. Over recent years, crime and insecurity across the border have made headlines—and yes, there are parts of Mexico […]

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Stolen Cellphones in Colombia being sold in Ecuador

fiscalia.gov.co reported capture ofalleged band members of cell phone thieves selling the devices in Colombia and Ecuador Richard Johan Burbano, Gustavo Adolfo Cagua and John Jairo Cardozo were sent with an assurance measure to the prison of Rivera (Huila) as alleged members of a criminal organization dedicated to commercializing stolen cell phones. The three people, […]

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Colombia: Tourist boat sinks, Ecuadorian passenger missing near Rosario Islands

eltelegrafo.com reported a tourist from Ecuador is missing after the boat she was in sank in Colombia’s Caribbean waters. The woman was traveling to the Rosario Islands, which is a tourist destination for many and 45 minutes from Cartegena, Colombia. There were 39 other people of different nationalities on board the boat. The vessel, hit […]

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Colombia: Charter Aircraft Crashes Carrying Brazil Soccer Team

rt.com reported aharter aircraft carrying 72 people went down during flight from Bolivia to Medellin’s international airport. A plane carrying Brazil’s Chapecoense football team has crashed in Colombia, reportedly killing some of the passengers on board. At least 10 people have been evacuated from the scene and taken to local hospitals. The plane crashed due […]

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Surge of Murders in Colombia

miamiherald.com reported / Jim Wyss Hugo Cuellar was walking home from the wake of a murdered colleague with his young daughters last weekend when he was approached by two men on a motorcycle. Without saying a word, they shot the 50-year-old community leader in the stomach and fled. Although the bullet ripped through Cuellar’s pancreas […]

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Medellin, Colombia: Japanese tourist murdered by gunmen in robbery

JAPANESE TOURIST SHOT TO DEATH BY TWO GUNMEN, TOURIST JUST ARRIVED IN MEDELLIN WAS LOOKING FOR A panadería, THE TOURIST WAS 22 YEARS OLD. Sunday, November 20, 2016 – 15:27 hsbnoticias.com reported according to information provided by the Ministry of Security of the city, the victim was identified as Izaki Ryo 22 years who was […]

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Wikileaks says U.S. asked Ecuador to cut Assange off from internet

mcclatchydc.com/Tim Johnson reported Wikileaks said Tuesday that Secretary of State John Kerry asked Ecuador to stop WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange, from publishing leaked emails that could disrupt peace negotiations with a guerrilla group in Colombia. Assange, who has been in refuge in Ecuador’s embassy in London for more than four years, saw his access to […]

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Colombia: Cocaine lab taken down, producing 1,000 kilos per month

DO YOU RESEARCH CRIME, TERRORISM, MARCO-TRAFFICKING? THIS IS ONE OSINT TOOL YOU NEED? GET THE BOOK Dismantled laboratory that produced 1,000 kilos of cocaine per month Operating developed in Antioquia 15,000 grams of coca base seized crystallization process. caracol.com.co reported for information citizenship in Antioquia police he managed to dismantle a laboratory that processed per […]

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Colombian Voters Shocked World by Rejecting Peace Deal

Joshua Keating / Colombian voters shocked the world over the weekend by rejecting a landmark peace deal between their government and the FARC guerrillas, which would have formally ended a 52-year civil war that has killed more than 220,000 people. Read Article

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Two Ecuadorian Civilians shot, killed by Colombia’s military Oct. 15, 2006

FROM WIKILEAKS.ORG COLOMBIAN MILITARY FIRE LEAVES TWO DEAD Date: 2006 October 19, 20:57 (Thursday) Canonical ID: 06QUITO2557_a 1. (C) Summary: Ecuadorian military officials on October 19 confirmed that two Ecuadorian civilians were killed by Colombian military gunfire on October 15 while traveling in a canoe with FARC rebels on the San Miguel River. Foreign Minister […]

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Colombia: After deal with FARC what will other criminal groups do in power vacum

By: Julián Villabona Galarza / Despite the deal reached between the Colombian government and the Marxist FARC guerrilla to lay down arms, there is a new cause of concern: what the several other criminal groups that operate in the country will do faced with such a power vacuum. The famous rebel group has been responsible […]

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Colombia: Warning over a no vote on peace referendum

INTERMEDIATE AND ADVANCED SPANISH VOCABULARY The man who led the Colombian government to a peace deal with the country’s main leftist rebel group has warned that if the public vote against the deal, it could take 10 years before new negotiations are started. Humberto de la Calle spent four years negotiating with the Farc in […]

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Terrorism outsourced: the FARC’s criminal alliances

Terrorism outsourced: the FARC’s criminal alliances Millán Sánchez, Marco A. Abstract Colombia has been in the midst of peace talks with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) since 2011. This process could follow the trend in attempted resolutions of other internal armed conflicts in Latin American countries such as Guatemala, El Salvador, and Nicaragua. […]

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Bogota Colombia: Call for social health emergency due to homeless situation

elpais.com.co reported the Attorney General’s Office, Alejandro Ordóñez, asked the Minister of Health, Alejandro Gaviria, declaring the social and health emergency by the crisis that was generated in Bogota by the situation of homeless people who have nowhere to settle after Bronx called intervention. ADVANCED SPANISH VOCABULARY – READ THIS BOOK This was asked Ordóñez […]

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Colombia, Farc to sign peace deal

theguardian.com reported after four years of negotiating, the deal will be signed Wednesday evening in Havana, kicking off what promises to be a frenzied campaign to ratify it Colombia’s government and leftwing Farc rebels have reached a final and comprehensive peace deal to end the country’s 52-year war that has left more than 220,000 people […]

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Colombia: July 2016 hottest month since 1880

pulzo.com reported with an average temperature of 16.67 ° C in the earth ‘s surface and oceans of the earth, July 2016 was the hottest month since 1880, when records began, says NOAA . The figure exceeds the average 0.87 ° C of the 20th century. July 2016 also recorded another record: it is the […]

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Ecuador: Mixed Gangs of Colombians and Ecuadorians scaring residents in Sucumbios

Fernando Medina August 9, 2016 / Elcomercio.com He was kidnapped in the Ecuadorian jungle for 20 days. His captors were presented as members of the so – called “guerrilla ecuatoriana”, a group that for a month frightens border communities of Sucumbios. Victor M. is 66 years old and since it was released has not returned […]

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Ecuador: Possibility of FARC members dissenting to form new criminal group

People worried about an alleged armed group canton of Sucumbios ILLEGAL GROUP CALLS THEMSELVES(M.R.A. Comuneros del Ecuador) Eluniverso.com reported the bombing at a shop of Puerto El Carmen de Putumayo, occurred early Friday, it publishes a fact that a few months ago has been rumored in Ecuadorian rural communities in the border with Colombia on […]

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Bogota Colombia: Taxi Drivers Assault Suspected Uber Driver

INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED SPANISH VOCABULARY – READ THIS BOOK panamapost.com reported after a group of taxi drivers turned aggressive toward a driver suspected of working for Uber, the taxi union in Bogotá, Colombia has announced prices for cab fare will rise. Several taxi drivers beat a man driving a special service van July 31. The white vans […]

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Things to do in Bogota Colombia

To start Begin your perfect day in Bogota trying something typical. Feel like a local and go to this lovely restaurant Pasteleria Florida on the 7th Avenue (Septima), where a lot of Colombians prefer to have breakfast with the whole family. I already told you about typical and the most delicious Colombian street food, and […]

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Colombia: Authorities seize 8 tons of cocaine on banana plantation

dailymail.co.uk reported: Colombian authorities say they’ve made the biggest cocaine seizure in the history of a country long plagued by traffic in the drug. The National Police agency said Sunday that 50 commandos backed by helicopters seized about 8 tons of cocaine on a banana plantation in the northwestern department of Antioquia. It said the […]

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Colombia: Armed clashes driving large numbers from homes in Chocó department

GENEVA, May 13 (UNHCR) – Armed clashes between illegal groups fighting for territory in western Colombia are driving a growing number of mostly Afro-Caribbean and indigenous peoples from their homes in Chocó department, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, has warned. In the past two months alone, more than 6,000 people have fled the fighting, as […]

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Colombia: Police locate two narco-submarines

telegraph.co.uk reported Colombian police have in the past 48 hours found two home-made submarines in their waters, used by drug traffickers to move cocaine up to the United States. On Friday they announced the discovery of a 45-foot semi-submersible craft off the coast of Candelilla de la Mar, in the far south, close to the […]

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Panama closes border with Colombia in attempt to stop drug trafficking in region

(CNN Spanish)cnnespaonol.cnn.com reported – Speaking to the media, the president of Panama Juan Carlos Varela said that as part of Operation Shield in the framework of the fight against drug trafficking would close the border with Colombia. Varela said that increased drug production in neighboring countries was a threat against Panama and added that although […]

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Ecuador breached protocols for rescuing survivors in Earthquake

Concern for breach of protocols rescue survivors in Ecuador elpais.com.co reported in an interview with Caracol Radio, the captain said that heavy machinery is being used in areas where relief agencies work, which could lead to a destabilization of the ground. “We have asked our teams will continue their discipline defending the areas where crashes […]

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Ecuador: Authorities seize 230 kilos of cocaine, belonged to Sinaloa cartel

wradio.com.co reported Colombian police, together with the Ecuadorian authorities seized 230 kilos of cocaine in the city of Guayaquil in Ecuador, in an operation that left two Ecuadoreans and Colombian captured. Dijin said: “The operation, coordinated from Bogota, allowed the National Police of Ecuador capture three people when a vehicle carrying 230 kilograms of cocaine.” […]

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Ecuador: 400 Colombians request repatriation assistance back to home after quake to start all over

eluniverso.com reported: Jose Betancur was charging his cell phone to call his native Colombia when Manta, Ecuador’s Pacific town, began to tremble. As a survivor of the earthquake that shook the Colombian coffee axis in 1999, he only thought of running. “We never thought this would happen. I was with my oldest daughter, 13, and […]

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Seven Confirmed Colombians killed in Ecuador Earthquake, 75 still missing

entornointeligente.com reported seven Colombians have been declared dead as a result of the earthquake last Saturday in Ecuador already left 350 dead, according to the Foreign Ministry. According to the latest report in paragraph #ColombianosEnEcuador also it highlights that have made 139 tracing requests, of which 64 have been resolved and have yet to find […]

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Colombia announces formal peace process begins with ELN

theguardian.com reported Colombia has opened a new front in its quest to end half a century of war, with the announcement of a formal peace process with the country’s second-largest rebel group, the National Liberation Army, or ELN. In an announcement made in Caracas, the Colombian government and leaders of the ELN said that they […]

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Electrical Power Crisis in Colombia threatening

panampost.com reported Colombia’s new Minister of Mines and Energy of Colombia, Maria Lorena Gutiérrez, said that there will be power cuts in the country in two weeks time if energy savings don’t reach between 5 percent and 10 percent of current consumption levels. Gutiérrez also said that a failure to regulate energy consumption has brought […]

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Colombia: More than 5,000 pregnant women infected with Zika virus

colombiareports.com reported more than 5,000 pregnant Colombian women are infected with the mosquito-borne Zika virus, the country’s national health institute said on Saturday, as the disease continues its rapid spread across the Americas. Cases of the virus total 31,555, the institute said in a epidemiology bulletin, among them 5,013 pregnant women. Zika, which has spread […]

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Escaped Cobia from Ecuador showing up in Colombia, Panama waters

INVASIVE COBIA SPREADS TO PANAMA smithsonianscience.si.edu reported Cobia, a promising fish for aquaculture, lives throughout the world’s oceans except in the Central and Eastern Pacific. In August 2015, a large number of young fish escaped from offshore cages in Ecuador. Cobia have recently been reported from the Colombian and Panamanian Pacific coast, indicating their rapid […]

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Colombia: Chief of Police under investigation, alleged creation of male prostitution ring

bbc.com reported Colombia’s prosecutor general, Alejandro Ordonez, says he will open a “disciplinary investigation” against the country’s chief of police, Gen Rodolfo Palomino. Mr Ordonez said Gen Palomino would be investigated over the alleged creation of a male prostitution ring. The general is also under investigation for alleged illicit enrichment and conducting illegal wiretaps. Gen […]

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Colombia: Long recovery of woman who was victim of acid attack

bbc.com/Natalio Cosoy reported….At 35, Natalia Ponce de Leon is an expressive woman, with the vivid eyes of a person who once thought that she would lose her sight. Her mother’s home, where Natalia lives, is usually in half-light, because sunlight is not good for burns. She suffered them twice – serious ones. When she was […]

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Colombia: Dangerous Quest for Emeralds

Washingtonpost.com report – 2015 Since before the conquistadors, men have dug for emeralds in the soil of this steep-walled jungle valley. The gemstone bounty found here fueled the empire of Victor Carranza, the feared billionaire “emerald czar” who vanquished his rivals in bloody battles that left some 6,000 dead. Now all that Burgess could see […]

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COLOMBIA: INSIDE LOOK AT THE WOMEN OF FARC

Nick Miroff/Washingtonpost.com reported many of the guerrillas in the photos appear to be female. This is not news to Colombians, but the images were striking nonetheless…….The officers I spoke to explained that FARC has long incorporated women into its ranks. Having a mixed-gender army helped keep rebel soldiers on the battlefield longer, warding off potential […]

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Colombia: More than 2,000 pregnant women infected with Zika Virus

Colombia announced Saturday that more than 2,000 pregnant women have been infected with Zika, amid growing concern about the spread of the virus suspected of causing irreversible brain damage in newborns. The National Health Institute reported that Colombia now has 20,297 cases of Zika infection, including 2,116 in expectant mothers. The latest numbers, reported in […]

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Zika Virus: Health Officials Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador advise women to postpone pregnancy

telegraph.co.uk/AFP reported… Zika virus: women in Colombia, Ecuador and El Salvador advised to postpone pregnancy Recommendation made by countries’ health ministers after sharp increase in babies born with brain defects in Brazil as US extends travel warning for pregnant women Alarm over thousands of birth defects blamed on the mosquito-borne Zika virus spread on Friday […]

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Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela selling crude below cost of production

reuters.com reported a more acute crude price slump this month has put several South American countries in the difficult position of selling oil for less than what it costs to produce, according to traders and sources at three companies in Colombia and Venezuela. So far, the most affected crudes are blends formulated with naphtha and […]

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Colombia: Unexplained Duplicate withdrawals from BanColombia ATM machines

gringos.com Colombia Forum – expat15 stated “BanColombia took $954.00 dollars today which was half of the Provisional Credit which I had just received about four hours earlier. I suspect they would have taken the other half tomorrow if I hadn’t moved it to my brokerage account. They have been sweeping my account every day since […]

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Colombia: Woman Stops Traffic When She Confronts Her Cheating Husband (Video)

metroecuador.com.ec This video has paralyzed social networks. This is the time when this young woman after discovering her husband with her lover plant middle of the street to prevent women escape in his car, while insults. However, his jealous scene led to star the first viral 2016 and generate a congestion, so had to intervene […]

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San Andres Colombia: High Wind, High Wave Alert

rcnradio.com reported Maritime authorities alerted tourists to this time of year to visit the islands of San Andres and Providencia, due to the high waves that exist in the Caribbean Sea. The commander of the Specific Command of San Andres and Providencia, Admiral Andres Vasquez, said that near the island have been presented trade winds […]

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Bogota Colombia: Police detain members of gang using children age 2-10 distributing cocaine

This criminal organization was led by alias ‘German’, who also was engaged to collect extortion and arms trafficking in the localities of Kennedy, Tunjuelito, South San Cristobal, Puente Aranda and Bosa. The Head of the Narcotics Group Dijin greater Villarte Marcel Ricardo said that this action was seized drugs which were marketed by children and […]

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Bogota Colombia: Police nab individual trafficking Iridium 192, depleted uranium

rcnradio.com reported the National Police revealed that the Group attached units against nuclear, biological, chemical and radioactive threats Dijin identified a company in the town of Engativá in which it was stored radioactive material without authorization as Iridium 192 and depleted uranium. The soldiers moved to a house in that area of ​​the city and […]

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Bogota Colombia: Last 5 members of kidnap express group detained

rcnradio.com reported the Attorney General’s Office reported the capture of the last 5 members of the criminal organization known as ‘The Canaries’ “Los Canarios” who used to ride the millionaire(kidnap Express) committing capital. Bogota This was said Patricia Conejo Mery, director of the Specialized Police Organized Crime who said that these new arrests are now […]

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Colombia: Men and Manicures, part of the culture

bbc.com reported Colombian men are much more likely than any of their regional neighbours to get their hands and/or feet done. According to the survey, more than 27% of Colombians get manicures, while only 14% of Brazilians, 11% of Mexicans, 9% of Argentines and 5% of Chileans are likely to do so. Fabian Ojeda of […]

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Ten South American Destinations worth a visit you may never have heard of

Rare Beautiful Landscapes in South America GearJunkie.com reported: 1) Cerro Castillo, Chile 2) Eduardo Abaroa Andean Fauna National Reserve, Bolivia 3) Vinicunca, Peru 4) Pailon del Diablo, Ecuador 5) Lençóis Maranhenses National Park, Brazil 6) Huacachina, Peru 7) Humahuaca and Purmamarca, Argentina 8) Cocora Valley, Colombia 9) Villa O’Higgins, Chile 10) Valle de Muerte, Chile […]

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Colombia: Doctor Detained for Performing Forced Abortions on Female FARC Fighters

telegraph.co.uk reported Spain arrests man for performing forced abortions on Colombian rebels Spanish police arrest a man accused of performing more than 500 forced abortions on female Farc fighters in Colombia. The man, known as “The Nurse” and described by Spanish police in a statement as an ex-fighter himself, was detained in Madrid. The police […]

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Colombia: So far in 2015, 138 drug mules detained trying to board international flights

presstv.ir reported police in Colombia have detained a family of four that were together carrying in their stomachs over three kilograms of cocaine and heroin worth up to USD 100,000. In a statement released on Monday, police said the suspects had been arrested the previous day at the Cucuta airport, near the border with Venezuela, […]

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U.S. tourist murdered in probable robbery attempt, Medellin Colombia

foxnews.com/ap (Sept 2015) reported an American tourist has been shot to death in Colombia during an apparent robbery attempt after leaving his hotel in a wealthy enclave of Medellin. Police say a 65-year-old New Yorker identified as John Mariani was assaulted Friday night when the taxi he was traveling was intercepted by gunmen in a […]

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Colombia passes new law for those who commit acid attacks

bbc.com reported Colombia’s Senate has passed a law which will impose harsher sentences on people who have committed acid attacks. Anyone convicted of harming another with a chemical agent will now serve between 12 and 50 years in prison. In Colombia, an estimated 100 people per year are attacked with acid, but so far only […]

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Ecuador cracks down on weapons smuggling

telesurtv.net reported Ecuadorean authorities announced Tuesday plans to destroy hundreds of weapons seized during anti-smuggling operations over the past year. Over 200 illegal firearms and more than 5,000 rounds of ammunition will be destroyed by the military by the end of the month, state media has reported. Over 1,000 weapon accessories will also be destroyed, […]

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Ecuador, Colombia: Sexual trafficking ring of underage girls dismantled

elcomercio.com reported the authorities of Colombia dismantled in Caqueta (south) and Nariño (southwest) a network dedicated to trafficking operating in the Colombian Pacific and Ecuador, reported today, November 23, 2015, police said. The organization moved by deception to Florence, capital of Caqueta department, to underage girls who promised to join the “Summer Girl” competition taking […]

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Clinton Foundation’s Colombia based investment company’s website goes black

freebeacon.com reported, the Clinton Foundation’s Colombia-based investment company was not registered as a private equity fund in the country, which may have allowed it to avoid certain industry regulations and oversight from the Colombian government. Although Fondo Acceso described itself as a “Private Equity Fund” in company promotional materials and business presentations, it is not […]

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Alleged Paris Terrorist Spent time in Ecuador, Colombia before arriving in France

eldiario.ec/ reported… At Sakhadi Seham, terrorist alleged that ravaged Paris, he spent six months in Ecuador before attack on Paris. One of the people being investigated for having participated in the string of bombings that hit Paris on November 13 left Bogota in July bound for the French capital and bribed immigration officials to leave […]

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Colomia leads Peru, Bolivia in cocaine production

telegraph.co.uk/Harriet Alexander reported Colombia overtakes Peru to be the world’s largest producer of cocaine President Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia has appealed to America for help in eradicating coca crops after Colombia returned to the top of the world-producing table . Colombia has overtaken Peru to be the world’s largest producer of cocaine, according to […]

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Colombia claims Venezuelan military jets encroached their airspace without warning, permission

bbc.com reported Colombia has said that two Venezuelan military jets entered its airspace without warning or authorisation. The planes encroached into Colombian airspace twice on Saturday morning, according to the defence ministry. They reportedly flew over a border military base in the Alta Guajira region before returning to Venezuela. Colombian officials have demanded an explanation […]

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Colombian Refugees in Ecuador feel discrimination and still fearful

catholicregister.org reported Carlos Leon and Carmen Barrera thought the worst was over when they escaped the death threats in Colombia. Caught between a gang of extortionists and the owner of the property where he was working as a construction foreman, they left on a plane with their twin daughters, each carrying little more than a […]

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Colombia: Large Mass Grave may offer hope to families of missing

yahoo.com/AP reported…Human rights activists say it could be the biggest mass grave ever in Colombia and the dig represents a glimmer of hope that justice will be realized. But the search will be complicated. Despite more than a decade-long clamor by victims’ families that the landfill be closed and excavated, giant trucks have continued to […]

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Five Ghanaians found dead on Colombia-Panama border in route to U.S.

ghanaweb.com reported five Ghanaian citizens, presumably illegal migrants traveling to the United States of America, were found dead on the Panamanian-Colombian border over the weekend. A farmer found their bodies washed up on the Turquesa River near Bajo Chiquito. The deceased were allegedly part of a larger group of 35 people fleeing from three separate […]

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U.S. Former Oil Company exec pleads guilty in bribery case with Colombian oil official

usatoday.com reported a former co-CEO of an oil services firm on Monday pleaded guilty to conspiring to bribe a Colombian oil official, handing a victory to U.S. prosecutors despite an embarrassing hiccup that temporarily threatened to upend the case. Former PetroTiger co-CEO Joseph Sigelman pleaded guilty to conspiracy to violate the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act […]

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Colombia: Attack on infrastructure leaves Buenaventura without electricity

Some 400,000 people are without electricity after the rebels’ first attack since ending their unilateral cease-fire. An attack on infrastructure carried out Sunday by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, known as the FARC, has left Colombia’s main Pacific port city without electricity, the Colombian Military Forces reported. The FARC used explosives to knock out […]

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Colombia: Confidential oil studies conducted by Repsol stolen

(BERNAMA-NNN-EFE) Reported that two hard drives containing confidential studies done by Spanish oil company Repsol were stolen from the National Hydrocarbons Agency, or ANH, headquarters, Colombian Energy and Mines Minister Tomas Gonzalez said Monday. The theft of the information was discovered on Friday and prosecutors were notified so they could open an investigation, Gonzalez told […]

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Colombia: Every 17 minutes a vehicle is stolen, Bogota worse

noticiascaracol.com reported itt is worth wondering where your car parked at this time, has criminals take advantage any time that you neglect to take it. Noticias Caracol arrived videos in where even during the day, at 8:00 a.m., take a car that is parked on the street while its owner bought something to eat. Theft […]

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Colombia’s connection to Alzheimer’s research

scientificamererican.com reported… A Colombian university is providing regular workshops on brain basics and genetics to grade schoolers from families who face a high risk of developing Alzheimer’s in the prime of life from a rare genetic mutation. The “talleres” set up by the University of Antioquia in Medellin attempt to prepare these youngsters for the […]

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Mass Arrests of child sex offenders in Colombia

Authorities in Colombia have arrested 298 people in a nationwide operation against child sex offenders, prosecutors said. More than 1,180 arrest warrants were issued for the April 20-21 operation, and 298 people have been detained so far, the office of the country’s top prosecutor said. This year, authorities have received 11,729 reports of such crimes […]

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Colombia: Acid Attacks increasing against women and men

aljazeera.com reported more than 100 cases were reported last year in the South American country and nearly 1,000 in the past decade. Per capita, the country has one of the highest rates of acid attacks in the world, says Jaf Shah, ASTI’s executive director. The attacks in Colombia affect men and women: Of the 926 […]

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Colombia: 258,307 cases of Chikungunya virus since summer of 14

The chikungunya epidemic in the Americas continues to be fueled by activity in Colombia, which accounted for the vast majority of news suspected and confirmed cases reported by UN health agencies this week. The new total cases in the Western Hemisphere stands at 1,367,781 since the first cases were reported in the Caribbean in Dec. […]

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Colombia: Military airstrikes ordered on FARC for breaking ceasefire

(CNN)Colombia’s President ordered military airstrikes on the country’s largest rebel group to resume Wednesday after an attack that killed 10 soldiers. The attack, which also injured four soldiers in the southwestern Cauca province, “will not go unpunished and requires action,” President Juan Manuel Santos said, accusing guerrillas from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia of […]

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Colombia plans project to develop ecological corridor across northern South America

eyeonlatinamerica.wordpress.com reported Colombia proposes an ambitious plan that would establish the world’s largest ‘ecological corridor’, protecting vast swathes of Amazon rainforest stretching from the Andes to the Atlantic coast, with the help of Brazil and Venezuela. Colombia has announced plans to lead a project that would see the creation of the world’s largest ‘ecological corridor’ […]

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U.N. states Organized Crime Biggest Security Threat to Colombia

Thomson Reuters Foundation reported – Colombia’s criminal gangs pose the biggest threat to Colombians and are responsible for human trafficking, rights abuses and for forcing tens of thousands of people to flee their homes each year, the United Nations said. While the government holds peace talks with leftist rebels of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of […]

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Romanian commits suicide on Avianca flight from Colombia to Costa Rica

The Judicial Investigation of Costa Rica (OIJ) announced today that it is investigating the circumstances that mediated the death of a Romanian named Costel, who apparently committed suicide within a plane of the Colombian airline Avianca.The preliminary report indicates that man OIJ, 53 traveling on a plane from Colombia and was accompanied by a woman […]

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Tolima Colombia: Six Armed Men Steal $250 Million in Gold from mine

radiosantafe.com reported six heavily armed men entered at 3:00 am on Wednesday at a gold mine located in the village of Las Animas, municipality of Santa Isabel, and stole more than 200 million pesos in gold. The mine is in charge of the company Risources Limited. (Risources Limitada) According to early reports from authorities, hooded […]

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Colombia: FARC recorded training children

ecuavisa.com/afp reported a video showing a group of children and youth while they are trained, allegedly by the FARC, was released Tuesday by the Army of Colombia, two weeks after the guerrilla group renounce recruit children under 17 years. In the images, the group of children-where there children- runs a series of exercises in a […]

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Colombia: FARC says truce threatened by continued by army’s attacks

bbc.com reported Colombia’s largest rebel group, the Farc, says the unilateral truce it declared last month is being threatened by the army’s continuing attacks. The Colombian government and the Farc have been engaged in peace talks in Cuba since November 2012. The rebels have called for a bilateral ceasefire during the talks, which are aimed […]

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Colombia: Chikungunya cases exceed 83,000

outbreaknewstoday.com reported with the addition of nearly 10,000 new chikungunya cases in Colombia, the total now exceeds 83,000 cases, by far the most in South America. The country has also reported three deaths related to the mosquito borne virus since it was first detected in July 2014 in the Valle del Cauca. Despite the rapid […]

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Colombia: Journalist investigating child prostitution gangs, assaulted and threatened

en.rsf.org reported the journalist Oscar Castaño Valencia was assaulted and threatened by armed men four days ago as he was investigating the involvement of criminal gangs in child sexual exploitation in Antioquia department in North-West Colombia. For the past three months Castaño, director of the program “Oriéntese” on the TV station Cosmovisión, has been carrying […]

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FARC kidnaps General from Colombian Army, peace talks suspended

abcnews.co.com/AP reported A massive search operation was under way for a Colombian army general whose surprise capture by leftist rebels prompted President Juan Manuel Santos to suspend two-year-old peace talks. Gen. Ruben Dario Alzate, dressed in civilian clothes and without his normal security detail, was snatched Sunday by gunmen along with two others while surveying […]

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Peru: Most wanted fraudster detained in Colombia with fake Ecuador passport

elespectador.com reporte that was what generated the capture in Colombia’s Rodolfo Orellana Rengifo, the man most wanted in that country for being the leader of a criminal enterprise involving 52 people, including notaries, judges, lawyers and police officers, and that it appropriated more than $100 million cheating dozens of people, falsified documents to appropriate land […]

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Bogota Colombia: Int. Airport without radar blackout for eight minutes due to electrical outage

ntn24.com reported facility left without radar for eight minutes at the main control tower air of Colombia, located in the airport in Bogota, a fact described as “serious” on Thursday by the authorities. The incident occurred on Wednesday after a problem in two electrical substations that feed the international Dorado airport, whose Tower oversees not […]

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Ecuador: “totally inadequate” as to U.S. diplomat’s responses on U.S. military involvement on Colombian border 2008

andes.info.ec reported…As a “totally inadequate” response scored Ecuador’s Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino the explanation secretary for Western Hemisphere Affairs, Roberta Jacobson gave, on that country’s military involvement in the bombing on the Colombian border in March 2008. During the bombing, 26 people were killed, including the number two of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia […]

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Bogota Colombia: Most Unsafe Public Transport System for women

BOGOTA, Oct 29 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – The mayor of Bogota defended his administration’s efforts to tackle high levels of sexual harassment of women on buses in the Colombian capital following a Thomson Reuters Foundation poll on Wednesday ranking Bogota’s public transport system as the most unsafe for women among 15 of the world’s largest […]

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U.S.: Former Colombian Rebel sentenced to prison for role in kidnapping of American Contract Workers

bbc.com reported a US judge has sentenced an ex-Colombian rebel to 27 years in prison for his role in the kidnapping of three American contract workers in 2003. Alexander Beltran Herrera’s unit was responsible for moving the hostages and imprisoning them in chains. The contract workers were on an anti-drug surveillance mission when their aircraft […]

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China’s increasing presence in Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru

LSE Global South Unit WORKING PAPER SERIES Strategies and Counter-strategies: China in the Andean Region of South America. By Ádam Chimienti and Benjamin Creutzfeldt. ABSTRACT . lse.ac.uk/ By employing a comparative method that analyzes China’s increasing presence in dierent Latin America countries, this study explores key features and implications of Beijing’s approach towards this region. […]

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Ecuador, Colombia: ORANGE ALERT VOLCANIC ERUPTION

lainfo.es reported Ecuador and Colombia in orange alert for volcanic eruption Ecuador and Colombia triggered the alert likely eruption of Chiles (Knot of the Grass in the Colombian Andean Western Cordillera) and Cerro Black volcanoes (southern Ecuador and northern Colombia), after strong earthquakes recorded yesterday in the area. The Department of Risk Management Ecuador enacted […]

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Ecuador: President Correa states cyber attacks against govt. originated from Colombia

telesurtv.net reported the Ecuadoran President announces cyber attacks against his government originated in Colombia. At a meeting with representatives from various media outlets on Thursday, President Rafael Correa revealed that the hacks which have targeted members and institutions of his government were of Colombian origin. The cyber attacks “originated from Colombia, this is the work […]

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Colombia wants access to account information of its citizens with accounts in Panama

confidencialcolomia.com reported according to the newspaper La Prensa that country reported Colombia is the main source of funds coming from abroad to banking center and the Colombian authorities want access to account information of its citizens, information that Panama is protected by law. A Panamanian banker explained that most of the funds coming from the […]

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EBOLA: Colombia restricts access to all persons coming from infected countries in Africa

lainfo.es reported Colombia’s government said Tuesday it will restrict access to its territory to all persons who have been in Sierra Leone, Guinea, Liberia and Nigeria during the last month as a measure to prevent the arrival of Ebola in the country. Information outlined in the Colombian Foreign Ministry Radio Caracol require that national interests […]

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Colombia: Farmers sue oil giant BP in the UK

theguardian.com reported more than 100 Colombian small farmers are taking on oil giant BP in the UK high court on Wednesday in one of the largest cases in environmental legal history. The farmers say the British company Equion Energia, formerly BP Exploration (Colombia) Ltd or BPXC, was negligent in the construction of the Ocensa oil […]

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Bogota Colombia: Transformation of abandoned buildings

theguardian reported My Bogotá: booming metropolis, dangerous labyrinth, chaotic megacity. Its smoggy industrialism may shock those expecting to sip piña coladas in flowered button-downs; this absence of little cocktail umbrellas is made even more noticeable by the pervasive presence of life-size umbrellas, to combat the Colombian capital’s endless rainfall. For more than eight years, Bogotá […]

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Ecuador Establishes Special Travel rates through agencies for Colombians

dinero.com reported…Special rates through travel agencies will be Colombians traveling to the Ecuador. The announcement of the industry of that country, Sandra Naranjo, Minister came during a meeting with the President of Anato, Paula Cortes Street, who comes ahead of international contacts in order to promote cross-border tourism. “It’s great news thanks to the joint […]

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Bogota Colombia: Kilo of explosive found abandoned, safely detonated

A kilo of anfo had abandoned in the North of Bogotá package. The director of the Metropolitan Police of Bogota, Humberto Guatibonza, told Caracol Radio that the police regained control of the area and are looking at the surrounding elements that identify the source of this package bomb that was detonated in a controlled manner.The […]

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FARC suspected of attaching explosive device to vehicle of politician

diariodehuila.com reported Farc would have used an explosive type Lapa, which was installed in the vehicle in which the official Hector Vargas is mobilized. Fortunately, this not detonated. When the representative of the municipality of Suaza, Héctor Vargas is mobilized in a vehicle Toyota Fortuner RZI 595 plate, on the path from the village of […]

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