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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’ across northern South America as part of the region’s contribution to the global fight against climate change. The reserve, which was proposed last week by Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, would cover some 135 million hectares (1.35m km²), linking the Andes Mountains to the Atlantic Ocean via the northern Amazon Rainforest. It would become the largest protected area in the world, a title currently held by the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument, which covers 1.27m km². Read Article

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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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Colombians fearful of HP virus vaccination after mysteriuos incident in Carmen de Bolívar

caracol.com.co reported the mysterious case of mass blackouts that occurred in the municipality of el Carmen de Bolívar, in which 300 girls were affected after the implementation of the vaccine against the human papilloma virus, has had repercussions throughout the country, to such an extent that the vaccination rate has fallen precipitously in the different […]

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Twitter sets sight on expansion in Colombia

vanguardia.com reported 68% of mobile phone users in Colombia reached that social network on a daily basis. Business opportunity for the technology giant. Twitter, a company founded for the mobile world, located in Latin America a natural market growth encouraged by the ever more rapid adoption of smartphones in the region, said to Efe Shailesh […]

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Colombia: Coffee harvest up substantially in 2014

portafolio.co reported 12.1 million sacks of coffee Arabica mild occurred between October 2013 and 2014 September (year coffee). In the same period of the previous year, the harvest was 9.9 million bags of 60 kilos. Exports also increased. in the run of the year (January-September) the coffee harvest in Colombia grew 16 percent and stood […]

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Colombia: At least 11 Wiwas Indigenous members killed, dozen injured in lighting strike

At least eleven indigenous wiwas would have died immediately and other 13 injured as a result of lightning, product of a thunderstorm that fell right into a house where ethnic authorities advanced workshop to conserve natural resources. The incident occurred in the Kemakumake village, a five-hour walk from the village of Guachaca in rural area […]

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Inza, Cauca Colombia: School discovered planted with explosives

semana.com reported Monday, the teachers at the school found the playground covered in explosives. Inza in one of the municipalities of the country where armed conflict will suffer most. Nestled in a chain of mountains with a winding access road, the village is a geographical place for ambushes and sniper attacks. The insurgents often plant […]

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Cartagena Colombia: Logistics Hub for narcotics transportation to Central America broken up

xn-elislo-9za.com reported in a joint operation between units of the Navy, the Colombian Air Force and coordinated with CTI OTP, developed in the area of Arroyo de Piedra, located 13 kilometers north of Cartagena, was found a logistics hub for traffic of drugs to Central America. This important result because investigations conducted for several months […]

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Colombia: Military kills two FARC members

hispantv.com reported the Colombian army ended on Sunday with the lives of two members of the revolutionary armed forces of Colombia (FARC) in a military operation in the southwest of Colombia and rescued a child kidnapped by the guerrillas in turn. The operation was carried out in the Department of Cauca, in the South-West of […]

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Latin America – Dengue: dimensions of vector breeding in five urban settings

RESEARCH ARTICLE Open Access Ecological, biological and social dimensions of dengue vector breeding in five urban settings of Latin America: a multi-country study Juliana Quintero and others Abstract Background: Dengue is an increasingly important public health problem in most Latin American countries and more cost-effective ways of reducing dengue vector densities to prevent transmission are […]

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Sincelejo Colombia: Child dies from Chikunguaya Virus

2000 cases of Chikunguaya Virus reported in Colombia eluniverso.com reported in Sincelejo, northern Colombia, the first fatality of the chikungunya virus was recorded last Monday. Meanwhile, on the northern border, health officials reported that actions between Ecuador and the country are co-ordinated to prevent possible infection in areas where the virus could arise. Read Article

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Colombia: Rebel attacks on pipelines threatening oil production

ABC.es reported the main company of the country warns that last year there were 235 attacks, while in 2010 were 32. Two contractors working for Ecopetrol have just killed. The facts are not helping the President of Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos, to keep his speech of a negotiation process with the rebels. This week, Javier […]

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Colombia: Expert warns climate change may threaten coffee crops

lainformacion.com reported -pests and diseases as the bit, rust and the ojo de gallo could reappear with force as a result of the drastic changes in the climate, today warned a scientist in the 25th International Conference on coffee science ended Friday in the Colombian city of Armenia. pests and diseases as the bit, rust […]

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Bi-National Committe states Colombia can fumigate coca crops closer to Ecuador’s border

colombiareports.com reported a bi-national committee has concluded that Colombia can fumigate coca crops closer to Ecuador’s border, Colombian newspaper El Tiempo reported on Friday. The technical committee, composed of both Colombian and Ecuadorian government officials, said that the current 10-kilometer buffer zone in place since 2005 can be reduced by half to 5 kilometers. The […]

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Colombia: man posing as Lebanon’s Ambassador detained

thepublicopinion.com/AP reported Colombian authorities say a man posing as the Lebanese ambassador fooled local officials for months, until a suspicious army colonel checked with the embassy and unmasked him. Now, Jeyson Puello is being investigated as a possible con artist who rubbed shoulders with military officers, academics and local politicians in the northeastern city of […]

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La Gran Familia, Peruvian Mafia extends tentacles into Ecuador, Colombia, Bolivia

larepublica.pe reported “La Gran Familia” extends its tentacles to Ecuador, Colombia and Bolivia. Criminal gang would have signed alliances with important national and international criminal gangs. “Old Paco” would still be leading. The criminal organization “La Gran Familia” would operate with its full might and apparently until recharged, since successfully extended its tentacles to Ecuador, […]

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Spain: Woman on flight from Bogota found with 1.7 kilos of cocaine hidden in breast implants

According to latinonewsonline.com a female passenger on a flight from Bogota, Colombia was detained at the Madrid Spain airport for possession of 1.7 kilos of cocaine on August 29, 2014. The passenger age, 43 a Venezuelan national acted in a suspicious matter to agents and her luggage was screened and deemed not to contain contraband. […]

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Fracking gets green light in Colombia, to begin in 2015

Semana.com reported Orlando Cabrales, Deputy Minister of Mines and Energy said that this controversial practice will begin next year. The Government gave the green light to the technique of oil extraction fracking (hydraulic fracturing), the announcement was made ​​by the Deputy Minister of Mines and Energy, Orlando Cabrales, the objective is intended to increase natural […]

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Taxi Drivers Responsible for DEA agent’s death extradited to U.S.

eltiempo.com reported the lawyer of the taxi drivers in Colombia extradited to the United States, the country investigated for the murder of DEA agent James Terry Watson, said Monday that his clients would pay a penalty of 25 years in prison if they accept the charges, welcoming and a proposal that would have made the […]

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Mexico: New Colombian Mafia operating in different sections of the country

COURT RECORDS SHOW THIS COLOMBIAN MAFIA IS REFERRED TO AS “La Hermandad”. The Brotherhood” SPECIALTIES – ROBBING HOUSES, CLONING, LOOTING ATM’S zocalo.com.mx REPORTED…Saltillo, Coah.- Mexican authorities call “the new Colombian mafia” as they do not smuggle drugs. The recruit in cities like Medellin and Bogota and Mexico reach to clone cards, extorting, robbing houses and […]

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Colombia: Companies investigated for price fixing of disposable diapers

bbc.co.uk reported Something does not smell right in the world of baby diapers Colombia: after months of investigation, the Superintendency of Industry and Commerce of Colombia (SIC) decided to accuse the country’s leading manufacturers of conspiring to artificially inflate the prices of their disposable diapers. The scandal involves the manufacturers of the Winny, Huggies, Baby […]

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Colombia: Freelance Photographer Target of Death Threats by Paramilitary Group

rsf.org reported Juan Pablo Gutiérrez, a freelance photographer and indigenous rights defender with dual French and Colombian nationality, has been the target of death threats for the past two weeks. Unable to return to his home in central Colombia, he is waiting for the authorities to respond to his request for protection. “You have just […]

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Sinaloa Cartel’s representative in Ecuador detained in Bogota Colombia

ecuavisa.com reported Oscar Antonio Berrocal Sandi, alleged Sinaloa cartel representative in Ecuador, was arrested at Bogota’s El Dorado airport when he tried to enter the country from Quito, Colombia Migration reported today. Known by the alias “Charlie”, “the chef”, “the farmer” or “Rolex” Berrocal was in the spotlight of the American authorities for the crime […]

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Carmen de Bolívar Colombia: Toxicologists arrive to determine illness of 82 school girls

PARENTS THREATEN TO SHUT HIGHWAY DOWN IF CAUSE OF ILLNESS IS NOT DETERMINED eltiempo.com reported health officials meet Monday in the municipality of el Carmen de Bolívar, Department of Bolivar, to determine the reasons for a general crisis in health with 82 girls, belonging to three schools. “All the children are nausea, headache and weakness […]

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Colombia: Chikungunya Virus case confirmed suspected imported from D.R.

plenglish.com reported Colombia’s Vice-Minister of Health Fernando Ruiz confirmed today a new case of Chikungunya. The virus was detected in a person traveling to Bogota from the Dominican Republic. According to the medical diagnosis, the patient is under observation and doctors are trying to determine his level of contagion. Read Article

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Machete Malware hacking its way through Latin America

ECUADOR, VENEZUELA, COLOMBIA BIGGEST VICTIMS IN LATIN AMERICA What is “Machete”? SECURELIST.COM REPORTED…”Machete” is a targeted attack campaign with Spanish speaking roots. We believe this campaign started in 2010 and was renewed with an improved infrastructure in 2012. The operation may be still “active”. The malware is capable of the following cyber-espionage operations: Logging keystrokes […]

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Colombia: Student faces possible jail time in copyright infringement case

theguardian.com reported that Colombian student may face up to eight years in jail for sharing article Diego Gómez is accused of violating ‘economic and other rights’, in what activists say is an ‘absurd’ application of copyright law.Diego Gómez, a biologist working on reptile and amphibian conservation, is accused of violating “economic and other rights” after […]

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Police in Colombia Detain Suspect in kidnapping of U.S. military contract workers

colombiareports.com reported Colombia’s police on Saturday said they had arrested a suspected FARC rebel convicted of taking part in the 2003 kidnapping of three American military contractors. The defense workers weren’t released until 2008. “Giovanny,” the nom-de-guerre of Duverney, is one of the guerrillas closest to “El Paisa, the feared commander of the Teofilo Foreo […]

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Venezuela seizes in five days contraband from smuggling equal to the total for 2013

portafoloio.co reported according to Venezuelan authorities, seizures in less than a week were 96 tonnes of food and almost 300,000 litres of diesel oil, petrol and lubricants Venezuelan. The Government of Venezuela said that in the past five days seized a volume of products seeking to be removed from smuggling to Colombia which outclasses all […]

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Latin America: Bogota Colombia Fifth Most Expensive City to Live in for Expats

portafolio.co reported the capital of the Republic is surpassed by São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Santiago de Chile and Buenos Aires, according to the Ranking of cost of living each year performs the consulting firm Mercer. Africa and Europe are continents more expensive for expatriates by the fluctuations of their currencies and the impact of […]

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Colombia: Leader of Farc believes peace negotiations may not conclude in 2014

FARC leader doubts the peace accord can be signed this year mercopress.com reported Colombia is unlikely to sign a peace accord with Marxist rebels this year as the remaining items on the negotiating agenda are complex and time consuming, FARC guerrilla leader Rodrigo Londoño said. President Juan Manuel Santos had expressed hope that talks to […]

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Venezuela deploys 17,000 troops along border with Colombia

bbc.com reported Venezuela says it has deployed 17,000 troops along its border with Colombia, which was closed on Monday for the first time as part of an anti-smuggling operation. Up to 40% of goods Venezuela subsidises for its domestic market are smuggled to Colombia, where they are sold at much higher prices, the authorities say. […]

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Guajira Colombia: civil unrest unleased due to drought

bbc.com repoted nine people have been injured in clashes between police and residents of Colombia’s northern La Guajira province demanding more government support for the impoverished region. La Guajira is currently suffering from a drought and locals say the authorities have not done enough to mitigate its effects on the population. Riot police were deployed […]

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Colombia: ELN launches grenades at Police at José Antonio Páez International Bridge

eltiempo.com reported with two fragmentation grenades guerrillas harassed police of highways and tax customs who were bet on the international bridge José Antonio Páez, which connects to the populations of El Amparo, Venezuela Apure State and the Department of Arauca. Confirmed the Commander of the police institution, Colonel Camilo Ernesto Álvarez Ochoa, in action that […]

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Colombia: 90% of Mining in Choco, illegal, environment being devastated

eltiempo.com reported the number of dredges operating in the Department increased by 180% between 2012 and 2013. 90 per cent of mining in Chocó is informal or illegal and driven by armed groups. Mining in Chocó shows many faces, some disappointment and others hope. But there is a single true situation: 90 per cent of […]

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La Guajira Colombia Crisis: 35 of every 100,000 children under five Dying of Malnutrition

eltiempo.com reported the issue has gained relevance in recent days due to the severe situation facing La Guajira in terms of drought and to the imminent arrival of el Niño. As a result, President Juan Manuel Santos made his first field visit to this Department, on second day of his new mandate. In this Department, […]

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Former Colombian President believes Ecuador’s President good candidate in peace talks with ELN

lahora.com.ec reporte the former Colombian President and appointed Secretary-General of Unasur, Ernesto Samper, he said yesterday that the President of Ecuador, Rafael Correa, would be a “good partner” to seek peace between the Government of Juan Manuel Santos and the army of national liberation (ELN). Samper valued at Caracol Radio the participation of Ecuador in […]

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Venezuela to close border with Colombia to combat smuggling

infobae.com reported the Government of Nicolás Maduro informed that controls will be strengthened during the night to prevent the entry of products such as gasoline or food. “Starting from this Monday will be a scheduled closing” “Starting from this Monday will be a scheduled closing of the border with Colombia, between the 10:00 pm and […]

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Colombia: Military believes soldier killed by pork laced with posion

bbc.com reported forensic scientists in Colombia are investigating the death by poisoning of a soldier in eastern Arauca province. The soldier died and at least six others fell ill after eating pork they had bought from a local person. The military suspects the meat was laced with rat poison and that the person who sold […]

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Colombia: Guerrillas using new method to injure, kill soldiers, food poisoning

infobae.com reported a new method is used by the Colombian guerrillas in their fight against the Colombian armed forces. This Saturday one soldier was killed and eight others were hospitalized after consuming pork which was poisoned. According to set the weekmagazine, the Prosecutor’s Office revealed that last Friday, August 1, a young man of Tame, […]

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Marxist Rebels detonate explosive devices on outskirts of Bogota Colombia

Reuters.com reported Colombia’s Marxist ELN rebels detonated four small explosive devices around the capital, Bogota, early Tuesday morning, causing no injuries but damaging a highway overpass and other structures, police told local media. Propaganda materials from the National Liberation Army (ELN), which regularly attacks oil facilities in Latin America’s fourth largest economy, were left at […]

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Putumayo Colombia: FARC attacking tankers on border with Ecuador, spilling thousands of gallons of oil

In an apparent challenge to calls for alert on the environmental situation of Putumayo – full border with Ecuador – by systematic spills of crude oil on the roads, front 48 of FARC guerrillas yesterday stopped the March of two tanker trucks and forced drivers to open cisterns for spilling oil transporting, via the Alea […]

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Colombian Airline to Establish New Route Bogota, Quito

Eluniverso.com reported the airline’s low-cost VivaColombia opened its route to Ecuador.So Juan Emilio Posada, said yesterday that company President, to submit to the company at a press conference, although he clarified that the operation in the country is subject to approvals and final certification of the National Airport Authority.The route that would operate in Ecuador […]

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U.S. Court Dismisses lawsuit against Chiquita by 4,000 Colombians

BBC.com reported A US appeals court has dismissed a lawsuit against banana grower Chiquita brought by at least 4,000 Colombians who accused the company of supporting paramilitary forces who killed or tortured their relatives. The Florida-based court found US courts have no jurisdiction over the case. Chiquita, which is based in the US, has admitted […]

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Eight departments in Colombia report highest number of human trafficking cases in the country

Semana.com reported the scourge of human trafficking, which mainly affects women, continues to claim victims despite prevention efforts by the authorities and various organizations. And 223 victims in the last four years are counted throughout Colombia, the government, with a new campaign seeks to confront the plight reported. According to figures from interagency committee to […]

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Germany: Arms maker SIG banned from exports after guns found in Colombia

bbc.com reported Germany has imposed an export ban on arms maker SIG Sauer after guns manufactured by the German company were found to have been sold to the Colombian police, German media report. Under German law, arms exports require a special licence which is not normally granted for countries where there is armed conflict, such […]

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Colombia: Bicentenario Oil Pipeline Attacked by Leftist Rebels

Rueters com reported Pumping of oil from one of Colombia’s ‎most important pipelines, the Bicentenario, was paralyzed after an attack by leftist rebels, its operator said on Saturday. The attack took place on Friday near the municipality of Fortul, in Arauca province, on the border with Venezuela. There were no injuries. pipeline, jointly run by […]

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Ecuador to Increase Military Presence along border with Colombia

unomasuno.com.mx reported Ecuador announced greater military control on the border with Colombia, to lower levels of violence arising from actions of illegal armed groups, illegal mining and smuggling. The Ecuadorian Deputy Defense Minister Carlos Larrea, said in statements that reproduce Ecuadorian media, one of the measures that will raise the military patrols, both on land […]

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Colombia: Stron Economic Growth prompts two Coffee Giants to Enter Market

gmanetwork.com reported Colombia is one of the world’s top producers and exporters of coffee, but two international brands are nevertheless aiming to gain a foothold in the key Latin American market. Within a few weeks of each other, two of the biggest names in the business – Starbucks and Nespresso – set up shop in […]

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U.N. reports coca growing areas decrease in Bolivia, Peru, stable in Colombia

bbc.com reported figures released by the United Nations suggest the area planted with coca – the raw ingredient for cocaine – has diminished in Peru and Bolivia. Peru is the world’s top grower of the crop, and Bolivia is the third largest. In Colombia, the second largest grower, the amount of land sustaining coca bushes […]

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Colombia: Some Cities Ban Alcohol until end of World Cup

thewire.com reported the World Cup is certainly exciting, but you must admit there’s a fair amount of downtime between goals. You know what downtime is great for? Drinking. A lot. Copiously and in excess. As it turns out, that’s exactly what fans in Colombia (and certainly the U.S.) have been doing. As a result, Colombian […]

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Colombia: Plan Vive Digital aimed to lower poverty levels

Latin America’s Silicon Valley: That would be Colombia OPINION PIECE By Luis Carlos Villegas But our use of technology to change the lives of millions of our citizens has the potential to transform the way the world thinks about lifting those in need out of poverty. While Colombia’s transformation has ushered in a new era […]

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Colombia-Farc declaration fails to guarantee victims’ right to justice

amnesty.org reported the historic declaration agreed between the Colombian government and the country’s main guerrilla group, FARC, will not contribute to a lasting peace unless those responsible for human rights abuses, including war crimes and crimes against humanity, are brought to justice, said Amnesty International. The 10 principles on victims’ rights contains no commitment to […]

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Oil market Colombia: opportunities and risks

forbes.com reported…On June 15, Colombia holds a presidential election that could help end that country’s five-decade conflict with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). Yet that contest may not be the most closely watched by energy companies with an interest in Colombia. On July 23, the Ronda Colombia 2014 will auction off 101 oil […]

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Cucuta Colombia: Destination for Venezuelans seeking exchange for dollars

NPR.org reported Venezuelans in need of U.S. dollars are restricted by government controls in the amount they can purchase legally. So many head across the border to Colombia. Hundreds of money-changers are at work in the border town of Cucuta, which also sets the exchange rate for the black market in Venezuela. Read Article

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Colombia: Bomb attack by leftist guerrillas shuts down key oil pipeline

reuters.com reported a bomb attack blamed on Colombia’s leftist guerrillas has shut down the key Cano Limon-Covenas oil pipeline, a source at state-run oil company Ecopetrol which owns the pipeline, said on Thursday. The explosion took place on a stretch of the 780-km (485-mile) pipeline in Norte de Santander province which borders Venezuela, the source […]

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Starbucks to expand in Colombia, Bolivia

fool.com/AP reported Starbucks says it is expanding in Latin America, reaching further into some countries well-known for coffee production. The Seattle-based coffee company said Wednesday that it will open its first cafe in Colombia this summer through a joint venture with Alsea and Grupo Nutresa. The joint venture plans to expand aggressively in Bogota over […]

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Colombia: Journalists attacked by riot police

Reporters Without Borders condemns attacks by police on four journalists from the daily El Colombiano who were covering May Day demonstrations in Medellín. Andrea Torres, Sebastian Carvajal, Juan Fernando Rojas and Esteban Vanegas were assaulted by riot officers to whom they had made a point of showing their press cards. Vanegas, a photographer, was accused […]

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Colombia: Authorities raid office allegedly used to illegally spy on rebel and govt communications

bbc.com reported Colombian authorities say they have raided an office that illegally spied on rebel and government communication to try to undermine peace talks. Colombia’s Attorney General Eduardo Montealegre said the office was run by a criminal organisation that had intercepted emails from a Farc rebel negotiator and the government. He said President Juan Manuel […]

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Travel Alert Colombia

gov.uk reported that the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all but essential travel to the following parts of Colombia: all rural areas in Departments bordering Panama, Venezuela and Ecuador; the towns of Buenaventura in Valle de Cauca, Turbo in Antioquia, Tumaco in Nariño and Puerto Asis in Putumayo;all rural areas in the Departments […]

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Putayamo Colombia: Tourist from UK dead, apparently from drinking Indigenous drink Yage

rt.com reported that a British teenager was found dead by the side of the road by police in a remote rainforest area of Colombia after taking hallucinogenic Yage in a tribal ritual with other tourists. Henry Miller, a 19-year old from Bristol, who was on a gap year is understood to have taken Yage, which […]

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Bogota Colombia: Holy Week at Paloquemao Market

mikesbogotablog.blogspot.co.uk reported that the venerable Paloquemao market’s fish section is packed these days (while the neighboring meat section stands vacant). This is Holy Week, of course, and even if the number of Colombian Catholics is declining – and many of those Catholics are only nominally so – as these photos show, eating fish during Holy […]

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Medellín Colombia: Immense improvements but still fragile

The Guardian.com reported…Medellín flaunted its makeover as it hosted UN Habitat’s World Urban Forum with tours of futuristic schools and libraries, parks and city cable cars – but some old problems remain Residents of Medellín’s poorest slums used to be suspicious of strangers. Who in their right minds would be wandering the winding steps up […]

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Colombia: FARC blows up portion of main road linking with Ecuador, new M.O.

LATINO.FOXNEWS.COM REPORTED…Colombia’s leftist FARC guerrillas blew up a portion of the main road linking their country with neighboring Ecuador, authorities said Tuesday. The explosives were apparently hidden in a sewer pipe, Temistocles Ortega, governor of the southwestern province of Cauca, told Blu Radio, as was the case in an April 1 FARC attack at another […]

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Colombia: NGOs states average 27 children raped daily in armed conflict

Elpais.com reported…There are no current statistics – or even estimates – on the number of children and adolescents who have been sexually abused. NGOs and charitable organizations have come up with their own numbers but, because those figures differ, it is difficult to paint an accurate picture. In a recent report, British NGO Oxfam said […]

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Houses of Torture remerge in Buenaventura Colombia, bodies being dismembered

elespectador.com reported that the finding of remains on the beach and two homes that dismemberment would be revived the alarms in the port. Government requests more foot force, while advocacy does not believe in this solution. afting The beaches of Buenaventura, famous for being the main place of landing of products imported into Colombia, became […]

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Colombia: evaluation of pesticide residues in honey

Abstract To assess potential exposure of bees to chemicals contaminants, pesticides and other management practices of local beekeepers and farmers, four Colombian regions were surveyed and residue concentrations were determined on some pesticides used and others banned for honey. A total of 61 honey samples were collected and analyzed during 2011. Residual levels of selected […]

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Semana reports that Colombia Military intercepted communications of FARC negotiations

dw.de reported that a Colombian magazine has reported that the military intercepted the communications of government officials negotiating with FARC rebels. Colombia’s Interior Ministry has announced a probe of the reported espionage. Responding to a magazine report on Tuesday, Interior Minister Aurelio Iragorri said it appeared that Colombia’s military had spied on its own government […]

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Colombia: French tourist disappeared found dead

A French tourist who disappeared Sunday while diving in the Colombian Caribbean waters was found dead and his corpse rescued by members of the Navy. Puerto La Cruz. The discovery of the corpse of the French tourist, Yaani André, of 40 years, occurred in the afternoon on 1 January to approximately one nautical mile (1.8 […]

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Maicao Colombia: Lebanese descendants tired of being blamed for laundering, funneling money to Hezbollah

Today, Hezbollah is the most powerful political movement in Lebanon — and its influence stretches all the way to Maicao. Each year, millions of dollars of drug money are laundered in Maicao, where some community members openly proclaim their support for Hezbollah. Recent U.S. Treasury Department actions have slowed the flow of cash to terrorist […]

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Colombia expects to receive Schengen visa approval for Europe

shanghaidaily.com reported that Colombian Foreign Minister Maria Angela Holguin has expressed confidence European visa requirements for the country’s citizens may be removed soon. She said Tuesday she expected the EU Council to approve the Schengen visa move thanks to an initiative promoted by Spain and supported by other European nations. Read Article

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ELN guerrilla group released kidnapped engineer

Colombia’s National Liberation Army (ELN) guerrilla group on Sunday released agronomist engineer Leon Andres Montes Ceballos who was kidnapped on July 30, 2012, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) confirmed in a statement. The 33-year-old engineer was released in a rural area of Colombia’s northwestern Antioquia department, The ICRC said. The hostage was […]

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Criminal Gangs Shipping Fuel from Venezuela to Colombia, paid for with cocaine

bloomberg.com reported…. Criminal gangs are shipping the equivalent of 60 to 100 tankers of subsidized Venezuelan fuel per day into Colombia, much of it paid for with cocaine, according to the Colombian government. Between 10 percent and 15 percent of fuel used by Colombian drivers is smuggled from neighboring countries, Juan Ricardo Ortega, the head […]

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Pereira Colombia: counterfeit currency operation shutdown

Pereira’s Metropolitan Police dismantled a factory of counterfeit currency. During the same operation occurred the capture of two men 31 and 39 years of age and the seizure of several items that were used for the manufacture of counterfeit notes of high denomination. Read Article

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Colombia tech company gears up to make taking taxi safer

colombiareports.co reported that a Colombian tech company is making it easier and safer to catch a taxi in Colombia, which could help combat the country’s notorious “millionaire rides.” Every day in Colombia, there are 1.3 million taxi journeys taken in about 200,000 taxis, but catching a taxi off the street can be difficult or even […]

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Kidnap express still threat in Colombia

globalpost.com reported.. It’s called “the millionaire’s ride” and that’s no exaggeration. It works like this: With passengers in tow, unscrupulous taxi drivers suddenly stop to pick up accomplices who then force their victims, at gun or knife point, to pull out their debit and credit cards and withdraw millions of Colombian pesos from ATMs. The […]

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Colombia: first Center for Excellence in Latin America named

agenciadenoticias.unal.edu.co reported thta the UNal-Manizales Environmental Studies Institute (IDEA, for its Spanish acronym) was named by the International Council for Science (ICSU) the first Center for Excellence in Latin America. The Center for Excellence category is an acknowledgement that the ICSU and its councils (in this case the Disaster Risk Comprehensive Research Council) grants to […]

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Ecuador military on Maximum alert for guerrila (FARC) attacks on border with Colombia

lahora.com.ec reported that International editorial action, apparently committed by the front 48 of the FARC in the border with Ecuador, killed the patrol police, Jesus David Gaona. Early indications are that a sniper of the guerrilla shot him from the Ecuadorian side and killed him. The incident took place in the San Miguel international bridge, […]

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