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Colombia Expects $2.6 Billion Investment From 49 Oil Blocks

Colombia's National Hydrocarbons Agency, or ANH, has awarded 49 oil exploration and production blocks in an auction and said it expects the winning bidders to invest some $2.6 billion over the next six years. continue reading »

Colombians Arrested for Selling Sensitive U.S. Information to Drug Traffickers

Earlier this week in Bogotá, two Colombian nationals were arrested for obstructing justice by selling sensitive and confidential U.S. law enforcement information to a narcotics trafficker concerning prosecutions in New York. The arrests are the result of an extensive investigation led by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). continue reading »

Lucia Aldana Crowned Miss Colombia, Set to Compete for Miss Universe

Lucia Aldana, a student of communications and journalism from the southwestern province of Valle del Cauca, was elected Colombia's new beauty queen at the Caribbean city of Cartagena. The 20-year-old beauty, who competed in the National Beauty Contest together with 24 other candidates, will represent her country in the Miss Universe 2013 pageant. continue reading »

2 Major Drug Traffickers Apprehended in Colombia

Two drug traffickers suspected of having taken over for Diego Perez Henao, a Los Rastrojos gang boss arrested in Venezuela in June, have been captured by police, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said. continue reading »

IDB Loan To Improve the Quality of Human Resource Training in Colombia

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved a $100 million loan to the government of Colombia to reform its human capital formation system. The program aims to improve the quality and relevance of human resource training as a means of raising productivity and labor qualifications in the country. continue reading »

Colombian Soliders Killed in FARC Minefield Near Ecuador Border

Two Colombian soldiers died and another four were wounded after setting foot in a minefield installed by FARC guerrillas operating in the southwestern province of Nariño bordering on Ecuador, army officials said Saturday. continue reading »

Colombian VP, Angelino Garzon, Diagnosed with Prostate Cancer

Colombian Vice President Angelino Garzon said Monday that doctors overseeing his recovery from a stroke in June have detected a small cancer in his prostate gland. continue reading »

Emergency Called After Swarms of Bees Attack Bogota

At least 12 people were stung by honeybees after an attempt to remove a hive from the eaves of a home on Bogota's west side, emergency management officials said. continue reading »

Colombian Mudslide’s Death Toll Climbs to 10

The death toll from the mudslide that hit a hamlet in southwestern Colombia earlier this month has risen to 10, with five people still listed as missing, emergency management officials said. continue reading »

Labor Dept. Looking to Fund $1.5M Grant for Improving Labor RIghts in Colombia

The U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of International Labor Affairs is seeking eligible applicants under a $1.5 million competitive grant solicitation to develop centers for workers' rights in Colombia. continue reading »

Colombian Police Arrest 71 After “Day of Dignity” Protests

Colombian "indignados" took to the streets of the nation's biggest cities during their "Day of Dignity" protest against the country's social inequality, during which 71 people were arrested in the capital for disturbing the peace. continue reading »

Hundreds of Thousands of Colombians Protest Inequality Across Country

Colombian counterparts of Spain's "indignados" took to the streets of the Andean nation's major cities on Friday to protest inequality. The "Day of Dignity" events in Bogota included students participating in an apprenticeship program and judicial employees, who walked off the job Thursday to demand the government comply with a 20-year-old mandate to standardize their pay. continue reading »

Search Teams Continue to Scour Southern Colombia for Mudslide Victims

Search teams resumed looking Sunday for 11 people reported missing after a mudslide in Villas del Prado, a hamlet outside the southwestern Colombian city of Isnos, with the official death toll from the disaster at four, officials said. continue reading »

13 People Missing Since Mudslide Attacks Southern Colombia

At least 13 people went missing Saturday and five were injured in a mudslide that buried a hamlet in the southwestern Colombian province of Huila, emergency management services in Bogota said. continue reading »

Norway Confirms Peace Talks Between Colombia and FARC WIll Begin Oct. 17

Peace talks between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, guerrilla group will officially begin on Oct. 17 in Oslo, a spokeswoman for the Norwegian foreign ministry said Thursday. continue reading »

Peace Talks Between Colombia and FARC to Begin October 15

Representatives of Colombia's FARC rebel group said that peace talks with the Andean nation's government will begin Oct. 15, a week later than originally announced. continue reading »

7.3 Earthquake Shakes Souther Colombia

A magnitude-7.3 earthquake rocked no fewer than 11 provinces in southern and southwestern Colombia on Sunday, but so far there have been no reports of deaths or injuries, although a few homes were damaged in a small village. continue reading »

Colombia Prepares Itself Against Cyber Attacks

The Ministry of Defense of Colombia, with the support of the Organization of American States (OAS), is conducting an exercise in cyber security crisis management at the Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia, with the objective of strengthening the capabilities of Colombia in preventing, detecting and mitigating the effects of a large scale cyber attack on the country. continue reading »

Colombian Agents Confiscate Over 12 Tons of Cocaine, Marijuana in Anti-drug Campaign

Drug enforcement agents seized more than 12 tons of cocaine and marijuana in Colombia during a three-day multi-faceted operation in several regions, officials said Sunday. continue reading »

Ex-Professional Colombian Soccer Player, Friend Gunned Down in Guatemala

Two Colombians, including an ex-professional soccer player, died in an armed attack by unknown assailants at a restaurant in the Guatemalan town of Malacatan on the Mexican border, officials said Saturday. continue reading »