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Police Kill Drug Gang’s Number 2 in Colombia

The second-in-command of Colombia's Los Urabeños drug gang was killed in a shootout with police, authorities said Wednesday. Francisco Jose Morela, alias "El negro Sarley," was killed in a rural area outside the northwestern town of Turbo, Antioquia province, Defense Minister Juan Carlos Pinzon and National Police director Gen. Jose Roberto Leon Riaño said in a press conference. continue reading »

IACHR Condemns Murder of Colombian Activist

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) laments the murder of Ever Cordero, who chaired a participatory dialogue process for victims of displacement in the department (province) of Córdoba, Colombia. continue reading »

Chapel Housed inside 500-Year-old Colombian Salt Mine

Breathtaking chapel housed in 500-year-old Colombian salt mine. Chapel was built by miners as a place to pray before they started work and sits 800meters underground continue reading »

Colombia Leads Latin America in Automation

Colombia, the South American country that is second in foreign investment after Brazil, has become the regional leader in applying industrial automation, experts told Efe at the Automatisa 2013 trade fair, which began earlier this week in Bogota. continue reading »

Nobel Laureate Calls For an End to Censorship

South African-born Nobel literature laureate J.M. Coetzee offered an impassioned critique of censorship during a seminar at the Universidad Central de Bogota. continue reading »

Colombia Restores Land Seized by Militia to Peasants

President Juan Manuel Santos traveled to the northern province of Cordoba on Wednesday to preside over the restoration of lands stolen from 60 peasant families by the founders of Colombia's murderous AUC militia movement. continue reading »

COLOMBIA: Marchers Call for Peace Between Gov’t, FARC

Thousands of Colombians filled the streets of this capital and other cities Tuesday to support the peace process being negotiated by the government and FARC rebels, in the most pluralistic rally that a continue reading »

Nasa Indian Killed as Colombian Violence Continues

A 57-year-old Nasa Indian man has been shot dead in an alleged army attack in Colombia. Álvaro Chocué was shot in the head on Saturday, 30th March in the Caldono Indian Reserve in Colombia’s south-west Cauca province. continue reading »

Colombian “Emerald Czar” Victor Carranza Dies, Age 78

Colombian "emerald czar" Victor Carranza, a mining tycoon who was investigated for alleged ties to right-wing militias and other crimes, died on Thursday, officials at the Fundacion Santa Fe de Bogota hospital told Efe. He was 78. continue reading »

Continuing Peace Talks Between Colombia, FARC Delayed till End of April

The peace delegations of the Colombian government and the FARC announced Saturday that the continuation of peace talks in Cuba, originally scheduled for April 2, will be delayed until the end of April. Meanwhile the two sides will work "separately" on pending elements of the agrarian problem. continue reading »

Pacific Alliance Trade Bloc to Liberalize 90 Percent of Trades

Chile, Peru, Colombia and Mexico will liberalize 90 percent of their internal trade with the signing of an agreement on May 23 in Cali, Colombia, where the next Pacific Alliance summit will be held, the Chilean government announced Wednesday. continue reading »

Police Nab FARC Rebel Linked to Uribe Inauguration Attack in Colombia

Colombian police captured a purported high-ranking member of the FARC leftist guerrilla group's Eastern Bloc who is suspected of participating in a deadly 2002 mortar attack during former President Alvaro Uribe's first inauguration. continue reading »

Colombian Army Seizes 4 Tons of Cocaine at FARC Drug Lab

Army troops destroyed "the largest drug storage center" operated by the FARC guerrilla group in southwestern Colombia and seized four tons of cocaine bound for Central America and the United States, special counternarcotics brigade commander Col. Jorge Mora told Efe. continue reading »

Germans Held by Colombian Rebels are Released After 4 Months

The smaller of Colombia's two main guerrilla groups on Friday handed over two German captives to a humanitarian commission, ending their four-month ordeal, the International Committee of the Red Cross said. continue reading »

Nobel Laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez Celebrates 86th Birthday

Colombian novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez described himself as "very happy" on his 86th birthday, which he celebrated Wednesday at his home in this capital in the company of family and friends. continue reading »

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos Candidate for Nobel Peace Prize

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos is one of 259 nominees for the Nobel Peace Prize due to his willingness to strike a peace accord with the country’s largest guerilla group. continue reading »

Colombia Lifts Ban on Drummond Coal Shipments

Colombian environmental authorities have lifted a ban on coal exports by U.S.-based Drummond Co. while also authorizing a train to resume nighttime shipments of the fossil fuel. continue reading »

Medellin Recognized as World’s Most Innovative City

Medellin, the metropolis in northwestern Colombian was named Friday as the winner of the Innovative City of the Year competition, beating out New York and Tel Aviv. continue reading »

Colombia Arrests Italian Suspected of Working as Drug Go-between

An Italian man suspected of being a go-between for the Sicilian mafia with Colombian drug gangs was arrested in Bogota, the National Police said. continue reading »

Colombian President Will Abandon Peace Talks with Rebels if They Do Not Progress

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said Saturday that if peace talks with the FARC make no progress, "we're getting up from the negotiating table," adding that the guerrillas will not get the truce they are asking for. continue reading »