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LATINO BLOTTER:  Colombian Convicted of Stealing Over $1 Million from Program for At-Risk Kids

LATINO BLOTTER:  Colombian Convicted of Stealing Over $1 Million from Program for At-Risk Kids

Former Portland resident Gerardo Mosquera was convicted in the United States District Court last Thursday of stealing from a program that provides food to underprivileged children. continue reading »

Ceasefire Will Not Hinder Peace Talks, Says Colombian Rebels

Ceasefire Will Not Hinder Peace Talks, Says Colombian Rebels

A spokesman for the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, guerrilla group told a Bogota daily that upcoming peace talks with the government will not break down if its request for an immediate truce is not granted. continue reading »

Colombian Police Shut Down Illegal Gold Mine

Colombian Police Shut Down Illegal Gold Mine

An illegal gold mine operating in a rural area in Huila, a province in southern Colombia, has been shut down, police said. A mobile unit of the Huila police force seized a pump and pans used by gold miners. continue reading »

Former President Carter Calls For Greater U.S.-LatAm Relations

Former President Carter Calls For Greater U.S.-LatAm Relations

As the XVI Annual CAF Conference came to a close, former U.S. president Jimmy Carter called for stronger relations between the U.S. and Latin America, and regretted that the U.S. "is not doing enough as a major country to bring peace and harmony, trade and commerce, and understanding and basic human rights to the people in Latin America." continue reading »

FARC Seek An Immediate Bilateral Ceasefire in Colombian Peace Talks

FARC Seek An Immediate Bilateral Ceasefire in Colombian Peace Talks

Representatives of Colombia's FARC rebel group said here Thursday they will immediately propose a bilateral ceasefire once peace talks get underway with the government. continue reading »

Shakira Honors Her Father’s 81st Birthday With Touching Tribute (VIDEO)

Shakira Honors Her Father’s 81st Birthday With Touching Tribute (VIDEO)

Shakira on Thursday released a video in which she sings together with her father a song from the original soundtrack of "Love in the Time of Cholera," and which served as her congratulatory greeting to him on his 81st birthday. continue reading »

Colombia Controller General Quits After Receiving Death Threats

Colombia Controller General Quits After Receiving Death Threats

Colombia's controller general said Thursday from Spain that she will leave her country after a series of death threats. The last straw was the arrival of a coffin at her office in Bogota, Sandra continue reading »

Colombia, FARC Rebels to Begin Peace Talks Next Month in Norway

Colombia, FARC Rebels to Begin Peace Talks Next Month in Norway

Representatives of the Colombian government and the Andean nation's largest guerrilla group, the FARC, will sit down next month in Oslo for talks aimed at ending their decades-long conflict. continue reading »

Colombian Woman Killed After Being Accused of Withcraft

Colombian Woman Killed After Being Accused of Withcraft

A woman was slain and her body burned after being accused of casting spells against other women in the northwestern Colombian province of Antioquia. The victim was Maria Verenice Martinez, 47, continue reading »

Colombia’s 69-Year-Old ‘Queen of Cocaine’ Gunned Down in Medellin

Colombia’s 69-Year-Old ‘Queen of Cocaine’ Gunned Down in Medellin

Griselda Blanco, Colombia's infamous "queen of cocaine" of the 1970s, was murdered in the northwestern city of Medellin, police said. continue reading »

Grenade Attack in Northern Colombia Kills 1, Injures 27

Grenade Attack in Northern Colombia Kills 1, Injures 27

One person was killed and 27 others were wounded in a grenade attack at an entertainment center in Barrancabermeja, a city in northeastern Colombia, police said Sunday. continue reading »

Colombia Captures 18 Gang Members With Links to 17 Murders

Colombia Captures 18 Gang Members With Links to 17 Murders

Colombian authorities arrested 18 suspected members of the Los Urabeños criminal gang who are accused in connection with 17 murders, tracking them down in three separate parts of the country, the National Police said Saturday. continue reading »

Colombian Economy Surpasses Argentina as No. 2 Economy in South America

Colombian Economy Surpasses Argentina as No. 2 Economy in South America

Colombia has moved ahead of Argentina to become South America's second-largest economy, the outgoing Colombian finance minister said Friday. continue reading »

Fashion World is Welcoming Back Esteban Cortazar’s Design Line

Fashion World is Welcoming Back Esteban Cortazar’s Design Line

Fashion protégé, Esteban Cortazar, will be re-launching his design line during New York Fashion Week, with online retailer Net-A-Porter. continue reading »

Colombian Teens Kidnapped in March Found Dead

Two teenagers kidnapped in March were found dead in a rural area of the southwestern Colombian province of Nariño, police said Thursday. The bodies were discovered outside the town of Mallama, the p continue reading »