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Venezuelan Oil Refinery Blast’s Death Toll Rises to 39

Venezuelan Oil Refinery Blast’s Death Toll Rises to 39

The death toll from the explosion this weekend at the Amuay oil refinery in the northwestern Venezuelan state of Falcon has risen to 39, the government said. continue reading »

FARC Rebels Bomb Portion of Colombia’s Transandino Pipeline

FARC Rebels Bomb Portion of Colombia’s Transandino Pipeline

A new bomb attack destroyed a stretch of the Transandino pipeline in a rural area of the southwestern province of Nariño, authorities said Saturday. continue reading »

Retired Colombian General Sentenced For Killing Peasant Leader in 1997

Retired Colombian General Sentenced For Killing Peasant Leader in 1997

Retired Colombian Gen. Rito Alejo del Rio was convicted Friday and sentenced to nearly 26 years in prison for the 1997 murder of a peasant leader in a joint army-paramilitary operation. continue reading »

Second in Command of Colombia’s Morfi Drug Operation Arrested

Second in Command of Colombia’s Morfi Drug Operation Arrested

A federal jury found a Colombian man guilty Wednesday of three drug conspiracy charges. He faces a mandatory minimum penalty of 10 years in federal prison and a maximum penalty of life in prison for two of the c continue reading »

Man Attempted to Board Plane With a Grenade in his Bag in Colombia

Man Attempted to Board Plane With a Grenade in his Bag in Colombia

A man was arrested when a grenade was found in his carry-on luggage as he tried to board a commercial flight in the southwestern Colombian city of Guapi, authorities said. continue reading »

Colombia Invests in Radar Systems to Combat Drug, Arms Traffickers

Colombia Invests in Radar Systems to Combat Drug, Arms Traffickers

Colombia has purchased 11 radar systems that will be used to improve coastal defense and prevent the smuggling of arms, drugs and other contraband into the country, Defense Minister Juan Carlos Pinzon said. continue reading »

Colombian Salsa Marathon Opens With Eddie Palmieri, El Gran Combo

Colombian Salsa Marathon Opens With Eddie Palmieri, El Gran Combo

Pianist and composer Eddie Palmieri and the legendary El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico opened the Salsa in the Park Festival in Bogota, a three-day marathon of music and dance in public spaces around the Colombian capital. continue reading »

Juanes: A Superstar Slows Down, Shifts Gears (VIDEO)

Juanes: A Superstar Slows Down, Shifts Gears (VIDEO)

The new release from Juanes marks a departure for the Colombian pop star. The all-acoustic album was recorded in front of a live Miami audience for MTV Unplugged. Born Juan Esteban Aristizábal Vásquez, Juanes — who appears Friday and Saturday at the Hollywood Bowl with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and conductor Thomas Wilkins continue reading »

COLOMBIA: President Santos Says Rebels Want Him Killed Using “Whatever Means”

COLOMBIA: President Santos Says Rebels Want Him Killed Using “Whatever Means”

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos disclosed a purported internal FARC rebel group message in which a high-ranking guerrilla commander orders his comrades to kill the head of state "by whatever means." continue reading »

Colombia’s Ecopetrol, U.S. Find Oil in Gulf of Mexico

Colombia’s Ecopetrol, U.S. Find Oil in Gulf of Mexico

Colombia's Ecopetrol and two U.S. joint venture partners have discovered oil and gas at a deep-water well in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, the Bogota-based firm said Thursday. continue reading »

FARC Rebels Bomb Oil Depot in Colombia

FARC Rebels Bomb Oil Depot in Colombia

Leftist FARC guerrillas mounted bomb attacks Tuesday on an oil depot and an electric pylon in the northeastern province of Norte de Santander, Colombian authorities said. continue reading »

INFOGRAPHIC: Latin America’s Final Medal Count at the 2012 Olympics

INFOGRAPHIC: Latin America’s Final Medal Count at the 2012 Olympics

Of the 962 medals awarded, Latin America won 56. Ranging from Mexico's gold in soccer to Guatemala's first olympic medal, Latin America did very well at the 2012 Olympics. Check out HS News' infographic to see which LatAm country had the highest medal count. continue reading »

No Justice for Colombian Journalist’s Death 13 Years Later

No Justice for Colombian Journalist’s Death 13 Years Later

Press organizations, defenders of human rights, families and journalists gathered here Monday to commemorate the 13th anniversary of journalist and humorist Jaime Garzon's murder and to protest the authorities' failure to punish anyone for the crime. continue reading »

Famous Salsa Composer, Jairo Varela, Laid to Rest in Colombia

Famous Salsa Composer, Jairo Varela, Laid to Rest in Colombia

Jairo Varela, considered Colombia's greatest salsa composer, was buried in a cemetery in the southwestern city of Cali amid massive crowds that came to pay their last respects. continue reading »

Colombian Police Seize Cocaine en Route to Sinaloa Cartel

Colombian Police Seize Cocaine en Route to Sinaloa Cartel

Drug enforcement agents seized one ton of cocaine on a highway in northwestern Colombia that was bound for Mexico's Sinaloa drug cartel, the National Police said. continue reading »