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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 »

Colombian President Santos Confirms ‘Exploratory’ Talks with FARC Guerillas

Colombian President Santos Confirms ‘Exploratory’ Talks with FARC Guerillas

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos confirmed that "exploratory discussions have been held" with the FARC guerrilla group about coming to the table for peace talks and that he has invited the smaller ELN rebel group to join the dialogue under the same conditions. continue reading »

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 »