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FARC Rebels Recruited Teens Against Their Will in Colombia

FARC Rebels Recruited Teens Against Their Will in Colombia

Colombia's FARC guerrillas pulled at least 13 teenagers out of boarding schools in the southern province of Putumayo and forced them to join the ranks of the insurgency, a prominent human rights activist told Efe on Friday. continue reading »

Poverty and Destitution Plagues More Than a Third of Colombians

Poverty and Destitution Plagues More Than a Third of Colombians

More than a third of the close to 46 million Colombians are living in poverty or destitution, conditions particularly oppressive in small towns and rural areas, according to a study released in Bogota by the government statistics service. continue reading »

Environmental Group Commends Mexican Farmworker For His Stance on Food Justice

Environmental Group Commends Mexican Farmworker For His Stance on Food Justice

Lucas Benitez, a Mexican immigrant who helped organize fellow farmworkers in Florida, shared with colleague Greg Asbed the Natural Resources Defense Council's Growing Green Award in the category of Food Justice. continue reading »

Colombia’s Ecopetrol Market Value Hits $126.72 Billion, Overtakes Brazil’s Petrobras

Colombia’s Ecopetrol Market Value Hits $126.72 Billion, Overtakes Brazil’s Petrobras

Colombian oil company Ecopetrol overtook Brazilian energy firm Petrobras earlier this week to become Latin America's largest public company by market value, according to a study by Sao Paulo-based consultancy Economatica. continue reading »

New U.S. Census Report Shows More Than Half of Infants Are Minorities

New U.S. Census Report Shows More Than Half of Infants Are Minorities

For the first time in U.S. history, the majority of the population under the age of 1 are minorities, according to figures released Thursday by the Census Bureau. continue reading »

First Hispanic Woman to Preside On New Mexico Supreme Court Shares Advice for Young Latino Women

First Hispanic Woman to Preside On New Mexico Supreme Court Shares Advice for Young Latino Women

Judge Petra Jimenez Maes, well-known for her efforts to promote diversity, is the first Hispanic woman to preside on the New Mexico Supreme Court. continue reading »

Colombian Drivers Owe More Than $300 Million in Unpaid Fines

Colombian Drivers Owe More Than $300 Million in Unpaid Fines

Bogota, Colombia’s Mobility Department is reportedly preparing to impound 36,842 vehicles and 2125 homes because the owners have failed to pay a total of about 560 billion pesos (more than US$309.6 million). continue reading »

Survey: Majority of Hispanic Teens Guilty of Texting While Driving

Survey: Majority of Hispanic Teens Guilty of Texting While Driving

Findings from a new survey commissioned by AT&T as part of the "It Can Wait"campaign indicate Hispanic teens are highly vulnerable when it comes to texting while driving. A shocking 54 percent of Hispanic teens admit to texting while driving, compared to 41 percent of Caucasian and 42 percent of African-American teenagers. continue reading »

Over Fifty-Thousand People Came to U.S. as Refugees in 2011, Cuba Leads from aLatin American Country

Over Fifty-Thousand People Came to U.S. as Refugees in 2011, Cuba Leads from aLatin American Country

The U.S. provides refuge to persons who have been persecuted or have a well-founded fear of persecution through two programs: one for refugees and one for asylees, both allow for the affected person and their immediate relatives to be allowed into U.S. continue reading »

The “Most Beautiful” Latinos Celebrate At People en Español Magazine Gala

The “Most Beautiful” Latinos Celebrate At People en Español Magazine Gala

Mexican songstress Thalia, in a sensual and short dress designed by Roberto Cavalli, and Dominican TV host Charytin Goyco in an elegant black outfit by countryman Oscar de la Renta, turned heads in New York during their red carpet appearances for People en Español magazine's "50 Most Beautiful" issue gala. continue reading »

UPDATE: Colombian Government to Assist in Release of French Journalist

UPDATE: Colombian Government to Assist in Release of French Journalist

The Colombian government notified France that it will do what is necessary to enable leftist rebels' plan to release a French journalist who fell into guerrilla hands, Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos said Tuesday. continue reading »

Spanish Rumors:  Is Picque Cheating on Shakira with Bar Refaeli?

Spanish Rumors:  Is Picque Cheating on Shakira with Bar Refaeli?

Rumors are beginning to intensify that Barcelona’s famous soccer player, Gerard Picqué, and world famous Israeli super model Bar Refaeli are now enjoying a new romance. continue reading »

France Yet To Respond to Colombian Rebels’ Offer to Release French Journalist

France Yet To Respond to Colombian Rebels’ Offer to Release French Journalist

Former Sen. Piedad Cordoba and the International Committee of the Red Cross agreed on Monday to form a delegation to receive a French journalist captured last month by leftist FARC rebels while embedded with Colombian security forces, but neither Paris nor Bogota commented on the proposed release. continue reading »

Bomb in Bogota Targeting Interior Minister, Fernando Londoño, Kills Two and Wounds 39

Bomb in Bogota Targeting Interior Minister, Fernando Londoño, Kills Two and Wounds 39

A bomb targeting former Interior Minister Fernando Londoño killed his driver and a bodyguard and wounded 39 others Tuesday in the Colombian capital, police said, amending earlier official comments that spoke of five dead and 29 injured. continue reading »

Rep. King: Meeting Colombian Prostitute at Center of Secret Service Scandal “Simply Not Necessary”

Rep. King: Meeting Colombian Prostitute at Center of Secret Service Scandal “Simply Not Necessary”

New York Congressman and Chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security Peter King has released a statement saying he will not be meeting with the Colombian prostitute involved in the Secret Service's scandal, de continue reading »