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One Dies, 7 Very Ill After Drinking Homemade Banana Liquor in Colombia Contaminated with Round-up

One Dies, 7 Very Ill After Drinking Homemade Banana Liquor in Colombia Contaminated with Round-up

An Indian in the southeastern Colombian province of Guaviare died and at least seven others were gravely ill after imbibing a homemade liquor fermented from bananas that were apparently contaminated by pesticide used to eradicate coca, the raw material of cocaine, authorities said Monday. continue reading »

Residental Mortgage Lending in Latin America Gets Boost from International Lenders

Residental Mortgage Lending in Latin America Gets Boost from International Lenders

La Hipotecaria will get a financial package of approximately $20 million from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) to boost residential mortgage financing to low- and middle-income individuals in El Salvador, Panama and Colombia. continue reading »

U.S. Diplomats Travel to Chile and Colombia to Discuss Security and Human Rights Issues

U.S. Diplomats Travel to Chile and Colombia to Discuss Security and Human Rights Issues

Under Secretary of State for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights Maria Otero will travel to Chile from January 11 to 13 and to Colombia from January 17 to 20. continue reading »

Crafty Thieves Use Watermelon Rinds to Slide ATM Out of Store in Colombia

Crafty Thieves Use Watermelon Rinds to Slide ATM Out of Store in Colombia

A group of thieves entered a drugstore in the Colombian city of Barranquilla and, after subduing a security guard, stole an automatic teller machine continue reading »

Colombian Designer Adriana Castro nominated for Rising Star Award

Colombian Designer Adriana Castro nominated for Rising Star Award

Colombian designer Adriana Castro is among the nominees for the Fashion Group International's Rising Star Award in the category of Accessories. Castro recently received the 2011 Miami Award in the Women's Handbags category and also had the honor of opening the 3rd Bogota International Fashion Week. continue reading »

Narco House & Tourist Attraction Where Pablo Escobar Gunned Down is Sold

Narco House & Tourist Attraction Where Pablo Escobar Gunned Down is Sold

The house where Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar died, a must-see for tourists in the northwestern city of Medellin, is up for sale, the daily El Tiempo said Monday. continue reading »

Colombian FARC Guerrillas are Large Land Owners

Colombian FARC Guerrillas are Large Land Owners

Colombia's FARC guerrilla group has carried out land seizures and owns - in the names of straw men - farms of up to 42,000 hectares (105,000 acres), the director of the Territorial Consolidation and Reconstruction Unit, Alvaro Balcazar, said in an interview published by the El Tiempo newspaper. continue reading »

How Did Texas Runaway Jakadrien Turner, 15, Get Deported to Colombia?

How Did Texas Runaway Jakadrien Turner, 15, Get Deported to Colombia?

A Texas runaway who disappeared in 2010 was discovered to have been wrongfully deported to Colombia by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Now, the 15-year-old’s family is demanding answers, but it seems more questions are being raised instead. continue reading »

117 Children Murdered in Colombia in 2011, Over 40% Under Age of 5 Years-Old

117 Children Murdered in Colombia in 2011, Over 40% Under Age of 5 Years-Old

In 2011 117 children were murdered in Colombia, 41 of them under 5 years of age. This is what emerges from the statistics, sent to Fides, on the toll statements released at the end of 2011 concerning violent deaths in America. continue reading »

2 Colombian Mayors-Elect Take Oath Behind Bars, Suspected of Being Terrorist Militia

2 Colombian Mayors-Elect Take Oath Behind Bars, Suspected of Being Terrorist Militia

The mayors-elect of two municipalities in the northern Colombian province of Cordoba took the oath of office in a Bogota jail as they await trial on charges of links to murderous right-wing militias, officials told Efe Tuesday. continue reading »

Mayor-elect in Colombia Gunned Down, 41 Politicians Killed this Year

Mayor-elect in Colombia Gunned Down, 41 Politicians Killed this Year

Jaime Chazatar, mayor-elect of the Colombian municipality of Santa Cruz-Guachaves in the southwestern province of Nariño, was murdered Saturday by unknown persons, officials said. continue reading »

Colombian Mudslide Claims Three: Two Children and Elderly Man

Colombian Mudslide Claims Three: Two Children and Elderly Man

A mudslide took the lives of two children and an elderly man on Friday in a rural area of the west-central province of Caldas, bringing to 185 the number of people killed in the current rainy season, the Colombian Red Cross said. continue reading »

Drunken TV Reporter Sends 1,500 Colombian Cops on Wild Goose Chase

Drunken TV Reporter Sends 1,500 Colombian Cops on Wild Goose Chase

A Colombian television reporter found herself in hot water after contacting police about an abduction that never happened, the press said Wednesday. continue reading »

Colombia, Followed by Mexico Lead in Number of Religious Workers Killed in 2011

Colombia, Followed by Mexico Lead in Number of Religious Workers Killed in 2011

Once again this year, Fides publishes an annual document of all the pastoral workers who lost their lives in a violent manner over the course of the last 12 months. continue reading »

Medellín Replaces Precarious Steep Steps  With Outdoor Escalator (VIDEO)

Medellín Replaces Precarious Steep Steps With Outdoor Escalator (VIDEO)

The escalators in six double up-and-down segments have replaced the 350 cement steps that many Medellín commune residents had to climb as part of their daily routine. continue reading »