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At least 62 killed in northwest Colombia flash flood, more missing and feared dead

(TODAY COLOMBIA) A flash flood caused by heavy rains has killed at least 45 people in a town in northwest Colombia, local authorities said Monday, warning others are still missing and feared dead. According to the Governor’s Office of the Antioquia province, heavy rains forced...

Avianca Announces US$299 San Jose – San Andres Direct Flights

QCOSTARICA TRAVEL - At a cost of only US$299, the Colombian airline Avianca will starting in July take you from San Jose to the Colombian island of San Andrés and back, with three weekly flights. The special price is available for purchase between May 15 and...

Woman Suspected Being Part of Dangerous Colombia Drug Cartel Captured in Costa Rica

QCOSTARICA - More women seem to be heading or playing an important role in drug trafficking gangs. Just this past Sunday an attempt was made on the life of Pamela Crespi, a replacement for famous Costa Rican drug trafficking gang by the jailed "El Indio"....

Colombia Transforms Old Tires Into Green Housing

TODAY COLOMBIA - CHOACHM, Colombia -- The highlands around the Colombian capital are scattered with small buildings that look like out-of-place igloos but are in fact innovative houses made from the tires that litter the country's roads. The woman behind the project is Alexandra Posada,...

Putting Salacious DEA Sex Party Report in Perspective

LATIN AMERICA - The new report by the US Department of Justice on the sexual misconduct of four law enforcement agencies is full of smutty details that may yet seriously impact their credibility in Latin America. The report found that the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)...

Colombian Investments in Costa Rica

QCOSTARICA - 38% of the colombian companies who have invested in the country are dedicated to services, 28% to industry, 11% to construction and 23% to tourism, commerce or agriculture, says a report by Proclombia. The service, food and manufacturing sectors are generating the most...

Bogota Covered in 60 cm (24 Inches) of Snow and Ice

TODAY COLOMBIA  - Colombia’s capital Bogota was surprised on Sunday by a major hail storm that covered the south of the city with a 60 centimeter (24-inch) layer of icy snow. The excessive hail caused a number of emergencies across the city. The most affected were...

Dollar might appreciate to COP3K, sparking fears over rising food prices in Colombia

TODAY COLOMBIA - The dollar broke the barrier of COP2,600 on Monday, sparking speculation of a further substantial rise which would increase Colombia’s prices in a number of key areas. Analysts have suggested that the dollar could reach a high of COP3,000 by September, by...

Demining Colombia Will Take 10 Years

TODAY COLOMBIA - Clearing Colombia of landmines is likely to take at least 10 years, and cost more than $200 million, the government said days after announcing rebel group FARC would help in landmine removal in the event of peace. President Juan Manuel Santos, the...

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