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First female mayor of Bogota marries girlfriend

The first female mayor to be elected in Colombia’s capital city of Bogota has married her female partner just ahead of taking office. Claudia López will become the first openly lesbian mayor in the traditionally conservative, Catholic country Claudia López, who will be sworn into office...

FARC Peace Deal a Smokescreen for Corruption

On Friday, 7th October 2016, we learned that after thirty-four years, a Colombian had won the second Nobel Prize in the country’s history. This time a less exciting and more political one because it is awarded by a committee delegated by the Norwegian Parliament. Former...

Colombia orders Uber to cease operation after unfair competition lawsuit

Colombia on Friday ordered Uber to cease its ride-hailing operations in the Andean country, effective immediately, after a judge ruled the company violated competition rules. Uber’s logo is pictured at its office in Bogota, Colombia, December 12, 2019 Following a lawsuit filed against Uber by COTECH...

It’s snow joke: Colombia threatens to sue Walmart over sweater

The Colombian government agency, Agencia Jurídica de Defensa (Legal Defence Agency) has threatened to sue Walmart over a Christmas sweater that associated the country to cocaine. The sweater, offered by a third-party seller on Walmart’s Canadian website featured an image of a bug-eyed Santa Claus...

Tens of thousands march in third strike

Tens of thousands of protesters across Colombia took part in anti-government demonstrations Wednesday during the country’s third general strike in two weeks. Thousands of people — trade unionists, students, teachers, farmers and indigenous people among them — gathered to dance and sing in Bolivar Square...

Pots and pans ‘cacerolazo’ protests echo across Latin America

Medellin, Colombia – When 6 pm struck in Colombia, the sound of banging pots and pans – the “cacerolazo” – echoed across the country like they have since the mass anti-government protest kicked off more than a week ago. People bang pans and pots during...

Colombia Protests Press 0n

Widespread anti-government protests in Colombia continued for the fifth day on Monday, while the movement registered its first death. An 18-year-old high school student, who became a symbol of the movement, died from injuries he sustained from being hit by a teargas canister. Dilan Cruz was...

President Duque opens national dialogue after protests

President Iván Duque opened a national dialogue Sunday that he said will include citizens from all walks of life in tackling issues like corruption and inequality days after one of Colombia’s biggest protests in recent history. An anti-government demonstrator waves a Colombian flag after he...

3 Dead, 122 Injured In Protests Against Colombian President Ivan Duque

Colombia’s Defense Minister Carlos Holmes Trujillo on Friday confirmed that three people died and 122 civilians were injured during the nationwide strike against President Ivan Duque held on Thursday, when some 622 massive marches, rallies or other forms of protest were held in 350...

Colombia is number one in Latin America

When the International Monetary Fund (IMF) ran the rule over Latin America last month, it decided it needed to be far less bullish about growth forecasts for all of the region’s biggest economies — except one. Colombia, the IMF said, was still on track to...

Uber pulls $40 million Colombia investment

(Reuters) – Ride-hailing mobile application Uber said on Thursday it will not be basing a $40 million support and safety center in Colombia after all, because of a lack of regulatory stability in the Andean country. Ride-hailing apps have drawn the ire of authorities in...

100 Years Of Avianca

Colombia will be preparing for festivities as Avianca will celebrate its 100th birthday on December 5th, 2019. The Colombian airline is the second oldest in the world with a rich history that dates back to the early 20th century. Avianca was founded in the form...

Colombia the Silicon Valley of Latin America?

Colombian President Ivan Duque was present in Cartagena on Thursday, September 5,  to give the opening address to Colombia’s largest and most important ICT (Information & Communications Technology) event, ANDICOM. Duque announced the creation of an entrepreneurial ecosystem initiative led by Innpulsa Colombia, with the...

Latest Drug Trafficking Trend in Colombia: Cocaine Implants

A Colombian woman demonstrated one of the increasingly creative methods being used by drug traffickers when she was caught with cocaine implants. Police in Bogota, Colombia, report they have discovered that drug traffickers are employing plastic surgeons for liquid cocaine implants. According to the report...

Trial against the ‘biggest pimp in Cartagena’ to begin

This Tuesday, begins the trial against Liliana del Carmen Campos Puello, ‘La Madame’, investigated by the Attorney General’s Office for concerted crimes to commit crimes, trafficking in persons and inducing prostitution begins. Liliana del Carmen Campos – ‘La Madame’ – is designated as the head...

Colombia Declares Banana Emergency

Colombia, one of the world’s largest banana exporters, declared a national emergency by detecting an outbreak of a lethal fungus for that crop on a farm near the Venezuelan border, an official source said. The disease does not contaminate the fruit, since it affects the...

Historic Mega-Concert on Colombian-Venezuelan Border

British billionaire entrepreneur and philanthropist Richard Branson is spearheading a unique and historic concert on the Venezuelan-Colombian border, in conjunction with the beginning of the delivery of international humanitarian aid to mitigate the shortages of food and medicine generated by socialism in Venezuela. Richard Branson...

Terror cannot be the seed of peace, Bogota cardinal says after car bomb

Cardinal Ruben Salazar Gomez of Bogota said that terror can never be the seed of justice and peace, following Thursday’s car bomb attack at a police academy in the Colombian capital. The Jan. 17 attack which killed 21 has been attributed to the National Liberation...

21 Dead, Dozens Hurt in Colombia Car Bomb Explosion

A car bomb exploded Thursday, January 17, at a police academy in Bogota, leaving at least 21 people dead and dozens injured, Colombian police reported. Members of the security forces and rescue personnel work at the site of an explosion on a police cadet training...

Colombia Probes Alleged Plot by Venezuelans to Assassinate President Duque

The Colombian government is investigating a possible plot by three Venezuelan nationals to assassinate President Ivan Duque, Foreign Minister Carlos Holmes said in a video message. Authorities are investigating a presumed planned attempt President Iván Duque in which Venezuelan citizens would be involved The trio was...

Macri’s G-20 summit showcase in Argentina now mired in social unrest

BUENOS AIRES — For President Mauricio Macri, this weekend’s Group of 20 summit was supposed to showcase a confident, booming Argentina, re-energized by his pro-market policies that put the country’s longtime economic and political dysfunction in the rearview mirror. France’s President Emmanuel Macron, right, and...

Colombia Struggles to Convict Killers of Women, Experts Say

A law aimed at reducing Colombia’s female homicide rate — of three killings per day — has struggled to secure convictions as people tend to blame or disbelieve women and excuse men for violence, experts said Thursday. Girls paint a banner during a demonstration to...

‘Cages are more dignified’: Colombia brings cold comfort for Venezuelans

The feet of Estilita López, 78 years old, are bloodied and bruised from the arduous journey from Yaracuy, in northern Venezuela, to Bogotá, the Colombian capital. Together with 460 fellow compatriots, she now lives in a new, city-funded migrant camp that has just sprung...

The Benefits for Colombia of the Venezuelan Mass Exodus

The crisis in Venezuela has eroded the migratory situation, which has had a great impact in countries where thousands of people have come to seek refuge. In this sense, Colombia has maintained an open migration policy that includes healthcare, labor, and migratory support. The vast...

Colombia, The New Magnet for Investments in Latin America

Colombia is the new “El Dorado” – or “Golden” – for investors in Latin America due to its economic stability, political leadership and openness to foreign markets, Commerce, Industry and Tourism Minister Jose Manuel Restrepo said. Those conditions ensure that the country annually receives more...

Thousands March in Colombia In Defense Of Public Universities

Thousands of students, professors, and university directors of 32 public universities in Colombia participated in the National March in Defense of Higher Education to demand higher budgets and transparency from the national government Wednesday. Ahead of the march, students of several faculties in Colombia’s public...

‘We apologize’: former Colombia FARC rebels seek forgiveness at tribunal

Former rebel FARC commanders in Colombia have appeared at a historic tribunal where for the first time they were made to answer for kidnappings and forced disappearances under the terms of a peace deal. The Special Jurisdiction for Peace is examining kidnappings and disappearances that...

Colombia Takes Aim at “Narcotourism”, Closes Pablo Escobar Museum

The closure of the Pablo Escobar Museum in Medellín, Colombia, represents a serious blow to the narcoculture that has taken root in the city, where tourists see a perfect opportunity to reminisce about the life of the brutal Colombian capo beyond the fiction of...

Coffee farmers struggle to adapt to Colombia’s changing climate

In Colombia’s coffee-producing region of Risaralda, small trees run along the sharp incline of the Andes Mountains, carefully tended in tidy rows. Thousands of green coffee berries turn brilliant red as they ripen, ready to be harvested by hand. The steep hills here prevent...

US Navy Hospital Ship to Deploy to Colombia

The United States is sending a U.S. Navy hospital ship to Colombia to help treat some of the hundreds of thousands of people who have poured over the border fleeing violence in Venezuela. Boatswain’s Mate 3rd Class Taryn Armington and Sonar Technician (Surface) Seaman Darian...

Colombians Told ‘No Sex’ In The Afternoon. It’s Too Darn Hot!

It’s been a sweltering summer in many parts of the world, with millions scrambling for ways to cool off. On Wednesday, the 600,000 residents of Santa Marta, Colombia, were given one interesting suggestion: Stop having sex in the afternoon. Santa Marta is known as La...

Drug trafficking and organized crime, agenda topics with the United States

U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis met with Colombia’s defense minister on Friday to reaffirm the long-standing defense relationship between the United States and Colombia, chief Pentagon spokesperson Dana W. White said. The defense ministers of Colombia,  Guillermo Botero and the United States, James Mattis met...

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