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Man found hanged on Avianca flight from Colombia to Costa Rica

Posted on: Feb 26 2015 - 9:26am | Comments Off
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The body of a Romanian man has been found hanged inside an Avianca airplane’s bathroom just before landing in Costa Rica after flying from Colombia’s capital Bogota, media from both countries reported on Wednesday. The man, identified as the 53-year-old Comana Costel, was found dead by his travel partner, a 35-woman from Romania, and Avianca personnel only minutes before landing at the Juan Santamaria airport in Alajuela, a town close to the capital San Jose. The couple had boarded the plane in Bogota. According to his travel partner, the deceased man had been nervous on the flight during which he visited the bathroom on a number of occasions. The anonymous woman said that at one point during the flight and found the seat of...

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Geologists discover ‘hidden’ volcano in western Colombia

Colombian geologists said Monday that they have discovered a previously unknown and “potentially dangerous” volcano in the west of the country. According to the Colombian Geological Service (SGC), the volcano was discovered near the village of Florencia in the Caldas state. The volcano was baptized “El Escondido,” Spanish for The Hidden One. It was given...

Posted on: Feb 24 2015 - 11:46am | Comments Off
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Al Jazeera’s 50-minute documentary on Colombia’s peace talks

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Qatar news outlet Al Jazeera released a 50-minute documentary on the ongoing armed conflict and peace talks in Colombia. In the documentary, journalist Rodrigo Vasquez talks to government negotiators, FARC commanders taking part in peace talks, members of the military, demobilized FARC and paramilitary commanders, and victims. Additionally, the journalist was given access to film guerrillas...

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Humor: Hilarious Colombian Hand Gestures

TODAY COLOMBIA: A photo presentation with short explanations of all of the most common hand gestures that you will find...


5.6M earthquake damages 200 homes in southwest Colombia

Posted on: Feb 23 2015 - 10:31am | Comments Off
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A 5.7 magnitude earthquake damaged some 200 homes in the southwest of Colombia on Sunday. No injuries have been reported but buildings in Morales, the closest town to the epicenter of the quake, did suffer. The local church and 200 homes in the town and nearby rural areas were damaged. The quake originated at 7.56AM at a depth of 145.7 kilometers, 39 kilometers from Popayan, the capital of the Cauca state, and caused a seismic wave that swept much of western Colombia. The quake was felt in Popayan and Cali. The list of the townships and villages that suffered damage includes El Porvenir, Danubio, La Estrella, La Estacion, San Isidro, El Rosario y Los Cafes. In El Carpintero, a key bridge on the main road to Morales suffered considerable...

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Colombia registers record trade deficit due to falling oil prices and cheap peso

Following years of trade surpluses, Colombia ended the year 2014 with a record trade deficit due to decreased revenue of exports and growing imports. The drop in exports was no surprise for the oil-producing country that has seen the global price of crude oil drop to approximately half its price in June. The drop in oil prices consequently lowered the price of...

Posted on: Feb 22 2015 - 9:06am | Comments Off
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Colombia to delay $2.44B in spending due to oil price fall

Posted on: Feb 22 2015 - 9:06am | Comments Off
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Colombia will delay spending $2.44 billion (6 trillion pesos), some 3% of its national budget, due to a sharp fall in oil revenue, the government said on Saturday. The cutbacks, consisting of $1.95 billion (4.8 trillion pesos) in investments and $488 million (1.2 trillion) in administrative costs, were approved by the cabinet, the government said in a statement. The move takes into account “new macroeconomic and fiscal conditions, associated primarily with the fall in international oil prices,” the statement said. The $1.95 billion investment cut represents 9.7% of the country’s allotted budget for general costs, including much-needed infrastructure improvements. The government will now invest a total of $18 billion (44.7 trillion...

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Son of peace talks victims representative murdered, 13 more reps receive death threats

Unknown assailants have killed the son of one of the victim representatives at peace talks between Colombia’s government and rebel group FARC. Almost one in four of the representatives have received death threats because of their participation, they said Friday. The 60 victim representatives taking part in the peace talks held a press conference in Bogota to...

Posted on: Feb 21 2015 - 12:51pm | Comments Off
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