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Colombia among Forbes’ 10 ‘coolest places to visit in 2015′

Posted on: Dec 17 2014 - 4:00pm | #0
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Colombia is one the world’s 10 coolest places to visit in 2015, said US business magazine Forbes. The list was put together with the help of Owen Gaddis, a luxury travel manager at the “super-high-end” travel company Absolute Travel. Colombia made the “cool” list as it allows visitors to “savor this South American up-and-comer’s charisma, authenticity and jugo de lulo.” According to the magazine, Colombia’s “stable” government “made it safe, and a new breed of hoteliers and operators are making it luxurious.” “The country encompasses everything from pristine Caribbean coastlines, picturesque cobblestone streets in Cartagena, the exotic Amazon rain forest, seven UNESCO World Heritage sites, the buzzing metropolis...

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Illegal armed groups recruited more than 100 Colombian child soldiers in 2014

Illegal armed groups in Colombia have recruited 119 minors in 2014, the country’s Ombudsman’s Office said on Tuesday. According to the government’s human rights office, guerrilla group FARC — currently engaged in peace talks with the government — allowed 51 minor into its ranks, while the smaller ELN group recruited 22. MORE: Almost half of FARC fighters...

Posted on: Dec 17 2014 - 10:55am | #0
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Medellin website releases app for visitors

Medellin Living has released a free iPhone app for visitors to Colombia’s second largest city, the travel and expat website announced...

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The church that towers over Medellin’s northeast

The Divine Mercy church is a stunning neo-Gothic icon that towers over northeastern Medellin from the Manrique neighborhood. Built...

Medellin website releases app for visitors

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Medellin Living has released a free iPhone app for visitors to Colombia’s second largest city, the travel and expat website announced on Tuesday. The free app, approved...

E-commerce to grow 45% in Colombia in 2014

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TODAY COLOMBIA – E-commerce in Colombia is expected to generate revenues of US$4.35 billion in 2014, which will represent an increase of 45 percent compared to US$3 billion in 2013, Comunidad Ola reports, citing Colombia’s e-commerce chamber head Victoria Virviescas. Some of the country’s top e-commerce firms include MercadoLibre, Linio, Dafiti, Éxito.com, Carulla.com...

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The church that towers over Medellin’s northeast

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The Divine Mercy church is a stunning neo-Gothic icon that towers over northeastern Medellin from the Manrique neighborhood. Built between 1921 and 1931 when the surrounding area was still largely uninhabited,...

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Escobar’s Hippos Running Wild in Colombia

TODAY COLOMBIA –  Take a notorious South American drug lord, build a mansion in the jungle and add some hippopotamuses....


The church that towers over Medellin’s northeast

Posted on: Dec 16 2014 - 9:40am | Comments Off
In: Colombia Reports, Inside Colombia, Medellin, Medellin
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The Divine Mercy church is a stunning neo-Gothic icon that towers over northeastern Medellin from the Manrique neighborhood. Built between 1921 and 1931 when the surrounding area was still largely uninhabited, the Divine Mercy parish now rests on a dense urban settlement at the entry point of Medellin’s northeastern neighborhoods. The dramatic Gothic style of the parish makes its presence easily distinguishable from any of the adobe residential buildings that surrounds it. The parish, designed by Carmelite cleric Andres Huarte, is clearly visible from lower down the Medellin river valley. According to a parishioner, people often come and visit the church after spotting it from the metro that rides alongside the river. Initially...

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Colombia’s Congress approves wealth tax

Colombia’s Congress has approved a polemic wealth tax meant to increase revenue for the government that — faced with dropping oil prices — is more than $5 billion short of closing the 2015 budget. The tax reform was approved by the House of Representatives in the final voting round, days after the Senate had approved the reform. The bill will now be sent...

Posted on: Dec 16 2014 - 9:40am | Comments Off
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Venezuela expands Colombia border closing measures

Posted on: Dec 16 2014 - 9:40am | Comments Off
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Venezuela on Monday announced to expand the restriction of traffic between Colombia and its neighbor to the east in order to curb contraband and prevent “national security threats.” According to an announcement made by the administration of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, border authorities have been ordered to “restrict people and vehicle’s border crossings by land, air and water” between 10PM until 5AM. Until now, restrictions were only applied to transporters who have been unable to legally cross the border between 6PM and 5AM. The notification said that the measures were to “protect the inviolability of the borders, combat contraband and prevent the activity of persons who could represent threats to the security” of...

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Displacement drops, but remains Colombia’s paramount problem in 2014

While the government and the FARC peace negotiators in Havana spent 2014 talking peace, the number of victims of forced displacement due to the armed conflict remained high, according to the annual report of the National Victims Unit. To date, the National Victims Unit has registered 101,491 Colombians who were victimized by the 50-year-long conflict in 2014....

Posted on: Dec 15 2014 - 8:19am | Comments Off
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