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Colombian opposition senator might lose seat over Uribe debate

Posted on: Dec 22 2014 - 7:15am | #0
In: Colombia Reports, News
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Leftist opposition Senator Ivan Cepeda might lose his seat in Colombia’s Congress for ignoring imposed restrictions when debating alleged ties between former President Alvaro Uribe, the Medellin Cartel and paramilitary organization AUC. Cepeda, a member of the leftist opposition Democratic Pole party, is being investigated by the State Council for naming and shaming now-Senator Uribe in a debate about the latter’s controversial political past, and alleged ties to both drug traffickers and right-wing paramilitary death squads. The opposition senator has been one of Uribe’s most vociferous critics since taking seat in the House in 2006 and called for a debate over Uribe’s alleged criminal dealings after both were elected to the Senate...

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Cuba-U.S. Close Cold War, What It Means For Latin America

The decision by the United States and Cuba to restore diplomatic ties looks like good news for now: for Cuban families, for regional democracy and for peace in Colombia.     TODAY COLOMBIA (El Espectador) BOGOTA — The surprise announcement Wednesday by U.S. and Cuban Presidents Barack Obama and Raúl Castro on beginning a process to end the embargo...

Posted on: Dec 21 2014 - 7:09am | #0
In: Journal, News
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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...

Panamerican highway blocked in southwest Colombia after ‘FARC’ attack

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The Panamerican highway, connecting Colombia’s largest cities to the rest of South America, was partially destroyed on Friday by an explosive allegedly planted by FARC guerrillas. The explosion took place in Caldono, a municipality located in one of the FARC’s main hotspots in the north of the Cauca state. “At the scene, terrorists of the Teofilo Foreros mobile column attacked...

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Colombian Military Recognized For Its Training

Interdiction training: The 12th International Coast Guard Course concluded in Cartagena, Colombia, on November 27. The Colombian National Navy provided training to naval officers from eight countries from the Americas. [APC-Colombia]

TODAY COLOMBIA – Colombia’s Armed Forces are recognized for providing high levels of specialized training, and the recent course provided the benefit of their expertise to other countries. Since 2010, more...

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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...


Colombia hails US for will to normalize relations with Cuba

Posted on: Dec 18 2014 - 12:14pm | Comments Off
In: Colombia Reports, News
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Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos on Monday joined other Latin American leaders to praise United States President Barack Obama and Cuban dictator Raul Castro for their decision to normalize relations. “In the name of the continent, we celebrate the audacity and courage of President Obama and the Cuban government to take this decision,” said Santos at a press conference in the presidential palace in the capital Bogota. According to Colombia’s head of state, the countries’ decision to resume diplomatic relations for the first time since the 1960s “opens the door to a near future in which we can fulfill the dream of having a continent where there is peace between nations and inside them.” “This is a fundamental step to...

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

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...

Posted on: Dec 17 2014 - 4:00pm | Comments Off
In: Colombia Reports
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FARC announces indefinite unilateral ceasefire, but under conditions

Posted on: Dec 17 2014 - 4:00pm | Comments Off
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Colombia’s largest rebel group, the FARC, on Wednesday declared an indefinite ceasefire, an unprecedented concession to public pressure and opponents to ongoing peace talks with the country’s government. FARC peace delegation leader “Ivan Marquez” announced the ceasefire from Cuba, where a rebel delegation have been meeting with government delegates since November 2012 to negotiate their way out of 50 years of bloody armed conflict. The day before, a delegation of victims had asked the government and the FARC to both declare a ceasefire. MORE: Victims again urge FARC and Colombia’s government to agree on ceasefire Fact sheet Peace talks Profiles FARC Ivan Marquez The FARC ceasefire will take effect on Saturday and will...

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Victims again urge FARC and Colombia’s government to agree on ceasefire

Victim representatives taking part in peace talks between Colombia’s government and the country’s largest rebel group FARC on Tuesday urged the warring parties to agree on a bilateral ceasefire. “The war needs to end as soon as possible and there needs to be a bilateral ceasefire as it would generate a certain consensus in the country to move towards the horizon...

Posted on: Dec 17 2014 - 10:55am | Comments Off
In: Colombia Reports
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