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Colombia becomes Latin America’s best country for doing business

Posted on: Oct 29 2014 - 1:14pm | #0
In: Business & Economy, Colombia Reports
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Colombia is the best country in Latin America for doing business, the World Bank said Wednesday in its annual Doing Business report. Globally, Colombia ranked 34 on a list of 198 economies, nine places higher than last year’s ranking. The country outperformed Latin American American countries Chile and Peru that least year ranked higher. MORE: Colombia 3rd best country for doing business in Latin America: World Bank The World Bank praised the country’s improvements in legislation to regulates taxes, credit and property registration. Latin America Doing Business index Colombia Peru Mexico Chile Panama Particularly a 2013 law that allowed companies to use other property than real estate as collateral for loans was one of the...


Former Colombia senator sentenced to 14 years over $500M embezzlement scandal

A former opposition senator was sentenced to 14 years in prison on Monday after a judge ruled that he had been part of a “contract mafia” that is suspected of having embezzled roughly $500 million through an elaborate kickback scheme in Bogota. Following a three-year trial, Colombia’s Supreme Court signed off on prosecution claims that former Senator Ivan...

Posted on: Oct 28 2014 - 4:59pm | #0
In: Bogota, Colombia Reports, News
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Pablo Escobar hurt and helped a lot of people: Benicio del Toro

Slain Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar is difficult to judge as “to some he’s still a Robin Hood, but to the rest of the world...


Medellin close to bringing Rolling Stones to Colombia: Mayor

Medellin is close to bringing one of rock n’ roll’s best groups in history, the Rolling Stones, to Colombia’s second largest...

Protesters block roads as Bogota transportation crisis continues


Hundreds of people blocked Bogota’s southern highway and a mass transit bus system station for over two hours on Tuesday in a protest against poor public transport. The most congested station of Bogota’s TransMilenio system, the San Mateo in the bordering city of Soacha, was blocked by protesters infuriated with delays in transportation services and the rise in travel fares. Apart...

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Colombia government agrees to help Bogota find funding for metro

Plans to commence construction of Bogota’s first underground metro line received support from Colombia’s finance minister,...

Colombia ‘embodies hope for the future': Press freedom group

Posted on: Oct 28 2014 - 4:58pm | #0
In: Colombia Reports, News
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A new report by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) says that Colombia has halved its impunity rating in the last seven years, but says the country still has a long way to go to achieve justice for killed journalists. In the global rankings, Colombia has moved from 5th to 8th in the list of countries with the worst records of prosecuting those who murder journalists. CPJ: In almost all cases, journalists are still being killed with no consequences | @Poynter: — CPJ (@pressfreedom) October 28, 2014 The report is quick to point out that the decreased impunity is not primarily due to more efficient prosecutions, but rather an overall drop in violence against journalists. “[Colombia's] 2014...


Colombia wants to regulate gold market to curb organized crime

Colombia’s defense minister on Monday proposed that all gold must be sold to the country’s central bank to prevent illegal armed groups’ involvement in profitable illegal mining operations. Speaking at the first International Forum on Illegal Mining, Defense Minister Juan Carlos Pinzon called on authorities and Congress to amplify regulation of the mostly...

Posted on: Oct 27 2014 - 3:43pm | Comments Off
In: Colombia Reports
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How Daniel Coronell became one of Alvaro Uribe’s biggest headaches

Posted on: Oct 27 2014 - 3:43pm | Comments Off
In: Colombia Reports, News
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Daniel Coronell is the journalist behind the recent string of revelations which has exposed former President Alvaro Uribe’s now-evidently hypocritical opposition to the Colombian government’s peace talks with the FARC rebels. With more than 20 years of experience as journalist, Coronell has broken some of the biggest stories in Colombian politics while also remaining active in academia as a journalism professor and research fellow in Colombia and abroad. He is currently a columnist at the Colombian weekly Semana.  After acting as director of Colombian television network Noticias Uno, in 2011 Coronell became director of Univision, the largest Spanish-language news channel in the United States. Past Revelations Coronell has been a...


Colombia Undergoes Cycling Boom

COLOMBIA SPORTS NEWS — With its professional cyclists winning international competitions. And that has led to increased popularity throughout the nation. We get more now from our friends at AFP. Every Sunday, hundreds of Bogota’s cyclists climb the mountains that surround the Colombian capital. It’s a 7-kilometer slog at 3,000 meters above sea level. “It’s...

Posted on: Oct 27 2014 - 2:38pm | Comments Off
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