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Southwest Colombia kidnappers took 3 children in past week

Posted on: Nov 26 2014 - 7:04pm | Comments Off
In: Colombia Reports, News
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Three children were kidnapped in three different municipalities in Colombia’s southeastern state of Cauca by unknown actors within the last week, according to local media.  In most recent case, occurring this past Monday, the parents of the child from Caldono were called and told to pay a ransom of nearly half a million dollars to free their son, according to El Pais newspaper. An 8-year-old girl has also been reportedly kidnapped by two men who were traveling on a motorcycle. The third reported disappearance was of an adolescent boy from a indigenous reservation in the region.  A leader of the reservation attributed this kidnapping to the FARC, as there have been previous cases in this region of illegal armed groups illegally recruiting...

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Venezuela soldiers caught crossing Colombia border 2nd time in week

For the second time in little over a week, Colombian authorities arrested Venezuelan soldiers illegally crossing into neighbor territory. Three national guardsmen were caught on Tuesday entering the north Colombian state of Norte de Santander on motorcycle. The officials were held by Colombian migration officials, according to Semana magazine. The soldiers were...

Posted on: Nov 26 2014 - 2:00pm | Comments Off
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Colombia walks away with 6 Latin Grammys

Five Colombian artists walked away with a total of six Latin Grammys at the musical ceremony Thursday. Two of the awards were for...

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Colombia’s Carlos Vives favorite in Latin Grammys

Colombia pop singer Carlos Vives is among the favorites to win Singer of the Year in the 2014 Latin Grammys. Vives is the most nominated...

Contrary to US, Colombia’s exports to EU do increase with free trade

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Colombia’s exports to the European Union increased 10% after the first year of a provisional free trade agreement (EU-FTA), contrasting it with the decline in exports to the United States after implementation of the 2011 free trade agreement (US-FTA), according to the European Union. Between August 2013 and July 2014, Colombian exports amounted to more than $10 billion, a 10.19%...

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Lucky to be alive: The girl was carrying more than 100 cocaine capsules

11 Year Old Girl Colombia’s ‘Youngest Ever Drug Mule’

COLOMBIA NEWS — An 11-year-old girl thought to be the world’s youngest drug mule has been stopped in  Cali...


Pablo Escobar’s death house for sale again

Posted on: Nov 25 2014 - 12:44pm | Comments Off
In: Colombia Reports, Medellin, reale estate
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The Medellin house where infamous drug lord Pablo Escobar was killed is being advertised for sale again. The five-bedroom house in the western part of Colombia’s second largest city is being sold by U. based rental agency Stellarview Realty, and is advertised as a buying opportunity for anyone who would want to turn the tourist site into a themed guesthouse, or open its doors to the public as a museum. With a price of just over $250,000 the property will be outside of the price range of most average Colombians, and the agency, who published the advert in English, are clearly looking to rich foreign investors to snap up the property. Escobar’s latest hiding place Escobar was shot dead on December 2 1993 on the rooftop of the two storey...

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Colombia’s inspector general calls on Santos to reject ceasefire with FARC rebels

Colombia’s inspector general on Monday urged President Juan Manuel Santos to de-escalate the war against the FARC, but keep up military pressure on the guerrillas. “You must be very careful that what you can agree on that matter does not restrict the use of the full capacity of the military forces and police in the pursuit and destruction of this group. The...

Posted on: Nov 25 2014 - 12:44pm | Comments Off
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University of Texas purchases Gabriel Garcia Marquez’ personal collection

Posted on: Nov 25 2014 - 7:39am | Comments Off
In: Colombia Reports
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The University of Texas at Austin has purchased the personal archive of the late Colombian writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez for an undisclosed amount.  The collection, which reportedly includes manuscripts, notebooks, photos, and letters belonging to the acclaimed journalist and author, was acquired by the Harry Ramson Center, a literary and cultural archive, museum, and library, according to the University of Texas’ website. The archive of Nobel Prize-winning writer Gabriel García Márquez has been acquired by @ransomcenter. http://t.co/RHgcnXeU6i — Harry Ransom Center (@ransomcenter) November 24, 2014 “The University of Texas at Austin — with expertise in both Latin America and the preservation and study of the writing process...

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FARC warns Santos not to suspend peace talks again

The commander in chief of Colombia’s largest rebel group, the FARC, criticized the government for suspending peace talks. “Timochenko” warned President Juan Manuel Santos that the next suspension might mean the end of the talks. FACT SHEET: Peace talks In a statement published on one of the FARC’s websites, the top commander of the rebel group said that...

Posted on: Nov 24 2014 - 9:29pm | Comments Off
In: Colombia Reports
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