While the national soccer team was drawing attention worldwide, life in Colombia went on and — while everybody was looking the other way — some important news stories developed.
Incumbent President Juan Manuel Santos was reelected by a margin of over 5% in the second round of Colombia’s elections, defeating Democratic Center Party opposition candidate Oscar Ivan Zuluaga.
The push to boycott “blood coal” exported from Colombia by Drummond and Glencore is gaining momentum in Europe after the publication of a report in which dozens of victims and victimizers testified that the multinational mining companies financed and promoted death squads.
International visitors to Colombia have increased by 12% in the first quarter of 2014, with more than half a million visitors this year to date, according to the Ministry of Tourism.
Colombian public prosecutors are investigating an alleged army massacre of which at least one victim was later reported as a guerrilla killed in combat.
Colombia’s Conservative Party announced its intention to join the National Unity coalition supporting President Juan Manuel Santos.
Colombia’s second largest rebel group, the ELN, ordered an economic shutdown in the northeast of the country, only days after announcing peace talks with the government.
Colombia’s Congress voted against a signed free trade agreement (FTA) with South Korea following disappointing results of a similar deal with the United States.
After a four-year court battle, Colombia’s ex-Minister of Agriculture was found guilty of embezzling $25 million in state subsidies designated for poor farmers.
Even as violence in Colombia shows signs of winding down, with peace talks underway between the government and the country’s largest rebel groups, children continue to suffer the direct effects of the 50-year armed conflict, the UN said.
Victims of an illegal wiretapping scandal involving Colombia’s former intelligence director Maria del Pilar Hurtado have asked the Panamanian government for her deportation, local media reported on Tuesday.
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