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A man from the central Colombia has been arrested for sexually abusing his 11 daughters, three of whom now have children by him as a result, according to the Prosecutor General’s Office. There are three criminal investigations against the 62-year-old man in the central Colombian village of Flores Blancas, Santander who had allegedly been raping his daughters between...

The president of Colombia’s Constitutional Court has filed a corruption complaint against his predecessor in the midst of allegations against his own questionable behavior, local media reported. Before the Accusations Committee of the House of Representatives, Magistrate Jorge Ignacio Pretelt accused Magistrate Luis Ernesto Vargas of allegedly meeting on four occasions...

Colombia’s Health Minister has formalized the country’s euthanasia protocol, in spite of protests by the Catholic Church. The court decriminalized the practice to intentionally end a terminally ill patient’s life in 1997. However, considering that the practice is taboo in the predominantly Catholic country, Colombia’s Congress and administrations have so far failed...

Colombia needs to jumpstart innovation over the next 20 years to create sustainable growth rates while continuing to make progress on peace building, the eradication of poverty, and shared prosperity, according to economist William Maloney of the World Bank. Maloney, chief economist of trade and competitiveness at the World Bank, spoke at Javeriana University in Bogota...

Colombia is honoring author Gabriel Garcia Marquez at its largest literary event a year after his death, paying tribute to the Nobel Prize winner known for his fantastical blend of magic and realism. Bogota’s International Book Fair opened its doors on Tuesday with a special commemoration for the Colombian-born writer, who passed away at his home in Mexico City in April...

Victim representatives are urging the Colombian government and rebel group FARC to speed up ongoing peace talks and agree to a bilateral ceasefire as soon as possible. The peace process hit a crisis phase last week after a FARC attack left 11 soldiers dead in Cauca last week, though the government and rebel group on Monday confirmed the continuation of the negotiations. Peace...

Colombia has authorized a Chinese ship to set sail after it was caught carrying 100 tonnes of explosives to Cuba illegally, the prosecutor’s office said on Tuesday, though it continues to hold the vessel’s captain pending a criminal investigation. The ship was detained on Feb. 28 after docking in the coastal city of Cartagena on the Caribbean coast. Inspectors found...

The embattled head of the US Drug Enforcement Administration said Tuesday that she plans to retire next month, a move that followed her acknowledgment to Congress last week that some agents had participated in sex parties with prostitutes in Colombia, some paid by drug cartels. Michele Leonhart, a career drug agent who has led the agency since 2007 and the second woman...

A central Colombia mayor controversially banned all public protest on the day the country’s vice president came to visit. The move seemed a response to a number of events during which President Juan Manuel Santos was booed by opponents. The mayor of Barrancabermeja released the 24-hour decree on Tuesday while Vice President German Vargas was in town. According...

Colombia’s judicial branch is striking for the second time in half a year, along with 334,000 of the country’s teachers, following failure to reach agreement with the government of President Juan Manuel Santos. The judges again left their offices on Wednesday to unite in protest, with the support of various other areas of national service including the education sector,...

More staff of former Colombian President Alvaro Uribe are to be tried in the Supreme Court for alleged involvement in the wiretapping of that court,...

Colombia’s government and rebel group FARC will continue peace talks despite a crisis spurred by a rebel attack that killed 11 soldiers, the government’s chief negotiator said Monday. Chief negotiator Humberto De La Calle confirmed in a speech following Monday’s negotiations that they will not desist in the midst of a reignited armed conflict caused by the attacks. “[The...

Colombia’s neo-paramilitary drug trafficking groups could become “political actors” if Congress passes a bill that allows the criminals to be fought under international humanitarian law (IHL), the police warned on Monday. The warning is contained within a report sent to Congress, in which the police qualify as “unviable” a bill that seeks to allow the armed...

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