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The Colombian army said on Sunday that it had seized the biggest ever collection of home-made mortars belonging to rebel group ELN. The seizure consisted of 59 gas cylinders that rebel groups like the FARC and ELN use to attack security forces or oil infrastructure targets. According to the military, 31 of the found cylinders had already been equipped with an explosive...

A battalion of the Colombian military responsible for protecting petroleum-related infrastructure projects is suspected of embezzling $775,000 from oil companies’ security funds, local media reported on Monday. According to an ongoing investigation, the current commander of the unit, Colonel Richard Rodriguez, recently increased the costs associated with the battalion’s...

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos on Saturday began a tour of the country’s military barracks to explain ongoing peace talks with guerrilla group FARC and quell unrest about possible military cuts in the event of peace. Santos was accompanied by former Generals Jorge Enrique Mora and Oscar Naranjo, both negotiators at the table of discussion with the rebels in...

DEA agents in Colombia engaged in sex parties with prostitutes hired by drug traffickers, according to the US Justice Department. These conclusions were...

The former director of Colombia’s largest but now-defunct brokerage firm Interbolsa was captured on Thursday, only eight days after the release of a “red notice” permitting his arrest. Victor Maldonado, once one of Colombia’s most celebrated businessmen, was captured in Spain, according to Colombian newspaper Caracol News. He had previously been spotted in Madrid. The...

Some 4.4 million Colombians, or 9.2% of the population, rose out of poverty between 2009 and 2014, according to President Juan Manuel Santos. The president named Colombia as the Latin American country with the best performance in the fight against poverty, with the country’s rates of poverty lowering almost 10 points, and extreme poverty more than five points between...

The body of a key FARC commander has been found in in south-central Colombia, the Colombian army claimed on Wednesday. The commander of the guerrillas’ 66th front, “Pedro Nel,” was found in an improvised grave in the Planadas municipality in the Tolima state. According to the military, the deceased guerrilla commander was severely injured in combat with a military...

TODAY COLOMBIA – One Colombian woman was on the Germanwings airplane that crashed in the French Alps on Wednesday, killing all 150 on board, local...

The new labeling of the world’s most-popular weed killer as a likely cause of cancer is raising more questions for an aerial spraying program in Colombia that is the cornerstone of the US-backed war on drugs. The International Agency for Research on Cancer, a French-based research arm of the World Health Organization, has reclassified the herbicide glyphosate as a result...

The majority of Colombia’s government officials believe that spousal abuse “should be solved in privacy” rather than by judicial authorities, a recent study showed. When asked if they agreed with the statement that “what happens in privacy should be solved in privacy,” 54% of the polled government officials said they did, according to data from a study carried...

Three FARC guerrillas and one soldier were killed in combat in central Colombia, the military said Sunday. A fourth guerrilla surrendered. According to the army, a military patrol caught the guerrillas red-handed when collecting an extortion payment from a local farmer. The rebels called a unilateral ceasefire to support ongoing peace talks in December, but have continued...

Colombia’s capital Bogota was surprised on Sunday by a major hail storm that covered the south of the city with a 24-inch layer of icy snow. The excessive...

US soldiers and military contractors have sexually abused more than 54 children in Colombia between 2003 and 2007, according to a recently released historic...

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