Colombia’s locomotives of history

He was already a veteran of two civil wars, a war-hero grown sick of fighting who arranged to be abroad for all of Colombia’s Thousand Days War (1899-1902). In 1901 he told the Pan...

‘Work has just begun,’ says Uribe after landslide victory in Colombia elections

After securing over 2,000,000 votes in Colombia’s congressional election, former president Alvaro Uribe stressed the work for his newly found party is only beginning. “Thank you to all Colombians who did their work today,” said...

Colombia’s armed conflict enters 52nd year while light at the end of the tunnel...

Colombia Reports Colombia’s largest rebel group, the FARC, on Wednesday commemorated its 51st anniversary, marking the beginning of the 52nd year of an armed conflict that has left more than 7 million victims. The anniversary falls on May...

Colombia Ombudsman condemns attack on soldiers

Investigations have revealed that soldiers were poisoned by meat laced with high concentrations of pesticide, according to a report released on Friday. The  National Institute of Legal Medicine and Forensic Science confirmed that meat suspected to have...

Workers and businesses fail to reach consensus on 2014 minimum wage increase

Negotiators representing Colombia’s businesses and workers failed to reach a consensus at a meeting Monday over the minimum wage increase for 2014. While the business lobby increased their offer slightly from a proposed 3.8% to...

FARC leaders refuse to comment on Colombia’s presidential election results

Colombia’s largest guerrilla group the FARC announced that they will not discuss or acknowledge the country’s recent presidential election results, nor speculate about potential results in the second round run-off, national media reported on Tuesday. Luciano...

Colombia govt. and teachers hope to reach agreement, prevent strike

The president of the Colombian Federation of Educators said he will meet with the country’s head of state in order to avoid a national teachers’ strike scheduled to begin on May 14, national media...

The dark side of Santos’ visit to Europe

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos has just finished a five days marathon tour of Europe. The official purpose of his tour was to collect money for the ongoing peace process in Colombia. But at...

Colombia has 3 of the world’s best preserved natural parks

Colombia’s natural parks are among the best preserved in the world, according to a world’s oldest and biggest environmental organization. The International Unit for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) elected three of Colombia’s national parks as part of...

Southwest Colombia indigenous clash with police over land claims

Colombia Reports Indigenous groups from the southwest of Colombia have been clashing with police over the past few weeks after months-long protests over land failed to produce agreements with the national government. The Colombian indigenous group Nasa, of...

Colombia’s security forces ‘crucial’ for paramilitary boom in 1990s

Colombia’s army and police were “crucial” for the growth of paramilitary forces in northern Colombia in the 1990s, the Prosecutor’s General’s Office told investigative website Verdad Abierta. While links between the military and paramilitary forces have...

Northwest Colombia state calls for unsafe mine closures, putting miners in desperate situation

The northwest Colombian state of Antioquia called for the closure of 64 coal mines over their allegedly high risk for accidents. Locals go as far as saying this could starve the communities around the mines as...

Medellin Cartel founder asks Santos for repatriation to Colombia

Carlos Lehder, famed former drug lord and co-founder of the infamous Medellin Cartel, has asked President Juan Manuel Santos to request repatriation to Colombia. In the address, published on the website of W Radio, Lehder noted...

China still working out contract for coal train to Colombia’s Pacific coast: Ambassador

Construction of a proposed Pacific rail line, which would increase China’s access to Colombia’s coal resources, is still under negotiation, according to China’s ambassador to Colombia, Zhou Quan. Quan said that while the Chinese companies have...

Colombia Army general resigns amid embezzlement scandal

A Colombian Army general implicated in revelations of widespread defense contracting embezzlement formally resigned Monday. Minister of Defense Juan Carlos Pinzon announced via Twitter early Monday that he has accepted the resignation of Army General...

Where to see the best salsa at this year’s Feria de Cali

Salsa is the undisputed center of the “Feria de Cali,” one of Colombia’s most important festivals that takes place at the end of December every year. If you want to enjoy some of the world’s best...

1 in 10 minors in Colombia engaged in child labor

As the UN marks its annual World Day Against Child Labour, one in every ten children in Colombia regularly works, national media reported Wednesday.  Of the country’s roughly 1.1 million child laborers, 44% — 490,000...

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Now that the right-wing Ivan Duque will face the center-left Gustavo Petro in the second round of the Colombian presidential elections, the Alternative Democratic...

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With nearly all ballots counted in Sunday's first round, Ivan Duque was leading with 39.7% ahead of Gustavo Petro on 24.8%. Former Medellin Mayor...

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BOGOTA (Reuters) - Colombia will next week formally join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, making it the only Latin American nation in the alliance,...

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From a "repentant Popeye", he went on to "Popeye imprisoned", Jhon Jairo Velásquez Vásquez, the self-proclaimed former sicario (hitman) for Pablo Escobar, was arrested...

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On Sunday, May 27, Colombians will head to the polls to elect a new president. At play in this year’s election are a range...

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The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) announced on Friday that Colombia would be officially invited to join the group. The Paris-based economic...