Colombia Communications minister announces cellphone contract reforms

The communications minister of Colombia has announced reforms that will allow consumers with permanent contracts to switch phone contracts or handsets. These reforms mean customers already using cellphone contracts can pay a fee to switch carrier...

Major manhunt aims to take down Colombia’s most feared drug lord

If it’s up to Colombian authorities, the days of “Otoniel,” the leader of neo-paramilitary group the Urabeños, are counted. Following dozens of arrests across the country, Police say a manhunt is underway in the drug...

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...

‘Cali cartel paid $625K to take down Pablo Escobar’

The former wife of a Cali Cartel kingpin is claiming her former husband contributed $625 thousand to finance a governmental / paramilitary search bloc that ultimately killed Pablo Escobar, Colombia’s most infamous drug lord in history. PROFILE:...

Pereira’s Latino: Beyond Colombia’s typical cuisine

It’s easy finding typical food in Pereira, the unofficial capital of Colombia’s coffee region. What’s not so easy is finding a restaurant that takes the local cuisine beyond that. Anyone… Read more Pereira’s Latino: Beyond...

Colombia seeks extradition of FARC ‘forced abortion medic’

Colombia Reports Colombia is seeking the extradition of an alleged FARC medic who was arrested in Spain on Friday and is accused of having carried out some 150 forced abortions on female guerrillas. The man, Hector Albeidis...

Elections in Soledad, Colombia’s ‘electoral fraud capital’

The Caribbean town of Soledad, sadly dubbed Colombia’s “election fraud capital,” took to the polls on Sunday, but under strict supervision from electoral observers in an attempt to end the common practice of vote-buying. Soledad...

New healthcare corruption scandal cost Colombia over $130M in 6 months

Colombia’s Prosecutor General’s Office is investigating a criminal network suspected of defrauding the country’s healthcare system for over $130 million in the past six months, it announced. The flaws of the public health system are hardly a secret in today’s Colombia,...

Colombia’s Prosecutor General proposes scheme to dismantle drug trafficking organizations

Colombia’s public prosecution and the Ministry of Justice will present a bill in November that will focus on dismantling drug trafficking organizations, reported Caracol Radio Thursday. Should a final peace agreement be signed by the government and leftist rebel...

Angry farmers leave Colombia’s presidential palace wearing bulletproof vests

Colombian rural leaders prematurely walked out of a protocolary photo shoot with President Juan Manuel Santos on Thursday, leaving the presidential palace wearing bullet proof vests instead of their traditional “ruana” in protest. In a...

3 police officers killed in north Colombia attack

Three Colombian police officers were killed and a fourth was wounded in an attack a northern Colombian state that borders Venezuela, the National Police said. The officers, who belonged to a mobile police squad, were attacked...

Fraudulent registration in Colombia’s electoral process

“In Colombia, elections are stolen,” said the Director of Colombia’s National Registrar’s Office, Carlos Ariel Sanchez Torres, in 2007. Colombia indeed suffers from several problems in its democracy that increase electoral fraud and disturb the electoral...

Western Colombia isolated from rest of the country amid ELN threats

Transport companies halted operations between Medellin and the western Colombian state of Choco for Tuesday after the country’s second largest leftist rebel group, the ELN, had ordered a shutdown of operations on that day. The...

Santos visits Paris, reiterates Colombia’s solidarity with terrorism victims

Colombia President Juan Manuel Santos on Monday reiterated his country’s solidarity with victims of a Muslim extremists’ attack in Paris while on an official visit to France while stressing the need for continued cooperation in the...

‘Corralejas’ bull fights cannot be banned: State Council

Colombia’s State Council ruled Tuesday that, contrary to a municipal cancellation of next January’s event in a northern Colombian town, popular “Corralejas” bull fighting cannot be banned according to the country’s constitution.  MORE: North Colombia...

Colombia’s military agreement with EU ‘unconstitutional': Opposition

Colombia’s leftist opposition party claims that a recent military agreement with the European Union allowing Colombian forces to take part in EU missions is “unconstitutional.” A letter sent to the president Juan Manuel Santos claims...

Colombia wants UN to declare vallenato music cultural heritage

The government partitioned the Colombian music style vallenato to UNESCO’s cultural heritage list, the president announced wednesday. The Colombian government partitioned the traditional music genre vallenato from the Colombian Caribbean coast to UNESCO’s List of Intangible Cultural Heritage, President...

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BOGOTA (Reuters) - Right-wing candidate Ivan Duque kept his lead over rivals ahead of Colombia’s May 27 presidential election, with 35 percent of voters...

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It’s the Poorest Who Should be Voting for Iván Duque

It is common to hear that Iván Duque, the protege of former president Álvaro Uribe Vélez, is the candidate of the rich and that...

Sergio Fajardo and his Failed Strategy of Neutrality

The ex-governor of Antioquia and former mayor of Medellín, Sergio Fajardo, is trying to regain his front-runner status, which he in enjoyed in the...

Floods Force 600 Colombians to Evacuate in Antioquia

The Ituango plant became at risk on April 28 after an “unpredictable geological condition” that caused a massive landslide, covering up the waters below. The...

Colombia’s Easyfly to launch five new routes in 2018

Colombian regional airline Easyfly will launch five new routes this year as it adds more ATR 42-600s to its fleet, expecting to grow traffic...

De La Calle ‘Will Protect Colombia’s Peace Deal if Elected’

After four years negotiating a peace accord that ended a five-decade conflict with FARC rebels, Colombia's presidential candidate Humberto De La Calle said late...

Colombia Considers Chemical Castration as Child Sex Abuse Soars

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Colombian Doctor Admits to 360 ‘Secret’ Euthanasia Procedures

A Colombian doctor has publicly admitted to performing over 360 euthanasia procedures throughout Latin America, where the practise is outlawed in all but one...