Cali salsa; a history of slaves, Cuban bands and Mexican cinema

A history of slavery, Cuban music, Mexican movies, foreign radio broadcasts, a disciplined collecting of vinyl records, and sounds from New York City all were key in the history of salsa in Cali and how Colombia’s...

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...

Sudden rise in killings threatens Cali’s praised public security progress

Following a year-long steady drop, the homicide rate in Colombia’s third city Cali increased with a vengeance, threatening the impressive improvements in crime reductions the city had shown only months ago. When President Juan Manuel...

Cali massacre suspects arrested

Three alleged members of the “Urabeños” neo-paramilitary group have been arrested for alleged involvement in the massacre of eight alleged criminals on October 8 in Cali, reported Colombia’s National Police on Friday. MORE: Massacre shocks Cali: 8 executed...

Too modern? Cali’s 1st electric bus fails to pass gas emission check

The first electric bus made in Colombia has been denied license plates for not fitting any existing category of — oh irony — gas emission levels. It could have been so beautiful. Cali, Colombia’s third largest city, was set to be the first...

More cops for Cali following massacre

The director of Colombia’s National Police has announced 200 policemen will be sent to the southwestern city of Cali to strengthen security after a massacre left eight people dead last Friday, according to El Pais...

Cali ups security measures amid fears of massacre retaliation

Cali officials have heightened security measures in the zone of Santa Maria, Cali in response to a shooting in a private mansion which saw 8 men killed on Friday. MORE: Massacre shocks Cali: 8 executed in...

Suspect in murder of Colombia journalist released on grounds of self-defense

The sole suspect in the murder of a well-known journalist was released on Monday, after a judge decided that he had acted in self-defense. Steven Ayala Murillo was acquitted for the murder of Luis Eduardo Cardoza after investigations revealed that both...

Afro-Colombian music and culture festival kicks off in Cali

Colombia’s third largest city, Cali, is abuzz this week as it celebrates its 18th annual Pacific music and culture festival from August 13 to 17.  Cali’s five-day Petronio Alvarez Festival celebrates the cultural diversity and social inclusion of Colombia’s...

Authorities foil ‘FARC’ bombing attempt on army HQ in Cali, Colombia

Authorities in Colombia’s western city of Cali, Valle del Cauca averted a bombing attempt on the Army’s Third Brigade headquarters, Colombian media reported on Friday. Valle del Cauca Three men suspected of belonging to Colombia’s largest rebel group, the FARC,...

Dutch airline KLM resumes flights to Colombia after 20-year absence

Dutch airline company KLM, will once again offer flights between Colombia and the Netherlands after a 20-year hiatus, Colombia’s El Tiempo newspaper reported on Friday. The new routes will be from Amsterdam to Bogota and Cali,...

Colombia court throws man in prison over slanderous comment on news website

Colombia’s Supreme Court sentenced a Cali citizen to a year and a half in prison over a slanderous comment the man had left on a local news website. The decision establishes a law that might force users of...

UK charity grants $843K to prevent sexual violence against children in Colombia

A charity in the UK has received $843,200 from a donation to help protect children from sexual violence in Cali, Colombia, according to a non-departmental public body responsible for distributing money for charities. The donation came from...

Colombia kicks off 1st clean needle program for drug addicts

Health professionals began distributing clean needles to heroin addicts in five Colombian cities on Wednesday, after the launch of a new program to reduce the spread of HIV and Hepatitis, local media reports. The nationwide program began...

Riots in Western Colombia lead to 8 injured, following mass evictions

Two mass evictions led to riots in Western Colombia on Wednesday, when eight people, including two policemen, were reportedly injured, according to Colombia’s El Tiempo newspaper . In the first incident, three civilians and...

15 drug traffickers captured in Colombia-US operation; 8 to be extradited: Police

Colombia’s National Police announced Wednesday the end of a lengthy and successful operation resulting in the capture of 15 drug traffickers, of which eight are expected to be extradited to the United States. ...

Cali to be ‘Capital of Joy’

The poster that will promote Colombia’s biggest salsa event in the southern Colombian city of Cali has been chosen, national media reported Monday. This year marks the 57th Feria de Cali, which takes place every...

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