Colombia: Rappers under threat in Medellin by violent street gangs

For Jeison Castano, meeting Elider Varela is as memorable today as ever: "He was one of the most recognized rappers in the area. His nickname, his clothing, his personality caught my attention. He was...

IACHR prioritizes ruling on Colombia’s refusal to keep Bogota mayor in office

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) said Thursday that it will discuss possible steps to take in response to Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos’ decision to ignore an international ruling ordering him to...

Colombia Money Laundering Case Reminder of Cali Cartel’s Influence

The children of Cali Cartel founders the Rodriguez Orejeula brothers are facing money laundering charges in Colombia in another reminder of the continued presence of one of the pioneers of large-scale cocaine trafficking. A Bogota...

‘This story has finished:’ Bogota mayor expects to leave office Jan 30

In what seems to be the conclusion of a two month battle to dismiss Bogota Mayor Gustavo Petro from his position, the political leader announced Wednesday he will leave the mayorship in one week. Petro...

Medellin named one of the world’s most resilient cities

Medellin, Colombia’s second largest city, was named one of 33 of the world’s most resilient cities by the Rockefeller Foundation on Tuesday. The city was chosen from 400 urban centers that vied to become part...

Bogota becomes main battlefield in Colombia’s presidential election race

Colombia’s two remaining presidential candidates, incumbent President Juan Manuel Santos and his hard-line rival Oscar Ivan Zuluaga, are fighting to win every vote they can in Bogota which has an electoral potential of over...

6 Smothered or Crushed to Death During Stampede from Crowded Bogota Bar

Six people were killed and five injured in a stampede triggered when police raided a crowded bar in the Colombian capital Bogota, officials say. Officers were called to the venue after reports of a brawl. Chaos...

Buenaventura Boardwalk, Work That Is Still A Dream

COLOMBIA NEWS --  The boardwalk of the Pacific town of Buenaventura, called the greatest urban renewal work in the history of the city, 13 years later after being announced in 2001, is still a...

Justin Bieber Leaves His Mark on Bogotá

(Mike’s Bogota Blog) Teen hearthrob Justin Bieber thrilled thousands of adolescent girls in El Campin – and then left a more controversial mark on the city. On his way down Calle 26, Bieber stopped his...

Priest murdered inside north Colombia church, suspect nearly lynched to death

A priest who used to be mayor of the northern Colombian city of Monteria was stabbed to death inside a church, local media reported Thursday. Father Luis Alfonso Leon was stabbed while inside a parish church by an unidentified...

Colombian Man Has Penis Amputated For Excessive Use of Viagra

An alleged abuse of Viagra, led a South Colombian farmer/politician to have his penis amputated after his tool suffered a constant of erection. The 60 year old community leader of the town of Gigante says...

Here Come the Inquisitors (Photos)

COLOMBIA NEWS - The inquisitor's sign says 'Liberty is sin.' Where's the procurador right now? All of the comparsas in the birthday parade for Bogotá were colorful. But this one, sending up the Spanish...

Bogota city council considers initiative to round up beggars

Bogota’s city council is considering a proposal that would grant city police broad powers to combat begging in Colombia’s capital. The proposal, titled the “Zero Begging” initiative, would authorize police to round up all those begging...

Colombia Holds First Narco-Goods Auction

A watch encrusted with diamonds at an auction in Bogota of goods seized from Colombia’s drug traffickers It’s a wristwatch that could only have belonged to someone like Pablo Escobar: a solid gold Rolex encrusted...

Journalist attacked and wounded in southern Colombia

Colombia journalist and editor, Diego Gomez, was attacked and wounded Tuesday by a motorcycle hitman in the southern city of Cali. According to police reports, Gomez’s vehicle was intercepted while on the highway by an...

Boat Sinks in Colombia After Capsizing, At Least 6 Dead, Dozens Missing

TODAY COLOMBIA - A tourist boat packed with about 160 passengers for the holiday weekend capsized Sunday on a reservoir near the Medellin. At least six people dead and 31 missing, officials reported. Rescuers including...

Colombiamoda, Medellin’s biggest fashion event, kicks off

Colombiamoda, the most important fashion and textile event in Colombia’s second largest city Medellin, kicked off on Tuesday. The 25th edition of the annual event was inaugurated by President Juan Manuel Santos. The first designer to present...

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‘We apologize’: former Colombia FARC rebels seek forgiveness at tribunal

Former rebel FARC commanders in Colombia have appeared at a historic tribunal where for the first time they were made to answer for kidnappings...

Colombian President-Elect Pledges to Maintain Peace Accords With FARC Rebels

Ivan Duque, who finished first in the second round of the Colombian presidential vote, said that he would respect the peace accords with the...

Ivan Duque Wins Colombian Presidential Elections

President-elect Ivan Duque appealed for unity after winning a runoff election over a leftist firebrand whose ascent shook Colombia’s political establishment and laid bare...

Colombia Aiming For Best-ever World Cup

(AFP) Colombia will not take struggling Japan for granted when the two sides meet in their World Cup opener in Saransk, on Tuesday (June...

Fajardo’s Party Leaning Towards Supporting Leftist Petro

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...

Ivan Duque and Gustavo Petro Go To Runoff

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...

Colombia to be NATO’s first Latin American global partner

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

Pablo Escobar’s Former Hit Man “Popeye” Arrested In Medellin

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...

Colombia’s presidential election: another referendum on the peace deal?

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...

Colombia invited to join OECD; third Latin American member with Mexico and Chile

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...