‘This is Colombia’s Tahir square’: Dumped Bogota mayor calls for ‘peaceful revolution’

Just hours after the Inspector General’s Office dismissed Bogota mayor Gustavo Petro for “irregularities” in trash collection, he told a crowd of thousands in the heart of Colombia’s capital that they were the start...

Colombia’s ‘new men’ confront machismo and gender violence

The past decade has brought a growing recognition that boys and men must be in the forefront of combating violence against women. BOGOTA, Colombia — At a school hall in a deprived neighborhood of Colombia's...

Medellin: Feria de las Flores In Full Bloom

It's ten days of partying in Medellin, the "City of Eternal Spring", with the start of the Feria de las Flores (Flowers Festival), that is held every year the first week in August. The week...

Colombia: Choral Festival America Cantat Opened

A 500-voice choir opened the doors to the 7th International Choral Festival in America Cantat, to be held in Colombia with the participation of groups from more than 20 countries of Latin America, Africa,...

Cali Fair 2013 to set off with ‘Salsodromo’ featuring performances by 1,250 dancers

Some 1,250 dancers will take part in the “salsodromo,” a dance parade that on December 25 will kick off annual Feria de Cali. This year the parade has adopted the name “Wake up the Carnival,”...

Bogota Mayor calls for new public transport protest

After protestors temporarily paralyzed the pubic transportation system of Colombia’s capital city Tuesday, Bogota Mayor Gustavo Petro called to action a new protest for next week, while promising demonstrators change in the status quo. Petro...

Children, Sex and Gangs in Medellin

In the slums of Medellin, Colombia, adolescent girls have become the spoils of war and merchandise for criminal gangs; they are raped, abused, trafficked and even have their virginities auctioned off to the highest...

Non-Profit Work in Colombia: Easy Money?

The contributor of this post operates a nonprofit organization based in Colombia. He wishes to remain anonymous. Easy money, part I My office gets approached at least once a week, from what I assume to be...

Potato found growing in woman’s vagina after she used it as contraception

COLOMBIA NEWS -- A Colombian woman complaining of abdominal pains shocked doctors when the cause of her ailment was revealed – she’d used a potato as a form of contraception. The problems started after the vegetable sprouted...

No investigation against judge that suspended Bogota mayor’s dismissal

Justice officials abstained from an investigation against the judge that suspended the Bogota mayor’s dismissal on Tuesday, national media reported on Wednesday. After a central Colombia court suspended the immediate dismissal of Bogota Mayor Gustavo Petro on Tuesday, the responsible...

Why Colombia’s State Council shut the door for Bogota’s Mayor

A decision by Colombia’s State Council to void an appeal that would have suspended the sacking of Bogota’s mayor does not mean that Gustavo Petro will have to leave office immediately, though it once again...

Cali army battalion attacked with grenade launcher

Unknown men on Sunday launched two grenades at the largest army base in Cali, that of the Third Division, reportedly leaving only material damage. According to local media, the attack was carried out by two...

Colombia cops find pot hidden behind soccer poster

Picture of Messi used to conceal 24lbs of pot BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombian police checking bus passengers at a roadblock noticed one man holding a poster of soccer star Lionel Messi held in what...

Bogota toddler raped, mother won’t identify abuser

A two-year-old boy is in a Bogota intensive care unit after having been raped and physically assaulted. His mother has refused to identify the offender. The boy, currently at San Ignacio Hospital in Bogota, remains in serious...

Supreme Judiciary Council confirms dismissal of Bogota Mayor

Colombia’s Supreme Judiciary Council has confirmed their rejection of over 300 public demands in favor of the ousted mayor of Bogota which could have prevented his dismissal and 15-year ban from office.  With a vote...

Cali ranked most dangerous city in Colombia for second consecutive year

Colombia’s third-largest city Cali was ranked in 2013 as the most violent city in the country for the second year in a row, according to local media reports on Sunday. The crime statistics not only...

Mother and daughter arrested in Bogota while trying to smuggle 20 kilos of cocaine

A mother and a daughter were arrested at Bogota’s international airport while trying to board a plane to Madrid with 20 kilograms of cocaine hidden in their luggage, authorities reported on Monday. During a routine check at the...

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