In Latin America, is there a link between abortion rights and democracy?

Three-quarters of all abortions in Latin America are performed illegally, putting the woman’s life at risk. Together with Africa and Asia, the region accounts for many of the 17.1 million unsafe abortions performed globally...

Bogota hospitals at risk of bankruptcy to receive govt help

Colombia’s national government on Monday offered an economic lifeline to 14 Bogota city hospitals on the brink of bankruptcy in another attempt to fix the country’s debt-ridden healthcare system.  Finance minister Mauricio Cardenas, in...

Colombia deploys more police in crime-troubled city

Colombia is sending 1,400 more police officers to patrol the streets in the western city of Medellin as part of an anti-crime program launched Monday by President Juan Manuel Santos. The city, the only one...

2013 Colombia armed conflict victim’s perspective: ‘pray for peace, expect more war’

Adriana Maria will pass another year in “the Canyon” of San Cristobal, a conflict-ridden rural neighborhood of Medellin where she has lived her entire life and once again she recounts another year where violence...

Thousands march in Medellin for ‘International Workers’ Day’

Near 5000 workers took to the streets of Medellin Thursday in honor of “International Workers Day” or “Labor Day,” while calling for better working conditions, according to local media. Medellin’s downtown area became flooded with...

Crazy Colombian Car Economics

A Bogotá city counciler wants to limit parking lot fees, altho they have been regulated over and over again in recent years. Colmbia's public, Congress, truckers and legal system are fighting - as always -...

Protesters block roads as Bogota transportation crisis continues

Hundreds of people blocked Bogota’s southern highway and a mass transit bus system station for over two hours on Tuesday in a protest against poor public transport. The most congested station of Bogota’s TransMilenio system, the San Mateo in the bordering city...

Ticket sales surge for Madonna’s 2nd Medellin concert

One-third of the tickets for Madonna's second concert in Medellin have been sold before going on sale to the general public, local media reported Tuesday. The first 15,000 tickets were sold exclusively to customers of...

HIV cases have increased by 23% in Bogota: Health Secretary

Bogota’s Health Secretary said Wednesday that reported cases of HIV in Colombia’s capital have increased by 23% in 2013.  According to the Health Secretary, there were 1,651 registered cases of HIV in 2013; an increase...

The end of Petro: Bogota’s Mayor to leave office

Colombia’s State Council definitively decided to allow the dismissal of Bogota’s Mayor, Gustavo Petro, as ordered by the nation’s Inspector General after a garbage collection mishap in 2012. With a vote of 15-8 the State...

Bogota bus drivers and mayor dig into positions as strike continues

The transport company leading a Bogota bus strike promised that Wednesday will mark the beginning of the “true strike” that began Monday. The capital city’s mayor insists on the reforms that sparked the protests. Mayor Gustavo...

Jailed paramilitary’s music distributed at Colombia Army event

The prison-produced CDs of a convicted paramilitary were handed out to soldiers at an event last year put on by Colombia’s National Army to pay homage to servicemen wounded in combat, according to national...

Accidents on Bogota’s public transportation system triple in 2013: Report

An average of six accidents occur every day on Bogota’s Mass Transit and Public Transport System, which was responsible for 32 fatalities in 2013, according to a report by national news media. El Tiempo, Colombia’s largest...

Pervert police – new undercover transport unit combats sexual harassment in Colombia’s capital

A new undercover police squad – comprised predominantly of young female officers — has been unleashed upon Bogota’s public transport system to curb increasing reports of sexual assaults on women by fellow passengers in Colombia’s capital. Bogota’s...

Protesters march in Cali for integrated public transport

Around 2,000 protesters marched in the western Colombian city of Cali Wednesday, calling for changes in the city’s mass transit system, according to a spokesperson for the demonstration. Supporters of the “Zero Hour” movement say...

Colombian Police seize 3.6 tons of marijuana

Colombia police on Thursday confiscated 3.6 tons of marijuana in a rural area just outside of the city of Medellin, according to local police. The illicit drug were found in a truck. Police were sent to...

Cali, Colombia To Get A New City Centre

In eight years, Colombia's third largest city, Cali, will have a new city centre. Called "Cuidad Paraiso" (Paradise City), the project will include modern public spaces, shopping areas and the recovery of various depressed...

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(McClatchy) Florida lawmakers went into damage control mode after President Donald Trump attacked Colombian President Ivan Duque during an off-the-cuff comment about closing the...

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Historic Mega-Concert on Colombian-Venezuelan Border

British billionaire entrepreneur and philanthropist Richard Branson is spearheading a unique and historic concert on the Venezuelan-Colombian border, in conjunction with the beginning of...

VOA Latin America Interviews Ivan Duque

Colombian President Ivan Duque, interviewed Saturday by VOA's Latin America Division, discussed the battle against the National Liberation Army in Venezuela and strengthening his...

PriceSmart Declares Dividend, Announces Expansion

PriceSmart declared a US$0.70 per share dividend at the company's 2019 annual meeting of stockholders held on January 30, 2019, in San Diego. A $0.35...

Colombia Military Kills Dissident Militant Leader

Colombia’s military says it has killed a militant leader who refused to adhere to a peace accord his rebel group and the government agreed...

Colombia Denies Entry to Over 200 Venezuelan Supporters Of Maduro

Colombian authorities have banned over 200 Venezuelan officials and supporters of President Nicolas Maduro from entering the country amid the escalating political crisis in...

UN Condemns Bogota Terrorist Attack And Urges International Support For Justice For Victims

The United Nations is urging its members to "actively cooperate" with Colombian authorities in their efforts to bring to justice those responsible for last...

Cuba Will Adhere to Protocol after Breakdown of Colombia-ELN Peace Talks

Cuba’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla, reiterated, through his official Twitter account, that Cuba will act in strict respect for the Peace...

Colombia Tells Cuba There Are No Agreements That Protect Terrorism

The Colombian government told Cuba on Monday there are no agreements that protect terrorism and so repeated its request that the Caribbean island hand...

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