1,400 soldiers arrive in Bogota to reinforce security

1,400 Colombian soldiers from the Thirteenth Brigade have arrived in Bogota to help bolster the military police and the Presidential Guard Battalion, reported local media. The Thirteenth Brigade Commander, Jorge Humberto Jerez, explained that the...

Bogota official asks Colombia govt to decriminalize marijuana

An official from the administration of Bogota has asked Colombia’s national government to initiate debate upon the regulation of marijuana. “We really need leadership from the Congress and the government to regulate the medicinal and...

“Bogota Brothel Tours: A Brief Career in Colombia’s Sex Trade”, e-Book Released

At US$2.99 a pop, Colin Post, editor of the Expat Chronicles, talks about talks about sex, violence, crime and drugs in Colombia's major city, Bogota in his e-book, "Bogota Brothel Tours: A Brief Career...

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...

Bringing Bullfighting Back to Bogotá?

COLOMBIA NEWS - Will Bogotá see bullfighting again? A group of active and retired bullfighters, including Colombia's Cesar Rincon and the Spaniard Julián López Escobar, known as 'El Juli,' led a rally today outside the...

Santos accused of delaying selection of new Bogota Mayor

One of the candidates to be the new acting Mayor of Bogota has accused Colombia’s President of stalling the selection, according to local media reports on Thursday morning. Antonio Navarro Wolff accused the Government of...

Bogotá ranks among world’s most traffic congested cities, says study

In a world deconstructed by mega data, Colombia, once again, makes a list and one we can all relate to – traffic. The 2017 Inrix Global Traffic Scorecard has calculated urban travel across five...

Final extradition of 7 who killed US DEA agent during “millionaire ride”

The extradition of the seven taxi drivers involved in the murder of a US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) agent has been confirmed on Friday, according to the Office of the Prosecutor General. “These seven people...

Bogota steps up security for top tourism attraction after mass robbery

Bogota city police will step up security measures around the Cerro de Monserrate church, the top tourism attraction of Colombia’s capital, following  mass robbery. The decision comes after a massive armed robbery on Thursday during...

Bogota mayor’s impeachment referendum suspended over lack of funds

A Bogota referendum on whether or not to impeach the mayor of Colombia’s capital’s that was scheduled for March 2 can not take place because the national government failed to send the $17 thousand...

The Bookstores of Central Bogotá

With the annual Feria de Libros, or Book Fair, going on in Corferias, I took a tour of some of the traditional book stores and other book venues in central Bogotá, where books are...

The Jailors Strike

BOGOTA, COLOMBIA - Employees of the National penitentiary Institute, the Inpec, are on strike demanding more money and better working conditions - including reduction in prison overcrowding. Prison overcrowding is a grave problem across...

Venture capitalist firm to boost start-ups in Bogota

Investment firm The Founder Institute will seek to create hundreds of jobs by 2015 in Colombia’s capital Bogota through its entrepreneur apprenticeship program, the Silicon Valley-born investor stated. Focusing on training people to start up...

Bogota’s government secretary resigns to lead anti-impeachment campaign

Bogota Mayor Gustavo Petro said Monday that his government secretary has resigned to lead a campaign against the impeachment of the mayor in an upcoming referendum. Government secretary Guillermo Alfonso Jaramillo left office to lead...

Bogota continues with nightclub curfew extension citing positive results

Colombia’s capital, Bogota, will continue to extend the night time curfew to 6AM for bars and clubs after experiencing positive results from the trail run which began last week, according to local media. Bogota’s Mayor Gustavo...

Bogota plans social housing projects in upper class neighborhoods

Colombia’s capital Bogota is planning to carry out social housing projects in some of the city’s most expensive neighborhood in an attempt to curb social and economic segregation, the administration announced Friday. According to the director...

Animal Rights: A One-Bull Show?

COLOMBIA NEWS - Bogotá's animal rights activists have lost two battles recently: A court ruled that Mayor Petro lacked the authority to prohibit bullfighting, and then the City Council voted down a proposal to...

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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

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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...

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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...

Terror cannot be the seed of peace, Bogota cardinal says after car bomb

Cardinal Ruben Salazar Gomez of Bogota said that terror can never be the seed of justice and peace, following Thursday's car bomb attack at...

UN Secretary-General Condemns Car Bomb Attack In Colombia

The Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, condemned on Friday the bomb attack on Friday in the Colombian capital, Bogota, against a police...

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