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...

Bogota public transport riots leave at least 30 injured and 8 in jail

Clashes between protesters and police that erupted in Bogota on Tuesday amid demonstrations for improved public transport have left at least 30 people injured and eight arrested, local authorities said. Locations of the protests FACT SHEET: TransMilenio Bogota...

Starbucks opening in Colombia’s capital stirs social media

In a well-known coffee country, opening a coffee shop could be like adding a drop of water to the ocean, but people in Bogota couldn’t wait to stand in an atrociously long line at the first-ever...

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...

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...

The fight is on for Bogota’s public water services

Via Morningstaronline/TodayColombia Astonishing events have unfolded in the Colombian capital Bogota over the last few days. Within the space of less than 24 hours last Wednesday hundreds of trade unionists, students, Bogota city cabinet members,...

20 girls held as sex slaves by Bogota human traffickers: Victims

Three girls were able to escape a Bogota-based sex trafficking group that is alleged to be holding 20 more minors captive for sexual exploitation, local authorities said Monday. Three suspects have been apprehended. The authorities...

Bogota drug treatment program slammed by watchdog

A Bogota initiative designed to treat impoverished drug addicts in the Colombian capital has come under scrutiny from oversight bodies for mismanagement of public funds.  The city’s Comptroller General’s Office condemned the Mobile Care Centers...

Lighting a Fire under Coffee Culture in Colombia

I met Karen Silva at a Juan Valdez coffee shop. She’s in her twenties. Serious. Shy. In a society that places quite a bit of emphasis on women’s physical appearance, there was no bling about...

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...

State Council overturns petitions against dismissal of Bogota Mayor

The Colombian State Council has overturned eight further petitions against the removal of the Mayor of Bogota. With a vote of 20 to 4, the High Chamber of the State Council has denied eight petitions...

Dismissed Bogota Mayor says removal from office is ‘coup’

Dismissed Bogota Mayor Gustavo Petro on Monday called for peaceful protest against his removal from office. He qualified the measure as a coup. Petro, 53, was removed from office after the Colombian inspector general ruled that...

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...

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,...

Bogota enters 2nd day of bus strike

A bus strike in the Colombian capital of Bogota has entered its second day, heavily affecting the outlying parts of the of city, according to local media.  Small private bus companies are striking against license plate...

Miss Colombia mugged in Bogota

The current Miss Colombia Paulina Vega was violently robbed while driving through one of Bogota’s leafiest suburbs Thursday, according to local media.  Assailants smashed the windows of the 21 year-old beauty queen’s car when she passed by the...

Santos reinstates Bogota mayor, ending months of judicial chaos

Following a court order, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said Wednesday he had authorized the reinstating of Bogota Mayor Gustavo Petro who the president dismissed from office only weeks ago. The Bogota mayor was initially...

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Colombia to Host Meeting with Ecuador, Peru on Venezuelan Migrant Issue

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Referendum on Proposed Anti-Corruption Laws Falls Short in Colombia

A set of anti-corruption initiatives in Colombia failed to attract the required number of votes Sunday, despite earning nearly 100 percent support of the...

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Venezuelan economic crisis tears families as they flee into Colombia

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US Navy Hospital Ship to Deploy to Colombia

The United States is sending a U.S. Navy hospital ship to Colombia to help treat some of the hundreds of thousands of people who...

Drug trafficking and organized crime, agenda topics with the United States

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