Top member of ‘Los Rastrojos’ captured in Medellin

A leader of Colombia’s largest neo-paramilitary drug gang “Los Rastrojos” was captured in Medellin on Thursday, local authorities said. Local police said to have been working in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) to capture...

Medellin’s homeless return ‘home’ after World Urban Forum ends

Hundreds of homeless people returned to the streets of Colombia’s second largest city after apparently being removed by authorities to leave a good impression while the city was hosting the UN’s World Urban Forum...

Disappearances in Medellin increase 20% in 2013

The Medellin ombudsman report released Thursday revealed both a 20% increase in disappearances in the Medellin area for 2013, and an 88% increase in disappeared persons later found murdered. In 2013 654 people were reported...

Colombia’s Top 5 Travel Destination Cities

Visits to Colombia’s cities are steadily rising as an improving security situation and a warm and welcoming attitude gradually shift the international community’s conceptions of the country. According to Colombia’s Tourism Ministry, from January to...

Justin Bieber inspires wave of graffiti protests in Colombia

Indignation is not one of the emotions Justin Bieber typically inspires in the general public. And yet, in his recent visit to Colombia, the Canadian pop star inadvertently set off a series of protests...

Urban planning innovation puts Colombia ahead of Canada

Medellin's outdoor escalators get people moving without breaking the bank TODAY COLOMBIA (Via Cbc.ca) - The effectiveness of a city's transit system does not have to be connected to the dollars spent — at least...

Medellin’s new ‘Festival of Lights’ to kick off Dec 1

  Medellin, Colombia’s second largest city famous for its “Flower Festival,” announced Thursday its first annual “Festival of Lights” to take place from December 1 through 8. During a press event laden with sparkling dancers, colorful...

Medellín: A Great Place to Retire (Yes, Seriously)

Photograph by Marielle Leenen/BusinessWeek (BusinessWeek) For many people, the name Medellín means one thing: the notorious drug cartel Pablo Escobar operated out of the Colombian city in the 1970s and ’80s. Today, though, Medellín is gaining...

Medellin blows up apartment complex 4 months after fatal tragedy

Following a tragic accident in which part of a luxury residential complex in Medellin collapsed last year, one of its towers was imploded on Thursday an unexpected seven minutes earlier than planned. At 08:53 AM,...

Tom Cruise meets with Medellin mayor

Hollywood star Tom Cruise met with the mayor of Colombia’s second largest city, Medellin, to discuss the filming of “Mena,” a film about Pablo Escobar. “It was a friendly and productive meeting that lasted more than...

Medellin Police are city’s crime syndicate’s ‘biggest ally’: Capo

The biggest ally of Medellin crime syndicate “Oficina de Envigado” is the city’s own police department, a commander of the group told television network Caracol. The Oficina, founded in the 1980s by late drug lord...

Medellin Homicide Rate Tumbles After Mafia Pact

Homicides in Medellin, Colombia were down over 60 percent in October compared to the same month last year, a decrease likely linked to a pax mafiosa struck between the city’s two most powerful criminal organizations. In...

A Writer’s Life in Medellin’s Most Violent Neighborhood

Soledad Rios, who's lived in Medellin's most violent neighborhood, Comuna 13, for 30 years, sells blood sausage and empanadas on a street corner for a living, frying them up fresh for customers. Sometimes when...

Colombians Clean 23 Botero Sculptures in Medellin

The 23 sculptures by Colombian painter and sculptor Fernando Botero and the plaza where they are displayed in the Colombian city of Medellin underwent a thorough cleaning on the weekend, a task participated in...

The Medellin Tranvía (Tram)

The tranvia (tram) will complement an integrated system that will eventually link Medellín to all nine of its satellite cities. The idea of a tram was first floated during Fajardo’s 2004-‘07 mayoral term, with formal...

Medellin finally to exhume bodies from what could be Colombia’s biggest mass grave

Colombian authorities are set to begin exhuming bodies from what could be the country’s biggest mass grave that has been looming over western Medellin for more than a decade. The “Escombrera” dumping ground is thought to...

Discover why Colombia is the country with most entrepreneurs in the world — A case study...

Paper initially published on Researchgate: https://goo.gl/UkWa2e Antioquia has always been an industrial center, with a favorable climate, plenty of natural resources and a particular culture for entrepreneurship. This paper is aiming to analyse this particular...

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