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...

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...

Medellin startup brings ‘Buy 5, get 1 free’ loyalty card into digital age

A team of young Medellin-based entrepreneurs continued the rollout of their new brand loyalty website Thursday, aimed at helping Colombian brands understand their customers and their buying patterns. The virtual equivalent of the traditional loyalty...

Colombia Bans Alcohol, Guns and Motorcycles For Saturday’s Game With Uruguay

COLOMBIA NEWS — Authorities in major Colombian cities are again imposing bans on alcohol and curfews for Saturday to discourage out of control partying for World Cup game day. Across the country, Colombia's national police...

Medellin named one of the world’s most resilient cities

Medellin, Colombia’s second largest city, was named one of 33 of the world’s most resilient cities by the Rockefeller Foundation on Tuesday. The city was chosen from 400 urban centers that vied to become part...

Hundreds participate in Medellin’s ‘No Pants Day’

Hundreds of people marched through Medellin Sunday in nothing but their underwear as a demonstration promoting free expression. Photos of the marchers wearing their Sunday best have since made the rounds on social media. Colombia’s second largest city...

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...

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...

Flyer warns of imminent ‘social cleansing’ in Bogota, after similar threat issued in Medellin

An unknown group in Bogota has distributed a pamphlet announcing its intentions to engage in “social cleaning” activities in one of the Colombian capital’s poorer neighborhoods, national media reported Wednesday. Distributed on January...

Los Tres Maridos: Three Men Marry in Colombia

Three gay men in Colombia have announced they have been recognized legally as the first “polyamorous family” in the country. Same-sex marriages were legalised in Colombia last year. A notary in Colombia’s second-largest city Medellin granted...

Medellín gives voice, support to armed conflict victims

MEDELLÍN, Colombia – Medellín, Colombia’s second most important city after Bogotá and one of the most violent in the world in the 1980s, gives a voice to victims of the armed conflict that has...

The church that towers over Medellin’s northeast

The Divine Mercy church is a stunning neo-Gothic icon that towers over northeastern Medellin from the Manrique neighborhood. Built between 1921 and 1931 when the surrounding area was still largely uninhabited, the Divine Mercy parish now rests on a dense urban settlement at the entry...

Haider Ackermann, Colombia’s Favorite Son, Brings His Show to Medellín

There was a full moon over Medellín last week when Colombia’s favorite son, Haider Ackermann, came home. He offered a spectacular career overview to inaugurate the trade show Colombiamoda 2013 and mark the twenty-fifth...

13 teachers forced to flee Medellin schools just this month

  Thirteen teachers have been forced to leave their Medellin teaching jobs and in some cases flee the city in the first ten days of August alone after receiving death threats. The last victim is a high...

New feat for Colombia’s urban innovator: slum escalators

MEDELLIN, Colombia — The upper reaches of a mountainside slum called Comuna 13 are so steep that streets give way to staircases. To get home, many residents here used to climb the equivalent of...

‘Prostitution ring’ or ‘gringo’ recruiting women for sex at Medellin university

Flyers inviting young female students into prostitution have been circulating around Medellin’s top universities. Numerous students at the University of the Pontificia Bolivariana de Medellín (UPB) have complained about men entering the institution and distributing...

Medellín, Colombia: reinventing the world’s most dangerous city

The cable car floats over the mountainside above rickety rooftops, labyrinthine streets, palms and pylons of a barrio built by, and named after, the most renowned criminal of all time – Pablo Escobar. Below...

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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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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

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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...

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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...

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