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Colombia Reports Colombia’s government aims to buy land from private owners and redistribute it among the poor after its 50-year-old war ends, the agriculture minister said Sunday, addressing the root cause of the conflict. The government has been in peace talks since November 2012 with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), Latin America’s oldest and...

Colombia Reports Almost a thousand raids have resulted in the arrest of over 800 individuals responsible for drug dealing in schools and universities across western and central Colombia. “The prosecution and police managed to dismantle four bands dedicated to the trafficking of drugs in colleges and universities” announced Luis Eduardo Montelagre of the Inspector...

Colombia Reports Some 400 Bogota public school children suffered food poisoning on Thursday after eating pizzas that had been distributed for lunch, local media reported. Dozens of ambulances transported children from the schools of Ciudadela Colsubsidio, Cedritos and Ciudad Roma to nearby emergency medical centers after they presented symptoms of food poisoning including...

Colombia Reports Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos continues to suffer abysmal approval ratings in the country’s cities due to ongoing dissatisfaction over unemployment, crime and a lack of progress in ongoing peace talks with rebel group FARC. The president once was popular. When Colombia elected Santos for the first time in August 2010, his approval rating was...

Colombia Reports Colombia’s President Juan Manuel Santos on Thursday declared a war on the $2.5 billion illegal mining industry in the country. “Illegal mining is causing us more harm than other enemies” the president said. “When we compare what criminal gold mining produces, it is much more than the production of drug trafficking.” Criminal mining by illegal...

Colombia Reports The private secretary of a Prosecutor General’s Office unit director was arrested in Bogota on Thursday after customs officials found...

Colombia Reports Colombia’s Justice Minister reported on Thursday that the repatriation of drug trafficking convicts held in China is “unlikely” due to a lack of will from the Chinese government. Yesid Reyes, Colombia’s Justice Minister, said that the Chinese government has yet to release an official response on the proposal of returning Colombian national convicts...

Colombia Reports The Colombian Navy said Tuesday it had seized 447 kilos of cocaine 30 miles off the country’s Caribbean coastline. The drugs were seized from a fishing boat off the coast of the country’s most northern province, La Guajira. The cocaine was found aboard la “Reina 1”, a fishing boat carrying the Colombian flag, as it made its way from Barranquilla...

At least thirty homes and a power supply line were damaged in the northwest of Colombia when a magnitude 5.9 earthquake hit the Colombia-Panama border...

Taxi drivers across Colombia went on strike on Wednesday to protest the app-based taxi booking service Uber. In the capital Bogota, the strike coincided...

Colombia Reports More than half of Medellin’s 2.5 million residents do not have access to three meals a day, revealed the city’s food bank in a recent study. In some of the city’s impoverished areas, this figure rockets to a staggering 89%. A study released by Medellin’s Archdiocese Food Bank has revealed the number of people in Colombia’s second largest...

Colombia Reports The United States Department of State on Monday called on Colombia to step up efforts to prosecute alleged human traffickers, and improve the assistance to victims of slavery and sex trafficking. In its annual human trafficking report, the State Department maintained Colombia’s Tier 2 position, again highlighting the South American country’s shortcomings...

Volcanic ash forces airport closures in Colombi Bogota (AFP) – Colombia’s Nevado del Ruiz volcano erupted in an ash cloud on Sunday, prompting...