Drug Capos Looking for Way Out Via Colombia Peace Accords

TODAY COLOMBIA via Insightcrime - Authorities in Colombia have filtered out more than two dozen drug capos attempting to pass themselves off as FARC guerrillas in order to take advantage of judicial benefits offered...

US Threatens to Brand Colombia Not Compliant on Anti-Drug Efforts

TODAY COLOMBIA via Insightcrime.org - In an annual designation of major drug trafficking and producing nations, US President Donald Trump broke with decades of precedent by calling out the anti-narcotics efforts of Colombia, potentially...

After Death of Number Two, Colombia’s Urabeños Offer to Surrender

(Insightcrime) The most wanted drug trafficker in Colombia and leader of the powerful Urabeños has offered to surrender himself and his organization to authorities just days after his number two was killed by security...

Colombian Indigenous Groups Denounce Exclusion from Final Peace Agreement

Several Colombian Indigenous groups have condemned their exclusion from the implementation of the final peace agreement between the government and the FARC, as a violation of their rights. The Commission for Follow-up, Impulse and Verification...

Pockets of Rising Violence in Rural Colombia Despite National Drop in Murders

(InSight Crime) While Colombia boasts its lowest homicide rate in nearly half a century, pockets of spiking violence in several rural areas tell a different story -- that of armed groups struggling for control...

Pope visits Colombia to boost peace process after 50 years of war

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis travels to Colombia this week to encourage a fledgling peace process that ended half a century of war between a succession of governments and the guerrilla group FARC...

Pope Francis sends video message ahead of Colombia visit

(Vatican Radio)  Pope Francis on Monday sent a video message to the people of Colombia ahead of his Apostolic Journey to the country on 6-11 September, inviting them to “take the first step” towards...

Grateful Colombian refugee opens home to Venezuelans in need

Angelica Lamos Ballesteros, 51, was welcomed in Venezuela when gun-toting guerrillas forced her from her home in Colombia’s mountainous Norte de Santander department. Now back in Colombia, she has opened her home to Venezuelans...

Colombia is becoming Latin America’s brightest star

Following more than half a century of armed conflict, peace is shining a new light on Colombia’s future. A peace deal reached last November ended a 52-year conflict with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia...

Colombia’s FARC to Become Political Party With New Name, Same Acronym

Colombia’s formerly largest armed insurgent group, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), is set to turn into a political party with the same acronym, Luciano Marin Arango, also known as "Ivan Marquez," said...

Colombia Eliminates Visa For Nicaraguan Tourists

With the objective of encouring tourism to Colombia, the South American country has eliminated the visa requirement for Nicaraguan tourists. By resolution 5622 de 2017, Colombia's Cancillería (Foreign Ministry), eliminated the travel block. With this...

Despite Peace Talks, ELN Guerrillas Continue Expansion

(Insightcrime.org) When Latin America's oldest insurgency, the FARC, officially becomes a political party, their cousins in the ELN will assume the status of Colombia's most powerful guerrilla army. But while the ELN are also...

FARC Officially Becomes A Political Party On Sept. 1

Colombia's FARC rebels will officially transform into a political party on September 1, a major step in reintegrating the former guerillas into civilian life as part of a historic peace deal. “We will publicly launch...

Does the peace treaty with the FARC mean a new future for Colombia?

The famous Argentinian writer Jorge Luis Borges once wrote, “Being Colombian is an act of faith”. After the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (also known by their Spanish initials as FARC), laid down its...

Colombia’s tourism industry benefits from peace deal

After the deal was signed in 2016, Colombia has had an inflow increase of 14.5 % compared to 2015 The peace agreement with the FARC guerrillas helped Colombia consolidate itself as a top tourist destination....

Colombians Have Good Reason to be Skeptical of FARC Disarmament

Colombia’s longstanding guerrilla group the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) participated in a symbolic disarmament in the Mesetas region of the country’s Meta department, southeast of Bogota. This region is one of the...

Colombian militants have a new plan for the country, and it’s called ‘insurgent feminism’

TODAY COLOMBIA - When Victoria Sandino, a long-time fighter in the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), joined the guerrilla organisation’s peace talks with her country’s government in 2014, she never imagined that she...

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Drug Capos Looking for Way Out Via Colombia Peace Accords

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US Threatens to Brand Colombia Not Compliant on Anti-Drug Efforts

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After Death of Number Two, Colombia’s Urabeños Offer to Surrender

(Insightcrime) The most wanted drug trafficker in Colombia and leader of the powerful Urabeños has offered to surrender himself and his organization to authorities...

Colombian Indigenous Groups Denounce Exclusion from Final Peace Agreement

Several Colombian Indigenous groups have condemned their exclusion from the implementation of the final peace agreement between the government and the FARC, as a...

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Colombians give Pope Francis rapturous welcome

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Pope Francis appeals for reconciliation in war-scarred Colombia

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Pope visits Colombia to boost peace process after 50 years of war

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Pope Francis sends video message ahead of Colombia visit

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