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“The U.S. will do everything possible to support Colombia in its attempt to visa requirements for deletion Colombian tourism,” John Kerry   TODAY...

Seven afro-colombians have been killed in Bogota in the last month, leading community leaders to denounce what they see as an alarming increase in racially...

Extortion in Colombia has gone up nearly 500% since 2008, according to a report released Wednesday. The vast majority of suspected extortionists are common criminals. According to a report by the Security and Democracy Center, only 20% of extortion cases in the country end up on record as the vast majority of victims pay up without reporting the cases to the authorities. This...

Rebel group FARC reportedly killed 10 soldiers in the southwest of Colombia on Wednesday. Local media said the deadly combat followed a rebel attack, which would be a violent breach of a unilateral ceasefire called by the guerrillas in December. The combat took place around midnight in Buenos Aires, a municipality in the troubled southwestern Cauca state and only...

Colombia’s Congress is debating the welfare of Colombian nationals currently awaiting capital punishment in Chinese prisons for drug-trafficking, some of whom have begged their government for repatriation. From prison in Shanghai, 12 Colombian nationals cried out to the government for a treaty of repatriation back to the country, through a series of letters delivered...

The president of Colombia’s Constitutional Court — already in trouble over bribery allegations — has also been linked to paramilitary violence after investigators found that land he owns had been stolen from displaced farmers. Prosecutors have called the wife of court president Jorge Pretelt, Martha Patron, for questioning after finding that the Pretelt family...

A bill proposed in Colombia’s Congress seeks to remove three of an impressive number of 15 bank holidays in exchange for extra vacation days. The initiative — proposed by U Party Senator Jimmy Chamorro — would convert religious holidays March 19, June 4 and November 1 into working days. The three days would be added to the existent 15 days off that Colombians...

Colombia’s attorney-general has said he will step up investigations of 22 army generals for their alleged role in the killing of dozens of civilians in a notorious episode of the country’s five-decade conflict. The announcement on Sunday by Eduardo Montealegre comes as government and rebel negotiators hammer out a peace deal in Cuba with impunity for abuses committed...

Hundreds of millions of dollars in construction contracts have been paid to companies who may have illegally won the contracts, an investigation conducted by the Colombian Chamber of Infrastructure (CCI) said Monday. The specifications of many of the contracts were written such that only one firm’s bid fully complied, guaranteeing them the contract. According to...

Argentine soccer legend Diego Maradona lashed out violently at members of the press, fans and security personnel after a friendly match in Bogota ironically held to promote peace. A video released on YouTube shows the former coach of the Argentine national team slapping a camera out of the hands of a member of press, kicking a fan, and taking a swipe at fans who repeatedly...

Colombia’s Conservative party has taken seat in the country’s opposition bench, leaving the coalition of President Juan Manuel Santos who the conservatives say...

Colombia’s conservative opposition has insisted that security in the country has worsen. The allegations have been cast off as “lies” by President Juan Manuel Santos, but the Deputy Minister of Defense was forced admitted they are true. Colombia’s Democratic Center (CD) party, founded by former President Alvaro Uribe, has persistently claimed security indicators...

Multinational mining company Drummond has sued those who had accused the Alabama-based business of collaborating with paramilitaries guilty of human rights violations in Colombia. A recently filed lawsuit contends that several lawyers, an advocacy group and a Dutch competitor worked together to extort money from Drummond through their allegations against the company. Drummond...

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