Ivan Duque Wins Colombian Presidential Elections

President-elect Ivan Duque appealed for unity after winning a runoff election over a leftist firebrand whose ascent shook Colombia’s political establishment and laid bare deep divisions over the nation’s peace process. Duque, the young conservative...

Colombia Aiming For Best-ever World Cup

(AFP) Colombia will not take struggling Japan for granted when the two sides meet in their World Cup opener in Saransk, on Tuesday (June 19), Luis Muriel said Sunday. "Los Cafeteros" are aiming to top...

Fajardo’s Party Leaning Towards Supporting Leftist Petro

Now that the right-wing Ivan Duque will face the center-left Gustavo Petro in the second round of the Colombian presidential elections, the Alternative Democratic Pole (PDA) party announced it will take a new stance...

Ivan Duque and Gustavo Petro Go To Runoff

With nearly all ballots counted in Sunday's first round, Ivan Duque was leading with 39.7% ahead of Gustavo Petro on 24.8%. Former Medellin Mayor Sergio Fajardo came third with 23.8%. Duque, a hardline conservative who...

Colombia to be NATO’s first Latin American global partner

BOGOTA (Reuters) - Colombia will next week formally join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, making it the only Latin American nation in the alliance, President Juan Manuel Santos said late on Friday. Colombia will join...

Pablo Escobar’s Former Hit Man “Popeye” Arrested In Medellin

From a "repentant Popeye", he went on to "Popeye imprisoned", Jhon Jairo Velásquez Vásquez, the self-proclaimed former sicario (hitman) for Pablo Escobar, was arrested in Medellin on Friday, May 25, on charges of extortion...

Colombia’s presidential election: another referendum on the peace deal?

On Sunday, May 27, Colombians will head to the polls to elect a new president. At play in this year’s election are a range of issues: Venezuelan migration, economic situation, rampant corruption, high levels...

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France and Germany urge Colombia to begin peace talks with ELN

The ambassadors from France and Germany on Monday asked Colombia to move forward with peace talks with the country’s second largest rebel group, the ELN. German Ambassador...

Norte de Santander Pipeline Bombed

CUBARA, Colombia (UPI) -- An oil pipeline was bombed in Colombia's Norte de Santander province, the mayor of Cubara said, the 17th time this...

Former chief of Colombia paramilitaries charged with 1500 crimes

Prosecutors in the northeast of Colombia on Monday charged Salvatore Mancuso, the extradited former leader of the AUC paramilitary group, with 1,500 crimes including...

FARC-ELN letter says Army spying threatens Colombia’s peace process

Colombia’s two largest guerrilla insurgencies released a joint message Tuesday reacting to a developing scandal over a secret Army surveillance program. Leaders of the FARC and ELN...

FARC asks for bilateral ceasefire as Santos calls to intensify military offensive

Colombia President Juan Manuel Santos on Thursday called to intensify military actions against Colombia’s largest armed group FARC after an attack that killed seven police and wounded five. The...

Colombia’s Ecopetrol Rules Out Stock Sale This Year

CARTAGENA, Colombia (Dow Jones)--Ecopetrol SA (ECOPETROL.BO, EC), Colombia's state-run oil firm, will not carry out any stock issuances or debt sales in 2012 to...

Colombia coca cultivation jumps 39% ahead of peace accord

Coca cultivation in Colombia, one of the world’s biggest cocaine producers, rose 39% last year as farmers ramped up production on hopes they would...

No jail for FARC members in exchange for peace: Congress

Excluding those responsible for human rights abuses, Colombia's Congress promises that members of the FARC, the group responsible for thousands of deaths, kidnappings, forced...

How Colombia went from violent narco state to peaceful tourist hotspot

Not all its problems are solved, but Colombia is a much safer — and happier — place than it was just a few years...

One of FARC’s most feared commanders joins Colombia peace talks in Havana

The commander of one of the FARC’s most elite fighting units, “El Paisa,” arrived in Havana to take part in ongoing peace talks after...

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Colombia invited to join OECD; third Latin American member with Mexico and Chile

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) announced on Friday that Colombia would be officially invited to join the group. The Paris-based economic organization was founded in 1961 and has traditionally included industrialized...

How Will Colombia’s Next President Fight Organized Crime?

(Insightcrime.org) Colombia’s presidential election, scheduled for May 27, comes at a critical time in the country’s history. The peace process with the FARC is underway, but new criminal dynamics are presenting challenges that the...

Duque Mantains Lead in Poll for Colombia election

BOGOTA (Reuters) - Right-wing candidate Ivan Duque kept his lead over rivals ahead of Colombia’s May 27 presidential election, with 35 percent of voters saying they planned to back him, a survey by YanHaas...

Santos: Venezuela’s Maduro plans to bring in Colombians to vote for him

BOGOTA (Reuters) - President Nicolas Maduro’s socialist government has been giving Venezuelan identification cards to Colombians in order to transport them over the border to vote for him in Sunday’s presidential elections, the Colombian...

It’s the Poorest Who Should be Voting for Iván Duque

It is common to hear that Iván Duque, the protege of former president Álvaro Uribe Vélez, is the candidate of the rich and that Gustavo Petro, meanwhile, is the savior of the poor. Basically,...

Sergio Fajardo and his Failed Strategy of Neutrality

The ex-governor of Antioquia and former mayor of Medellín, Sergio Fajardo, is trying to regain his front-runner status, which he in enjoyed in the Colombian presidential race months ago. However, in the majority of the...

Floods Force 600 Colombians to Evacuate in Antioquia

The Ituango plant became at risk on April 28 after an “unpredictable geological condition” that caused a massive landslide, covering up the waters below. The rising level of the Cauca river, in the north-eastern province...

Colombia’s Easyfly to launch five new routes in 2018

Colombian regional airline Easyfly will launch five new routes this year as it adds more ATR 42-600s to its fleet, expecting to grow traffic 35% year-over-year in 2018. Easyfly president Alfonso Avila says the airline...

De La Calle ‘Will Protect Colombia’s Peace Deal if Elected’

After four years negotiating a peace accord that ended a five-decade conflict with FARC rebels, Colombia's presidential candidate Humberto De La Calle said late Wednesday he will ensure the Andean nation does not return...

Colombia Considers Chemical Castration as Child Sex Abuse Soars

Colombia's senate has approved the use of chemical castration for rapists found guilty of sex crimes against minors, as a new report warns that such violations have soared by 27 percent.   The option received unanimous...

Colombian Doctor Admits to 360 ‘Secret’ Euthanasia Procedures

A Colombian doctor has publicly admitted to performing over 360 euthanasia procedures throughout Latin America, where the practise is outlawed in all but one country. Gustavo Quintana, 76, says he has assisted 366 of his...