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Gasoline explosions spark debate in a Colombian city with no fire department
Apr 22, 2014 Ξ Comments are off

Gasoline explosions spark debate in a Colombian city with no fire department

posted by Victoria McKenzie

Two fires broke out simultaneously in a small northeastern city in Colombia near the border of Venezuela, one in a courtyard where contraband gasoline was being illegally stored, local news  Full Article »

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‘Uribe’s former business partner, chief of staff helped create paramilitary death squad’
Apr 22, 2014 Ξ Comments are off

‘Uribe’s former business partner, chief of staff helped create paramilitary death squad’

posted by Adriaan Alsema

An assassinated rancher with business ties to former President Alvaro Uribe financed the formation of the “Bloque Metro” paramilitary group in coordination with the then-governor’s chief of staff, a demobilized  Full Article »

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Reinstatement of Bogota’s former mayor ‘probable:’ national magazine
Apr 22, 2014 Ξ Comments are off

Reinstatement of Bogota’s former mayor ‘probable:’ national magazine

posted by Daniel E Freeman

Colombia’s State Council is expected to make a decision this week that will likely reinstate Gustavo Petro in his elected position as mayor of the nation’s capital city of Bogota,  Full Article »

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Bogota’s new mayor meets departing interim mayor
Apr 22, 2014 Ξ Comments are off

Bogota’s new mayor meets departing interim mayor

posted by Connor Paige

The newly appointed Mayor of Bogota, Maria Mercedes Maldonado has met with the former inter-rim Mayor Rafael Pardo on Tuesday morning to discuss the most pressing issues facing the Colombian  Full Article »

Peace talks

Santos expects to reach an agreement on drug point with FARC ‘in the near future’
Apr 22, 2014 Ξ Comments are off

Santos expects to reach an agreement on drug point with FARC ‘in the near future’

posted by Connor Paige

Colombia President Juan Manuel Santos expects to finalize the third point of a peace agreement with the FARC rebel group “in the near future,” in a move to remove the  Full Article »

Elections

586,000 electoral observers to monitor presidential elections: Colombia’s elections body
Apr 22, 2014 Ξ Comments are off

586,000 electoral observers to monitor presidential elections: Colombia’s elections body

posted by Alexandra Jolly

586,000 election overseers, chosen on Monday, will monitor the upcoming presidential elections and work to prevent voter fraud says the body responsible for managing the logistics of Colombia’s elections.

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Suspected guerrilla attack kills Army sergeant, wounds 7 in northern Colombia
Apr 22, 2014 Ξ Leave a comment

Suspected guerrilla attack kills Army sergeant, wounds 7 in northern Colombia

posted by Flora Baker

A suspected FARC attack in the north of Colombia has left a National Army sergeant dead and seven soldiers wounded, according to Colombia’s Caracol Radio.

Business

Colombia’s housing deficit decreasing due to social housing schemes: govt
Apr 22, 2014 Ξ Comments are off

Colombia’s housing deficit decreasing due to social housing schemes: govt

posted by Alexandra Jolly

Colombia’s housing deficit is dropping, according to a national statistical report and statements from the Colombian government released on Tuesday.

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Colombia’s official tributes to Garcia Marquez begin in Bogota’s cathedral
Apr 22, 2014 Ξ Leave a comment

Colombia’s official tributes to Garcia Marquez begin in Bogota’s cathedral

posted by Flora Baker

The first official Colombian ceremony to pay homage to the writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez, who died Thursday in Mexico City aged 87, was set to take place in Bogota’s Primary  Full Article »

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Over 40 of Colombia’s indigenous groups close to extinction due to mining: UN
Apr 22, 2014 Ξ Comments are off

Over 40 of Colombia’s indigenous groups close to extinction due to mining: UN

posted by Victoria McKenzie

The United Nations (UN) representative in Colombia for Human Rights said 40 indigenous groups are at risk of disappearing, mainly due to mining operations, reported local media on Tuesday.

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