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Colombia ready to resume peace negotiations after Santos wins re-election

After Santos election victory, Colombia resumes peace bid (via AFP) Colombia resumed its path toward peace with leftist rebels, bolstered by President Juan Manuel Santos’ victory in elections seen as a referendum on his bid to end the 50-year-old conflict. Santos picked up 50.95 percent in Sunday’s runoff against the……

Colombia to vote Sunday in cliffhanger presidential election

Colombians head to the polls Sunday in a cliffhanger presidential election that has become a referendum on peace talks with leftist guerrillas. President Juan Manuel Santos, who wants a second consecutive term in office, is well advanced on reaching……

Colombia celebrates triumphant World Cup return hours before presidential runoff

Hours before presidential runoff, Colombia has mind on futbol (via AFP) Less than a day before voters choose their next president in a run-off, joy over Colombia’s World Cup win in Brazil was sweeping the campaigns Saturday, with fans in the streets. After being sidelined from the event for 16…

At least nine FARC rebels killed in Colombia

At least nine Marxist FARC rebels were killed in a clash with Colombia's military even as peace talks are held between the two sides in Cuba, the army said. The military operation took place in the northern town of Tame, near the border with Venezuela……

Old Colombian sport of disc throwing is boozy, explosive fun

As sports go, it is rather old, quite boozy and a tad explosive. It involves trying to hurl a disc into a tube surrounded by small bags of gunpowder. Tejo was first made popular by an indigenous people in Colombia called the Muisca, but is still played by thousands of…

Colombian police seize and destroy rebels’ drug submarine

A semi-submersible boat of the type used by leftist FARC rebels to transport cocaine has been seized and destroyed in southwest Colombia, police said Tuesday. The amphibious vessel, estimated to cost about $1.5 million, was discovered stowed on dry land in a forested area in the country’s southwestern Narino province.…

Soccer-based Colombian soap scores a ratings goooooool

With Colombia’s national football team close to qualifying for the 2014 World Cup, viewers are tuning in by the millions to a telenovela about their dream team of the 1990s. The soap opera — known simply as “La Seleccion” (marketed in English as “Football Dreams, a World of Passion”) —…

Study finds 40,000 people were abducted during 40-year Colombian civil war

Almost 40,000 people were abducted during the 40 years of Colombia’s civil war, according to a study published on Thursday, the first attempt to quantify the scourge of kidnapping. The research, released by the Center for Historical Memory in Bogota, was commissioned by police and prosecutors and compiled with help…

3 fake nuns caught smuggling cocaine in Colombia

Three women dressed up as nuns were caught at a Colombian airport trying to smuggle cocaine taped to their bodies, police said Tuesday. The women were caught Saturday after arriving on Colombia’s Caribbean island of San Andres on a flight from Bogota. They thought the disguise would spare them from…

Activist deaths and postponed peacetalks highlight struggle over land in Colombia

At least two peasant leaders in Colombia have been murdered in the past several weeks, heightening concerns about the security of opposition figures and human rights defenders as the government and leftist rebels try to negotiate an end to the country’s nearly 50-year-old internal conflict. The head…  …

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