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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…  …

7.0 magnitude earthquake in Colombia felt as far away as Quito, Ecuador

A 7.0 magnitude quake shook southern Colombia Saturday and was felt as far away as Quito, Ecuador, authorities said. The quake, occurring at a depth of 129 kilometers (80 miles) at 1416 GMT, was located 11 kilometers (7 miles) southwest of Pasto, Colombia, a city of 400,000 people at the…

Hillary Clinton: The legend of the secretary of cool continues to grow

She works hard; she plays hard. We already knew the former. Now we know secretary of state Hillary Clinton can throw down just as enthusiastically as a young Hill staffer. Clinton was photographed taking a hearty swig from a beer bottle, shaking some maracas and generally letting loose on a…

Five military members accused of misconduct in Secret Service scandal

Five members of the U.S. military were allegedly involved in the prostitution scandal in Colombia that saw 12 Secret Service members relieved of duty. The United States Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM) said that it would punish the military members for “inappropriate conduct” at the same hotel the service agents were located…

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