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Country in the northwestern part of South America

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Colombia: Country in the northwestern part of South America
Colombia, officially the Republic of Colombia, is a country largely situated in the north of South America, with land and territories in North America. Colombia is bounded on the north by the Caribbean Sea, the northwest by Panama, the south by both Ecuador and Peru, the east by Venezuela, the southeast by Brazil, and the west by the Pacific. It comprises thirty-two departments, with the capital in Bogotá.

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'City of Women': A refuge for Colombia's displaced

Women displaced by Colombia's armed conflict created their own community to offer each other support.
BBC News - Published

Colombia aims to eradicate 130,000 hectares of coca in 2020

Colombia hopes this year to eradicate 130,000 hectares (321,237 acres) of coca, the base ingredient in cocaine, Defense Minister Carlos Holmes Trujillo said on Monday.
Reuters - Published

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"Stupendous turtle" fossil discovered in Colombia [Video]"Stupendous turtle" fossil discovered in Colombia

Scientists in Colombia have discovered fossils of the Stupendemys geographicus, one of the largest turtles that ever lived. Gloria Tso reports.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 00:54Published

Colombia's Paez and Slovenia's Pintaric win tough desert mountain bike race [Video]Colombia's Paez and Slovenia's Pintaric win tough desert mountain bike race

Hector Leonardo Paez surged to victory in the Hero Dubai Desert Fascination while Blaza Pintaric won the women's edition in the desert mountain bike race.

Credit: Reuters - Sports     Duration: 03:16Published

Hundreds protest tax reforms in Colombia [Video]Hundreds protest tax reforms in Colombia

Hundreds of protesters took to the streets in Bogota on Tuesday to call on Colombian President Ivan Duque to abandon plans for tax reform.

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 00:50Published

Pompeo looking forward to meeting Venezuela's Guaido [Video]Pompeo looking forward to meeting Venezuela's Guaido

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Sunday he looks forward to meeting with Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido on Monday in Bogota at a regional counter-terrorism conference. Freddie..

Credit: Reuters - Politics     Duration: 01:20Published

Frost linked to climate change pressures Colombian farmers [Video]Frost linked to climate change pressures Colombian farmers

Early frosts connected to climate change in Colombia's high-altitude Andean areas are laying waste to farm pastures and crops. Roger Fortuna has more.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:08Published

Colombia foils plot to kill former FARC leader [Video]Colombia foils plot to kill former FARC leader

Police in Colombia say they have thwarted an assassination attempt on the former leader of the FARC rebel group. Acting on a tip, they killed two suspects plotting an attack on Rodrigo Londono, better..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:19Published

Colombia police under pressure over protest crackdown [Video]Colombia police under pressure over protest crackdown

One student has died and dozens of people have been blinded after riot police fire rubber bullets at protesters during national strike.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:41Published

For migrant children in Mexico, a mobile classroom comes to them [Video]For migrant children in Mexico, a mobile classroom comes to them

Migrant children at the Tijuana border find hope aboard the Yes We Can World Foundation mobile classroom, designed to provide bilingual education and help children deal with their emotions, while their..

Credit: Reuters - Politics     Duration: 02:25Published

Family of Pablo Escobar to sell new smartphone [Video]Family of Pablo Escobar to sell new smartphone

Esocbar Inc. is hoping to use the worldwide fame of the family's name to sell a foldable smartphone, which they say will hit markets in January 2020. Chris Dignam has more.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 02:33Published

 

Drug lord Escobar's hitman Jhon Velásquez dies in Colombia

Jhon Jairo Velásquez, who boasted of killing 300 people, died in hospital of stomach cancer aged 57.
BBC News - Published

'Popeye', one-time assassin for Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar, dies

Jhon Jairo Velasquez Vasquez, who worked for Colombian drug kingpin Pablo Escobar and said he participated in some 300 murders, died on Thursday, the government said.
Reuters - Published

Colombia first Latin American country to run coronavirus tests - government

Colombia is the first country in Latin America able to do its own diagnostic tests for the fast-spreading coronavirus, a flu-like virus which has killed more than 400 people in China and spread to..
Reuters - Published

FARC killings a challenge to peace, but some criticism political: Colombian official

The murders of nearly 200 former fighters from the FARC rebels pose a difficulty in implementing Colombia's peace deal, an official said on Monday, but he insisted the government is committed to..
Reuters - Published

Colombia appoints former human rights adviser as attorney general

Colombia's Supreme Court on Thursday appointed Francisco Barbosa, a lawyer with close ties to President Ivan Duque, as the country's new attorney general.
Reuters - Published

Colombia rejects Venezuelan proposal to resume diplomatic relations

Colombia rejected a proposal to resume diplomatic relations with Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's government on Thursday, amid a dispute over a fugitive former Colombian congresswoman who was..
Reuters - Published

Armed groups in Colombia are still recruiting children, NGOs say

Illegal armed groups are still recruiting children in Colombia, subjecting them to sexual abuse and using them as cannon fodder in armed conflict, humanitarian groups said on Thursday.
Reuters - Published

Venezuela's Maduro proposes re-opening consular relations with Colombia

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Wednesday said he was willing to re-establish consular relations with neighboring Colombia, amid a standoff between the two countries over a fugitive former..
Reuters - Published

Colombia offers work permits to hundreds of thousands of Venezuelan migrants

Colombia will allow hundreds of thousands of Venezuelan migrants to legalize their presence in the country through work permits meant to bring them into the legal economy, the government said on..
Reuters - Published

Venezuelan police capture fugitive Colombian senator who fled via dentist's office

Venezuelan special police detained a fugitive Colombian former senator who had illegally crossed the border, the force's chief said, four months after she escaped custody by climbing out of her..
Reuters - Published

Colombia must allow rebel dissidents to demobilize: Human Rights Watch

Colombia must allow FARC rebel dissidents to demobilize and join reintegration efforts if it wants to tackle armed groups operating along its border with Venezuela, rights group Human Rights Watch..
Reuters - Published

Police clash with some protesters in renewal of Colombia demonstrations

Colombian police clashed with small numbers of protesters and some public transport infrastructure was damaged in Bogota on Tuesday after a renewal of demonstrations.
Reuters - Published

Colombia asks U.S., E.U. to include FARC dissidents on terrorist lists

Colombia is asking the United States, the European Union and other countries to include dissidents from the former FARC rebels on their lists of terrorist organizations, the foreign ministry said on..
Reuters - Published

Colombia seeking deals with protest leaders, but some demands 'unconstitutional'

Colombia's government is willing to discuss the country's problems with leaders of demonstrations against the social and economic policies of President Ivan Duque, but some protest demands are..
Reuters - Published

Much work remains in Colombia's fight against coca cultivation, Pompeo says

Much remains to be done in Colombia's fight against cultivation of coca, the base ingredient in cocaine, United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said during a visit to Bogota on Monday.
Reuters - Published

Venezuela's Guaido defies ban to arrive in Bogota, due to meet Pompeo on Monday

Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido arrived in Colombia on Sunday, defying a court-imposed travel ban, and is set to meet with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday when both will attend..
Reuters - Published

Pompeo looks forward to meeting with Venezuela's Guaido in Colombia

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Sunday he looks forward to meeting with Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido on Monday in Bogota at a regional counter-terrorism conference.
Reuters - Published

Venezuela's Guaido to meet with Pompeo in Colombia on Monday: sources

Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido will meet on Monday in Bogota with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at a regional counter-terrorism meeting, according to two people close to Guaido.
Reuters - Published

'You can quit': Colombian cocaine farmers' message to UK user

Two Colombian producers tell a British cocaine user they wouldn't take it as they know what's in it.
BBC News - Published

Colombia protests to intensify this year, union leader says

Protests against the social and economic policies of Colombian President Ivan Duque will restart with more intensity this year, a top union leader said.
Reuters - Published

Coca eradication best way to fight violence in Colombia, Duque says

The eradication of Colombia's plantations of coca, the raw material for cocaine, is the best way to protect peace efforts and fight the drug trafficking that fuels violence in the South American..
Reuters - Published

Armed conflict in Colombia could heat up in 2020: peace mediator

Armed conflict in Colombia could heat up in 2020 and there could even be bombings in cities if dissidents from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) follow through with plans to pressure..
Reuters - Published

Colombia foils attempt to assassinate ex-Farc leader Timochenko

Police said they killed two would-be assassins who were about to target ex-rebel chief Timochenko.
BBC News - Published Also reported by •Reuters

Colombia eradicates record amount of coca fields last year, president says

Colombia, a top source of coca, the base ingredient in cocaine, eradicated more than 100,000 hectares (247,000 acres) of the crop last year, President Ivan Duque said on Thursday.
Reuters - Published

Two strong quakes shake central Colombia, no damage reported

Two strong earthquakes, of magnitude 6.2 and magnitude 5.7, struck central Colombia on Tuesday, the Colombian Geological Service said, but there were no immediate reports of any injuries or major..
Reuters - Published

Wider Image: Portraits from the frontlines of global protests

Protests swept the globe in 2019, with millions of people taking to the streets from Catalonia to Colombia, Haiti to Hong Kong.
Reuters - Published

Colombia peace court exhumes bodies in extrajudicial killings case

Colombia's special justice tribunal has begun to exhume bodies from a grave in the country's northwest as part of an investigation into as many as 50 possible extrajudicial killings allegedly committed..
Reuters - Published

Mythical creatures appear in Medellín

Hundreds of artists dressed as creatures from myth and legend parade through the Colombian city.
BBC News - Published

Colombian government, unions renew talks but no agreement reached

Union leaders and Colombian government representatives met on Thursday for the second time this week but failed to reach an agreement to end protests against President Ivan Duque's economic and social..
Reuters - Published

Polish officials seize 2 tonnes of cocaine from Colombia: PM

Polish officials have seized two tonnes of cocaine from Colombia worth around 2 billion zlotys ($510 million), Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on Thursday.
Reuters - Published

Ten of thousands of protesters mark third national strike in Colombia

Colombian unions and student groups marked a third national strike on Wednesday with marches, chants and dancing, ahead of additional dialogue between protest leaders and the government over President..
Reuters - Published

Marches begin to mark Colombia's third national strike

Colombian unions and student groups are holding a third national strike on Wednesday amid fraught talks between protest leaders and the government over President Ivan Duque's social and economic..
Reuters - Published

Colombian unions, student groups to hold third national strike

Colombian unions and student groups plan a third national strike on Wednesday amid fraught talks between protest leaders and the government over President Ivan Duque's social and economic policies.
Reuters - Published

Talks between Colombia strike committee, government end without advances

Talks between the Colombian government and the unions and student organizations that are planning major protests this week ended without advances on Tuesday, as the country prepares for its third..
Reuters - Published

Employee of French defense company Thales killed in Bogota

An employee of French defense electronics company Thales was killed in Bogota, Colombia, on Monday, the company said on Tuesday.
Reuters - Published

Colombia union rejects government call to halt strike, insists on dialogue

A major Colombian union that is backing a third national strike in as many weeks against the social and economic policies of President Ivan Duque on Tuesday rejected a request to call off the protest..
Reuters - Published

Colombian government asks strikers to call off protest, offers more dialogue

Colombia's government on Monday asked unions and student organizations that are set to hold a third national strike in as many weeks on Wednesday to cancel the protest and agreed to union demands to..
Reuters - Published

Protests in Colombia spark backlash against Venezuelan migrants

Daniels Herrera kept quiet on his long walk home from work following violent protests in the Colombian capital Bogota last week, fearful his Venezuelan accent would give him away.
Reuters - Published

Union calls another Colombia strike as protest turnout falls

Reduced groups of protesters are expected to gather in the Colombian capital Bogota on Thursday to mark an eighth day of anti-government protests in the Andean country, as a major union called for an..
Reuters - Published

Colombians march in second national strike as week of protest rolls on

Colombian unions and student groups held their second national strike in less than week on Wednesday to honor a dead demonstrator and to protest rumored government economic plans, corruption and police..
Reuters - Published

U.S. stands by Colombia government during protests, Pompeo tells Duque

Colombia's government has the support of the United States as it faces public protests and marches against rumored economic plans, corruption and police violence, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo..
Reuters - Published

Protests put Colombia's Duque in the hotseat on tax reform

Widespread street protests in Colombia are likely to force embattled President Ivan Duque to make major changes to his tax reform proposal if he wants to pass the bill before a year-end deadline.
Reuters - Published

More protests in Colombia as Duque makes changes to tax reform

Colombian unions and student groups will hold another protest on Wednesday in honor of a teenage demonstrator who died after being injured by a tear gas canister, as President Ivan Duque announced..
Reuters - Published

Injured Colombian protester dies on fifth day of anti-government rallies

A teenager who became a symbol of ongoing protests in Colombia when he was injured by a teargas cannister died of his wounds late on Monday, after President Ivan Duque met with unions and business..
Reuters - Published

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