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Montevideo, May 25th 2018 - 05:18 UTC

Tag: Colombia

  • Wednesday, April 18th 2018 - 07:29 UTC

    FARC dissidents challenge Ecuador with a new abduction: a couple of civilians

    Guacho, who served as a rebel for 15 years in the now-defunct Farc movement, heads a group called the Oliver Sinisterra Front.

    A group of Colombian rebels active on the Ecuadorian border has sent a “proof of life” video of a kidnapped couple, the Ecuadorian government said, the second kidnapping by the group this month.

  • Saturday, April 14th 2018 - 10:56 UTC

    Ecuador and Colombia elite troops after Farc renegades who killed journalists and their driver

    The three men, who worked for the influential El Comercio newspaper -- were kidnapped on March 26 while covering a story on violence along the border

    Ecuador on Friday confirmed the deaths of two journalists and their driver who had been kidnapped by renegade Colombian rebels -- and quickly launched a retaliatory military operation in the area where they were snatched.

  • Tuesday, April 10th 2018 - 08:44 UTC

    FARC leader arrested in Bogotá on a US request for drug trafficking

    Jesus Santrich, a former peace negotiator, is accused of drug trafficking by a court in New York. He planned to export 10 tons of cocaine worth US$ 320m to the US

    One of the top leaders of Colombia's former rebel group, FARC, has been arrested in Bogota following a request from the United States. Jesus Santrich, a former peace negotiator, is accused of drug trafficking by a court in New York.

  • Saturday, April 7th 2018 - 10:31 UTC

    Milestone Colombian ruling orders the government urgent protection of Amazon rainforest

    In the ruling judges said that Colombia, with a swathe of rainforest roughly the size of Germany and England, saw deforestation rates in its Amazon region skyrocket

    Colombia’s highest court has told the government it must take urgent action to protect its Amazon rainforest and stem rising deforestation, in what campaigners said was an historic moment that should help conserve forests and counter climate change.

  • Wednesday, March 28th 2018 - 14:18 UTC

    Measles spreads again in the Americas

    The region had finally been declared free of the disease by an International Committee of Experts in 2016 after 22 years of mass vaccination.

    After being the first continent in the world declared free of measles in 2016, nine countries in the region have registered cases last year. With almost 900 cases, Venezuela was the most affected. The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) warns that the countries of the region should intensify their efforts to immunize the population and stop the spread of the disease.

  • Thursday, March 22nd 2018 - 11:33 UTC

    Red Cross: Rising humanitarian needs among Venezuelans entering Colombia

    In 2017 alone, an estimated 796,000 people entered Colombia from Venezuela through official migration points

    The Colombian Red Cross Society have been working for more than a year to support people arriving in Colombia and travelling through the country. Aid workers are warning of rising vulnerabilities among people crossing the Colombian-Venezuelan border and “are calling on the international community to increase support for humanitarian efforts”, said a statement published by International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) at Geneva.

  • Monday, March 12th 2018 - 09:08 UTC

    Uribe protegé Duque, and ex Bogotá mayor dominate Colombia's legislative elections

    Duque, 41, is a lawyer and senator who worked at the IDB and UN. He has enjoyed solid showing in polls, in the most recent presidential survey.

    Right-wing candidate Ivan Duque and leftist Gustavo Petro will lead their respective coalitions in Colombia’s May presidential election after winning primaries on Sunday. Duque, a protégé of former President Alvaro Uribe and the standard bearer for the Democratic Center party, beat fellow candidates Marta Lucia Ramirez and Alejandro Ordonez for his coalition’s nomination. He got more than 3.9 million votes and 96% of the votes counted.

  • Thursday, February 15th 2018 - 23:25 UTC

    Maduro announces that he will attend the Summit of the Americas despite not being welcome

    “Summon a summit, are you afraid of me?” Maduro said at the press conference.

    Venezuela's president, Nicolas Maduro, announced that he will attend the Summit of the Americas “at all costs” to bring “the truth of the country” at a press conference at the presidential palace in Caracas despite the Peruvian government reported that his presence would not be welcome in the Andean country.

  • Friday, February 9th 2018 - 10:12 UTC

    Colombia and Brazil tighten controls along Venezuelan border: thousands pouring in

    Speaking in Cucuta Santos warned that his government would strictly prosecute any unlawful behavior by Venezuelans, amid concerns over rising crime.

    Colombia and Brazil tightened border controls with Venezuela on Thursday as both nations grapple with a mounting influx of hundreds of thousands of desperate migrants fleeing a worsening economic crisis In a visit to the border region, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said he would impose stricter migratory controls, suspend new daily entry cards for Venezuelans and deploy 3,000 new security personnel along the frontier, including 2,120 more soldiers.

  • Wednesday, February 7th 2018 - 21:55 UTC

    Colombian government refuses to close its border with Venezuela

    There are at least 600,000 Venezuelans on Colombian ground. Many of whom are in transit to Chile, Ecuador or Peru

    At least 8,000 Venezuelans cross the border between Colombia and Venezuela daily to the department of Arauca, southeast of Colombia. Although the migratory flow at this point does not compare with the thirty or forty thousand Venezuelans who cross the Simón Bolívar bridge between Santander and Táchira every day, in Arauca the majority of migrants arrive in conditions of extreme vulnerability.