Tag: Colombia

Colombia
Saturday, August 29th 2015 - 04:51 UTC

Maduro escalates conflict with Colombia as he looks to December's election

Maduro accused Colombia of waging “an attack on Venezuela's economy”, a reference to the rampant smuggling of heavily subsidized food and other goods

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro escalated his country's conflict with Colombia Friday by expanding the partial closure of their shared border to four new frontier towns. However most political analysts believe there is a huge premeditated interest in arising strong nationalistic feelings ahead of the December legislative elections.

Friday, August 28th 2015 - 06:50 UTC

US Treasury sanctions Farc members operating from Switzerland

The four men used a shop in Switzerland as a front for their activities, the US Treasury. It says the Farc still use drugs to fund their “ruthless operation”.

The US has announced sanctions against four alleged members of Colombia's Farc rebel group, accusing them of drug trafficking and money laundering. The four men used a shop in Switzerland as a front for their activities, the US treasury department said. It says the Farc still use drugs to fund their “ruthless operation”.

Tuesday, August 25th 2015 - 15:01 UTC

Over 700 Cuban doctors working in Venezuela have fled across to Colombia

Brandishing their diplomas, the Cuban health professionals congregated in a plaza in Kennedy, a working-class neighborhood built in the 1960s

Deteriorating conditions in Venezuela are causing increasing numbers of Cuban medical personnel working there to immigrate to the United States under a special US program launched in 2006 that expedites their applications.

Wednesday, August 19th 2015 - 07:22 UTC

FARC have requested to meet Francis and want the Church to join the peace process in Havana

FARC's Ivan Marquez said in Havana that “we want to give a heartfelt greeting to Pope Francis. We hope to have this opportunity.”

Representatives of Colombia's largest guerrilla movement have asked to meet Pope Francis in Cuba in September and have requested the Catholic Church name a permanent delegate to their peace negotiations with the government.

Tuesday, June 9th 2015 - 06:51 UTC

FARC accused of deliberately spilling 200.000 gallons of oil risking water supplies

“They were approached by a FARC group and forced to spill all the crude they were transporting” about 757,000 liters, Governor Jimmy Diaz told RCN Radio

Colombian authorities accused the FARC guerrillas Monday of forcing 19 oil tanker drivers to dump their cargo of crude on the ground, raising fears it could contaminate water supplies.Officials said FARC fighters stopped the tankers in a dawn raid as they transported their cargo across a remote area of the oil-producing region of Puerto Asis in the southwestern department of Putumayo.

Friday, June 5th 2015 - 06:27 UTC

Colombia and FARC agree to name a “Clarification of the Truth Committee”

The Committee is to “recognize the victims and the responsibility of those who participated directly or indirectly in the conflict” and has three years for the job

The Colombian government and FARC guerrillas said they plan to form a truth commission to investigate atrocities committed during the country's five-decade civil war. The agreement was announced on Thursday and will consist of an “independent and impartial” body as soon as a final peace deal is reached.

Friday, May 22nd 2015 - 08:52 UTC

PM Li Keqiang in Bogotá: China and Colombia considering free trade accord

President Santos received PM Li at the Nariño Palace for a first round of talks and signed deals providing scholarships for 200 Colombians to study in China

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang vowed to deepen economic ties with Colombia after arriving to Bogotá on Thursday, as part of his four-nation South American tour aimed at boosting trade and investment. Li is the highest-ranking Chinese official to visit Colombia since the two nations established diplomatic ties 35 years ago and his visit was hailed as historic by President Juan Manuel Santos.

Thursday, April 16th 2015 - 08:43 UTC

Santos orders resumption of bombing raids after FARC attack kills 10 soldiers

“This incident was a product of a deliberate attack by the FARC, it was not a coincidence”, Santos said after meeting with his defense team in Cali.

Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos has ordered the resumption of bombing raids against FARC rebels after an attack he blamed on the group killed 10 soldiers, a move that will intensify combat after efforts to cool tensions.

Saturday, April 11th 2015 - 13:12 UTC

Colombia's FARC reject submission to judicial processes as “common criminals”

“You cannot give a treatment that was designed for criminal groups to rebels,” the FARC said in a statement read by guerrilla negotiator Pablo Catatumbo

Colombia's FARC rebels cannot be submitted to the same judicial processes as “common criminals” under a possible peace deal, the Marxist group said on Friday. The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) made the comments after President Juan Manuel Santos said in an interview that the biggest hurdle to signing peace would be getting the group to agree to face justice after 50 years of war.

Monday, March 9th 2015 - 07:39 UTC

Colombia and FARC agree to clear minefields; 11.000 people killed in 15 years

The International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL-CMC) ranked Colombia second behind Afghanistan for highest number of children killed or wounded by landmines

Colombian government and Marxist oriented guerrillas jointly announced an agreement to remove landmines and other explosives from the battlefield in a sign of progress in their two-year-old peace talks being held in Cuba.

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