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  • Saturday, June 10th 2023 - 10:31 UTC

    Colombian gov't, ELN sign 6-month truce

    Petro hopes to achieve total peace by 2025

    The Government of Colombia and the National Liberation Army (ELN) Friday signed in Havana a 180-day “national”, “bilateral” and “temporary” ceasefire effective from August 3, it was reported. The UN and the Catholic Church will supervise compliance.

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  • Saturday, June 10th 2023 - 09:50 UTC

    Miracle in the Colombian rainforest

    President Petro wrote on Twitter and posted a photo of military personnel and indigenous people, purportedly involved in the rescue operation.

    Four Indigenous children who went missing in the Colombian Amazon after surviving a plane crash 40 days ago have been found alive, Colombian President Gustavo Petro said on Friday. The small crash triggered a massive rescue operation for the four siblings.

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  • Thursday, June 8th 2023 - 10:26 UTC

    Petro warns “soft coup” against him will not prevail

    Castillo was alone. Petro is not alone, the Colombian President stressed.

    Colombian President Gustavo Petro Wednesday said he could face the same fate as Peru's Pedro Castillo Terrones as Congress might try to impeach him out of office. “Once the reforms are overthrown, they intend to destroy me in the Commission of Accusations,” Petro argued while urging lawmakers not to betray “the will of the people”.

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  • Wednesday, May 31st 2023 - 11:03 UTC

    Colombia returns to Unasur, Petro announces

    Former Colombian President Iván Duque had withdrawn from Unasur citing it only served the purposes of “Venezuela's dictatorship”

    Colombian President Gustavo Petro Tuesday announced in Brasilia the return of his country to the Union of South American Nations (Unasur). “I have requested that it be called Association of South American Nations to guarantee pluralism and permanence in time,” said Petro five years after then-President Ivan Duque left the organization claiming that it served the interests of the “dictatorship” of Venezuela.

  • Wednesday, May 31st 2023 - 10:50 UTC

    South American Presidents sign Brasilia Consensus

    Argentina's Alberto Fernández insisted that if “disagreements are strengthened, everything breaks down.”

    After the Summit of South American leaders in Brasilia, the 11 attending presidents reached a consensus on cooperation and integration in the region.

  • Tuesday, May 23rd 2023 - 11:08 UTC

    Colombia halts ceasefire with FARC dissidents after 4 murders

    “Recruiting and murdering children and adolescents from indigenous communities are not exactly gestures of goodwill to achieve peace,” Ombudsman Camargo said

    Colombian authorities Monday announced the unilateral suspension of the ceasefire with dissident Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), known as the Central General Staff (EMC-FARC), after the recruitment and murder of four children from the Murui indigenous community, it was reported in Bogota.

  • Saturday, May 20th 2023 - 11:31 UTC

    Drug lord Pablo Escobar legacy to Colombia, the invasive ecosystem engineers, African hippos

    The infamous Pablo Escobar, smuggled four hippos from a wildlife park in Dallas, Texas, into his new exotic zoo east of Medellín, his city.

    The legacy of Colombian drugs lord Pablo Escobar has not only been the ongoing gangs war and the overall violence in the country, but also consequences of some of his hobbies, for example growing exotic fauna, such as hippos.

  • Thursday, May 18th 2023 - 11:00 UTC

    Children survive aircraft crash after 17 days in Colombia

    All three adults on the aircraft were found dead

    Four children who had been missing for 17 days since the single-engined Cessna 206 aircraft they were riding plunged into the ground were found alive Tuesday by Colombian authorities, it was reported Wednesday in Bogota. The survivors are 13, 9, and 4 years old, and 11 months. The three adults also aboard the aircraft perished in the accident.

  • Monday, May 15th 2023 - 10:45 UTC

    Petro downplays risk of coup d'état

    “What happened in Peru will not happen here,” Petro said.

    After a group of retired military officers made dubious statements, Colombian President Gustavo Petro said this weekend that a situation like the one Peru went through is unlikely to happen in his country and that he feared no coup d'état.

  • Thursday, May 11th 2023 - 10:41 UTC

    Colombian president wants compulsory military service to end

    Petro also wants to increase the wages of the military personnel

    Colombian President Gustavo Petro wants his country to have more professional armed forces and thus bring the compulsory military service to an end, it was reported Wednesday in Bogota. The head of state also insisted on further funding the activity. In September last year, then Interior Minister Alfonso Prada had spoken about the government's plan to replace mandatory military service with a voluntary one. In the last five years, 460,113 young people between 18 and 24 years of age served compulsorily in the Armed Forces.