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Montevideo, May 18th 2024 - 04:40 UTC

Tag: Colombia

  • Friday, May 17th 2024 - 12:19 UTC

    Colombian prison director gunned down by hitmen

    Col. Fernández had been threatened before. He retired from the Colombian police in 2017

    Retired Colombian Colonel Elmer Fernández, director of the La Modelo prison in Bogotá, was gunned down by hitmen Thursday, Justice Minister Nestor Osuna confirmed. The assassination was carried out down a national road north of the country's capital, it was explained. Fernández was not driving his vehicle.

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  • Thursday, May 2nd 2024 - 10:16 UTC

    Colombia breaks up with Israel over Gaza deployment

    Petro denounced Israeli PM Netanyahu's “genocidal” actions

    Colombian President Gustavo Petro Wednesday announced that his country would be severing diplomatic ties with Israel as of Thursday over the latter's military deployment in Gaza at the behest of its “genocidal” head of government. Petro also insisted that “if Palestine dies, humanity dies.”

  • Wednesday, May 1st 2024 - 14:38 UTC

    Colombian Armed Forces report missing ammo

    Petro fears the guns might be in the hands of Colombian rebels

    Colombian President Gustavo Petro said Tuesday that thousands of grenades, bullets, and 37 anti-tank missiles had gone missing from the Tolemaida and La Guajira Army bases. The head of state also explained during a press conference in Bogotá alongside Defense Minister Ivan Velásquez and Colombia's Armed Forces Commander General Helder Giraldo that “there have been networks for a long time – made up of people from the military and civilian forces – dedicated to a massive arms trade, using the legal weapons of the Colombian State.”

  • Friday, April 26th 2024 - 15:08 UTC

    Colombian Army kills 15 rebels after failing peace talks

    These things happen when you leave the negotiating table, Petro explained

    Colombia's Army this week gunned down 15 rebels from the EMC guerrillas, a dissident group from the old FARC operating in the department of Cauca that refuses to enter peace talks with Bogotá. “War is war,” President Gustavo Petro argued after the latest military update, meaning that these things happen when one of the parties leaves the negotiating table. Another 12 rogue fighters were wounded, it was reported.

  • Thursday, April 25th 2024 - 09:43 UTC

    Colombia going through acute food insecurity

    In 2023, Latin America experienced an unprecedented migration crisis, with hundreds of thousands trying to reach the United States

    A document released Wednesday by the Global Network Against Food Crises (GNAFC) together with the United Nation's (UN) Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) showed that, under leftwing President Gustavo Petro, Colombia had for the first time joined the list of countries going through acute food insecurity.

  • Monday, April 22nd 2024 - 12:34 UTC

    Thousands march in Colombia against Petro

    The President plans to nationalize the country's healthcare system and reform the Constitution to stay in power

    Scores of Colombians marched Sunday through the streets of Bogotá and other main cities nationwide to protest against the leftwing administration of President Gustavo Petro, particularly regarding healthcare and a planned reform to the Constitution so that the current head of state may remain on the job after his current term.

  • Sunday, April 21st 2024 - 16:15 UTC

    Wreckwatch Magazine special issue calls for 'decolonization' of San José treasure ship

    Secrets of the San José Galleon, a Wreckwatch magazine special, is published on Saturday 20 April 2024. It is available for free from www.wreckwatchmag.com.

    Wreckwatch, the foremost publication dedicated to maritime archaeology, has released a groundbreaking special issue shedding light on the controversial history and future of the San José, a Spanish galleon lost off the coast of Cartagena, Colombia, in 1708.

  • Monday, April 15th 2024 - 10:22 UTC

    US diplomat spying for Cuba given a 15-year prison sentence

    Rocha was discovered by undercover FBI agents and arrested in December last year in Miami

    Colombian-born Victor Manuel Rocha, who served as a former US Ambassador to Bolivia from 2000 to 2002, has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for spying for Cuba for 40 years.

  • Wednesday, April 10th 2024 - 10:55 UTC

    Uribe to become first former Colombian president under trial

    Uribe is believed to have started a process which backfired

    Former Colombian President Álvaro Uribe Vélez will become the first former head of state of the South American country to be brought before the courts, the prosecution announced Tuesday in Bogota. The date for the start of the trial has not yet been set. Uribe faces bribery and procedural fraud charges.

  • Monday, April 1st 2024 - 19:05 UTC

    Ties between Argentina and Colombia getting back to normal

    Argentina's Foreign Minister Diana Mondino will be traveling to Bogotá shortly

    Diplomatic authorities of Argentina and Colombia have taken “concrete steps” to overcome their government's “differences” and restore ties between both countries to normal following the engagement in reciprocal diatribes on TV and on social media by Presidents Gustavo Petro and Javier Milei.

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