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Colombian Oil Workers Agree to End Protests

Posted September 22nd, 2011 at 1:06 am (UTC-5)
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Colombian oil workers have agreed to stop demonstrations that forced a Canadian company to shut down one quarter of Colombia’s oil production. Pacific Rubiales Energy Company and union officials announced the deal late Wednesday following a meeting with government representatives. Toronto based Pacific says the protests forced it to stop pumping 225,000 barrels of oil […]

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Colombia Captures FARC Rebel on Interpol’s Wanted List

Posted September 12th, 2011 at 7:20 pm (UTC-5)
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Colombian authorities have captured a woman suspected of detaining kidnap victims for the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, the country’s largest guerrilla group. Officials Monday said 41-year-old Margarita Cortez Calderon, known also as “La Mona,” who was on Interpol’s wanted list, belonged to the FARC’s 43rd Front and was arrested in the central state of […]

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Colombia: Defense Minister Replaced Amid Growing Guerilla Violence

Posted August 31st, 2011 at 8:20 pm (UTC-5)
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Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos has replaced his defense minister amid rising concerns over a surge in guerilla attacks. Rodrigo Rivera resigned on Wednesday, saying he was going to “explore new opportunities.” Mr. Santos praised Rivera’s accomplishments at the news conference announcing his departure. But both Mr. Santos and Rivera have faced growing criticism over […]

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Colombia Arrests Woman Linked to Mexican Drug Cartel

Posted August 10th, 2011 at 3:55 pm (UTC-5)
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Authorities in Colombia have arrested a woman they say set up businesses to launder money for Mexico’s most-wanted man, Joaquin “Shorty” Guzman. Officials Wednesday announced the arrest of Dolly Cifuentes Villa, alias “La Meno.” She was taken into custody earlier this week in the city of Medellin. Investigators say Villa was responsible for several illegal […]

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Suspected Colombian Rebels Set Fire to Oil Tank

Posted August 8th, 2011 at 3:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Military officials in Colombia say that around 30 suspected FARC rebels have set fire to an oil reservoir owned by Canada’s Alange Energy Corporation. Reports Monday said the rebels set crude explosives to start the fire at the facility, located in the town of Tibu, in Colombia’s Norte de Santander state. Emergency workers later extinguished […]

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Former Colombian Minister Jailed in Corruption Case

Posted July 26th, 2011 at 8:50 pm (UTC-5)
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Former Colombian agriculture minister Andres Felipe Arias has been jailed in a corruption case involving farm subsidies. A judge Tuesday ordered the arrest of the 38-year-old Arias, who is accused of allowing the subsidies intended for small farmers to be diverted to wealthy businesses. Arias, who served under ex-President Alvaro Uribe, has been sent to […]

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Bodyguards Kill Colombian Gang Leader

Posted July 25th, 2011 at 7:55 pm (UTC-5)
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Colombian authorities say the leader of one of the country’s most powerful criminal groups has been shot dead by bodyguards. Officials say Angel de Jesus Pacheco, known as “Sebastian,” was killed Monday in the northwestern province of Antioquia, and that his body was found tied to a tree, showing signs of torture. They say Pacheco […]

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Research Group: Colombian Gangs Eye Bigger Role in Local Elections

Posted July 25th, 2011 at 3:50 pm (UTC-5)
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An international research institution says quickly evolving criminal gangs in Colombia are seeking to expand their influence in local elections this October and could reverse a decade-long trend of falling electoral violence. The International Crisis Group issued its assessment in a report Monday. The Brussels-based organization says illegal armed groups seek to consolidate and expand […]

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FARC Leader Narrowly Escapes Colombian Troop Attack

Posted July 3rd, 2011 at 10:20 pm (UTC-5)
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Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos says the top leader of the FARC leftist rebel group narrowly escaped an attack by the country’s armed forces. The president says Alfonso Cano fled a rebel camp, on the border of Huila and Cauca provinces, no more than 12 hours before it was attacked by troops on Thursday. Mr. […]

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At Least 3 Chinese Kidnapped in Colombia

Posted June 9th, 2011 at 8:10 am (UTC-5)
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Leftist rebels in Colombia have kidnapped four Chinese oil workers in southern Caqueta province. Both the Colombian and Chinese governments confirmed the incident Wednesday. Officials said the kidnapping took place Tuesday when armed men forced the workers out of their vehicle at gunpoint near the town of San Vicente de Caguan. The Colombian driver of […]

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