Corruption culture made in Latin America

Corruption blocks the ability of governments to provide basic services to citizens, undermines people's trust in democracy and is often tied to cross-border crime, including drug trafficking, organized crime and money laundering. Is our culture the birth place for this outrageous phenomenon?

Colombia urges blood diamond-style controls for gold buyers

Less than a fifth of Colombia’s gold is produced legally, with much of the 60 metric-ton annual production controlled by illegal armed groups

Colombia's new conflict as war with Farc ends

Last year’s deal with the guerrilla group left a power vacuum, putting authorities and residents on edge amid new violence: ‘Everyone’s nervous’

Controversial Canada mining company sues Colombia for $700M

The lawsuit could be one of many as ongoing civilian resistance and increasingly strict environmental regulations

UN almost finished registering FARC weapons

The UN Mission in Colombia is on the verge of completing the registry of about 7,000 weapons formerly held by FARC

How are Peñalosa’s plans impacting the development in Bogotá?

Bogotá Mayor’s Office released a press note highlighting the most important changes and ongoing plans in the city

Colombia opens investigation into deadly Mocoa landslide

The Colombian authorities have ordered an investigation into a deadly landslide that swept through the south-western town of Mocoa.

Santos declares state of emergency to deal with mudslide tragedy

The president of Colombia declared Monday a state of economic, social and ecological emergency

Former police general, new Colombian vice president

Colombia's Congress backed the appointment of retired General Oscar Naranjo as vice president

Coca leaf, Not coffee, may be Colombia’s favourite cash crop

For 35 years, the international cocaine trade has made drug cartels rich and helped fund and expand the activities of the FARC

15 facts about Colombia’s land restitution process

Ensuring sustainable land restitution in Colombia, Amnesty International explores the weaknesses and failures in implementing it

In spite of 2-decade U.S. eradication effort, coca crop is booming

Coca production in Colombia has surged to levels unseen in two decades of U.S. eradication efforts, according to a White House report released Tuesday

Colombia to set up special war crimes courts

Colombia's senate late Monday approved a constitutional reform to set up special war crimes courts

U.S. May Cut Its Anti-drug Aid To Colombia: Official

The US has provided Bogota with some $10 billion in mainly military aid since 2000 under Plan Colombia

Blaming Colombia for America’s excessive drug habit

If you have a drug problem, blaming the producer of the ingredients of that drug is clearly a cop-out

Colombian guerrilla begins disarmament process

The UN mission responsible for supervising the execution of such measure approved by the consensus of the two sides

New threat to Colombia peace talks as ELN claims bombing

Clouds gathered Monday over peace talks aimed at ending Colombia's half-century conflict after the ELN rebels claimed responsibility for a deadly bombing at a bullring in Bogota.

Colombia rebels to start disarmament

Colombia's FARC rebels should have all their weapons turned over by June after almost 7000 of them reached demobilisation zones across the country.

Colombian Gov seeks to increase presidential term to five years

The Government of Colombia will present a political reform to the Congress seeking to increase the presidential term to five years, as well as the posts of Attorney, Public Prosecutor, mayors and governors.

Colombia aims to rid country of landmines by 2021

Colombia, one of the most mined countries in the world, aims to remove all landmines and other explosives by 2021 after the government and FARC rebels signed a peace deal last year, a top government official has said.

Colombia keeps cocaine from spoiling Valentine's Day Flowers

Cocaine is probably the last thing most people think about when buying roses.

About 300 rebels from Colombia's FARC have not demobilized

Around 300 fighters from Colombia's Marxist FARC rebels will not demobilize under a peace deal, a military commander said, giving the first official figure of guerrillas who may join with crime gangs seeking control of lucrative rebel drug territory.

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