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Colombia Leads, US Lags, In Global Drug Policy Reform

Colombia President Juan Manuel Santos is a world leader in trying to reform global drug policy. But when he spoke at the recent United Nations drug summit and tallied his supporters, the US delegation was nowhere to be seen.

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Bogotá is not prepared for it role as a megacity

Bogotá is on the road to turning into a megacity (a city with more than 10 million inhabitants) but it will not be able to answer to the demands posed by urban services.

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Agroecology could help mitigate environmental impact

In face of the natural effects as a consequence of the pressure of human activity, agroecology now turns into an alternative to mitigate environmental impact.

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From Latam to Africa: A lion's dream

A wildlife advocacy group prepares to send more than a dozen lions rescued from Peru and Colombia to a sanctuary in South Africa.

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Colombian left in disarray after leader accepts cabinet post

The appointment of Clara Lopez to be the new labor minister in the center-right Colombian government on Tuesday decapitated the leftist PDA party, which required her to step down as leader.

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Bogota seeks to sale ETB

Mayor Enrique Peñalosa asked Bogota’s city council for permission to sell the government’s stock in telecommunication company ETB, just weeks after the privatization of an energy company caused major protests.

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Biga, an electric scooter, a mobility alternative

This new personal vehicle made of guadua bamboo reaches a maximum speed of 35 kms/hr. and complies with 95 Bogotá regulations on cycling routes and cycling lanes.

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How to get a 16% sales tax cut when visiting Colombia

Foreign visitors to Colombia no longer have to pay the country’s 16% sales tax for certain items. Here is how a visitor is able to get their maximum of $1000 equivalent in tax returns.

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Colombia’s Santos Retools Cabinet

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos on Monday announced the appointment of seven new Cabinet ministers he said will be responsible for guiding the country toward peace and the post-conflict era.

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El Paisa arrives at Havanna

The commander of one of the FARC’s most elite fighting units, “El Paisa,” arrived in Havana to take part in ongoing peace talks after reportedly having rejected the talks.

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Colombia one step closer to the OEDC

Colombia was accepted into the Corporate Governance Committee of the of the international economic organisation OECD, marking a step towards the full membership sought by the South American country.

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Biocontrol in Cauca for whiteflies

Farmers of the settlement of Regaderos (Province of Valle del Cauca) have the remedy in their crops to attack the greenhouse whitefly (Trialeurodes vaporariorum). Amitus fuscipennis is the wasp which roam plants around vegetable crops and suck its extrafloral nectar.

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Damaged bones may regenerate from stem cells

A cellular therapy technique helps in treating bone defects produced by accidents, shootings or bone infections, among others. Its application would avoid, among other alternatives, use of synthetic bone grafts.

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New version of La Guaneña debuted in Florida

Fantastic variations on La Guaneña” of Universidad Nacional de Colombia (UNal) Music Conservatorium Professor Mauricio Arias was played by the University of Florida, Gainesville Symphonic Band on April 14th

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Colombia’s senate seeks allowed organ donation by default

Senate met on Wednesday to vote on a series of changes to the law regarding organ donation. The proposals will become law once they gain the signature of the President, Juan Manuel Santos.

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Colombia condor conservation program lacks hard numbers

Condors "live for up to 70 years and ... symbolize the Andes, nesting in altitudes of 12,000 feet or more," says Fausto Saenz, a biologist in Colombia.

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