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Saturday, May 19

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Colombia election day could spell trouble as candidate announces mass protests

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Colombia’s electoral observers and the leading leftist candidate have called for increased monitoring of the upcoming presidential elections after revelations of widespread rigging. The Electoral Observation Mission (MOE) called on…

Friday, May 18

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Who does Gustavo Petro think he is? Metallica?

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Colombia's anti-corruption candidate draws crowds that would make any rock band jealous.

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Fraud claims pile up 10 days before Colombia’s elections

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Colombia’s election authorities are under fire after multiple claims of widespread fraud in legislative elections in March. Anti-corruption candidate Gustavo Petro urged his followers to mobilize and “keep an eye…

Colombia war crimes tribunal ‘threatens constitutional order’: chief prosecutor

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Colombia’s “constitutional order is under threat” after the country’s war crimes tribunal ordered to suspend the extradition of a demobilized guerrilla leader, the country’s chief prosecutor said Thursday. The war…

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Colombia says Venezuela is paying citizens to vote in neighboring country

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President Juan Manuel Santos on Thursday said Venezuela plans to pay Colombian citizens to vote in the neighboring country’s presidential election. According to Santos, intelligence agencies found out that the…

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Colombia’s prosecution investigating EPM over Ituango dam emergency

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Colombia’s chief prosecutor said Thursday that he is investigating possible corruption at EPM after the public utilities company admitted that the country’s largest dam could break. The $4 billion Hidroituango…

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Wrapping up Colombia’s election polls

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Colombia’s pollsters are publishing their final predictions for the first round of presidential elections on May 27. The latest tendency appears to be a rebound of moderate candidates. Colombia’s electoral…

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Colombia extradites key witness in Supreme Court bribery scandal

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Colombia’s former anti-corruption chief, who has admitted to bribing the country’s Supreme Court, was extradited on Thursday after a deal to cooperate with justice from the United States. The Drug…

Thursday, May 17

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Is Colombia’s justice system too weak to try the powerful Uribe?

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Colombia’s Supreme Court has “abundant” evidence to jail ex-president Alvaro Uribe on witness tampering charges, but the country’s justice system may be too weak to stand up to the powerful…

Colombia suspends extradition of FARC leader

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Colombia’s war crimes tribunal ordered to suspend the extradition of a demobilized guerrilla leader who was accused by the United States of involvement in drug trafficking. According to war crimes…

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EPM says Hidroituango dam, Colombia’s largest, could break

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The director of disgraced energy company EPM told Colombian media on Thursday that the country’s largest hydroelectric dam could burst. Jorge Londoño conceded that it is “difficult to answer if…

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Colombia claims killing 8 ‘FARC dissidents’ near Ecuador

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Colombia’s defense ministry claimed Wednesday that security forces have killed eight dissident FARC guerrillas and arrested three more near the border with Ecuador. The alleged guerrillas of the FARC’s dissident…

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125-mile area evacuated after EPM loses control over Colombia’s largest dam

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Authorities in northern Colombia ordered the evacuation of 12 towns located downstream the Hidroituango electric dam after energy company EPM lost control of its construction. The scale of the emergency…

Wednesday, May 16

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Can Gustavo Petro turn Colombia’s minorities into a majority?

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Colombia’s leftist candidate Gustavo Petro is receiving support from a wide range of minority groups. But whether the country’s marginalized sectors are able to win the elections is far from…

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Election fraud in Colombia could have altered 20% of election results: report

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A corruption ring within Colombia's electoral authority could have altered as many as 20% of the votes that were cast in recent legislative elections, according to a think tank.

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Colombia’s 1998 World Cup

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The murder of Colombian defender Andres Escobar in the aftermath of the 1994 World Cup cast a great shadow over football in the South American country, one which it hoped…

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Colombia rejects John Oliver corruption joke

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Colombia’s ambassador in the United States sent a letter of protest to television network HBO over a joke made by popular comedian John Oliver about the country’s rampant corruption. In…

Tuesday, May 15

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‘Colombia defense ministry adviser ran drug trafficking route to Europe’

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Colombia’s prosecution is investigating corruption in some of the country’s biggest ports after the arrest of a former defense ministry adviser who admitted to trafficking cocaine to Europe, according to…

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Colombia announce provisional 35-man squad for World Cup

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Colombia coach Jose Pekerman on Monday announced a provisional 35-man squad ahead of the national soccer team’s participation in this year’s FIFA World Cup in Russia. There were no surprise…

Monday, May 14

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Colombia’s Hidroituango dam floods: hundreds left homeless

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Colombia’s plans to build the country’s largest hydroelectric dam have turned into a disaster. Hundreds of families were displaced over the weekend after a surprise flood. The blocking of the…

Colombia will not recognize Venezuela elections: Santos

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Colombia’s President Juan Manuel Santos said on Monday he will not recognize the elections in Venezuela on Sunday. According to Santos, the elections that are expected to see the re-election…

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ELN rebels announce unilateral ceasefire during Colombia’s elections

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Colombia’s last-standing rebel group, the ELN, announced on Monday that it will uphold a five-day ceasefire later this month to allow presidential elections. The guerrilla organization, which has been at…

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Who is killing witnesses against Colombia’s former president?

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In true mafia fashion, witnesses against Colombia’s former President Alvaro Uribe have become targets in what increasingly appears to be a coordinated effort to eliminate them. One witness has been…

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Uribe’s cartel years

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Investigating Colombia's former president Alvaro Uribe has been met with extreme violence ever since judicial authorities found evidence of ties between his family and the Medellin Cartel in 1984.

Sunday, May 13

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Missing British traveller found dead after family fly to Colombia to assist search

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A missing British reality TV star has been found dead at the bottom of a waterfall in Colombia after going missing. Tragic Joe Tilley, 24, from Leicester, England, was found…

Saturday, May 12

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Colombia’s supreme court investigating Uribe for murder

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Colombia’s former President Alvaro Uribe is investigated for murder by the Supreme Court, less than 10 years after he was given the Medal of Freedom by former US President George…

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Saving Jesus Santrich (and Colombia’s peace process)

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Former guerrilla leaders and mediators are trying to convince a FARC leader to end a month-long hunger strike in protest of a US extraditing request that put Colombia’s peace process…

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Manhunt underway after British reality TV star goes missing in southern Colombia

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A manhunt is underway to find a British reality TV star who went missing after a visit to a tourist hotspot in southern Colombia. Joe Tilley, 24, from Leicester, England,…

Friday, May 11

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Colombia agrees to international oversight to prevent repetition of voter fraud

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Colombia’s presidential elections will be scrutinized by international election observers in the hope to prevent the repetition of fraud that tainted the 2014 results. The involvement of the US-based International Foundation…

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FARC leader on hunger strike taken to religious facility

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Colombia’s prison authority moved “Jesus Santrich,” a FARC leader who went on hunger strike after he was arrested on a US drug trafficking charge, to a religious facility in Bogota.…