Colombia

Country Colombia
Capital Bogotá,D.C.
Continent South America
Currency Peso(COP)
Languages Spanish & English

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Introduction

Colombia was one of the three countries that emerged from the collapse of Gran Colombia in 1830 (the others are Ecuador and Venezuela). A four-decade long conflict between government forces and anti-government insurgent groups, principally the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) heavily funded by the drug trade, escalated during the 1990s. The insurgents lack the military or popular support necessary to overthrow the government and violence has been decreasing since about 2002, but insurgents continue attacks against civilians and large areas of the countryside are under guerrilla influence or are contested by security forces. More than 31,000 former paramilitaries had demobilized by the end of 2006 and the United Self Defense Forces of Colombia (AUC) as a formal organization had ceased to function. In the wake of the paramilitary demobilization, emerging criminal groups arose, whose members include some former paramilitaries. The Colombian Government has stepped up efforts to reassert government control throughout the country, and now has a presence in every one of its administrative departments. However, neighboring countries worry about the violence spilling over their borders.

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Colombia - Wikipedia
Colombia - CIA World Fact Book
Colombia - BBC
Colombia - National Geographic
Colombia - Timeline - BBC

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Colombia: Paramilitaries Kill Land Rights Activist - teleSUR English

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Colombia: Paramilitaries Kill Land Rights Activist
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Bedoya and Conpaz said the land grab would destroy the area's social ties and natural environment. The activist was supposed to be protected by the United National Protection, the Colombian government entity to protect social activists, but had only ...



Six Human Rights Activists Killed in Cauca, Colombia - teleSUR English

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Six Human Rights Activists Killed in Cauca, Colombia
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Indigenous and campesinos communities in Colombia have denounced a six-hour confrontation on Friday morning between armed groups, which resulted in the deaths of at least six people and the displacement of 360 others. RELATED: Colombia: Paramilitaries ...



Captured in Colombia: One of the World's Most Wanted Narcs - teleSUR English

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Captured in Colombia: One of the World's Most Wanted Narcs
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The United States had offered a $2 million reward for the capture of Mesa-Vajello, who was wanted by Colombian authorities for conspiracy to commit aggravated murder while attempting to wrest control of Medellin's criminal underworld. Colombian Defense ...

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GIEWS Country Brief: Colombia 08-December-2017 - ReliefWeb

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GIEWS Country Brief: Colombia 08-December-2017
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Cereal production for 2017 is estimated at 4.8 million tonnes, a record level. The rise mainly reflects a significant increase in plantings of rice and yellow maize in response to high price levels driven by robust demand. Rice and maize plantings in ...



US, Colombia vow to battle record surge in coca production - USA TODAY

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US, Colombia vow to battle record surge in coca production
USA TODAY
BOGOTA, Colombia — U.S. and Colombian officials vowed Thursday to redouble efforts against drug trafficking as the South American nation contends with a record surge in coca production that has tested the relationship between the two nations. Attorney ...

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No longer the only Chinese in Colombia - The Straits Times

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No longer the only Chinese in Colombia
The Straits Times
And as the wife of a Colombian - 40-year-old coffee entrepreneur Mario Nigrinis Ospina - her goal is to offer more thoughtful, culturally sensitive tour packages for Asian tourists. "In Hong Kong, there's only one travel agency offering a Colombia tour ...



Colombia Rejects Transfer of the US Embassy to Jerusalem - teleSUR English

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Colombia Rejects Transfer of the US Embassy to Jerusalem
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Colombia joins a host of Latin American governments that have denounced this decision by the U.S., including the governments of Cuba, Bolivia, Venezuela, and Ecuador. The Cuban Ministry of Foreign Affairs denounced the “unilateral declaration” on ...

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Quintana, Uran, Gaviria launch new Colombia Oro y Paz race - Cyclingnews.com

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Quintana, Uran, Gaviria launch new Colombia Oro y Paz race
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At the moment, the country's premier event is the category 2.2 Vuelta a Colombia, but the Colombia Oro y Paz will enter the UCI with 2.1 categorisation and will therefore feature WorldTour and Professional Continental teams. Movistar, Team Sky, Quick ...



Rhenako off to Colombia - Trinidad News

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Rhenako off to Colombia
Trinidad News
Fortunately, with the help of Z7 Salscrip Wellness Ltd, they now have an appointment with Clinica de Occidente in Cali, Colombia. “For Johns Hopkins and Boston to say remove the hand you know it has to be bad. I already started to prepare him, showing ...



Colombia cocaine: Huge haul found in banana shipment - BBC News

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Colombia cocaine: Huge haul found in banana shipment
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Almost six tonnes of cocaine have been found hidden among bananas on board a ship in the port of Algeciras, in southern Spain. The seizure by police and customs officers is one of the largest of the drug to be made in Europe in the last two decades ...

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