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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'Welcome to peace': Colombia's Farc rebels seal historic disarmament - The Guardian

The Guardian

'Welcome to peace': Colombia's Farc rebels seal historic disarmament
The Guardian
Colombia's Farc rebels, who once terrorized the country with kidnaps, killings and attacks on towns, have ended half a century of armed insurgency at low-key ceremony in which the United Nations certified that more than 7,000 guerrillas had turned over ...
Colombia Takes a Big Step Toward Peace as Rebels Lay Down Their GunsTIME
'Goodbye, Weapons!' FARC Disarmament in Colombia Signals New EraNew York Times
Half a century of conflict in Colombia comes to close as FARC rebels disarmLos Angeles Times
U.S. News & World Report -BBC News
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Colombia anti-corruption chief arrested on US charges - BBC News

BBC News

Colombia anti-corruption chief arrested on US charges
BBC News
Colombia's top anti-corruption official has been arrested on US charges of money laundering in connection with an alleged bribery scheme, officials say. Luis Gustavo Moreno Rivera, national director of anti-corruption, was arrested in Colombia and ...
Top Colombian official busted in Bogota on money laundering ...Miami Herald
Colombia anti-graft head held on US warrant: attorneyThe Indian Express
Colombian Anticorruption Official Is Arrested in US Bribery CaseNew York Times
Firstpost -U.S. News & World Report -Miami New Times
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Colombia boat sinking: Seven killed and two missing - BBC News

BBC News

Colombia boat sinking: Seven killed and two missing
BBC News
Seven people have died after a passenger boat sank on a reservoir in north-western Colombia, officials say. They say that 158 people were rescued, but two are still missing after the four-deck Almirante went down near the popular resort town of Guatapé.
At Least 6 Killed As Party Boat Filled With Tourists Sinks In ColombiaNPR
Search Continues for Missing After Colombia Tourist Boat AccidentThe Wire
Tourist Ferry Capsizes in Colombia, Killing at Least 9New York Times
Chicago Tribune -Los Angeles Times
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How a cross-country bicycle trip helped this Colombian community - WCPO

WCPO

How a cross-country bicycle trip helped this Colombian community
WCPO
BATAVIA, Ohio -- While members of his congregation spent two weeks in an area of South America ravaged by drug cartels, Emmanuel United Methodist Church Pastor Joe Royer embarked on a separate journey in support -- a journey of 1,430 miles made ...

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UN: Colombia disarmament process for individual arms ends - 680 News

UN: Colombia disarmament process for individual arms ends
680 News
MESETAS, Colombia – The United Nations says it has concluded the disarmament process for individual arms as part of a peace deal between Colombia's leftist rebels and the government. At a ceremony in eastern Colombia on Tuesday U.N. observers ...

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Police arrest 8 in deadly Colombia mall explosion - CNN

CNN

Police arrest 8 in deadly Colombia mall explosion
CNN
Three people were killed and 11 others injured on June 17 when an explosive device rocked a mall in the tourist district of Colombia's capital Bogota. Among those killed was a 23-year-old French national who was in the country to do social work at a ...
Eight detained over Colombia shopping mall blastAljazeera.com
Colombia coal mine explosion kills 13MINING.com
At least eleven die in Colombia coal mine explosionTelegraph.co.uk
Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
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Colombian low-cost airline wants to introduce 'standing seats' on ... - Telegraph.co.uk

Telegraph.co.uk

Colombian low-cost airline wants to introduce 'standing seats' on ...
Telegraph.co.uk
A budget airline in Colombia has renewed calls for “standing seats” to be permitted on aircraft to further drive down the cost of flying. VivaColombia is the latest ...

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Cocaine tourism is now a thing in Medellin. - Slate Magazine - Slate Magazine

Slate Magazine

Cocaine tourism is now a thing in Medellin. - Slate Magazine
Slate Magazine
Many visitors flocking to the city in the wake of positive changes bring their preconceptions about the old Medellín with them.

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Martin Scorsese's Film Foundation Sends Restored Classics to Colombia's IndieBo Film Festival (EXCLUSIVE) - Variety

Variety

Martin Scorsese's Film Foundation Sends Restored Classics to Colombia's IndieBo Film Festival (EXCLUSIVE)
Variety
Colombia's fledgling Bogota indie film festival, IndieBo, has scored a coup with Martin Scorsese's Film Foundation in a pact that will have the festival screening a selection of 10 restored classics from the foundation's library starting this year ...



3 dead, 30 missing after tourist boat sinks in Colombia - News 12 Westchester

3 dead, 30 missing after tourist boat sinks in Colombia
News 12 Westchester
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) - A multi-story tourist boat packed with about 150 passengers for the holiday weekend capsized on a reservoir near Medellin on Sunday, and police in Colombia said three people were dead and 30 missing. A major rescue effort ...