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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Venezuela: Thousands cross into Colombia for better prospects ... - Aljazeera.com

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Venezuela: Thousands cross into Colombia for better prospects ...
Aljazeera.com
Thousands have crossed a key bridge into neighbouring Colombia to escape the country's deepening crises in search of better lives and opportunities.
Venezuela Slams Colombia for Provocative Border Occupation ...teleSUR English

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Colombia: Major Protests Continue in Buenaventura, Despite Crackdown - Democracy Now!

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Colombia: Major Protests Continue in Buenaventura, Despite Crackdown
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In Colombia, major protests and strikes continue for a seventh straight day in the port city of Buenaventura, as residents demonstrate against widespread violence in the region and a lack of basic services. The government has launched an increasingly ...

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Cassie Sainsbury's fiancé a 'person of interest' in Colombian drug case - 9news.com.au

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Cassie Sainsbury's fiancé a 'person of interest' in Colombian drug case
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The fiancé of accused cocaine smuggler Cassandra Sainsbury has become a person of interest in the Colombian investigation, 60 Minutes will reveal in a Nine Network world exclusive tonight. Watch the full story on 9NEWS tonight from 6pm and 60 Minutes ...
Cassie Sainsbury's fiance arrives in Los Angeles after being named a 'person of interest'NEWS.com.au
Is this the real reason Cassandra Sainsbury was in Colombia?Starts at 60
Cassie Sainsbury's fiancé Scott Broadbridge has 'fled Colombia in fear of his life' - as it's revealed he is a ...Daily Mail
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Gulfsands drops Colombia farm-out partner over 'uncertainty' - Energy Voice

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Gulfsands drops Colombia farm-out partner over 'uncertainty'
Energy Voice
Gulfsands Petroleum has dropped farm out partner Samarium Energy after talks failed to find a way to progress its Putumayo-14 Contract in Colombia. The company, which has activities in Syria, Tunisia, Colombia and Morocco, entered into a farm-out ...
Gulfsands Colombia farm-down axedUpstream Online
Gulfsands terminates Colombia farm-out dealStock Market Wire
Colombia UpdatesatPRnews (press release)

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The Promises of Peace in Colombia - New York Times

New York Times

The Promises of Peace in Colombia
New York Times
BOGOTÁ, Colombia — At the start of each school year, Colombian schoolchildren are still given specially prepared instruction manuals in the form of comic books to teach them how to avoid stepping on land mines. Despite these efforts, during 52 years ...
Colombian President Santos, at White House, seeks aid renewalLos Angeles Times
Remarks by President Trump and President Santos of Colombia in Joint Press ConferenceThe White House (blog)
As Venezuela dives into chaos, next door Colombia has a star turnCNNMoney
Financial Times -Washington Post -Marketplace.org
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Colombia's security forces contradict defense ministry over results in fighting organized crime - Colombia Reports

Colombia Reports

Colombia's security forces contradict defense ministry over results in fighting organized crime
Colombia Reports
While Colombia's Police and National Army have said they had stepped up efforts to fight the country's largest illegal armed group, the paramilitary AGC, Defense Ministry statistics indicate the exact opposite. After the National Police was slapped on ...



Colombia's biggest Pacific port placed under curfew - Financial Times

Financial Times

Colombia's biggest Pacific port placed under curfew
Financial Times
Strategically positioned halfway up Colombia's Pacific coast, Buenaventura is the country's main gateway to Asia and accounts for around half of Colombia's maritime trade. The disturbances appeared to have had little or no impact on port operations.
Defying government ban, Colombia's largest port city resumes ...Colombia Reports
PressTV-Colombia clashes kill one, injure dozenPress TV

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Colombia and Venezuela at odds again, this time about tanks on the border - Colombia Reports

Colombia Reports

Colombia and Venezuela at odds again, this time about tanks on the border
Colombia Reports
Tensions between Venezuela and Colombia have risen again after Caracas called the presence of tanks on the countries' joint border a “provocation.” Bogota responded the tanks have been there since 2015. According to Venezuelan state news outlet ...



Drone Mapping Saves Lives In Colombia - UAV Expert News

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Drone Mapping Saves Lives In Colombia
UAV Expert News
In April 2017, unusually heavy rains caused floods, and a massive landslide in Mocoa, Putumayo province, Colombia. Over 300 people lost their lives and more than 4000 people were displaced. Canadian RescUAV, Aeryon Labs, and Pix4D teamed up, ...
Drone Team Steps in After Colombia LandslideUnmanned Aerial

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Labor unions 'take' Colombia's capital cities in 2nd mass protest in week - Colombia Reports

Colombia Reports

Labor unions 'take' Colombia's capital cities in 2nd mass protest in week
Colombia Reports
Hundreds of thousands of Colombia's state employees laid down work and took to the streets in all Colombia's major cities on Thursday, increasing pressure on the government to attend their calls. The strike pretty much shut down government amid ...
ChocQuibTown Shows Solidarity With Colombia Buenaventura ...teleSUR English

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