Colombia

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

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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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How a Colombian murder led a Miami law firm to Mexican narco-cash in Texas - Miami Herald

Miami Herald

How a Colombian murder led a Miami law firm to Mexican narco-cash in Texas
Miami Herald
When a Miami-Dade Circuit Court judge in 2015 awarded Antonio Caballero $191.4 million for the kidnapping, torture and death of his father at the hands of Colombian guerrillas and drug-trafficking groups, few thought his legal team would be able to ...
Nearly $1M Recovered From Drug Cartel Behind Execution of Colombian UN AmbassadorNBC 6 South Florida

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1 killed, 2000 evacuated after extreme rainfall throughout Colombia - Colombia Reports

Colombia Reports

1 killed, 2000 evacuated after extreme rainfall throughout Colombia
Colombia Reports
Extreme rainfall killed at least one person, left dozens of families homeless and thousands evacuated throughout Colombia on Wednesday. One person was found dead in the central Cundinamarca province on Wednesday, after the unidentified victim and six ...



New Tiger William Cuevas, a Venezuelan, will pitch for Colombia in WBC - MLive.com

MLive.com

New Tiger William Cuevas, a Venezuelan, will pitch for Colombia in WBC
MLive.com
William Cuevas had never been to Colombia until recently. Next month, he will wear the country's name across his chest as part of the World Baseball Classic. It was an unexpected honor for Cuevas, a Venezuelan right-handed pitcher who signed with the ...



Israeli arrested for bomb 'joke' at Colombia airport - The Times of Israel

The Times of Israel

Israeli arrested for bomb 'joke' at Colombia airport
The Times of Israel
An Israeli citizen was detained by police Wednesday afternoon at El Dorado International Airport in Bogota, Colombia, after reportedly joking about triggering a bomb if his delayed flight did not depart immediately. Get The Times of Israel's Daily ...
Colombia arrests Israeli traveler over bomb threat on airplaneColombia Reports
Israeli arrested at Colombia airport after claiming he has a bombYnetnews

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Colombia films to keep an eye out for in 2017 - Colombia Reports

Colombia Reports

Colombia films to keep an eye out for in 2017
Colombia Reports
Foreign films continue to dominate Colombian theaters. However, 37 were produced nationally and are slowly gaining ground. According to the arts critics of Colombian newspaper El Tiempo, these are the movies to watch out for this year.



New Study Ranks Colombia First in Developing World in Providing Affordable Internet Access to Citizens - Finance Colombia

Finance Colombia

New Study Ranks Colombia First in Developing World in Providing Affordable Internet Access to Citizens
Finance Colombia
Colombia is doing better than any other developing nation in terms of providing affordable internet access to its citizens, according to a new study. The “2017 Affordability Report,” released last week by the coalition Alliance for Affordable Internet ...



Bomb Explodes Near Colombia Bullring, Injuring Dozens of Officers - New York Times

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Bomb Explodes Near Colombia Bullring, Injuring Dozens of Officers
New York Times
BOGOTÁ, Colombia — A homemade bomb exploded near a bullring in Bogotá on Sunday, injuring two dozen police officers and two civilians, the Colombian authorities said. The explosive device, which shattered windows in nearby apartment buildings, ...
Cop Killed, 30 People Injured in Blast Near Colombia Bullfighting ...NBCNews.com
Bomb explodes by Colombia bull ring, injuring 26Washington Post
Explosion at anti-bullfighting protests in Colombia kills one and injures 30 as police 'pursue terrorists'Mirror.co.uk
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9 Disparos: A “reel” testament for peace in Colombia - The City Paper Bogota

The City Paper Bogota

9 Disparos: A “reel” testament for peace in Colombia
The City Paper Bogota
On February 4, 2006, while leading a platoon on an undercover military mission near the Pacific port city of Buenaventura, Giraldo and his men were ambushed by guerrillas from the 30th Front of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).



12 Travel Tips For Visiting Colombia - POPSUGAR

POPSUGAR

12 Travel Tips For Visiting Colombia
POPSUGAR
I didn't even have Colombia on my travel bucket list, and now it's one of my favorite places I've ever been to — and I can't wait to go again! On a recent media trip with Nescafé Taster's Choice, I learned all about coffee — from picking the cherries ...



World Baseball Classic Preview: Colombia - Scout

Scout

World Baseball Classic Preview: Colombia
Scout
After qualifying for the tournament last March with a defeat of Panama, the country of Colombia will be represented at the World Baseball Classic for the first time this spring. With few well-known big-league players on their roster, Colombia will have ...