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Colombia frees first FARC rebels under peace process
Colombia
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Colombia
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Colombia frees first FARC rebels under peace process

AFP - January 21, 2016

BOGOTÁ, Colombia -- Colombia said Thursday it has freed 16 FARC guerrillas pardoned in peace negotiations with the leftist rebels, as the two sides move toward a deal…

Crime
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Venezuela pro-government political figure shot dead

AFP - January 20, 2016

CARACAS -- Robbers shot dead a prominent ally of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro in Caracas, prosecutors said on Wednesday. Ricardo Durán Trujillo, 45, was shot near his home…

Venezuela decrees economic emergency in power struggle
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Venezuela decrees economic emergency in power struggle

Maria Isabel Sánchez | AFP - January 15, 2016

CARACAS -- Venezuela's President Nicolás Maduro decreed a two-month state of "economic emergency" Friday, seizing the initiative ahead of a key showdown with the opposition in the crisis-hit,…

Venezuela’s oil-based economy is about to flatline. Then what?
Business
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Business
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Venezuela’s oil-based economy is about to flatline. Then what?

Nick Miroff | The Washington Post - January 15, 2016

Venezuela, the nation with the world's largest petroleum reserves, is facing one of the world's most painful, and predictable, economic collapses. Oil exports account for as much…

Venezuela opposition drops deputies to break deadlock
Latin America
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Latin America
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Venezuela opposition drops deputies to break deadlock

AFP - January 13, 2016

CARACAS -- Venezuela's opposition moved Wednesday to try to break the country's political deadlock by removing from the state legislature three of its deputies rejected by the government.…

Demining Colombia will take ‘a generation’: minister
Colombia
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Colombia
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Demining Colombia will take ‘a generation’: minister

AFP - December 29, 2015

BOGOTÁ, Colombia -- Clearing the landmines from the half-century conflict in Colombia, which has the most mines of any country outside Afghanistan, will take a generation, Defense Minister…

Colombia’s ‘discriminatory’ military draft under discussion as peace deal comes closer
Colombia
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Colombia
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Colombia’s ‘discriminatory’ military draft under discussion as peace deal comes closer

JURRIAAN VAN EERTEN - November 30, 2015

BOGOTÁ, Colombia – André Monroy Gómez was in Madrid when he was supposed to show up for his military exam. His parents had taken the then-18-year-old Colombian…

Cúcuta: Colombia’s city of contraband and a broken Bolivarian dream
Business
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Business
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Cúcuta: Colombia’s city of contraband and a broken Bolivarian dream

JURRIAAN VAN EERTEN - November 19, 2015

CÚCUTA, Colombia – As he walked along the aisles of the supermarket, 25-year-old Nestor Usa Torres pointed to items on the shelves: sunflower oil, powdered milk, shampoo.…

Colombia is again the world’s top coca producer. Why that’s a blow to the US
Colombia
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Colombia
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Colombia is again the world’s top coca producer. Why that’s a blow to the US

Nick Miroff | The Washington Post - November 11, 2015

TIERRADENTRO, Colombia – Illegal coca cultivation is surging in Colombia, erasing one of the showcase achievements of U.S. counternarcotics policy and threatening to send a burst of cheap…

30-year-old Dutch photos help ID victims in 1985 Colombia Justice Palace siege
Colombia
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Colombia
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30-year-old Dutch photos help ID victims in 1985 Colombia Justice Palace siege

JURRIAAN VAN EERTEN - November 9, 2015

BOGOTÁ, Colombia – It was a cold January morning in 1986 when two Dutch journalists, Jan Thielen and Harry van der Aart, arrived at a cemetery in…