Violent week cancels Colombian festival

MEDELLIN, Colombia, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- An art and music festival set for one of Colombia's most violent cities has been canceled because necessary security could not be provided, the organizer said.

Clashes erupt between protesters, police

ARAUCA, Colombia, Feb. 15 (UPI) -- About 2,000 protesters in northeastern Colombia clashed with police after protesters blocked the entrance to four oil fields in Arauca, officials said.

FARC allegedly kidnaps two police officers

PRADERA, Colombia, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia guerrilla group allegedly kidnapped two policemen in Colombia, authorities said.

Colombia peace talks seen faltering

BOGOTA, Jan. 24 (UPI) -- Colombia's talks with Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia rebel group are faltering amid hardening positions on both sides after two months of a truce.

Two kidnappers caught in Colombia

BOGOTA, Jan. 21 (UPI) -- Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said three of the people responsible for kidnapping five miners have been captured.

Colombian rebels call for bilateral truce

HAVANA, Jan. 21 (UPI) -- Colombia's FARC rebels ended their unilateral cease-fire and called on the government to enact a bilateral truce during peace talks, officials said.

FARC sets out demands for peace talks

BOGOTA, Jan. 15 (UPI) -- Land reform and a decrease in inequality are the minimum demands to reach a peace agreement with the government, Colombia's largest rebel group says.

Latin American support for Cuba grows

BOGOTA, Dec. 12 (UPI) -- Support for Cuba's inclusion in Latin American regional conferences and organizations is growing amid renewed links reinforcing the Caribbean nation's ties with Moscow.

Colombian one-sided truce amid peace talks

BOGOTA, Nov. 20 (UPI) -- A one-sided cease-fire by Colombia's main rebel group began Tuesday as Bogota said it would keep pursuing the rebels militarily amid peace talks in Havana.

Colombian peace talks put off a week

BOGOTA, Nov. 13 (UPI) -- Formal peace talks between the Colombian government and guerrilla soldiers in a 48-year-old conflict have been put off until next week, officials said.
Latin America looks to more engaged Obama

Latin America looks to more engaged Obama

BRASILIA, Brazil, Nov. 7 (UPI) -- Latin American leaders and the media want re-elected U.S. President Barack Obama to engage more constructively with the continent on both political and economic fronts.

Colombia peace bid a tough call for Santos

BOGOTA, Oct. 26 (UPI) -- Colombia peace talks move to Cuba Nov. 5 amid signs the government of President Juan Manuel Santos and his military machine are up against a multibillion dollar rebel industry.

Santos apologizes to indigenous community

BOGOTA, Oct. 13 (UPI) -- The president of Colombia has issued an apology to indigenous communities in the Amazon for deaths and destruction caused by the rubber boom.

Colombia leader has prostate tumor removed

BOGOTA, Oct. 4 (UPI) -- Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, recovering from prostate cancer surgery Wednesday, tweeted "everything went well."

Colombia hopes FARC deal will bring peace

BOGOTA, Sept. 28 (UPI) -- Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos is cautiously optimistic he can clinch a peace deal with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia armed group but will continue a military buildup, just in case.

Colombian drug lord captured in Venezuela

BOGOTA, Sept. 19 (UPI) -- One of Colombia's last infamous drug crime figures was arrested, the result of a multinational operation, President Juan Manuel Santos said.

U.N. urges Colombia not to concede to FARC

BOGOTA, Sept. 13 (UPI) -- Colombia shouldn't concede to FARC demands for an amnesty or pardon as the government of President Juan Manuel Santos prepares for talks with the rebel group.

Colombian president: No FARC cease-fire

BOGOTA, Sept. 7 (UPI) -- There will be "no cease-fire of any kind" during negotiations between the Colombian government and FARC rebels, President Juan Manuel Santos said.
FARC OKs peace talks; rap video mocks Santos

FARC OKs peace talks; rap video mocks Santos

BOGOTA, Sept. 4 (UPI) -- Colombia's largest revolutionary guerrilla group confirmed in a defiant, mocking rap video it was involved in exploratory peace talks with the government.

Chile, others to aid Colombian peace talks

BOGOTA, Aug. 30 (UPI) -- Chile, Norway and Venezuela have agreed to assist in peace talks between the government of Colombia and rebel guerillas, set to begin in Norway, officials say.

Santos promises peace talks with FARC

BOGOTA, Aug. 27 (UPI) -- Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said Monday he will hold peace talks with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC.

Colombian oil supplies hit by FARC attack

BOGOTA, July 23 (UPI) -- Colombian oil supplies suffered renewed disruption after FARC armed rebels blew up a section an oil pipeline, military officials said.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Wednesday, June 20, 2012.
By United Press International

Latin America starts new regional alliance

CERRO PARANAL, Chile, June 7 (UPI) -- Leaders of Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru launched an economic and political pact to rival other groupings in the area considered obsolete or ineffective.
Bogota ramps up security after FARC attack

Bogota ramps up security after FARC attack

BOGOTA, May 16 (UPI) -- Authorities in Colombia's capital of Bogota tightened security after a bombing directed at a former minister killed five people and wounded 39, officials said.
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