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S. America security industry business on the rise

BOGOTA, Oct. 9 (UPI) -- Latin America's immediate security concerns got an airing at the International Security Fair which opened in the Colombian capital Wednesday.

Canadian miner released by Colombian rebel group

BOGOTA, Aug. 28 (UPI) -- A Canadian miner held hostage since January by Colombian rebels has been released, the Colombia Red Cross said.

Colombia aims to raise defense industry profile

BOGOTA, Aug. 7 (UPI) -- Colombia is aiming to regenerate and develop its defense industries as a potential new revenue base and has clinched new collaboration with South Korea in one of its latest deals toward that goal, official data shows.

Colombia wants Urugauy's Mujica to help FARC peace talks

BOGOTA, June 26 (UPI) -- Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos hopes Uruguayan peer and former guerrilla fighter Jose Mujica will help break a deadlock in reconciliation talks with Colombia's Revolutionary Armed Forces rebel group known as FARC.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Thursday, June 20, 2013.
By United Press International

Mercosur seeks more Pacific partners for commodities, goods

SANTIAGO, Chile, April 30 (UPI) -- As Europe struggles with multiple eurozone crises and economic downturn, emergent Latin America is tilting toward the Pacific region as a potential major partner for its diverse inventory of commodities, processed goods, minerals and other raw materials.

SIPRI: Latin America military spending up

RIO DE JANEIRO, April 16 (UPI) -- Military spending rose in Latin America last year, bucking a global trend that indicated downturns in Europe, North America and parts of Asia and Africa.

FARC sells drug franchises, source says

BOGOTA, March 14 (UPI) -- The Colombian rebel group FARC has sold its drug trafficking franchises in advance of a peace pact with the Colombian government, Colombia Reports reported.

Venezuelans wait for hours to view Chavez

CARACAS, Venezuela, March 8 (UPI) -- Nicolas Maduro was sworn in as Venezuela's interim president Friday in Caracas, three days after his predecessor, Hugo Chavez, died of cancer.
South American leaders support Maduro

South American leaders support Maduro

CARACAS, Venezuela, March 7 (UPI) -- South American leaders closed ranks around Venezuelan acting President Nicolas Maduro, the late Hugo Chavez's chosen successor, as Chavez lay in state Thursday.

FARC peace talks to involve lawmakers

HAVANA, March 4 (UPI) -- Colombian lawmakers say they have traveled to peace talks with FARC guerrillas in Cuba to consider allowing the rebel group to take part in politics.

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U.S. market comeback weakens ... Home prices end 2012 with strong gains ... Colombia greets coffee strike with force ... Yahoo! cancels work-at-home policy ... News from United Press International.

Colombia greets coffee strike with force

BOGOTA, Feb. 26 (UPI) -- National Police in Colombia said 15,000 policemen are reporting to duty to maintain order as an estimated 30,000 coffee growers staged demonstrations.

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.
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President Juan Manuel Santos Calderon of Colombia attends a bilateral meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama (not pictured) September 24, 2010 in New York City. Obama has been in New York since Wednesday attending the annual General Assembly at the United Nations, where yesterday he stressed the need for a resolution between Israel and Palestine, and a renewed international effort to keep Iran from attaining nuclear weapons. UPI/Spencer Platt/POOL
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Juan Manuel Santos Calderón (Spanish pronunciation: ; born 10 August 1951) is a Colombian politician who has been the President of Colombia since 7 August 2010. He previously served as Minister of Foreign Trade, Minister of Finance, and Minister of National Defense.

Juan Manuel Santos has been Chief Executive of the Colombian Coffee Delegation to the International Coffee Organization in London and Sub-Director of his family owned newspaper El Tiempo. He was Minister of Foreign Trade during the administration of president César Gaviria in 1991. In 1992 he was appointed President of the VII United Nations Conference on Trade and Development for a period of four years. In 1999 he was appointed as President of the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and served as Director of the Corporación Andina de Fomento (CAF) for the period 2001–2002.

In 1994 Juan Manuel Santos founded the Good Government Foundation, whose stated objective is helping and improving the governability and efficiency of the Colombian Government. This organization presented a proposal for a demilitarized zone and peace talks with the FARC guerrilla.

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