Bogota, Caracas rekindle energy ties

CARTAGENA, Colombia, March 29 (UPI) -- The Colombian energy minister said meeting with his Venezuelan counterpart on bilateral oil and gas deals is of strategic importance.

Land-rights activist missing in Colombia

CURVARADO, Colombia, March 28 (UPI) -- A body matching the description of a missing land-rights campaigner has been found in Colombia, a non-governmental organization said.
Argentina, Brazil back Cuba's inclusion in future summits

Argentina, Brazil back Cuba's inclusion in future summits

BRASILIA, Brazil, March 15 (UPI) -- Cuba will be barred from next month's Americas summit at U.S. insistence, only to goad its friends Argentina and Brazil vowing with new resolve to have Havana leaders present at subsequent conferences.

Summit plan clouded by flap over Cuba

BOGOTA, March 8 (UPI) -- Plans for a Latin American summit in Colombia are under threat of disarray after a diplomatic flap that means Cuba may be barred from taking part.

State Dept. skeptical about FARC promise

WASHINGTON, Feb. 28 (UPI) -- The U.S. State Department expressed skepticism about Colombia rebel group FARC's announcement it would release 10 hostages, saying the group broke past pledges.
Colombian rebel group forbids kidnapping

Colombian rebel group forbids kidnapping

BOGATA, Colombia, Feb. 28 (UPI) -- Kidnapping is no longer a strategic practice employed by rebels in the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Columbia, the group said in a communique.

Colombia buys submarines in anti-drug war

BOGOTA, Feb. 27 (UPI) -- Colombia is ratcheting up its war on sea-faring drug traffickers and has invested in German submarines and marine craft in a boost to its navy.

FARC to release hostages, end extortion

BOGOTA, Feb. 26 (UPI) -- Colombia's largest rebel group says it plans to release 10 remaining military hostages and will abandon the practice of kidnapping civilians for extortion.

Colombian drug lord nabbed in Venezuela

BOGOTA, Feb. 7 (UPI) -- One of Colombia's most-wanted drug lords has been arrested in Venezuela along with his brother, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos confirmed.
Colombian guerrilla group selling cattle

Colombian guerrilla group selling cattle

BOGOTA, Jan. 25 (UPI) -- Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos says the country's largest guerrilla group is so crippled financially that members have resorted to selling cattle.

Colombia pipeline blast leaves 13 dead

DOSQUEBRADAS, Colombia, Dec. 24 (UPI) -- The death toll from a pipeline explosion and fire in central Colombia stood at 13 Saturday with 99 injured, 17 critically, authorities said.

Protest of killings by FARC planned

BOGOTA, Dec. 2 (UPI) -- Colombian officials say marches are planned Tuesday to protest the FARC rebels' execution of four military hostages who had been held for more than a decade.
Colombian President Santos criticizes 'cowardly' killings

Colombian President Santos criticizes 'cowardly' killings

BOGOTA, Dec. 1 (UPI) -- Colombia President Juan Manuel Santos criticized leftist rebels' "cowardly" killings of four government security force members they had held prisoner for years.

Colombian rebels execute 4 prisoners

BOGOTA, Nov. 27 (UPI) -- Leftist Colombian rebels executed four government security force members they had held prisoner for years, the South American country's president has confirmed.
Unasur seeks closer tabs on arms spending in Latin America

Unasur seeks closer tabs on arms spending in Latin America

LIMA, Nov. 10 (UPI) -- Latin America's Union of South American Nations, aspiring to become a regional security umbrella organization, has served notice on members to get their facts together on who is spending what on defense in the region.
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Juan Manuel Santos
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

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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