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Colombia readies for new assault on FARC

BOGOTA, Sept. 13 (UPI) -- Colombian military purchases are set to go up after the country's new, President Juan Manuel Santos, signaled the start of a tough line against drug-fueled FARC guerrilla group.

FARC arms flow in the balance after Colombia-Venezuela patch-up

SANTA MARTA, Colombia, Aug. 11 (UPI) -- The future of illegal arms flows to anti-Colombian FARC rebels is in the balance after Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and newly elected Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos met in this northern city to patch up their differences.

Colombia's president open to peace talks

BOGOTA, Aug. 11 (UPI) -- Colombia's new president, Juan Manuel Santos, appears to have opened the door to peace talks with Marxist rebels, a political observer says.

Security issues test Colombia's new leader

BOGOTA, June 21 (UPI) -- Colombia's newly elected President Juan Manuel Santos faced immediate security challenges as part of his mixed inheritance from outgoing President Alaro Uribe.

Santos coasts to victory in Colombia

BOGOTA, June 20 (UPI) -- Juan Manuel Santos easily defeated former Bogota Mayor Antanas Mockus Sunday to become Colombia's next president.

Chavez is key issue in Colombian election

BOGOTA, May 30 (UPI) -- Colombians began casting ballots for president Sunday in a tight race to choose outgoing President Alvaro Uribe's successor.
Court rejects 3rd term for Colombian pres

Court rejects 3rd term for Colombian pres

BOGOTA, Feb. 27 (UPI) -- Colombian President Alvaro Uribe said he accepts a court's rejection of a referendum that might have allowed him a third term in office.

Colombia arrests top suspected drug lord

NECOCLI, Colombia, April 15 (UPI) -- Daniel Rendon Herrera, reputedly Colombia's No. 1 cocaine trafficker and possibly responsible for thousands of killings, was arrested Wednesday, officials said.

Britain among fastest growing coke markets

BOGOTA, March 27 (UPI) -- Britain is rising quickly among the ranks of the world's consumers of Colombian cocaine, according to Colombian officials.
Venezuela issues warning to Colombia

Venezuela issues warning to Colombia

CARACAS, Venezuela, March 9 (UPI) -- Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said his country is prepared for war with Colombia in the event of any provocation.
Colombia releases Betancourt video

Colombia releases Betancourt video

BOGOTA, July 5 (UPI) -- Colombian officials released a videotape Friday that shows the rescue of former presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt and other hostages.

Colombia praises Chavez rebel remarks

BOGOTA, June 10 (UPI) -- Colombian defense officials Monday praised the call by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez for Colombian rebels to end their fight against the government.

Report: Colombian rebel leader dead

BOGOTA, May 24 (UPI) -- Colombian officials were attempting to confirm leftist rebel leader Manuel Marulanda died two months ago, a Cabinet minister said Saturday.

Colombia to pay rebel for killing leader

BOGOTA, March 15 (UPI) -- Colombia has decided to pay a leftist rebel $2.5 million for killing his leader, said Defense Minister Juan Manuel Santos Friday.

Colombian guerrilla leader killed

MEDELLIN, Colombia, March 1 (UPI) -- A top Colombian left-wing guerrilla leader was killed Saturday in an attack on his jungle camp, the government said.

Colombia makes record cocaine bust

BOGOTA, May 1 (UPI) -- Colombia's navy has seized more than 28 tons of cocaine, the largest bust in the country's history, according to Colombian officials.

Colombian govt hails economic 'miracle'

CARACAS, Venezuela, July 18 (UPI) -- It sounds like a rather cynical joke: what do you call a Latin American country where 64 percent of the population are poor and 23 percent are destitute? Answer: an economic miracle. Yet on Wednesday night, Colombia's outgoing Finance Minister Juan Manuel
OWAIN JOHNSON, UPI Business Correspondent

Colombia Telecom could face liquidation

CARACAS, Venezuela, June 6 (UPI) -- Colombia's Finance Minister Juan Manuel Santos warned Thursday that the government is considering liquidating state-owned telecommunications provider Colombia Telecom. The company has been badly affected in recent weeks by a combination of employee indust
OWAIN JOHNSON, UPI Business Correspondent

Colombia warns of world coffee crisis

CARACAS, Venezuela, May 22 (UPI) -- Coffee producers are facing a crisis that will affect 25 million families worldwide, Colombian Finance Minister Juan Manuel Santos warned late Tuesday.
OWAIN JOHNSON, UPI Business Correspondent

Colombia warns of world coffee crisis

CARACAS, Venezuela, May 22 (UPI) -- Coffee producers are facing a crisis that will affect 25 million families worldwide, Colombian Finance Minister Juan Manuel Santos warned late Tuesday. Speaking at a meeting of the Council of the International Coffee Organization (ICO) in London, Santos s
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