Colombia military in turmoil after corruption firings

BOGOTA, Feb. 18 (UPI) -- Colombia's military establishment is in turmoil after President Juan Manuel Santos fired armed forces commanders, including several senior officers suspected of multimillion dollar corruption and extreme abuse of authority.

Colombian army kills seven FARC rebels, captures five in skirmish

BOGOTA, Jan. 22 (UPI) -- Seven members of the Colombian rebel group FARC were killed in a skirmish with Colombian troops in the central state of Tolima, officials say.

Report: U.S. aid has helped Colombia combat the FARC

BOGOTA, Dec. 22 (UPI) -- Assistance from the United States has helped Colombia bring the FARC insurgency to the bargaining table, officials from both countries say.

Colombia turns down rebels' cease-fire offer

BOGOTA, Dec. 12 (UPI) -- Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said he won't halt a military crackdown on Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia rebels until a peace deal is clinched.
Uruguay legalizes marijuana

Uruguay legalizes marijuana

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay, Dec. 11 (UPI) -- Uruguay passed a pioneering law letting people grow, buy and smoke marijuana, and the country's leftist president, Jose Mujica, said he would sign the measure.
Terrorist attack kills nine in Colombia

Terrorist attack kills nine in Colombia

Dec. 10 (UPI) -- At least nine were killed in an attack on Saturday that President Juan Manuel Santos attributed to the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia.
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Obama cites 'tremendous progress' in Colombia

Obama cites 'tremendous progress' in Colombia

WASHINGTON, Dec. 3 (UPI) -- "Tremendous progress" in improving security in Colombia has led to greater U.S.-Colombian cooperation overall, U.S. President Barack Obama said Tuesday.
President Obama meets with Colombia President Santos

President Obama meets with Colombia President Santos

Dec. 3 (UPI) -- President Barack Obama met with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos Tuesday at the White House.
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Obama schedule for Tuesday, Dec. 3

Obama schedule for Tuesday, Dec. 3

WASHINGTON, Dec. 3 (UPI) -- President Obama hosts Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos Tuesday for a bilateral meeting in Washington, the White House said.

Colombian president to stand for re-election next year

(UPI) --Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said Wednesday that he will seek re-election following his first term in office.
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Colombia accuses Russia of violating airspace

BOGOTA, Nov. 6 (UPI) -- Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos accused Russia of violating Colombian airspace twice with military bomber jets.

Colombian rebels release Sutay

BOGOTA, Oct. 27 (UPI) -- Colombian rebels have released U.S. citizen Kevin Scott Sutay, who had been held since June 20, the International Committee of the Red Cross announced Sunday.

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.
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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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