Jan 15, 2015

Facebook founder in Colombia to promote affordable Internet

Improved Internet access can be a force for peace, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg said Wednesday during a trip to Colombia to promote his project to boost Web availability for the two-thirds of the world not yet connected. The project, dubbed “internet.org” and launched with ...

'Little Miss Thong' pageant sparks heated debate in Colombia

Jan 14, 2015

'Little Miss Thong' pageant sparks heated debate in Colombia

A children’s beauty pageant in Colombia, dubbed “Little Miss Thong,” sparked outrage online Tuesday, but local officials are defending the contest, which features a parade of eight-year-old girls wearing skimpy swimwear. In the pageant, held Sunday in the northeastern town of Barbosa, young girls ...

Medellin now known for holiday glitz, glow, not drugs

Dec 5, 2014

Medellin now known for holiday glitz, glow, not drugs

by Beth J. Harpazap

Medellin for Christmas vacation? Si, si! The city once wracked by drug violence has undergone massive social and economic transformation, and it’s now known in tourist circles for spectacular Christmas light displays that veil churches, buildings, parks and even the Medellin River with glittering ...

Oct 30, 2014

Spain detains top drug trafficker after cocaine is found with bananas

Spanish police said Wednesday they had arrested nine people, including one of the country’s biggest drug smugglers, after finding cocaine hidden among a shipment of bananas from Colombia. The authorities said they opened their investigation after police with sniffer dogs uncovered 54 kg (120 ...

Oct 21, 2014

6-magnitude quake felt on Ecuador-Colombia border

A magnitude-6 earthquake rattled Ecuador’s border with Colombia on Monday, shaking low-lying buildings and frightening residents in the sparsely-populated area. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage. The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake struck at 3:33 p.m. EDT, had a depth ...

Sep 6, 2014

Neymar makes dramatic return

Neymar scored in the 83rd minute to give Brazil a 1-0 victory over Colombia on Friday night in an exhibition game before 73,429 fans at Sun Life Stadium. Neymar’s free kick from 20 meters landed inside the upper right post and past the outstretched ...

Aug 29, 2014

Colombia allows lesbian couple to adopt child

Colombia has taken a major step recognizing the rights of same-sex couples after the country’s constitutional court allowed a lesbian couple to adopt a child born to one of its members. Ana Leiderman gave birth to two children via artificial insemination. Her longtime partner ...

Aug 29, 2014

Girls in Colombian town struck by mystery illness

A mystery illness has overwhelmed a small town in northern Colombia as scores of teenage girls have been hospitalized with symptoms that parents fear could be an adverse reaction to a popular vaccine against cervical cancer. Authorities say they still don’t know what caused ...

Colombian kingpin's former hit man leaves prison

Aug 27, 2014

Colombian kingpin's former hit man leaves prison

A former hit man for Pablo Escobar, who confessed to hundreds of murders as head of the drug kingpin’s army of assassins, has been freed from a maximum security prison under heavy police guard. John Jairo Velasquez, better known by his nickname “Popeye,” was ...