Jan 18, 2016

Army operation frees dozen Colombian fishermen held by ELN rebels

A dozen fishermen who had been abducted by Colombia’s ELN guerrilla group have been freed in an army operation, President Juan Manuel Santos announced Sunday. The operation took place in the northern town of Morales. Santos made the announcement in a Twitter post, congratulating ...

Colombia's FARC rebels swap jungle for YouTube

Dec 29, 2015

Colombia's FARC rebels swap jungle for YouTube

Until recently, Milena Reyes spent her days slogging around the jungle, dressed in combat fatigues and carrying an assault rifle. The Colombian guerrilla fighter never imagined she would end up in front of a TV camera wearing make-up and high heels to present the ...

Colombia hoping to repopulate the skies with condors

Dec 24, 2015

Colombia hoping to repopulate the skies with condors

A pair of Chilean condors have been brought to a zoo in Medellin as part of an effort to reintroduce the majestic birds in Colombia, where they have become all but extinct. “Condors are a very endangered species,” said Sandra Correa, director the Santa ...

Colombian leader Santos signs off on medical marijuana

Dec 23, 2015

Colombian leader Santos signs off on medical marijuana

President Juan Manuel Santos signed a decree Tuesday legalizing and regulating medical marijuana, the latest softening of Colombia’s hard-line tactics in the war on drugs. In a nationally televised address, Santos announced it will be fully legal to grow, process, import and export cannabis ...

Nov 13, 2015

Colombia to legalize commercial sale of medical marijuana

Colombia’s government plans to legalize the cultivation and sale of marijuana for medicinal and scientific purposes, officials said Thursday in a surprise shift by the longtime U.S. ally in the war on drugs. The change is coming in an executive decree that President Juan ...

Colombia farmers make switch from cocaine to cocoa

Nov 12, 2015

Colombia farmers make switch from cocaine to cocoa

It was the murder — execution-style, in broad daylight — of a friend and fellow farmer in the Colombian countryside that prompted German Sanchez to finally heed government calls to get out of the cocaine trade and plant cocoa instead. Six years later, market ...