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 ...

Abe talks up trade ties with Latin American alliance

Aug 3, 2014

Abe talks up trade ties with Latin American alliance

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expressed eagerness Saturday to bolster economic and trade ties with the four Latin American nations that make up the Pacific Alliance, after accelerating the conclusion of a free trade agreement with Colombia. “Let’s strengthen economic relations between Japan and Latin ...

Jul 28, 2014

Japan, Colombia to cooperate on natural resource development

Japanese and Colombian leaders are expected to agree Tuesday that the countries will cooperate in promoting Japanese investment in developing the Latin American country’s natural resources, a Japanese delegation source said Sunday. In a joint statement to be released after talks in Bogota between ...

Rodriguez signs with Real Madrid

Jul 23, 2014

Rodriguez signs with Real Madrid

A week after finishing the World Cup as the tournament’s top scorer with six goals, Colombia forward James Rodriguez signed a six-year deal with Real Madrid on Tuesday. The 23-year-old Rodriguez, who helped Colombia reach the quarterfinals in Brazil, passed a medical examination at ...