North, South America joined earlier than thought

Apr 12, 2015

North, South America joined earlier than thought

North and South America joined together between 13 and 15 million years ago — some 10 million years earlier than scientists previously thought, a new study says. The two continents were once separated by a deep strait called the Central American Seaway, which at ...

Mar 27, 2015

U.S. drug agents had sex parties funded by drug cartels: watchdog

U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents had alleged “sex parties” with prostitutes over several years, said a report published on Thursday and stemming from a review of allegations of misconduct by several DEA agents in Colombia. The alleged parties were funded by local drug cartels, ...

Strong earthquake shakes Colombia

Mar 11, 2015

Strong earthquake shakes Colombia

A deep 6.2-magnitude earthquake shook northeast Colombia on Tuesday and was felt as far away as the capital Bogota, in the center of the country, where some buildings were evacuated. There were no immediate reports of victims or major damage, though car crashes were ...

Mar 8, 2015

Colombia, rebels announce agreement on removing land mines

Colombia’s government and the country’s biggest rebel movement announced an agreement Saturday to begin a pilot program for removing land mines as part of efforts to lower the intensity of a conflict that has lasted half a century. The announcement came at the end ...

Mar 4, 2015

Colombia detains China-flagged ship for illegal arms transport

Colombian authorities detained a China-flagged ship traveling to Cuba for illegally transporting around 100 tons of gunpowder and other materials used to make explosives and arrested the captain, the attorney general’s office said. The vessel was stopped on Saturday in the northern port of ...

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 ...