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December 16, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Ecuador recalled its ambassador from Bogota, escalating a diplomatic spat over Colombia's fumigation of illegal drug crops along the shared border. Ecuador says U.S.-backed spraying of herbicides in Colombia hurts the environment and damages the health of people on its side of the border.
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WORLD
August 5, 2013 | By Chris Kraul
BOGOTA, Colombia -- In a radio interview Monday, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos backed away from a self-imposed deadline of November for completing a peace accord that is being negotiated in Havana with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC. Negotiators, who are now attending their 12th session, which ends Saturday, have reached agreement on just one of six major points -- the section on agrarian reform -- that will make up a final deal. It took the better part of seven months to hammer that out. “If in November we haven't finished entirely, we'll see where we are, and if we have to prolong the talks a couple of months, we'll extend them," Santos told Caracol Radio in Bogota.
BUSINESS
August 6, 2010 | By Chris Kraul, Los Angeles Times
If you seek a monument to the security gains Colombia has made under President Alvaro Uribe's eight-year administration, the newly inaugurated JW Marriott Hotel here is a good place to look. Improved security, the dynamic economy and some tax breaks are attracting the major international hotel chains that for decades shied away from Colombia. Uribe, who leaves office Saturday, officiated at the 264-room Marriott's ribbon-cutting ceremony last week. "I don't have words to express my thanks for the confidence you show in Colombia," Uribe said to executives of Marriott and Grupo Poma, the El Salvador-based firm that owns the new hotel under a franchise agreement.
WORLD
March 25, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
The Bush administration wants Congress to let it send more military and civilian personnel to Colombia to help it "deal a decisive blow against narco-terrorists," Gen. James T. Hill, chief of the Southern Command, said at a House Armed Services Committee hearing. The administration wanted to raise the cap on U.S. personnel in Colombia to 800 military and 600 civilian contractors from the current 400 limit on each, Hill said. He said U.S. involvement in combat would still be banned.
WORLD
August 19, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
Three Irish Republican Army-linked fugitives who fled convictions in Colombia surrendered to Irish police after eight months on the run, police officials said. Ireland's national police force said James Monaghan, Martin McCauley and Niall Connolly were being interviewed by officers at various stations in Dublin, the capital. The three were convicted last year of training Colombian rebels in bomb-making techniques.
WORLD
November 30, 2004 | From Associated Press
Colombia's government backpedaled Monday on a claim that Marxist rebels wanted to assassinate President Bush during a recent state visit. Defense Minister Jorge Alberto Uribe told reporters Saturday that informants had said the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, had instructed followers to "assassinate President Bush" Nov. 22 in Cartagena, where he met with President Alvaro Uribe. The defense minister did not give a source for the information.
BUSINESS
May 24, 2007 | From the Associated Press
The government of Colombia announced capital controls on some foreign investments Wednesday to try to curb the soaring peso. Finance Minister Oscar Zuluaga said that starting immediately, foreign portfolio investors will be required to deposit 40% of their investments in non-interest-bearing accounts in the central bank for six months. The measure is designed to absorb a glut of dollars and discourage speculative investing.
WORLD
May 8, 2003 | From Associated Press
For the first time, President Alvaro Uribe on Wednesday ordered a leftist Colombian rebel extradited to the United States. Nelson Vargas Rueda faces murder charges in the 1999 slaying of three American activists. Vargas is one of six members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, indicted last year in federal court in Washington in the murders of Terence Freitas, 24, of Oakland; Ingrid Washinawatok, 41, of New York; and Laheenae Gay, 39, of Pahoa, Hawaii.
WORLD
August 12, 2013 | By Chris Kraul
FLORENCIA, Colombia - The expansion of China's middle class isn't some abstract notion in this sweltering corner of Colombia's Amazon River basin. It's driving a private-public partnership trying to steer the local economy away from illegal coca farming and toward filling Asia's growing demand for expensive ornamental fish. Fish farming around Florencia, a city of 165,000 people, is focused on the silver arowana, a highly coveted species called dragonfish in China. Each silver arowana costs pennies to raise but sells at retail for up to $40 in Hong Kong, where collectors view an aquarium filled with nine arowanas as a sign of good luck.
WORLD
December 4, 2002 | From Reuters
A judge adjourned until February the trial of three suspected members of the Irish Republican Army charged with training Marxist rebels to build bombs, after key prosecution witnesses failed to appear in court Tuesday. Judge Jairo Acosta ordered the trial, which began Monday, to resume Feb. 5, giving two rebel defectors another chance to testify that they witnessed the Irishmen training the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC.
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