March 11, 2007 |
On the eve of a visit by President Bush, the United States Embassy confirmed Saturday that American and Colombian soldiers had conducted a joint operation in the southern stronghold of leftist rebels who are holding three U.S. military contractors. The rare confirmation followed a report by Colombia's largest newspaper, El Tiempo, that two area residents were interrogated about the contractors' whereabouts by the U.S. and Colombian soldiers after the operation in late January. U.S.
December 29, 2004 |
Police captured a reputed leader of the Norte del Valle drug cartel Tuesday in a U.S.-backed effort to dismantle the gang. Dagoberto Florez was on a most-wanted list of alleged cocaine kingpins sought by U.S. authorities under a court order handed down in New York in May. The U.S. government had offered a $5-million reward for his capture. Police seized Florez early Tuesday in a rural area outside Medellin, Colombia's second-largest city, the national police chief, Gen.
October 31, 2001 |
Colombia extradited one of South America's top suspected cocaine kingpins to Miami on Tuesday, a U.S. drug official said. Alejandro Bernal is accused of leading a smuggling ring believed to have shipped as much as 30 tons of cocaine a month to the United States in the late 1990s. U.S. prosecutors say Bernal, a former Medellin cartel member, was even more important in the smuggling ring than Fabio Ochoa, whose September extradition to the United States drew wide attention.
February 26, 2003 |
The U.S. government contract worker allegedly killed by leftist rebels after his plane crashed in southern Colombia this month was a decorated former soldier, according to family members and U.S. officials, and he was buried with full military honors. Thomas John Janis, 56, was found shot in the head at close range about a mile from the wreckage. Janis was on a joint mission with three other Americans and a Colombian when their plane went down Feb.
July 11, 2011
Colombia's decades-long armed conflict has left tens of thousands dead and forced more than 3.6 million people off their land. Last month, President Juan Manuel Santos vowed that despite its troubled past, the country was "not condemned to 100 years of solitude," as was the fictional nation of Gabriel Garcia Marquez's epic novel. To avoid that history, Santos has embarked on implementing the Victims and Land Restitution Law. The ambitious measure, signed into law in June, calls for restoring up to 4.9 million acres (an area nearly the size of New Jersey)
May 31, 2010 |
Juan Manuel Santos, a veteran defense minister and political heir to conservative President Alvaro Uribe, surged well ahead in voting Sunday in Colombia's hard-fought presidential election but fell just shy of winning the simple majority that would have given him the office. Belying most preelection polls, Santos won more than twice as many votes as his nearest rival, former Bogota Mayor Antanas Mockus, an eccentric underdog whose novel, colorful campaign had put him in serious competition with the better-established Santos.
December 10, 2003 |
Golden goals by Brazil and Colombia on Tuesday did the trick to put the South American teams in the quarterfinals of the FIFA World Youth Championship in the United Arab Emirates. Duda scored twice -- the first in the 83rd minute to tie the score and the second five minutes into overtime -- to give Brazil a 2-1 victory over Slovakia in the tournament for under-20 teams. Brazil will play Japan on Friday.
February 20, 2000
Your Feb. 15 editorial, "Explain Colombia Aid," as well as the aid itself, is at best fuzzy. How long do you think the promoters of the drug business will take to produce a counter to the $1.3 billion that we propose to give? Their coffers are full, courtesy of these United States of America. That we do it with the best of intentions counts to many of us. However, the results are gut-wrenching. Colombia, a traditional jewel of democracy in Latin America, is destroyed by the drug business and by the communist insurgency financed by the drug businessmen.
August 8, 2002 |
In an attack blamed on leftist rebels, mortars rained down on Colombia's presidential palace and downtown neighborhoods Wednesday just moments before President Alvaro Uribe, who has vowed to crush the guerrillas, took the oath of office nearby. Uribe swore before the nation's Congress to restore order to the war-torn nation, apparently unaware that several blasts had just rocked historic downtown Bogota, killing at least 14 and wounding 69.
August 6, 2010 |
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.