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Separate peace talks for Colombia's ELN and FARC rebels

Estanzuela - Colombia's two top rebel groups, the ELN and the FARC, will hold separate peace talks with the government, the ELN said Monday, as the sides aim to end decades of conflict.

Colombian farmers sue BP in British court for $29 million

London - For the first time ever, BP will have to face UK courts over its actions overseas and may have to pay compensation for environmental degradation to private property. Experts are calling this a landmark environmental case.

Colombia arrests 17 for child prostitution, trafficking

Estanzuela - Twelve adults and five children suspected of child sex crimes and human trafficking have been arrested in Colombia in a joint operation with the United States, officials from both countries said Tuesday.

Pulling bulls by the tail, cowboys chase Colombia glory

Villavicencio - The gate opens and the bull charges into the arena, two cowboys on horseback in hot pursuit.One flanks him, the other tries to grab him by the tail to drag him at a gallop and pull him to the ground.

Indians killed by lightning in Colombia to be left unburied

Estanzuela - Eleven Wiwa Indians killed by lightning during a tribal ceremony in Colombia's Sierra Nevada mountains will be left unburied where they died according to their traditions, an official said Sunday.

For Colombia's Wiwa, revered lightning takes deadly toll

- Deep in northern Colombia's mountains, an isolated community of indigenous Wiwa people struggled Tuesday to comprehend why 11 of their own were struck dead by a bolt of lightning during a tribal ceremony.

For Colombia's Wiwa, revered lightning takes deadly toll

Estanzuela - Deep in northern Colombia's mountains, an isolated community of indigenous Wiwa people struggled Tuesday to comprehend why 11 of their own were struck dead by a bolt of lightning during a tribal ceremony.

Potato removed from woman's vagina

Honda - A woman from Colombia had a potato removed from her vagina, after she placed it inside of her in an attempt to use it as a form of birth control.

Colombia implodes high-rise that killed 12 in collapse

Medell - Colombian authorities imploded an upmarket apartment block Tuesday whose partial collapse last year killed 12 people, felling the rest of the six-tower complex in a giant cloud of white dust.

Seven police dead in Colombia ambush

Estanzuela - At least seven police officers were killed and seven wounded when gunmen from the FARC rebel group ambushed their convoy in remote northwestern Colombia, officials said.

Seven police dead in Colombia ambush

Estanzuela - Seven police officers were killed and five wounded when gunmen reportedly from the FARC rebel group ambushed their convoy Tuesday in northwest Colombia, officials said.

Colombia court allows lesbian adoption

Estanzuela - Colombia's Constitutional Court ruled Thursday that a lesbian woman could adopt her long-time partner's daughter, though the ruling does not apply to gay adoption in all circumstances.

Colombia arrests 32 politicians over paramilitary ties

Estanzuela - Colombian authorities have arrested 32 local politicians for alleged ties to right-wing paramilitary groups that fueled the country's 50-year conflict before being disbanded a decade ago, prosecutors said Thursday.

Top Colombian drug hitman who killed 300 is freed

Estanzuela - The head of Colombian drug kingpin Pablo Escobar's hitmen, a confessed murderer nicknamed "Popeye," was released from prison after helping prosecutors convict a former justice minister.

Spanish Navy finds 127 Kg of cocaine on board training tall ship

Cadiz - The Spanish training ship "Juan Sebastián Elcano" is at the center of a messy controversy after authorities found on board a cargo of 127 kilos of cocaine. Three crew members were arrested and are being investigated for drug trafficking.

Colombia leader sworn in vowing peace, warning rebels

Estanzuela - Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos warned leftist rebels their attacks were threatening peace talks as he was sworn in Thursday for a second term dedicated to ending the country's 50-year-old conflict.

Colombia's Santos dubs new legislature 'Congress of peace'

Estanzuela - Colombia's newly re-elected President Juan Manuel Santos installed a new legislature Sunday, calling it a "Congress of peace" and asking for its support in creating a post-conflict nation amid negotiations with the FARC.

Shakira breaks world record with over 100 million Facebook likes

Barranquilla - The only Facebook page with more likes than Shakira is Facebook's own Facebook page, as the popular Colombian singer hits an all time high of over 100 million likes.

Divers take a plunge with an ocean giant: the Goliath grouper

Miami - At first glance, an adult goliath grouper can appear intimidating. Equipped with a capacious Edward G. Robinson-esque lower jaw and weighing as much as 360 kg, or 793 pounds, encountering one while you're diving or snorkeling can give you pause.

World Cup: Europe or South America, the balance of power shared

Brazil has seen the best World Cup for decades — skilful play, last-gasp goals, smaller nations nearly upsetting the big boys and most of all a direct split between Europe and South America as to who holds the balance of power.
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