Colombia has approved more liberal abortion laws, sparking backlash

Colombia approved some of the most liberal abortion laws in the Americas in February. The decision has provoked a backlash from anti-abortion groups. As some states in the U.S. have restricted access to abortion, several Latin American countries have moved in the opposite direction. The latest was Colombia, where the Constitutional Court in February approved some of the most liberal abortion laws in the Americas. Reporter John Otis retraces the country's course on this issue. And just a note - this story begins with some disturbing imagery.
Human Rights Watch

Colombia/Venezuela: Border Area Abuses by Armed Groups

(Washington, DC) – Fighting between armed groups on the Colombia-Venezuela border has caused a dramatic increase in violence in the early months of 2022 causing thousands to flee, Human Rights Watch said today. On January 1, 2022, clashes broke out between the Joint Eastern Command – a coalition of...

Venezuelan troops operated alongside Colombian rebels, report claims

Venezuelan soldiers conducted joint operations with Colombian rebels in the state of Apure earlier this year, as violence increased along a remote and often lawless stretch of the Colombia-Venezuela border, according to a new report by Human Rights Watch. The report published on Monday said that in January a truce...

Taylor Hawkins' toxology report released by Colombian officials

Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins had 10 different substances in his system when he died in Bogatá on Friday, according to Colombia's attorney general. In a statement released via Twitter on Saturday, the attorney general's office wrote that initial tests on Hawkins' urine had revealed traces of marihuana, tricyclic antidepressants, benzodiazepines, and opioids.
Confectionary News

Colombia cocoa’s peaceful transition to global prominence

ConfectioneryNews talked to Jose Puyana, ProColombia's Regional Director for Europe, ahead of a Trade Mission to the UK (31 March to 3 April) to attend the London Coffee Festival, where cocoa producers will be also in attendance. Colombia’s cocoa export business has risen by 54% since the beginning of 2021,...

Chile And Colombia Eliminated: 6 Legends Who'll Never Play At Another World Cup

With a 2-0 victory over Paraguay in Lima on Tuesday night, Peru clinched fifth place in CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying and a spot in the inter-confederation playoffs, knocking out sixth-place Colombia and seventh-place Chile in the process. This marks the end of the road for a couple memorable generations of players for Los Cafeteros and La Roja.

Colombia environmental authority approves first fracking pilot project

BOGOTA, March 28 (Reuters) - Colombia's environmental regulator on Monday gave the green light for state-run oil company Ecopetrol (ECO.CN) to move ahead with an exploratory pilot project using hydraulic fracturing - or fracking - despite resistance from environmentalists. The approval for the Kale project, located in the northeastern municipality...

Colombia's Caribbean Drug Route Alive and Well Around San Andres Archipelago

A record cocaine seizure off the coast of Colombia’s San Andres is the latest in a string of million-dollar drug hauls in which speedboats were intercepted near the Caribbean archipelago, indicating the longstanding maritime trafficking route is still in favor. The latest seizure came when a speedboat carrying 3.4...

Release the tiger: Creating Colombia’s carnival masks

Colombia’s biggest party is winding down in Barranquilla. But in a sleepy pueblo on the outskirts of the Caribbean city, the carnival work never stops. Nine siblings are hard at work, carving and painting the wooden masks which characterise the festival – elaborate animal heads in many stages of life and colour.

Jackson Heights Restaurant Known for Its Colombian Arepas to Open in Astoria

A beloved Jackson Heights restaurant that specializes in Colombian cuisine is opening a new location in Astoria. Arepa Lady, a family-run business known for its authentic Colombian arepas, will open in the middle of May at The World Artisan Market, a repurposed warehouse building located at 34-39 31st St. Arepa Lady will be the latest establishment to open in the building following on from Urban Vegan Roots, Sotta La Luna, Sala and Elevenses.

How to enjoy the world of luxury travel in Bogota, Colombia

Colombia may be best known for its abundant natural beauty and high level of biodiversity, but this South American nation is also home to some pretty spectacular urban destinations as well. Case in point – the bustling capital city of Bogotá, a sprawling metropolis that dates back to the early 1500s.

Could Fracking Save Colombia’s Energy Industry?

Crisis-riven Colombia is struggling to get its economically-dependent oil industry off the ground. The country’s upcoming presidential election will be crucial for its energy industry. Fracking offers a potential lifeline for the ailing energy sector, but resistance to fracking in Colombia is considerable. Despite spiraling oil prices which see...

At least 11 FARC dissidents killed in combat, Colombia army says

BOGOTA, March 29 (Reuters) - At least 11 members of a group formed by former FARC rebels who reject a peace deal were killed in combat with soldiers in Colombia's jungle south, the army said on Tuesday. The confrontation in a rural area of Puerto Leguizamo municipality, in the province...

Fintech Platform Nequi Plans to Get Into the Cryptocurrency Business in Colombia

Nequi, a fintech neobank which allowed Colombian citizens to test all-digital financial services, has announced its plans for expansion after having parted ways with Bancolombia, the bank that gave it its origin. These plans include an entry into the cryptocurrency world while complying with the limits set by current regulators.