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Matthew strengthens to category 4; hurricane watch issued for Jamaica

October 1, 2016
MIAMI, USA -- Matthew rapidly strengthened to a powerful category 4 hurricane on the Saffir- Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale on Friday and on its forecast track the centre will move north across the central Caribbean Sea on Saturday, and be near Jamaica on Sunday.

Tropical Storm Matthew forms, moves into eastern Caribbean Sea

September 29, 2016
Tropical Storm Matthew forms, moves into eastern Caribbean Sea MIAMI, USA -- As expected, Tropical Storm Matthew formed early Wednesday as the system moved through the Windward Islands into the eastern Caribbean, bringing heavy rains and high winds and forcing the closure of government offices and schools in several islands.

Commentary: Colombia: Peace as a force for transformation

September 29, 2016
Commentary: Colombia: Peace as a force for transformation The latest good tidings confirm that we are living through a change of era in Latin America. The building of peace will be the great force behind and the opportunity for progressive structural change, with equality, which will embrace as its own the goals of sustainable development.

Commentary: The Colombia-FARC agreement: A fragile step towards a sustainable peace

August 31, 2016
Commentary: The Colombia-FARC agreement: A fragile step towards a sustainable peace After 52 years of armed conflict, the Colombian government led by President Juan Manuel Santos and the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, FARC) signed a historic agreement last Wednesday ending the country’s civil war.

Post-conflict Colombia should be a land of opportunities for small farmers, says UN agency

August 30, 2016
Post-conflict Colombia should be a land of opportunities for small farmers, says UN agency ROME, Italy -- A lasting peace in Colombia will only be possible if small farmers have the right opportunities to develop and prosper, said the associate vice-president of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Perin Saint Ange, on the eve of his official visit to the country.

Commentary: Economic incentives vital for development of the Guiana Shield

August 25, 2016
Commentary: Economic incentives vital for development of the Guiana Shield The fourth international congress on the biodiversity of the Guiana Shield, sponsored by the International Biodiversity Society of the Guiana Shield (IBG) in conjunction with the Guyana government, was held during August 8-12 in Georgetown, Guyana. In his address to the forum on April 8...

Colombia strengthens its hospital care selection to attract more foreign patients

July 30, 2016
Colombia strengthens its hospital care selection to attract more foreign patients MIAMI, USA -- Colombia continues to position itself as an innovative country in the health industry. It stands out among other countries in Latin America for its highly complex quality procedures performed by some of the top rated and highly trained medical personnel. The International...

Colombian narcotics kingpin sentenced to 35 years in US prison for massive cocaine conspiracy

July 27, 2016
Colombian narcotics kingpin sentenced to 35 years in US prison for massive cocaine conspiracy NEW YORK, USA -- Daniel Barrera Barrera, also known as “Loco Barrera”, a citizen of Colombia, was sentenced on Monday in Manhattan federal court to 35 years in prison and ordered to forfeit $10 million by US District Judge Gregory Woods for his role in conspiring to distribute...

US Coast Guard ends search for migrants of capsized vessel off BVI

July 18, 2016
US Coast Guard ends search for migrants of capsized vessel off BVI SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- US Coast Guard rescue crews ended a four-day search on Saturday for possible survivors of a migrant vessel, which reportedly capsized sometime between the night of July 9, 2016 and last Monday morning in waters between the British Virgin Islands and...

US Coast Guard searches for possible survivors of capsized migrant vessel off the BVI

July 16, 2016
US Coast Guard searches for possible survivors of capsized migrant vessel off the BVI SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- US Coast Guard rescue crews were actively searching the waters between the British Virgin Islands and the Caribbean island of St Maarten on Thursday for possible survivors of a capsized migrant vessel. Two St Maarten and two Cuban migrants who...

Colombian government and rebel group FARC sign historic peace accord in Cuba

June 25, 2016
Colombian government and rebel group FARC sign historic peace accord in Cuba HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- The Colombian government and the rebel group FARC-EP on Thursday signed in this the Cuban capital Havana a bilateral and definitive agreement on cease-fire and the cessation of hostilities, considered a key step to achieve peace in that nation, which has endured...

Panama Papers law firm accused of helping Colombians evade taxes on $20bn

May 20, 2016
Panama Papers law firm accused of helping Colombians evade taxes on $20bn MIAMI, USA -- The Colombian ministry of finance, after a visit to the Bogotá offices of Mossack and Fonseca, has alleged that the Panama Papers law firm and other Panamanian offshore specialists assisted Colombian nationals in evading taxes upon approximately $20 billion.

Colombian and Venezuelan smugglers detained in $32 million cocaine seizure

April 16, 2016
Colombian and Venezuelan smugglers detained in $32 million cocaine seizure SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- The crews of the Coast Guard Cutter Richard Dixon and the USS Shamal successfully interdicted more than 1,110 kilograms of cocaine and detained four suspected smugglers in international waters in the Caribbean Sea on April 7. The suspected smugglers...

World Happiness Report 2016 update shows significantly more inequality in Caribbean

March 17, 2016
World Happiness Report 2016 update shows significantly more inequality in Caribbean ROME, Italy -- The World Happiness Report 2016 Update, which ranks 156 countries by their happiness levels, was released on Wednesday in Rome in advance of UN World Happiness Day, March 20, and shows that two regions – the Middle East and North Africa, and Latin America and Caribbean...

US names fourteen major money laundering countries in the region in latest report

March 5, 2016
US names fourteen major money laundering countries in the region in latest report WASHINGTON, USA -- Fourteen nations in the wider Caribbean have been named by the US as “major money laundering” countries in the 2016 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report (INCSR) released by the US State Department on Wednesday. A major money laundering...

Ally of former president directs efforts to unseat Panamanian government from Colombia

February 13, 2016
Ally of former president directs efforts to unseat Panamanian government from Colombia MIAMI, USA -- Salomón Shamah, the former Panamanian minister of tourism, under the former government of Ricardo Martinelli, is reportedly directing an operation the goal of which is the resignation of the current Varela administration or, failing that, initiating a coup d'état in Panama.

Colombia National Aviary takes flight in Cartagena

February 11, 2016
Colombia National Aviary takes flight in Cartagena CARTAGENA, Colombia -- Travellers who venture to the resort destination of historic Cartagena have a new attraction to visit. After exploring the UNESCO walled city, head to the National Aviary, which opened last week. Owner and developer Rafael Vieira spent the last ten years...

Obama acknowledges Cuba role in Colombian peace talks

January 26, 2016
Obama acknowledges Cuba role in Colombian peace talks HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- US President Barack Obama thanked the Cuban government for hosting the peace talks between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces (FARC) guerrillas. Obama made his statement to Bogota’s El Tiempo newspaper in which he said that...

US issues travel alert over zika virus in Caribbean

January 18, 2016
US issues travel alert over zika virus in Caribbean ATLANTA, USA -- The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Friday issued a travel warning for the Caribbean region where infection with zika, a mosquito-borne virus, is a risk. The CDC also cautioned pregnant women not to travel to those areas as zika has been linked...

Commentary: Two hundred years ago, Haiti received Simon Bolivar with open arms

January 4, 2016
Commentary: Two hundred years ago, Haiti received Simon Bolivar with open arms December 28, 2015, marked the 200th anniversary (December 28, 1815) of the visit by Simon Bolivar to Les Cayes, Haiti, seeking assistance from Alexander Petion, president of Haiti, in his quest to liberate Latin America from Spain colonial rule and its world order of slavery.

Commentary: UNASUR's lukewarm attitude to border crises

November 21, 2015
Commentary: UNASUR's lukewarm attitude to border crises During this year (2015) two major territorial and border issues flared up between Venezuela and its neighbours to the east and west. In May, Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro issued a decree claiming almost all of Guyana’s maritime space as well as portion of Colombia’s offshore waters.

Avianca to connect Bogota with Barbados

October 31, 2015
Avianca to connect Bogota with Barbados BOGOTÁ, Colombia -- Thousands of South Americans keen on taking a holiday in the Eastern Caribbean island of Barbados will have a new non-stop option via Avianca from December 2. The new Bogotá to Bridgetown direct flights, with flying time of just three hours and 10 minutes, will be operated on...

Colombia continues to strengthen as a world-class event destination

September 17, 2015
Colombia continues to strengthen as a world-class event destination BOGOTÁ, Colombia -- Over the last decade, Colombia has emerged as an important world class event destination. In 2014, according to the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA), with 150 meetings held, the country ranked as the third meeting destination in South America.

UN chief offers 'good offices' support in Colombia-Venezuela border dispute

September 14, 2015
UN chief offers 'good offices' support in Colombia-Venezuela border dispute NEW YORK, USA -- United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has conveyed to the foreign ministers of Colombia and Venezuela that he “trusted” their countries would address the border challenges they faced through constructive dialogue, and offered his “good offices” mediation services.

Colombia, a strategic ally for the Caribbean agribusiness industry

September 1, 2015
Colombia, a strategic ally for the Caribbean agribusiness industry BOGOTA, Colombia -- Colombia’s agribusiness sector generates about 6.2% of the GDP, playing a key role in the growth of the country’s economy. According to the National Statistics Department (DANE), the exports in agribusiness grew by 10% compared to 2013 and its products have reached...

Colombia and Venezuela called on to resolve border situation through dialogue

August 29, 2015
Colombia and Venezuela called on to resolve border situation through dialogue GENEVA, Switzerland -- Concerned over the situation at the border between Colombia and Venezuela, particularly reports of human rights violations occurring in the context of deportations of Colombians, the United Nations human rights office on Friday called on the authorities in both countries to ensure the...

Important hydrocarbon discovery made in Colombian Caribbean ultra-deepwater

July 30, 2015
Important hydrocarbon discovery made in Colombian Caribbean ultra-deepwater BOGOTA, Colombia -- Ecopetrol SA has announced that, at a depth of 3,720 meters, the Kronos-1 well verified the presence of hydrocarbons in ultra-deepwater of the Colombian south Caribbean area. This discovery proves the geological model for an unexplored area with high hydrocarbon potential.

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