05 Oct 2022

Colombia will restart peace negotiations with National Liberation Army

The Colombian government announced the restart of peace negotiations with the National LIberation Army (ELN) after a three-year hiatus on Tuesday. This announcement was made at a joint press conference with both top ELN leadership and negotiators representing the Colombian government. The conference was held in Caracas, Venezuela, as Venezuela

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30 Aug 2022

Colombia and Venezuela reestablish diplomatic relations

In a shift in South American regional politics, Colombia and Venezuela have reestablished diplomatic relations. Armando Benedetti, a Colombian ambassador, met Venezuelan authoritarian leader Nicolas Maduro on Monday at the presidential palace in Caracas. In this meeting, Benedetti presented diplomatic papers as Colombia’s ambassador in Venezuela  Venezuela’s ambassador to Colombia,

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29 Aug 2022

Global Crypto and Digital Currency Initiatives: Colombia

We continue with our brief survey of crypto and digital currency initiatives from around the globe, all of which are officially sanctioned to enhance national competitive advantage (in the event crypto overtakes the US dollar as the global reserve currency).  It is the cumulative adoption rate of state-sanctioned crypto and digital currency legalization and regulation that will propel this innovative system for value exchange as a global currency standard. In this post, we set our sights on Colombia, a country that has aligned its blockchain deployment to address the recent painful, war-torn history fueled by the vagaries of land rights and ownership (which have an even longer historical precedent in the South American country).  

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27 Jun 2022

At least 4 dead, hundreds injured after collapse at stadium in Colombia

Hundreds of people were injured and at least four people were killed after a partof a stadium in El Espinal in Colombia collapsed on Sunday. The stadium is located in Colombia’s western state of Tolima and collapsed during a bullfight.  Citizens were called to evacuate during the tragedy and authorities

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20 Jun 2022

Left-wing candidate and former guerrilla Gustavo Petro wins Colombian presidential race

Gustavo Petro will be Colombia’s first leftist leader. He won the country’s presidential race on Sunday by a slim margin with over 50% of the votes against 77-year-old entrepreneur Rodolfo Hernandez. Petro’s running mate, Francia Marquez, will be the first Afro-Colombina to hold an executive office. In his victory speech,

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31 Jan 2022

Unsecured AWS server exposed 3TB in airport employee records

The SafetyDirectives cybersecurity team reported on Monday that a server belonging to Securitas was left unsecured, resulting in the exposure of 3TB in airport employee records. Securitas is based in Stockholm, Sweden and provides on-site guarding, electronic security solutions, fire and safety services, and risk management services. The data pertained

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04 Jan 2022

At least 23 killed amid clashes between armed groups in north Colombia

In Colombia’s northern Arauca area, as many as 23 individuals have died due to clashes between rival guerrilla groups operating in the region. The Attorney General’s office confirmed the casualties, stating that information regarding the conflict is still not fully clear. The office stated that it is difficult to enter

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15 Oct 2021

Killing of two Venezuelan youths in Colombia sparks diplomatic row

A diplomatic row between Colombia and Venezuela is rising after the killing of two venezuelan boys in Colombia. The boys, 12 and 18, were accused of intending to rob a store and were tied up in the Colombian town of Tibú. A video shows the two boys surrounded by screaming

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12 May 2021

Colombian protest leader Lucas Villa, who was shot eight times, dies

Student activist Lucas Villa was declared brain dead on Monday night, almost a week after he was shot eight times. Villa was shot at a peaceful protest against President Ivan Duque’s government. Villa was one of three students shot by unknown gunmen at the demonstration on May 5.  The 37-year-old

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02 Apr 2021

Venezuelan military offensive sends thousands fleeing, recharging one of the world’s worst refugee crises

A campaign by Venezuelan military near the western border is causing a new wave of refugees. Thousands are defying the pandemic to pack into makeshift camps in Arauquita, Colombia. The Venezuelan refugees represent the world’s second largest group of internationally displaced people. The mounting tensions between left-wing Venezuela and right-wing

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