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40 injured in bus crash in southwest Colombia 40 injured in bus crash in southwest Colombia

Some 40 people were injured in a traffic accident in the southwest of Colombia Saturday when their bus crashed.
According to the police, the accident took place in the Cauca department, on the Pan-American Highway connecting the city of Pereira to the Ecuadorean border.
The police initially blamed the driver of the bus, owned by travel company ECO, for driving irresponsibly and crashing his bus into the side railing after overtaking vehicles waiting for a roadblock.
Nevertheless, transit police were sent to the scene to corroborate the claims.
Dure to the accident and the subsequent police investigation, the highway was closed for several hours.
All injured were taken to hospitals in department capital Popayan and the village of Piendamo near where the accident took place.
Location of the

2013-06-08 23:23:22
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Colombian police offer $37K pesos reward for information on kidnapped tourists Colombian police offer $37K pesos reward for information on kidnapped tourists

Colombia’s police on Thursday announced a $37,000 reward for information leading to the rescue of two presumably kidnapped tourists in the north of the country.
The two Spanish tourists have been reported missing in the northern La Guajira department of Colombia since May 17 and have been kidnapped according to Spain.
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Spanish tourists ‘kidnapped’ in northern Colombia
The Police’s Public Security chief, General Rodolfo Palomino, said on a visit to La Guajira that the police would pay the reward in return for information that will allow the Spanish tourists to go home.
“We are optimistic,” radio Caracol quoted the general as saying. Palomino stated that besides of the safe release of the tourists it was also important for the department to demonstrate that it could not be held hostages

2013-06-06 20:06:34
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Dissident FARC members ‘likely to join rebels in Paraguay’ Dissident FARC members ‘likely to join rebels in Paraguay’

Dissident factions of Colombia’s FARC are likely to merge with Paraguayan rebel group EPP, a prosecutor from that country said Tuesday.
The prosecutor, Sandra Quiñonez, raised concerns about the possibility that members of Colombia’s largest guerrilla group, FARC, would integrate with the Paraguayan People’s Army (EPP). a nationalist leftist rebel group.
According to Quiñonez, is likely that those FARC members who disagree with the ongoing peace process with the Colombian government, will emigrate to Paraguay and join the ranks of the EPP, whose ideology is similar to that of the FARC.
“It is likely that they come to Paraguay. It has happened before,” the prosecutor told the Paraguayan radio station 780AM.
Quiñonez confirmed that members of FARC have previously been in Paraguay instructing

2013-06-05 21:31:38
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Gerard Pique kisses Shakira’s Hollywood star Gerard Pique kisses Shakira’s Hollywood star

Shakira’s partner, Gerard Pique, showed the world his love for the Colombian singer when he laid a kiss her star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame on Monday.
The Spanish footballer tweeted a photo of himself leaning down and planting a kiss on the Hollywood star with Shakira’s name on it, suggesting the couple’s relationship is as strong as ever after the birth of their first child, Milan.
Kissing Shak’s Hollywood Star!
twitter.com/3gerardpique/s…
— Gerard Piqué (@3gerardpique)
June 4, 2013
Pique is in Los Angeles visiting Shakira and their son until he has to go to Miami on June, 8 to play with the Spanish national soccer team against Haiti.
In November, 2011, the Colombian pop star became the first ever Colombian to have their name written in the stars on Hollywood Boulevard.
Sources
Gerard Pi

2013-06-04 23:29:21
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Sofia Vergara to be immortalized at Madame Tussauds Sofia Vergara to be immortalized at Madame Tussauds

The Madame Tussauds museum in New York will unveil not one, but two waxwork figures of Colombia’s curvy actress Sofia Vergara Tuesday.
The world-famous waxworks, Madame Tussauds, will initially present both wax sculptures of Vergara at the museum in New York, however, they will later be displayed individually, with plans to transfer one of the figures Madame Tussauds, Las Vegas.
“We are very excited about Sofia Vergara’s arrival at Madame Tussauds,” said Janine DiGioacchino, the Divisional Director of Madame Tussauds. “She has become one of the most recognized and popular talents in the world and we know her fans and our visitors will love her figures.”
According to Madame Tussauds, the Modern Family actress was an “enthusiastic participant in the creation of her original wax figures”, whi

2013-06-03 17:29:31
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Colombia’s Mariana Duque eliminated at French Open Colombia’s Mariana Duque eliminated at French Open

Colombian tennis player Mariana Duque was eliminated in the second round of French Open on Friday.
Duque, who earlier this week advanced to the second round defeating Czech player Kristyna Pliskova, had to leave the tennis tournament after losing to French player Marion Bartoli.
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Colombia’s Mariana Duque advances to 2nd round of French Open
In the match, which was postponed from Thursday, Duque lost 7-6 (5), 7-5 against her French opponent.
The 22-year-old Duque was the last Colombian representative in singles, played a close match, which she eventually lost after 2 hours and 11 minutes.
This was the first encounter between Colombian Duque and French Bartoli. The winner of this match, Bartoli will now advance to the third round, where she will face either Italian Francesca Schiavone w

2013-05-31 20:50:50
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Colombia’s Rigoberto Uran wins stage in Giro d’Italia Colombia’s Rigoberto Uran wins stage in Giro d’Italia

Colombia’s Rigoberto Uran on Tuesday won the 10th stage of the Giro d’Italia beating fellow Colombian Carlos Betancur to the honor.
The Colombian Team Sky rider was the first to arrive at the finish line in Altopiano di Montasio after shaking his compatriot at the final climb.
The stage victory at the first real mountain stage puts Uran third in the overall classification of one of the most important cycling tours in the world.
Uran is 2:40 behind Italian rider Vincenzo Nibali and 1:23 behind the number two, Australia’s Cadel Evans.
The Colombian’s victory even put him a second above Sky team leader and Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins.
Uran is considered one of Colombia’s best riders and won a silver medal at the Summer Olympics in London.
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Cyclist Rigoberto Uran wins Colombia’s

2013-05-14 21:12:13
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Falcao leaves Atletico Madrid, joins Monaco Falcao leaves Atletico Madrid, joins Monaco

Radamel Falcao will next season play for French side AS Monaco, which reportedly paid his current team, Atletico Madrid, $77 million for Colombia’s top striker.
The transfer marks the end of two highly successful years for Falcao in the Spanish capital; the Colombian marked the goal that secured his team’s third position in the Spanish league and consequently secured Atletico’s qualification for the Champions League.
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Falcao shoots Atletico Madrid to Champion’s League
According to UK newspaper the Sunday Times, the deal with Monaco will annually put more than $12.5 million in Falcao’s pocket.
The one-year contract allows Falcao next year to return to Spain as a player of Real Madrid, who has a deal with city rivals Atletico not to directly buy out players.
The move of Monaco owner Dmi

2013-05-13 13:34:38
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Colombia maintains position in FIFA world ranking Colombia maintains position in FIFA world ranking

Colombia has maintained its 6th position in the FIFA World Ranking, the global soccer organization announced Thursday.
FIFA Ranking May 2013
Spain
Germany
Argentina
Croatia
Portugal
Colombia
England
Italy
Netherlands
Ecuador
The “Cafeteros” have been sixth since January after briefly peaking as fifth best soccer nation in the world in December.
Colombia has 1154 points and is only nine points behind portugal.
However, the Cafeteros have to keep an eye on the performances of England which also fails nine points to reach Colombia’s position.
FACT SHEET:
Colombia’s FIFA ranking since August 2010
The only Latin American country ranking higher than Colombia is soccer giant Argentina. Brazil is ranked 19th because — as host of the 2014 World Cup — they are exempt from playing international game

2013-05-09 16:27:55
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Paramilitary telenovela causing uproar in Colombia Paramilitary telenovela causing uproar in Colombia

A Colombian TV show, "Tres Caines," which fictionalizes the story of the country's paramilitary violence, is under fire from victims groups and losing commercial sponsorships.

2013-03-19 22:34:19
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Benicio del Toro will play Pablo Escobar in upcoming film Benicio del Toro will play Pablo Escobar in upcoming film

Puerto Rican-born actor Benicio del Toro will play notorious Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar in "Paradise Lost," a new film set to start filming in Panama next week.

2013-03-15 22:10:01
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FARC allegedly attacks coal railway in north Colombia FARC allegedly attacks coal railway in north Colombia

An attack attributed to Colombia's largest rebel group FARC derails a Cerrejon coal transporter and causes severe damage to the railway in the northern La Guajira department.

2013-03-14 14:39:06
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'Colombia Police using excessive force against striking coffee workers' 'Colombia Police using excessive force against striking coffee workers'

Colombian ombudsmen denounce police brutality against coffee strikers across three departments in Colombia's south.

2013-03-05 17:07:33
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Mariana Pajon eats it at Winter Nationals Mariana Pajon eats it at Winter Nationals

Olympic champion Mariana Pajon falls off her bike at the Winter Nationals in Phoenix, Arizona.

2013-03-04 17:27:06
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Colombia govt ‘kidnapped’ body of slain FARC leader: FARC (VIDEO) Colombia govt ‘kidnapped’ body of slain FARC leader: FARC (VIDEO)

Colombia's largest rebel group, the FARC, claims that the government "kidnapped" the body of a former leader who was killed by the Colombian air force on Ecuadorian soil in 2008.

2013-03-01 17:10:13
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Sofia Vergara prefers kissing Sharon Stone to peeing on Zac Efron Sofia Vergara prefers kissing Sharon Stone to peeing on Zac Efron

Sofia Vergara is "so glad" that she didn't have to urinate on Zac Efron, instead she may have chosen to film a racy lesbian scene with Sharon Stone.

2013-02-12 20:05:11
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Shakira featured on new Robi ‘Draco’ Rosa new album (VIDEO) Shakira featured on new Robi ‘Draco’ Rosa new album (VIDEO)

Puerto Rican singer-songwriter Robi "Draco" Rosa announces that a new revised version of "
Blanca Mujer" (
White Woman), his duet with Colombian singer Shakira, will be available on his new album.

2013-02-08 17:06:54
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French customs decapitate Pablo Escobar figurine hoping to find drugs French customs decapitate Pablo Escobar figurine hoping to find drugs

En route to an art gallery in Spain one of the fiberglass Pablo Escobar figurines made by a Medellin artist is destroyed by French customs officials.

2013-02-01 16:53:43
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Mexican drug cartel kingpin caught in Colombia Mexican drug cartel kingpin caught in Colombia

Colombian authorities say they have arrested the link between the Mexican Gulf cartel and Colombian drug traffickers.

2012-09-10 19:22:41
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