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Gran Colombia Gold threatens USD$700 million lawsuit

The constitutional court has ruled in favour of miners and residents in the town of Marmato, Caldas, by ordering the Canadian company Gran Colombia Gold to perform “prior consultation” with residents before continuing with their open-pit gold-mining operations.
Corruption Colombia

New anti-corruption measures

The drive against corruption is gaining momentum as the government announces new legislation and Senator Claudia López galvanises citizen efforts.
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Fiscalía: Financing paramilitaries is crime against humanity

Investigation reveals that 194 banana companies financed paramilitary activity responsible for widespread murder and torture.
green economy

High hopes for green economy growth

Colombia hopes to become an example of environmental and economic best practice as it launches an ambitious green economy growth plan.
Activists deaths Colombia

Activists deaths continue in rural Colombia

According to figures from Indepaz, an institute dedicated to research and training on peace and development issues, there were 117 social leaders, human rights defenders and activists deaths in 2016. This year alone eight people have been killed.
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Activist deaths: shadow over peace deal

Human rights organisations sound the alarm over a spike in attacks and murders of activists as armed gangs capitalise on opportunities provided by rural turmoil.
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Realities of an imperfect peace

The new year for Colombia begins with the first major steps towards peace, following the historic signing of an agreement between the government and the FARC last year. Emma Newbery examines some of the teething problems and how they are being addressed.
Colombia minimum wage

Minimum wage to increase by 7% in 2017

On January 1, the minimum wage in Colombia increased by 7% from the 2016 rate. Unions say that the rise – less than 50,000 pesos per month – does not meet the rise in the costs of living caused by inflation and tax reforms.
Andrés Felipe Arias

Colombia seeks to extradite Andrés Felipe Arias from US

Former Agriculture Minister Andrés Felipe Arias, who was found guilty of misallocating hundreds of millions of dollars in government subsidies, may be forced to return.
Rafael Uribe Noguera, Yuliana Samboní

Rafael Uribe Noguera trial to begin this month

The trial of Rafael Uribe Noguera, who has been charged with aggravated femicide, kidnapping and rape, is set to begin on January 11. If he is found guilty, he could serve up to 60 years – the maximum sentence allowed by Colombian law.

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La Niña: Life after war

La Niña is a new series which follows the life of a woman trying to escape her past as a guerrilla fighter in a fitting story for Colombia’s current situation. Jazid Contreras speaks to director Rodrigo Triana.
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Bogotá Works: Álvaro the fruit seller

Every day, whether you think of it or not, you’ll come into contact with a whole range of workers – from the TransMilenio driver to the stall-owner who serves your morning tinto. This new column is dedicated to finding out more about their lives, their backgrounds and the things they want you to know about them. In this edition, Álvaro, who has been working as a fruit seller in Bogotá since he moved to the city 21 years ago after having been displaced by the violence in his hometown of Tumaco, speaks to Laura Sharkey.
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Colombian coffee: The new black gold?

The National Federation of Coffee Growers has a lot to celebrate as coffee production continues to rise but, as the organisation’s president explains, the industry also faces significant challenges. Emma Newbery wakes up and smells the Colombian coffee.
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A portrait of Santa Fe

Once a prestigious district, home to poets, intellectuals, traders and merchants, Santa Fe is now a red light zone, home instead to strip clubs, sex workers and brothels. Fayida Jailler speaks to two artists who are working to capture the realities of Santa Fe, an area that has become synonymous with sex.
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A guide to starting and registering a business in Colombia

Luisa León’s step by step guide to registering your business in Colombia So you’ve decided you want to start your own business in Colombia, you’ve...
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A wheelie good start for the escarabajos

While the elite cyclists from Northern Europe are getting all their body molecules shaken and stirred on the cobbles in Belgium, France and Holland, our Colombian heroes, the escarabajos, are taking a rest after a splendid start of the season.

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