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On Trial: New Police Code

Laura Sharkey asked for people’s thoughts about the new Police Code – finding a divide between those who see it as a well-overdue solution to the city’s security problems and those who believe it unnecessarily infringes on basic rights.
Journalism in Colombia

Journalism in Colombia – On your period-ismo

Post-truth, critical thinking and responsibility in the changing world of journalism in Colombia, as discussed by Colombian and international guests at FILBo 2017’s ‘Encuentro de Periodismo’.
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Peace process deadlines extended as new timetable announced

When the peace accord was signed six months ago, it set out an ambitious timeline for the laying down of arms and re-integration of FARC members into society. Now the peace process deadlines have been extended, our expert Veronika Hölker looks at the new plan.
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Chocó and Buenaventura protests hit Pacific region

Agreement reached in Chocó strike action while Buenaventura protests continue following weeks of demonstrations over poor conditions and lack of investment.
Teacher's strike Colombia

Teachers strike back

The teacher’s strike continues nationwide, with teachers demanding increased investment in education and complaining of un-teachable class sizes. As talks resume, Tajal Ahluwalia speaks to teachers about the protests.
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Outrage over femicide

“Femicide seems to be an epidemic in Colombia” says the Procurador. He has promised to take action in the face of high profile femicide cases, while recognising that the murder of women in the country goes beyond the killings which are widely reported in the media.
Chiquita papers

Chiquita Papers expose executives

After seven years of legal battles, VerdadAbierta along with the National Security Archive, have published the first three of a series of articles from the so called 'Chiquita Papers', naming and detailing the involvement of Chiquita executives in funding armed groups in Colombia.
USD$450 million

USD$450 million approved for Peace Colombia

The United States Congress passed a bill on May 4 which will see Colombia receive USD$450 million under the plan “Paz Colombia”.
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Peñalosa recall process

Campaign groups say they have collected more than enough signatures to move to the next phase of recall proceedings against Bogotá mayor, Enrique Peñalosa.

Peace Process Latest

The latest figures from the Centre for Conflict Research & Analysis (CERAC) show that there have been no fatalities or injuries to the civilian population or the armed forces due to FARC actions in the eight months since the start of the bilateral ceasefire.

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Reading in English: A guide for learners

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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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Police targets of plan pistola

Plan pistola sees cash bounties offered for the murders of police officers. In his latest column, Gerald Barr looks at the motives behind such attacks and how the police are responding.
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Colombian strikes hold up country

Less than halfway through the year, Colombia has seen a significant number of civil and union strikes across the territory, with teachers’ strikes in major cities and civil action in Chocó and Buenaventura.
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Bogotá Brunch

Whether you have countless stories to chat about from the night, week or month before, fancy a catch up with friends or you are just really hungry, brunch is the new buzzword in Bogotá. Laura Sharkey has the lowdown on where to get the best not-quite-breakfast, not-quite-lunch in the city.
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Chicaque: A walk in the clouds

At Chicaque Nature Reserve, Just south of Bogotá, fresh air, nature, and birds provide a welcome escape from the city, writes Laura Brown.

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