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Dec 29, 2011, 1:00 AM
Colombia’s leftist FARC guerrillas said they would soon release without condition six police or military hostages who are part of a group of 11 captives held for more than a decade.
Dec 29, 2011, 1:00 AM
Venezuela is on track to set a new record for murders and to remain South America’s most violent country, according to data released by a crime watchdog.
Dec 29, 2011, 1:00 AM
Brazil beamed with pride on news that it has powered past Britain to become the world’s sixth biggest economy but officials say it will take another 20 years before the country can match the Europeans’ standard of living.
Dec 28, 2011, 1:00 AM
Colombian Navy personnel discovered 32 devices containing almost 130 kg of the explosive pentolite in the municipality of Tumaco (in southwestern Colombia), on the border with Ecuador, the National Navy said.
Dec 28, 2011, 1:00 AM
El Salvador saw a post-civil war record number of murders in 2011, with at least 4,308 people killed in a crime epidemic in the country of 6.1 million, police said.
Dec 28, 2011, 1:00 AM
The National Liberation Army (ELN), a leftist guerrilla group, affirmed that it will continue “under arms” until authentic peace arrives in Colombia, according to a New Year’s message published on its website.
Dec 27, 2011, 1:00 AM
It doesn’t matter if you can’t name a single one of the rare-earth elements. If you’ve used mobile phones, MP3 players or iPhones, you’ve already been in contact with them.
Dec 27, 2011, 1:00 AM
The United States has announced the inclusion of a past leader of the armed Basque organization ETA, José Antonio Urrutikoetxea, alias “Josu Ternera,” on its terrorism blacklist, freezing any assets he may have in the United States.
Dec 27, 2011, 1:00 AM
A final victory over Peru’s violent Shining Path guerrilla continues to elude authorities nearly two decades after the arrest of most of the outlawed party’s leadership.
Dec 27, 2011, 1:00 AM
Around 425 members of a Colombian criminal gang, made up in part of former paramilitaries, began to turn themselves in to law enforcement officials in Villavicencio (in southeastern Colombia) on Thursday, as part of a process of “surrender,” spokespersons for the Public Prosecutor’s Office announced.
Dec 27, 2011, 1:00 AM
The theme of the 2012 Caribbean Nations Security Conference (CANSEC), sponsored jointly by the United States Southern Command and St. Kitts and Nevis, was Regional Information Sharing: to Combat Transnational Organized Crime and Assist Foreign Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Response. But other hot topics such as information sharing, youth violence, high rates of crime and violence in the region, illegal gun ownership and an outgrowth of the drug trade were also discussed amongst several of the attending regional Chiefs of Defense, other military personnel and civilians. Below is Diálogo’s interview with the Chief of Defense Staff of Trinidad and Tobago, Brigadier General Kenrick Maharaj, who originally spoke to Diálogo in February, during CANSEC 2011.
Dec 23, 2011, 1:00 AM
The Colombian police reported the arrest of 15 people involved in trafficking cocaine to Central America and Europe, resulting in the dismantling of two drug-trafficking organizations.
Dec 23, 2011, 1:00 AM
The commandant of the Colombian Navy, Admiral Roberto García, reported that Ecuadorean authorities arrested five FARC guerrillas in an area on the border between the two countries.
Dec 22, 2011, 1:00 AM
Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos revealed that he expects to resolve around 2,100 petitions for land restitution in 2012, under a law benefiting victims of violence that goes into effect in January.
Dec 22, 2011, 1:00 AM
With the aim of closing the Caribbean Sea’s airspace to drug-trafficking flights, the Honduran, Colombian and Guatemalan Air Forces concluded the combined air interdiction exercise “Honcolgua I.”
Dec 22, 2011, 1:00 AM
Colombian Defense Minister Juan Carlos Pinzón visited the government forces operating in the southern part of Tolima department to present them personally with letters written by thousands of children to their country’s soldiers and police officers during the campaign “I Keep You in My Heart: Gratitude Post.”
Dec 22, 2011, 1:00 AM
Chile wants to begin a “gradual and proportionate” withdrawal of the troops participating in the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), starting in 2012 and lasting until 2016, Defense Minister Andrés Allamand said.
Dec 21, 2011, 1:00 AM
Around 300 dogs trained to sniff the vehicles and suitcases of travelers crossing the Argentine border have helped to confiscate 1.5 million smuggled dollars over the last six months, a customs official announced.
Dec 21, 2011, 1:00 AM
Three Bolivians and two Peruvians were arrested with more than 1.5 tons of cocaine destined for Bolivia and Europe when a residence was searched in the region of Arequipa (in southern Peru), the Peruvian anti-drug police announced.
Dec 21, 2011, 1:00 AM
The United States and Panama have created a bilateral commission to combat drug trafficking and money laundering using the assets confiscated from a Panamanian firm, Panamanian Foreign Minister Roberto Henríquez announced.