Forty-nine dead following prison riot in southwestern Colombia

Forty-nine inmates died during an overnight riot in a prison in the southwestern Colombian city of Tulua, the head of the national prisons agency said early on Tuesday. “It is a tragic and disastrous event,” General Tito Castellanos, the head of the INPEC agency, told local Caracol Radio, adding that the prison had a total… Read More Forty-nine dead following prison riot in southwestern Colombia

Colombia elects leftist Gustavo Petro as president

Leftist Gustavo Petro, a former member of the M-19 guerrilla movement, who has vowed profound social and economic change, won Colombia’s presidency on Sunday, the first progressive to do so in the country’s history. Petro beat construction magnate Rodolfo Hernandez with an unexpectedly wide margin of more than 700,000 votes in what analysts said was… Read More Colombia elects leftist Gustavo Petro as president

American leaders unveil plan to tackle regional migrant crisis

U.S. President Joe Biden and fellow leaders from the Western Hemisphere on Friday rolled out a new set of measures to confront the regional migration crisis, seeking to salvage an Americas summit roiled by division. Biden’s aides had touted the migration declaration as a centerpiece of the U.S.-hosted Summit of the Americas, and 20 countries… Read More American leaders unveil plan to tackle regional migrant crisis

U.S. President Joe Biden to grant Colombia special non-NATO ally status

President Joe Biden told Colombian President Ivan Duque on Thursday he plans to designate Colombia as a major non-NATO ally, granting the strategic status to a key country in a turbulent region as the United States seeks to isolate Russia. In White House talks, Biden and Duque said they would work toward signing a regional… Read More U.S. President Joe Biden to grant Colombia special non-NATO ally status

Colombian President Ivan Duque withdraws proposed tax reforms following protests

Colombian President Ivan Duque said on Sunday he would withdraw a proposed tax reform after sometimes violent protests and widespread lawmaker opposition, though he insisted a reform is still necessary to ensure fiscal stability. Duque said on Friday the law would be revised to remove some of its most controversial points – including the leveling… Read More Colombian President Ivan Duque withdraws proposed tax reforms following protests

Thousands protest against proposed tax reforms in Colombia

Thousands of protesters answered calls from Colombia‚Äôs biggest unions to fill streets across the country to demonstrate on Wednesday against a controversial government tax reform. Unions insisted the strike would go ahead despite a court order to postpone the protests on concerns about a third coronavirus peak that is stretching the health system to breaking… Read More Thousands protest against proposed tax reforms in Colombia