Colombia's Falcao to miss World Cup with injury

Radamel FalcaoBogota, Colombia: Monaco striker Radamel Falcao has been left off Colombia`s squad for the World Cup after failing to recover from a knee injury.

Coach Jose Pekerman made the announcement at a news conference yesterday from the team`s training facility in Buenos Aires, Argentina, dealing a serious blow to the team`s chances at the tournament.

Falcao`s presence had been in doubt ever since he underwent knee surgery in January. But Colombians had been hoping for a miracle recovery in time for the World Cup as Falcao posted on social inspirational messages and photos of himself taking nine-kilometer (six-mile) runs.

Colombian president lauds national racer in Tour de France

Juan-Manuel-SantosBogota, July 15 : Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos praised cyclist Nairo Quintana for coming in a respectable second place in the gruelling Mont Ventoux mountain stage of the Tour de France, behind Britain's Christopher Froome.

"Congratulations to Nairo Quintana for the second place in the Tour de France stage, which allows him to again take the lead of the young (division)," Santos said via Twitter Sunday, reports Xinhua.

Colombia returns land to peasants plundered by militia

Juan-Manuel-SantosMonteria (Colombia), April 11 : President Juan Manuel Santos travelled to the northern province of Cordoba Wednesday to preside over the restoration of lands taken away from 60 peasant families by the founders of Colombia's murderous AUC militia movement.

"Where murders reigned, the peasants return," Santos said to an enthusiastic ovation.

"You who have suffered from violence like nobody else understand the significance of seizing these lands from the Castano clan," the president told a crowd of some 400 people in a rural area near Monteria.

Colombia crush Bolivia in Conmebol qualifier

Colombia-defeated-BoliviaBogota (Colombia), March 23 : Colombia defeated Bolivia 5-0 in front of 42,000 fans gathered in the Metropolitano stadium here, during the South American qualifying tournament for the 2014 World Football Cup.

The Colombian goals were scored by Macnelly Torres (20th minute), Carlos Valdes (48), Teofilo Gutierrez (62), Radamel Falcao (85) and Pablo Armero (92), reports Xinhua.

With this victory, Colombians led by Argentinean coach Jose Pekerman garnered 19 points in the Conmebol (South American Football Confederation) qualifiers, just behind Argentina.

Colombia suspends 4G mobile broadband auction

Colombia suspends 4G mobile broadband auctionBogota, Feb 9 : Colombia's government has suspended a scheduled auction of 4G mobile broadband service after learning about a potential merger deal involving two of the participants, Information Technologies and Communications Minister Diego Molano said.

Shakira released from Spanish clinic

Barcelona, Jan 28 : Colombian singer Shakira was released Sunday from the clinic in the northeastern Spanish city of Barcelona where she gave birth last week to her first child, Milan Pique Mebarak, clinic spokesmen told EFE.

The singer, boyfriend and F. C. Barcelona player Gerard Pique, and the child left the clinic in the early afternoon in an SUV with tinted windows driven by one of Shakira's brothers.

The singer did not stop to take questions from reporters, heading straight for Pique's residence in Cabrils, a town some 25 km from Barcelona, where the couple will be living until construction is completed on their new house in Ciudad Condal.

Colombian guerrilla rebels and a Basque terrorist group are linked, says President

Colombian guerrilla rebels and a Basque terrorist group are linked, says PresidentThere is evidence of cooperation between Colombian guerrilla rebels and a Basque terrorist group, Colombian President Alvaro Uribe said on Monday.

El Universal has reported that in a television interview, Uribe said "there have always been many pieces of evidence" of possible collaboration by the Basque terrorist organization ETA with the guerrillas of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).

One killed and one injured in military helicopter crash near Columbia

One killed and one injured in military helicopter crash near ColumbiaAuthorities have said that the weekend crash of a military helicopter while taxiing at an air force base near Columbia, S. C., killed one pilot and injured a second.

The AH-64 Apache crashed during training at McEntire Joint Air National Guard Base Sunday afternoon, The State newspaper in Columbia has reported.

Despite lack of fresh air, eight miners rescued from gold mine in good health

Despite lack of fresh air, eight miners rescued from gold mine in good healthAccording to news sources, eight mining workers got trapped inside a gold mine in Segovia town of Colombia. It was also reported that after many hours of struggle by rescue team, all the eight mine workers were safely rescued.

Strong economy may cause damage to Child Health, finds a new research

Strong economy may cause damage to Child Health, finds a new researchResearchers have said that a new study in Colombia has found that a short-term economic boom resulted in illness and mortality rates among children increasing.

When coffee prices spike, workers spend much more time tending fields and less time doing things that are good for children's health, said Researchers Grant Miller of Stanford University in California and Piedad Urdinola of the National University of Colombia.

Brazilian Firm Finds Oil In Colombia's Balay Block

Brazilian Firm Finds Oil In Colombia's Balay BlockPetrobras has made announcement about the discovery of oil at a block in eastern Colombia.

The statement issued by the Brazilian state-controlled energy giant stated that the discovery was made at the Balay-1 well, part of the Balay block in the central-eastern region of Casanare.

Petrobras Colombia Ltd is the operator of the block holding 45% equity stake, while the other group members include Colombia's Cepcolsa, possessing 30%; Canada's Petroamerica Oil Corp 15% and Sorgenia E&P Colombia, 10%.

Suspected FARC rebel held for Colombia governor's killing

Suspected FARC rebel held for Colombia governor's killingBogota, Jan 7 - A suspected FARC rebel believed to be behind the kidnapping and subsequent murder of a provincial governor was arrested from Colombia, authorities said.

Henry Lopez Sarmiento was picked up Monday on the charges of abduction and murder of Caqueta Governor Luis Francisco Cuellar, the army's Medellin-based unit and the Attorney General's Office said.

Colombian army seizes nearly two tonnes of cocaine

Colombian army seizes nearly two tonnes of cocaineBogota, Dec 30 - Colombian security forces have seized nearly two tonnes of cocaine in an operation in northwestern part of the country, officials said.

Troops seized 1,786 kilograms of cocaine near the town of Puerto Escondido in Cordoba province Tuesday, the army said in a statement.

The cocaine belonged to rightwing militia group Black Eagles that was demobilised in 2006 as part of a peace process with the government.

The military said the consignment was ready for shipment. No arrests were made in connection with the seizure so far. (IANS)

Colombia seizes 750 kg of cocaine bound for Europe

Colombia seizes 750 kg of cocaine bound for EuropeBogota, Dec 28 - Drug enforcement agents in Colombia's Pacific port Buenaventura seized some 750 kg of cocaine in separate shipments bound for Belgium and Spain, officials said.

The cocaine was hidden in coffee and polypropylene shipments, the head of the National Police's drug enforcement unit, Gen. Francisco Patino, told reporters Sunday.

Drug enforcement agents have seized 123.5 tons of cocaine this year, Patino said.

Agents found 425 kg of cocaine Wednesday in a 25-ton shipment of polypropylene bound for Spain, the general said.

Slain Colombian governor lacked adequate security, says family

Slain Colombian governor lacked adequate security, says familyBogota, Dec 24 - Relatives of Luis Francisco Cuellar, a Colombian governor who was abducted and killed this week by suspected FARC rebels, have said that the politician had insufficient police protection despite having been kidnapped on four other occasions.

Luis Fernando Cuellar, son of the slain governor of the southern province of Caqueta, told several local radio outlets Wednesday that only three police officers had been assigned to protect his father.

Kidnapped Colombian politician found dead

Bogota, Dec 23 - The governor of the southern Colombian province of Caqueta, Luis Francisco Cuellar, was found dead a day after suspected FARC rebels snatched him from his home in the provincial capital, officials said.

Cuellar's bound, bullet-riddled body was discovered in Sebastopol, a rural area near Florencia, provincial government secretary Edilberto Ramon Endo told RCN radio.

The governor was abducted by kidnappers wearing Colombian army uniforms who "apparently are with the FARC", Endo said late Monday in disclosing the kidnapping.

After hurling a grenade at the front door of the residence, the assailants opened fire, killing one of Cuellar's police bodyguards before entering the home and seizing the governor.

Police confiscate 2 million counterfeit dollars in Colombia

Bogota  - Authorities confiscated counterfeit US bank notes totalling more than 2 million dollars in two operations in the city of Medellin, the Colombian Judicial Police said on the weekend.

Agents seized more than 1 million counterfeit dollars sent to a Medellin courier business from the town of Quinchia, in Risaralda province, the police statement said Saturday.

"During the operation, 24 packages were confiscated containing 10,320 notes of 100-dollar denomination, equivalent to 1,032,000 dollars," it said.

Police investigators said the counterfeit dollars were intended for distribution outside Colombia.

Ecuador and Colombia move to normalising relations

Ecuador and Colombia move to normalising relationsQuito - More than a year and a half after Colombia bombed a Colombian rebel stronghold in Ecuador, the two South American countries Friday took the first steps toward normalising their relations.

The two countries have named representatives to begin the resumption of normal relations, Ecuador's Foreign Minister Fander Falconi said in Quito.

The decision indicated "a climate of mutual trust," he said.

Chile qualifies for World Cup with 4-2 win over Colombia

Medellin, Colombia  - Chile secured a place Saturday in the 2010 World Cup with a 4-2 away win in Medellin, Colombia.

Colombia pulled ahead in the 13th minute with an own goal from Chilean midfielder Arturo Vidal. Waldo Ponce equalized in the 35th minute, and striker Humberto Suazo put Chile 2-1 up just one minute later.

Giovanni Moreno made things 2-2 in the 63rd minute, but Colombia's hope of making it to South Africa was short-lived. Jorge Valdivia again put Chile ahead in the 71st minute, while Fabian Orellana set the definitive 4-2 in the 78th minute.

Governor: Air Force attack on Colombian rebels leaves 30-40 dead

Air Force attack on Colombian rebels leaves 30-40 dead Bogota  - A bombing of a rebel camp by the Colombian Air Force left 30 to 40 people dead, Oscar Barreto, the governor of the Colombian province of Tolima, said Friday.

Late Thursday, media reports had said some 40 rebels of the leftist Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) were killed near the town of Planadas, in the centre-western Colombian province of Tolima.

Military spokesmen said the Army entered the area following the bombing and found six dead rebels and an injured man.

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