Colombian Defense Minister Luis Carlos Villegas (Image: Youtube, screenshot)

Top Story — Colombia’s government will deploy military aircraft to fight the three major drug trafficking and illegal mining gangs in the country, the BBC reported. The announcement, made by Defense Minister Luis Carlos Villegas on Friday, signals a renewed focus by the Colombian government to fight the powerful criminal gangs that emerged from right-wing…

Abdul Waked, father of Nidal Waked and president of Grupo Wisa. (Image: YouTube)

Top Story — Colombian police arrested a top Panamanian businessman whose extensive banking, real estate and retail businesses, U.S. authorities allege, were used by Mexican and Colombian drug traffickers to launder profits. Authorities announced on Thursday that Nidal Waked was apprehended by Colombian police in a Bogota airport the day before, while the U.S. Treasury…

A 2013 LGBT rights march in Bogotá. (Image: Diego Cambiaso, CC BY-SA 2.0)

Top Story — Colombia’s constitutional court decided in a 6-3 vote Thursday against a ruling that defined marriage as only between heterosexual couples, positioning the country to become the fourth in Latin America to legalize gay marriage. “This is a victory against all the conservative political parties, against the Catholic church and everyone who tried…

ELN Commander-in-Chief, Nicolás Rodríguez Bautista. (Image: YouTube)

Top Story — The Colombian government and rebels from the National Liberation Army (ELN), the country’s second largest left-wing rebel group after the FARC, announced on Wednesday that they will hold official peace talks. The declaration during a press conference in Caracas, Venezuela, comes just one week after Colombian government and FARC negotiators in Havana…

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, together with top generals and the minister of defense. (Image: Efraín Herrera, public domain)

Top Story — Days after Colombia’s government and the rebels of the FARC postponed a key deadline for the resolution of peace talks, Human Rights Watch released an analysis today warning that a pending agreement could create impunity for notorious human rights abuses by the military. The “false positives” scandal refers to the military’s practice,…

Santiago Uribe (Image: YouTube)

Top Story — Colombian authorities have arrested the brother of current Senator and former President Álvaro Uribe in Medellín on charges of organizing a paramilitary group that was linked to dozens of killings carried out in the 1990s. Santiago Uribe has long maintained his innocence and has been defended by the former president, who is currently…

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, together with top generals and the minister of defense. (Image: Efraín Herrera, public domain)

Top Story — Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos gave the military orders to increase its operations against the second largest guerilla group in the country, the ELN, in response to an alleged attack by the rebels on a military brigade on Monday. Meanwhile, Iván Márquez, the chief FARC negotiator at peace talks in Havana, read an…

Presidents Juan Manuel Santos and Barack Obama during a 2013 bilateral meeting. (Image: White House, public domain)

Top Story — U.S. President Barack Obama on Thursday announced alongside Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos that he will seek $450 million in new aid for Colombia to continue fighting drug traffickers and guerrillas, and ensure a lasting peace with the rebels of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia. The announcement, made during a trip…

The U.N. Security Council (Image: UN Photo/Amanda Voisard)

Top Story — In a unanimous vote on Monday, the U.N. Security Council approved a resolution to oversee the planned ceasefire between the Colombian government and FARC rebels. The vote came less than one week after negotiators on both sides of the peace talks asked the United Nations to establish a political mission tasked with…

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos announces Tuesday the request for a U.N. monitoring force to oversee a future ceasefire with FARC rebels. (Image: César Carrión, public domain)

Top Story — The Colombian government and FARC rebels jointly requested on Tuesday that the United Nations set up a monitoring body to oversee the demobilization process that would follow a peace agreement between the two sides. Negotiators for both parties billed the request as proof of their commitment to end the half century-long civil…