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…

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…

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…

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…

Julián Bedoya, the mayor of the town of Toro, who was Colombia's first openly gay candidate for political office. (Image: YouTube, screenshot)

The past few weeks have been incredibly important for Colombia’s LGBT community. Last month, the country’s first openly gay candidate for political office was elected mayor in the southern city of Toro. Then, last Wednesday, the Supreme Court ruled that adoption agencies can not discriminate against LGBT couples. These events come during a time of…

Iván Márquez, lead FARC negotiator at peace talks in Havana, rejected Monday a plebiscite for a future peace deal's final approval. (Image: YouTube, screenshot)

Top Story — Colombian rebel group FARC rejected proposed legislation on Monday that would put a final peace agreement with the government up for popular vote, stalling progress in the peace negotiations in Havana ahead of an agreed-upon March 23 deadline to conclude talks. Members of the Colombian government and the guerrilla group have debated the terms of…

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– Look for us in the iTunes store. Guerrilla groups, paramilitaries and government forces have disappeared more than 93,000 people during Colombia’s 50 year civil war — more than any other Latin American country. Journalist Jessica Diaz-Hurtado brings us the story of one woman trying to find her disappeared husband. Latin America Radio Dispatch is…

Humberto de la Calle, Colombia's chief negotiator in peace talks with FARC rebels, explains the two sides' agreement to search for disappeared people. (Image: César Carrión, public domain)

Top Story — Colombia’s government and FARC rebels agreed Saturday to collaborate on finding the tens of thousands of people who have disappeared since the country’s armed conflict began more than 50 years ago. The announcement addresses a key sticking point between the two sides in peace negotiations, which have lasted for nearly three years…