Colombia, Latin America: Week in Review

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos Diagnosed With Cancer

October 2, 2012 By Staff

Top Story — President of Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos, announced on Monday that he has prostate cancer. Santos told reporters that the tumor is small and was caught early, and there is a 97 percent chance of full recovery.  He is scheduled to have surgery in Bogotá on Wednesday.

The procedure will not keep Santos from his presidential responsibilities. However, doctor’s orders may keep him from traveling in the weeks following the procedure.

Read more from the Associated Press.

Headlines from the Western Hemisphere

North America


  • Sol Luis Fontanes Olive, Former Mayor of Puerto Rican town Barceloneta, was sentenced to 10 years in prison for bribery.
  • Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla told the U.N. General Assembly on Monday that the U.S. categorizes Cuba as a sponsor of terrorism to justify its embargo.

Central America


Southern Cone

  • Chilean President Sebastian Piñera told CNN that U.S. “printing money” will not solve economic problems, but will affect Latin American countries.
  • President Piñera also delivered the 2013 national budget on Sunday, which increases education spending by 9.4 percent.
  • Brazil’s manufacturing sector improved for the third time in a row in September showing signs of recovery, a private survey showed on Monday.
  • Six members of Argentina’s military were sentenced to life in prison on Monday for crimes against humanity during the countries 1976-1983 military dictatorship.

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