Category: Andes

Colombia-Venezuela Conflict Discussed At Mercosur Meeting; Chávez Will No Longer Attend

Today in Latin America Top Story — A meeting of Mercosur, the South American regional trading bloc, has become the latest forum for a feud between the governments of Venezuela […] Read More >

OAS Asks State Department To Reconsider Colombian Journalist’s Visa Application

NEW YORK — The Organization of American States asked the U.S. State Department last week to reconsider its rejection of Colombian journalist Hollman Morris’ visa, the Colombian press reports. Hollman […] Read More >

Venezuela Cuts Ties With Colombia; Orders Diplomats to Leave the Country

Today in Latin America Top Story — The Venezuelan government cut diplomatic ties with neighboring Colombia Thursday, as the dispute between the two countries escalated. Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez made […] Read More >

Ingrid Betancourt Withdraws $7 Million Compensation Claim Against Colombian Government

Today in Latin America Top Story — Former Colombian presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt withdrew her claim for nearly $7 million dollars in government compensation on Tuesday following intense criticism that she […] Read More >

Alleged Spy Vicky Pelaez Plans To Leave Russia To Return To Her Native Peru

NEW YORK — The alleged spy whose feet hadn’t even touched Russian soil wants to leave the country, her lawyer said. Vicky Pelaez, the 55-year-old journalist deported last week to […] Read More >

Ingrid Betancourt’s Request For Millions In Damages Sparks Controversy In Colombia

Today in Latin America Top Story — Former hostage to Colombian rebels Ingrid Betancourt has asked for compensation from the Colombian government, alleging that her kidnapping resulted from state negligence, […] Read More >

Venezuela Nationalizes 11 Oil Rigs Owned By U.S.-Based Helmerich & Payne

Today in Latin America Top Story — The Venezuelan government seized 11 oil rigs owned by U.S. driller Helmerich & Payne, after the company shut them down because the state […] Read More >

Peru Becomes World’s Top Coca Leaf Producer; Colombia Remains Largest Cocaine Manufacturer

Once synonymous with cocaine, Colombia has lost the title of world’s leading producer of coca leaf to its Andean neighbor Peru, according to a United Nations Office on Drugs and […] Read More >

Juan Manuel Santos Wins Second-Round Colombian Presidential Election in Lop-Sided Vote

Today in Latin America Top Story –Former Defense Minister Juan Manuel Santos easily cruised to victory in a second round presidential election on Sunday, winning roughly 69 percent of the […] Read More >

WOLA Announces Second Death Threat From Colombian Paramilitaries For Working With Displaced Peoples

WASHINGTON – The Latin America News Dispatch reported on Monday about the status of internally displaced persons in Colombia. Marco Romero, of the Consultancy for Human Rights and Displacement, spoke at […] Read More >