Colombia

Shakira poses for portrait photographs for "Elvis" at the 75th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, May 25, 2022.

Shakira's latest hit slamming her ex breaks records for Latin artists on YouTube

Shakira's release this week shot up to the top of the charts. It's a scathing breakup song with her ex: Spanish soccer star Gerard Piqué.

Shakira's latest hit slamming her ex breaks records for Latin artists on YouTube
Bullfighting is still legal in the Colombian city of Manizales, which holds a major festival on the first week of January.

Colombia’s plan to ban bullfighting sparks debate on tradition, animal rights

Colombia’s plan to ban bullfighting sparks debate on tradition, animal rights
cows in the grass

To reduce its emissions, Colombian ranch experiments with a new variety of grass 

To reduce its emissions, Colombian ranch experiments with a new variety of grass 
people around a table

Colombia’s govt launches peace talks with the nation’s largest-remaining rebel group

Colombia’s govt launches peace talks with the nation’s largest-remaining rebel group
Venezuelan migrants board a boat in the Colombian city of Necocli that will take them closer to Panama, the next stop on the way to the United States

New Biden policy leaves thousands of Venezuelan migrants stranded

New Biden policy leaves thousands of Venezuelan migrants stranded
Children play in a flooded area of Leticia, Colombia, Feb. 14, 2017, located by the Amazon River, on the border with Brazil and Peru.

Brazil’s neighbors wary of environmental impact of a Bolsonaro victory

Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro has promised to continue facilitating mining and agro industry in Brazil’s portion of the Amazon if he wins another four-year term. But destruction of the Amazon affects the air quality and jeopardizes the water supply in neighboring countries.

Brazil’s neighbors wary of environmental impact of a Bolsonaro victory
A Venezuelan cargo truck adorned with Venezuelan flags and balloons crosses the Simon Bolivar International Bridge during a ceremony to mark the bridge's reopening to cargo trucks between Cucuta, Colombia, and San Antonio del Tachira, Venezuela

Colombia and Venezuela reopen shared border after years of closure

Residents from Colombia and Venezuela turned out in large numbers last week to welcome the reopening of their shared border to vehicles. Two commercial trucks, covered with the respective flags of each country, crossed the border point, marking the end of seven years of closure.

Colombia and Venezuela reopen shared border after years of closure
At a job fair in Bogotá, psychologist Nicolas Londoño showed groups of young men how to change a baby's diapers.  Londoño works with Care School for Men, an educational program funded by the city government. 

‘We can all learn to care’: Colombia’s capital city wants men to do more chores at home

Bogotá's Care School for Men aims to battle centuries of living in a culture that teaches men to focus on breadwinning instead of caregiving.

‘We can all learn to care’: Colombia’s capital city wants men to do more chores at home
Lawmakers attend the inauguration of the congressional session in Bogota, Colombia, Wednesday, July 20, 2022.

‘We have to close the gap’: Some politicians in Colombia say it’s time to take pay cuts

Congress members in Colombia are earning 35 times as much as regular workers. Sen. Jonathan Pulido Hernandez says it's time for lawmakers to take pay cuts in order to show restraint with public funds and connect more with the people they represent. But not everyone's on board.

‘We have to close the gap’: Some politicians in Colombia say it’s time to take pay cuts
Most of those killed have been rookie officers in their twenties who were patrolling towns in the north of Colombia.

Colombia’s police come under fire from drug trafficking groups

A recent wave of attacks against police has put Colombia’s security forces on edge. The government has blamed most of the recent police killings on the Gulf Clan, a drug-trafficking group that runs extortion rackets and exports cocaine to the US.

Colombia’s police come under fire from drug trafficking groups
man with albums

Colombia’s Meridian Brothers breathe new life into salsa music with the help of a traditional record label 

Using a keyboard, a saxophone, a bass guitar and percussion, Eblis Alvarez is recreating the classical salsa sound developed by Latino immigrants in New York in the 1970s and giving it somewhat of a psychedelic twist.

Colombia’s Meridian Brothers breathe new life into salsa music with the help of a traditional record label 
authorities standing in a circle

Could Colombia’s incoming president legalize cocaine?

If approved, it would be the first time that a country legalizes a drug as addictive and harmful as coca.

Could Colombia’s incoming president legalize cocaine?
Former rebel Gustavo Petro, his wife Veronica Alcocer and his running mate Francia Marquez celebrate before supporters after winning a runoff presidential election in Bogota, Colombia

Colombia picks 1st leftist president in tight runoff contest

Former rebel Gustavo Petro narrowly defeated a real estate tycoon in a runoff election that underscored people’s disgust with Colombia's traditional politicians.

Colombia picks 1st leftist president in tight runoff contest
The Bogotá Philharmonic Women's Orchestra performs at the Jorge Eliecer Gaitan theater in Bogotá, Colombia.

Colombia’s first all-female orchestra sets the stage for women to take the lead in classical music

An all-female orchestra was launched earlier this year as part of an effort to decrease gender disparities on Colombia’s classical music scene. It highlights the contributions of women and offers a place for younger generations to develop their talent.

Colombia’s first all-female orchestra sets the stage for women to take the lead in classical music
Friends and family of Nicolas Guerrero lit candles near the spot where he was killed during a protest

Families seek justice for youth killed while protesting last year

Distraught families are trying to raise awareness and seek justice after their children were killed while protesting proposed tax hikes in Colombia last year. Human rights groups say police killed dozens of youth from working-class areas.

Families seek justice for youth killed while protesting last year