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Shaken by bombing, Colombia pushes on with peace drive

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TARGET. Colombian firefighters stand outside a shopping center following an explosion inside the building which -according to authorities- left one dead and eleven injured, in Bogota, Colombia, on June 17, 2017. Raul Arboleda/AFP

Just as the FARC enters the final stretch in its long march to peace, reminders of the old conflict erupt, raising concerns for the contested peace drive

BOGOTA, Colombia (Jun. 21, 2017) — A deadly mall bombing and the kidnapping of foreign journalists have laid bare the dangers facing Colombia even as its biggest rebel group Tuesday, June 20, launched the final phase of its disarmament. Continue reading Shaken by bombing, Colombia pushes on with peace drive

Survivors sought after Colombia mudslide kills 262

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WASTELAND. Women stare at damages caused by mudslides, following heavy rains in Mocoa, Putumayo department, southern Colombia on April 2, 2017. Luis Robayo/AFP

Survivors recount stories of scrambling onto roofs or hanging onto trees as a sea of mud, boulders and debris engulfed the village of Mocoa

MOCOA, Colombia (Apr. 4, 2017) — Rescuers clawed through mud and timber Monday, April 3, searching for survivors of a mudslide in southern Colombia that killed 262 people, including 43 children, and left relatives desperately seeking loved ones. Continue reading Survivors sought after Colombia mudslide kills 262

254 dead in Colombia mudslides

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Rescuers search for victims following mudslides caused by heavy rains in Mocoa, Putumayo department, southern Colombia on April 2, 2017. The death toll from a devastating landslide in the Colombian town of Mocoa stood at around 200 on Sunday as rescuers clawed through piles of muck and debris in search of survivors. / AFP PHOTO / LUIS ROBAYO

Survivors describe gruesome scenes in the Colombian town of Mocoa as rescuers keep up a desperate search for victims in the muck and debris

MOCOA, Colombia (Apr. 3, 2017) — Devastating mudslides in the Colombian town of Mocoa killed at least 254 people, 43 of them children, President Juan Manuel Santos said Sunday, April 2, in yet another sharp rise in the death toll. Continue reading 254 dead in Colombia mudslides

Colombia’s illegal mining linked to malaria outbreak

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MINING AND MALARIA. Critics point to stagnant water buildups near mining sites to the malaria outbreak in Colombia

Critics point to stagnant water buildups at the clandestine sites and poor sanitary conditions at the workers’ camps for an increase in mosquitos spreading the disease

BOGOTA, Colombia (Apr. 31, 2016) — Colombia’s widespread illegal mining is blamed for causing environmental damage and holding workers in slave-like conditions – and now is also being blamed for a malaria outbreak. Continue reading Colombia’s illegal mining linked to malaria outbreak

Nearly 72,000 cases of Zika in Colombia since October

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CAMPAIGN AGAINST ZIKA. View of a poster against the Aedes aegypti mosquito – vector of Zika, Dengue, and Chikungunya.– on the door of a pregnant woman on February 17, 2016, in Cali, Colombia. Photo by Luis Robayo/AFP

Mosquito-borne Zika is present in 130 countries and recent studies have shown it can also be transmitted sexually between human carriers

BOGOTA, Colombia (Apr. 24, 2016) — Nearly 72,000 cases of Zika have been reported in Colombia since October 2015, with almost 13,000 occurring in pregnant women, although the country is going through a decline in outbreaks, health authorities said Saturday, April 23.

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Rescuers pull out survivors of deadly Ecuador quake

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DANGER. General view of the damages after a 7.8 magnitude earthquake in Quito, Ecuador, April 17, 2016. Fredy Constante/EPA
The death toll climbs to 350, while the number of people injured also rose

PORTOVIEJO, Ecuador (Apr. 19, 2016) — Rescuers and desperate families clawed through the rubble Monday, April 18, to pull out survivors of an earthquake that killed 350 people and destroyed towns in a tourist area of Ecuador.

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Ecuador quake toll rises to 233 dead

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FRANTIC SEARCH. Residents and army forces look for survivors after a powerful earthquake, in the town of Pedernales, Ecuador, April 17, 2016. Photo by Jose Jacome/EPA
Vice President Jorge Glas says the earthquake is the ‘worst seismic movement we have faced in decades’

PORTOVIEJO, Ecuador (Apr. 17, 2016) – Rescuers in Ecuador raced to dig out people trapped under the rubble of homes and businesses on Sunday, April 17, following a powerful 7.8-magnitude earthquake that killed at least 233.

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Colombia reports more than 47,700 Zika cases

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Health authorities project that more than 600,000 people will be infected with the Zika virus this year in Colombia

BOGOTA, Colombia (Mar. 6, 2016) — Colombia has seen more than 47,700 cases of Zika, including thousands of pregnant women infected with the mosquito-borne virus, the country’s National Health Institute reported on Saturday, March 5.

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Colombia reports almost 43,000 Zika cases

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ZIKA VIRUS. Residents wait outside as health workers fumigate their homes to avoid the spread of the Aedes aegypti in Cali, Colombia, January 28, 2016. File photo by Christian Escobar Mora/EPA
More than 7,000 of those infected are pregnant

BOGOTA, Colombia (Feb. 28, 2016) — Colombia has registered 42,706 cases of people infected with Zika, including 7,653 in pregnant women, the country’s National Health Institute reported on Saturday, February 27.

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Colombia reports 37,000 Zika cases, over 6,300 in pregnant women

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HEALTH THREAT. Doctor William Araya shows a jar with larvas of the mosquito Aedes Aegypti, that transmit the Zika virus, the Dengue and the Chikunguna, at a laboratory in San Jose, Costa Rica, January 27, 2016. Photo by Jeffrey Arguedas/EPA
Health authorities project that more than 600,000 people will be infected with the Zika virus this year in Colombia

BOGOTA, Colombia (Feb. 21, 2016) — Colombia has now registered more than 37,000 cases of people infected with Zika, including more than 6,300 pregnant women, the country’s National Institute of Health reported Saturday, February 20.

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