ESPN's Bob Griese Suspended After Making Taco Joke About Juan Pablo Montoya
By Mariela Rosario | 10/27/2009 - 12:00

ESPN broadcaster Bob Griese was reprimanded by the sports channel after making racist remarks with regards to superstar NASCAR driver Juan Pablo Montoya. While commentating during Saturday's Ohio State-Minnesota football game, a promotion for NASCAR pictured the top five drivers, but Montoya wasn't one of them.


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Colombian Soccer Team Members Found Murdered in Venezuela
By Shani Saxon-Parrish | 10/26/2009 - 11:00

At least 10 members of an amateur Colombian soccer team were kidnapped and found shot to death in Tachira, a town on the border between Venezuela and Colombia, Reuters reports. Venezuelan Vice President Ramon Carrizalez told reporters the athletes were on their side of the border. One team member survived the attack, and another player is still missing.


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Colombia Arrests 3 in Brutal Killings of Indigenous People
By Chris Hermosilla | 10/08/2009 - 16:57

Police have arrested three suspects accused of murdering 12 indigenous Awa people—including women, children and a newborn—in southwestern Colombia, the country’s military has announced.


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Carlos Vives Plays Hard to Get
By Grace Bastidas | 10/08/2009 - 09:49

Way before artists like Juanes and Fonseca began tinkering with traditional Colombian sounds, Carlos Vives was introducing the world to the accordion-based music known as vallenato. In 1994, the former soap actor with the untamable hair updated rustic classics from Rafael Escalona and Emiliano Zuleta by adding a variety of drums and electric instruments that turned them into danceable folklore-rock-pop hybrids in an album titled Clasicos de la Provincia (remember the breakout hit “La Gota Fria”?).


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Videos of Colombian Hostages Released
By Mariela Rosario | 09/01/2009 - 12:00

The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) rebels recently released videos to family members of nine kidnapped hostages as proof that they were still alive.

Videos of the soldiers and police officers were handed over to Senator Piedad Cordoba, who has been acting as a liaison between the government and the rebel forces in an attempt to negotiate the release of the hostages. The videos come right on the heels of information that the FARC rebels recently released concerning two other soldiers who had been kidnapped in 2007 and 2008.


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'Insomnio Americano' Had Me Wide Awake
By Lee Hernandez | 08/26/2009 - 16:39

If you're in New York City, I strongly suggest you check out Reportorio Español's highly entertaining play, Insomnio Americano, a one-man show starring master improviser Saulo Garcia, a native of Antioquia, Colombia, who wants to unmask the American Dream as a tragicomic nightmare.


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Shakira Cover Exclusive: "I Want to Have a Huge Belly"
By Shani Saxon-Parrish | 08/13/2009 - 09:00

In the September issue of Latina, cover girl Shakira opened up to Entertainment Editor Angie Romero about her passion for education and her commitment to giving back through her Fundación Pies Descalzos (Barefoot Foundation). Earlier this year, Shakira, 32, opened her fifth school in the La Playa district of her native Barranquilla, Colombia. Her schools currently serve some 5,000 children—as well as their parents—who have been displaced as a result of the long-standing war between the Colombian government and revolutionary armed forces.


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Colombian Soccer Player Murders a Fan for Shouting Insults
By Shani Saxon-Parrish | 07/06/2009 - 12:11

Javier Florez, a soccer player for Atletico Junior, killed a fan on Sunday because he was among a group who blamed Florez for losing the title in the Apertura tournament against Once Caldas.

“The young men shouted at him, ‘Weak, weak,’ and he [Florez] turned around, took a gun and shot,” said a witness to the shooting, which took place in Barranquilla.


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Juanes Proves He Is Anything but Mala Gente
By Christine Estevez | 06/09/2009 - 15:05

Colombian singer, activist and heartthrob Juanes continues to raise awareness about the precarious working conditions for miners in Tumaco, Colombia. Tumaco is a town mainly known for the numerous mine causalities that take place there. Juanes welcomed the U.S. ship USNS Comfort on Sunday as part of an emergency medical mission. The USNS Comfort is a floating hospital that will offer medical attention to more than 10,000 Colombians who desperately need the care but cannot afford it. The ship will remain in Tumaco until June 16.


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Salma Hayek to Star in Adaptation of Marquez's "Noticia de un Secuestro"
By Mariela Rosario | 03/25/2009 - 11:15


Salma Hayek
is reportedly in talks to star in a big screen adaptation of Gabriel Garcia Marquez's novel Noticia de un Secuestro. Argentinian screenplay writer Aida Bortnick has confirmed that the Mexicana actress is the strongest candidate to star in the adaptation of the Nobel prize winning author's gripping, non-fiction account of the infamous 1990 kidnapping by members of Pablo Escobar's drug cartel of Maruja Pachon de Villamizar, a Colombian journalist married to prominent politician Alberto Villamizar, and his sister, Beatriz.


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