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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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Shakira Returns to Colombia to Promote Education
By Mariela Rosario | 03/06/2009 - 14:45

The BBC's Rajesh Mirchandani recently accompanied pop mega star Shakira on a trip through Colombia to raise awareness for disadvantaged children and education. They traveled to the north-west border province of Choco, a poor and remote location deep in the Colombian jungle to visit a school funded by Shakira.


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Chiquita Seeks Dismissal of $7.86 Billion Lawsuit Filed by Colombian Families
By Mariela Rosario | 03/02/2009 - 15:30


Chiquita International Brands
is currently seeking dismissal of a nearly $8 billion lawsuit filed on behalf of about 400 Colombian families. In 2007, Chiquita admitted to giving money to the United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia or AUC. The AUC was deemed a terrorist organization by the United States in 2002, making it a crime to give them money. The corporation asked a judge to dismiss lawsuits claiming the banana company has a responsibility to the families of the victims of violent acts committed by the AUC.


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FARC Guerrillas Admit to Indigenous Murders
By Mariela Rosario | 02/18/2009 - 16:30

The Marxist FARC guerrillas recently admitted that they were behind the massacre of 8 Indians in the Southwest region of Colombia. Government officials and Human rights organizations had accused the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia of killing 27 Awa Indians, but details hadn't emerged and members of the Awa community had admitted it was difficult to identify the attackers since the murders occurred at night.


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FARC Rebels Accused of Killing Indigenous Peasants
By Maya Pope-Chappell | 02/13/2009 - 17:30

The FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) are said to have attacked the Awa in remote village of Narino state—southwest of Columbia—because of their support for the Colombian government. The guerrilla force may be responsible for the bloodshed of at least 10 Awa Indians, adding to the 17 reportedly killed by the FARC last week.


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Ex-Governor Freed By FARC Criticizes Uribe's Handling of Crisis
By Mariela Rosario | 02/04/2009 - 18:15

Alan Jara, the former governor of Meta, was freed yesterday after being held captive in the jungle by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) for over 7 years. Guerrillas with the FARC handed Jara over to members of the International Committee of the Red Cross.

The release was mediated by Piedad Cordoba, a leftist opposition senator. Jara, 51, boarded a helicopter and traveled to Villavicencio, 56 miles southeast of Bogota, where his family was waiting. A tearful reunion followed.


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Shakira Celebrates Her Birthday by Launching a School in Barranquilla
By Monica Herrera | 02/03/2009 - 09:53

While mere mortals ring in their birthdays by throwing lavish parties and opening presents galore, Shakira is celebrating in a far more generous way. The Colombian pop star, who turned 32 yesterday, will arrive in her hometown of Barranquilla today to launch a new school for young children built by her nonprofit organization, Pies Descalzos.


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Colombia Grants Equal Rights to Same-Sex Couples
By Mariela Rosario | 01/30/2009 - 16:00

The Constitutional Court of Colombia ruled this week that same-sex couples must be granted equal rights as heterosexual couples in common law marriages.

The historic decision comes after the court had approved a string of similar rulings that won same-sex couples rights. In February of 2007, a law was passed allowing same-sex couples property rights and in June, a bill was passed that gave equal health insurance rights and allowed a surviving gay partner to inherit shared assets.


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Clive Owen To Star in Film About Colombian Drug Cartels
By Mariela Rosario | 12/23/2008 - 13:07

British heart-throb Clive Owen might want to start brushing up on his Spanish skills. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the Children of Men actor has signed on to star in Cartagena, a new film being bank rolled by Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban about the Colombian drug cartels.


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Former FARC Hostage Ingrid Betancourt Back in Colombia, Visiting South American Leaders
By Mariela Rosario | 12/02/2008 - 12:30

Ingrid Betancourt has returned to her native Colombia for the first time since her release from captivity in July. Betancourt was kidnapped back in 2002 by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and held for six years deep in the Colombian jungle.


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