Honduran Drug Czar Murdered
By Mariela Rosario | 12/21/2009 - 10:08

The brutal murder of General Julian Aristides Gonzalez, which occurred after he dropped his daughter off at school just days ago, is the latest indication of the extent to which drug violence is wreaking havoc all across Latin America. Honduras is at the crossroads of drug smuggling, and Gonzalez found himself trying to handle the situation with the smugglers from Colombia, as well as handling the increasing presence of Mexico's drug cartels.

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Colombian Chefs Create Viagra-Laced “Love Dessert”
By Shani Saxon-Parrish | 11/16/2009 - 11:31

Students at a Colombian cooking school presented a sexy spin on dessert at the “Gastronomy 2009” show in Bogota. The pudding-like treat is made with passion fruit, whipped cream, chocolate and Viagra.

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Chavez Warns Troops to Prepare for War with Colombia
By Shani Saxon-Parrish | 11/10/2009 - 11:00

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez says his country's soldiers should be ready if the United States attempts to provoke a war between his country and Colombia. Tensions between the two countries continue to rise, and Chavez insists that if a conflict broke out, "it could extend throughout the whole continent."

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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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