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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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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