Dozens of spectators ventured into the ring for a turn at taunting or chasing a bull, either on foot or on horseback. Many of the amateurs were tossed into the air by the bull's horns, leaving 10 of the 30 injured hospitalized in serious condition.
Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, sitting, is surrounded by farmers during a recent event in the Vichada department, eastern plains of Colombia. (Guillermo Legaria/AFP/Getty Images)
Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos is due on Wednesday for surgery to remove a tumor on his prostate, putting the 61-year-old on an alarming list of Latin American leaders who have fought cancer in recent years. The list includes Brazilian leaders, both former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and incumbent Dilma Rousseff, Paraguay’s ex-President Fernando Lugo and Venezuelan strongman Hugo Chavez.
Juan Manuel Santos Calderón, President of Colombia, speaks during the 67th session of the United Nations General Assembly September 26, 2012 at UN headquarters in New York (STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO — Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos gave an inspiring speech at the United Nations General Assembly this week. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and member states have lauded his visionary commitment to ending Colombia’s half-century civil war. But sitting down to negotiate, as he proposes, with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) insurgency, a group with deep ties to narco-trafficking, kidnapping and on the US terrorist watch list, is not without a high degree of political risk.
On the north coast of Colombia, Grupo Daabon has 20,000 acres of organic African palm plantations, feeding a biodiesel boom. The South American country has mandated that commercial diesel must contain 20 percent biodiesel by 2020.
CARACAS — The Venezuelan government Wednesday morning lauded its capture of Daniel Barrera, a Colombian drug trafficker known as “El Loco,” in San Cristobal on its side of the dense jungle border with Colombia.
An outdoor exhibit marks International Day of the Disappeared in Bogota, on Aug. 30. According to the United Nations there are more than 57,200 missing people in Colombia in the last 30 years, more than 15,000 are considered victims of enforced disappearance. (Eitan Abramovich/AFP/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO — The politics of peace in Colombia: Has the United States missed an opportunity? Monday’s announcement of Colombian peace talks brokered by Cuba, Norway and Venezuela caught more than a few by surprise. After years of Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos halting all discussions of peace, colorfully claiming to be keeping the keys to peace in his pocket, it was hard to surmise why they were pulled out just now?