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Violence flares in Colombian city patrolled by military

Bogota, Apr 14 (EFE).- Two young men were found dismembered in the Pacific port of Buenaventura, the first known murders in Colombia's most dangerous city since the military took charge of security on March 21, Colombian authorities said Monday. The remains were discovered over the weekend and the process of identification is still under way, chief medical examiner Carlos Eduardo Valdes told RCN La Radio. The victims' ages have been estimated at 16 and 22, respectively, he said.

Violence flares in Colombian city patrolled by military

Bogota, Apr 14 (EFE).- Two young men were found dismembered in the Pacific port of Buenaventura, the first known murders in Colombia's most dangerous city since the military took charge of security on March 21, Colombian authorities said Monday. The remains were discovered over the weekend and the process of identification is still under way, chief medical examiner Carlos Eduardo Valdes told RCN La Radio. The victims' ages have been estimated at 16 and 22, respectively, he said.

Spain's Sacyr to invest $1.5 bn in Colombia road projects

Bogota, Mar 23 (EFE).- Sacyr expects to invest around $1.5 billion in road projects in Colombia, the CEO of the Spanish construction company, Manuel Manrique, said at the end of a visit to the South American country. Sacyr views Colombia as a country that offers opportunities and is a "key to its international growth process," Manrique said in a statement.

Colombian rebels free police officer

Bogota, Mar 6 (EFE).- Colombia's ELN rebel group on Thursday freed an auxiliary police officer taken prisoner Feb. 17 in the northwestern province of Antioquia, the International Committee of the Red Cross said. Rafael Eduardo Sierra Acosta, 19, was handed over to a delegation that included ICRC representatives and Cali Archbishop Dario de Jesus Monsalve. When he was freed, Sierra "was in proper shape to travel" and was transported in a helicopter to the airport in Caucasia, Antioquia, according to an ICRC communique.

Canadians to see Canada-EU free trade pact legal text soon, says Fast

OTTAWA - The legal text of the Canada-European Union free trade agreement will be ready for Canadians to examine soon, possibly in the next month or two, federal Trade Minister Ed Fast said Friday. The agreement was signed amidst much fanfare in mid-October, but finalizing the text and putting it into legal language has taken time. Fast said the delay is not unusual given the complexities of the agreement.

Group of 60 tourist guides from Asia, Brazil studying Spanish in Colombia

Bogota, Feb 13 (EFE).- A group of 60 tourist guides from Asian countries and Brazil on Thursday began a four-month Spanish as a Foreign Language course, the second such course offered at eight Colombian universities. Colombia's assistant foreign minister, Patti Londoño, inaugurated the course at San Carlos Palace, the Foreign Ministry headquarters in Bogota.

Group of 60 tourist guides from Asia, Brazil studying Spanish in Colombia

Bogota, Feb 13 (EFE).- A group of 60 tourist guides from Asian countries and Brazil on Thursday began a four-month Spanish as a Foreign Language course, the second such course offered at eight Colombian universities. Colombia's assistant foreign minister, Patti Londoño, inaugurated the course at San Carlos Palace, the Foreign Ministry headquarters in Bogota.

Americas News Agenda for January 10

Duty Editor: Arthur MacMillan Tel: +1 202 414 0541 What's happening in the Americas on Friday: + Major tech show wraps up in Las Vegas LAS VEGAS: The CES, the world's biggest consumer electronics show, continues its display of new technology products for the home, cars and other consumers. Expect coverage. Picture (LIFESTYLE-US-IT-CES) -- OTHER AGENDA ITEMS --

China launches Bolivia's 1st satellite

Beijing, Dec 20 (EFE).- Bolivia's first communications satellite vaulted into space Friday atop a Chinese rocket as the Andean nation's president, Evo Morales, looked on. The Long March 3B/E rocket carrying the TKSat-1, or Tupac Katari, lifted off at 1642 UTC from China's Xichang Satellite Launch Center in Sichuan province. The $302 million project was largely financed with a loan from the China Development Bank and the Tupac Katari, named for the leader of an 18th-century indigenous rebellion, was developed from the Chinese-made DFH-4 platform.

Bolivia to launch first telecoms satellite -- in China

Bolivia will on Friday launch a telecommunications satellite in China, an unprecedented event which the government in La Paz has encouraged citizens to follow via live broadcasts. The director of Bolivia's National Space Agency, Ivan Zambrana, said on national television that the mission, which was conceived just over four years ago, would take off from Xichang, in Sichaun province, at 1642 GMT. Bolivian President Evo Morales has traveled to China for the launch of the Tupac Katari satellite, named after an indigenous leader who fought against Spanish colonial rule.
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