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Colombia turns to lie detectors to tackle government corruption
Posted by Reuters on Jul 3, 2015 1 comment

Colombia turns to lie detectors to tackle government corruption

Colombia’s government plans to carry out lie detector tests on senior civil servants who allocate contracts to private companies as it tries to clamp down on widespread corruption and embezzlement  Full Article »

Reforms to benefit Colombia’s VP scrapped at his own request
Posted by Alice Bradshaw-Smith on May 13, 2015 Leave a comment

Reforms to benefit Colombia’s VP scrapped at his own request

Colombia’s Congress has scrapped a reform that would have granted the vice-president with electoral benefits currently only enjoyed by the president, at the deputy head of state’s own request.

Colombia mayor bans public protests after audiences boo president
Posted by Matthew Dancis on Apr 22, 2015 Leave a comment

Colombia mayor bans public protests after audiences boo president

A central Colombia mayor controversially banned all public protest on the day the country’s vice president came to visit. The move seemed a response to a number of events during which President  Full Article »

Posted by Narayan Buckley on Mar 19, 2013 Leave a comment

Colombian town still without water after 22 months

While politicians on Monday played the blame game, residents of the small Colombian town of Yopal are close to breaking point, as they approach the two year mark without running  Full Article »

Posted by Narayan Buckley on Feb 12, 2013 Leave a comment

Uribe divorced from reality: Colombia housing minister

The Colombian government of President Juan Manuel Santos and former president Alvaro Uribe on Monday traded barbs once again, this time over the construction of free houses for the poor.  Full Article »

Posted by Benjy Hansen-Bundy on Jan 25, 2013 Leave a comment

More hats in the ring for 2014 presidency

All eyes are on four Colombian politicians who are aiming to keep the 2014 presidency out of the hands of anyone associated with the divisive former president Alvaro Uribe. German  Full Article »

Posted by Narayan Buckley on Jan 24, 2013 Leave a comment

Free houses for Colombia’s poor not vote buying: Santos

Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos on Wednesday denied accusations that the government is providing free housing to the poor as a cynical vote-buying tactic ahead of the 2014 presidential elections.  Full Article »

Posted by Jacob Stringer on Jan 22, 2013 Leave a comment

Colombia govt. to finish building 100K free homes

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos on Monday announced that $959 million has been allocated to build the final 25,000 out of 100,000 homes for Colombia’s poor and said that it  Full Article »

Posted by Caitlin Trent on Nov 2, 2012 Leave a comment

Colombia’s interior minister survives near helicopter crash (VIDEO)

Colombia’s Housing Minister survived a spectacular helicopter mishap Thursday. A helicopter carrying Housing Minister German Vargas almost crashed into the ground after take-off but was allegedly saved by the pilot’s  Full Article »

Posted by Esteban Refshauge on Sep 13, 2012 Leave a comment

Ex-paramilitary leader refuses to testify against housing minister

A captured paramilitary leader has refused to testify in the preliminary investigation against Colombia’s housing minister who has been accused of ties to the warlord, reported local media Wednesday. The  Full Article »