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Colombia Government and ELN Rebels Set Date for Peace Talks

New peace talks between Colombia and the Ejército de Liberación Nacional are planned to start in February, forming a step forward in a much-delayed peace process. The talks were confirmed during a press conference in Quito, Ecuador on January 18, which will host the talks when they take place. It is believed that the ELN […]

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Venezuelan acting president Nicolas Maduro(L) clinches his fist next to his wife Cilia Flores(R) while they attend the funeral of late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is taken from the Military Academy to former 4 de Febrero barracks in Caracas, on March 15, 2013. The body of Chavez was moved Friday to the barracks in a final march to honor of the leftist leader a month before elections are held to pick his successor. The Caracas military academy, where Chavez's casket has been on view, served as the starting point for the procession escorting the remains of the 58-year-old, who last week succumbed to cancer after 14 years in power.  AFP PHOTO/LEO RAMIREZ

Venezuela Government Looks to Arm Civilians to Combat Crime

There have been concerns raised in relation to Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro, who is looking to introduce new anti-crime measures, which include supplying civilians with arms, as well as giving supervised groups the right to gather intelligence. Although security experts have raised concerns surrounding the plans, the Government remained firm that only ‘the people can […]

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Data Shows That Lynching Is Up 650 Percent in Venezuela

According to official data, a major rise in lynchings has been reported in Venezuela as of September 2016. This is a great increase when compared to 2015 statistics, that only showed there to be ten lynchings in 2015. However, this report stems from the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Justice and Peace, and others report the […]

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Conflict Between Cartels Cited for Recent Violence in Mexico

A recent spate of violent outbreaks in Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula point towards a conflict between drug cartels who are fighting for control of the area. The most recent outbreak took place on January 16th when four people were killed following an armed group attacking the state prosecutor’s office in Cancun. Only hours before, five people […]

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Ecuador Revealed to Be Major Transit Hub for Illegal Gold

  Ecuador has been revealed as a major transit hub for illegal Peruvian gold to the United States. #the evolution is attributed to Peru’s attempts to crack down on gold trafficking. The exposed inner workings of the gold trafficking network were exposed after case files were obtained by El Comercio, who state that two companies […]

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FARC Leader Calls for Halt to Revolutionary Tax

  Timoleon Jimenez, leader of Colombia’s FARC guerrillas, had made an order that members stop charging its revolutionary tax, making way for a peace deal with the Colombian government. The taxes charged were justified in the past as a means of feeding the many fighters present in FARC. Jimenez also confirmed that FARC has stopped […]

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FARC Guerrilla Unit Refuses to Demobilise

  A FARC guerrilla unit has refused to demobilise as part of a peace deal with the Colombian government. Although other factions have agreed to the deal, The 1st Front has advised it will not conform, on the belief that the Colombian government will not change the way it operates. The 1st Front went on […]

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