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Colombia’s Urabeños recruiting dissidents from FARC peace process

Recent reports warn that one of Colombia's biggest criminal groups may be recruiting dissident guerrilla fighters, another indication that new actors are moving in on criminal operations formerly controlled by the guerrillas.

Colombian Government and FARC begin drug-crop substitution program

Colombia’s government and Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) rebels announced Friday that they had launched a program aimed at replacing approximately 50,000 hectares (193 sq. miles) of illicit crops with legal ones in the first year.

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Colombian Government and FARC begin drug-crop substitution program

Point four of the peace agreement, signed by the government and the FARC on Nov. 24 in Bogota, calls for the substitution of illicit crops and the transformation of territories affected by the decades-old armed conflict.

Europe’s expanding national security state

Amnesty International documents the trend sweeping Europe, where states are tackling terrorism by trampling on their citizen’s freedoms. 

As Venezuela crumbles, the regime digs in

Maduro’s dance of disaster: Nicolás Maduro draws the wrong conclusions from the economic crisis

Celac backs dialogue in Venezuela, condemns criminalization of migration

In the declaration, Celac supports “the process of national dialogue” in Venezuela and encourages the parties to resume good faith conversations with a high degree of “constructive commitment.”

Uruguay and Chile, least corrupt countries in Latin America

In Latin America, Uruguay leads with a ranking of 21, followed by The Bahamas and Chile both in 24th place, and Venezuela figures at the bottom.

Latin America and the Caribbean can make hunger history

With continued and strengthened implementation of a regional food security plan, Latin America and the Caribbean could become the first developing region to completely eradicate hunger

Colombia eyes key hostage release by rebels at weekend

Colombia said Wednesday it hopes the country's last active rebel group will release a key hostage this weekend to clear the way for formal peace talks.

Will Puerto Rico become the newest star on the American flag?

Ricardo Rosselló became the 12th governor of this Caribbean island earlier this month on the strength of one provocative idea: that the way out of a decades-long economic crisis involves adding a 51st star to the American flag.

Raúl Castro: Cuba won't compromise sovereignty to normalize US relations

President said Cuba hopes to continue to repair relations but made it clear that Trump administration should not expect concessions affecting independence

Mexico: We will not pay for Trump border wall

Mexico will not pay for Donald Trump's border wall, the country's president has said in a message to the nation.

70% of human trafficking victims are women and girls

According to the 2016 Global Report on Trafficking in Persons trafficking for sexual exploitation remains the most detected form. 

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