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Twelve U.S. service members brought prostitutes to their hotel rooms in Colombia prior to an April visit by President Barack Obama, according to a U.S. Southern Command report detailing parts of the investigation into alleged misconduct by military members of the security team for the trip.

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Colombia hostages releasedupdated: Tue May 15 2012 01:51:00

Colombia's FARC rebel group releases 10 hostages held for more than a decade. CNN's Rafael Romo reports.

Alleged leader of Colombia's Rastrojos drug gang arrestedupdated: Tue May 08 2012 09:32:00

A top Colombian drug trafficker who partnered with Mexican cartels to smuggle cocaine into the United States turned himself in to U.S. authorities in Aruba, Colombian police said.

French journalist missing in Colombia after rebel attackupdated: Mon Apr 30 2012 09:03:00

A French journalist reporting alongside soldiers is missing in Colombia after a leftist rebel group attacked their unit, killing four people and injuring six, officials said Sunday.

Senators criticize military briefing on Colombia scandalupdated: Wed Apr 25 2012 19:20:00

Two veteran senators complained Wednesday that military officials might have been slow to react to an alleged prostitution scandal in Colombia and have not been forthcoming with Congress in reporting what happened.

Two agents in Colombia scandal namedupdated: Fri Apr 20 2012 20:16:00

CNN's Brian Todd reports on two Secret Service agents who resigned because of the Colombia prostitution scandal.

Ex-agent: Colombia scandal 'disgraceful'updated: Wed Apr 18 2012 22:37:00

Former Secret Service agent Dan Bongino says the sex scandal has embarrassed the agency and agents' family members.

Colombia steps up security for summitupdated: Fri Apr 13 2012 03:17:00

Police dressed in black burst through a door, opening fire and rushing toward a man crouched in the corner.

FARC frees Colombia hostagesupdated: Mon Apr 02 2012 21:36:00

FARC releases 10 Colombian hostages who were held for many years in captivity. CNN's Rafael Romo reports.

Rats being put to work in Colombia, training to detect explosivesupdated: Mon Feb 13 2012 20:35:00

At a Colombian National Police base in the outskirts of Bogota, the nation's capital, a new recruit is being trained.

Cops use bomb sniffing rats in Colombiaupdated: Mon Feb 13 2012 20:35:00

The Colombian National Police are recruiting four-legged trainees to detect explosives. CNN's Rafael Romo reports.

How Colombia is busting drug cartelsupdated: Wed Jan 18 2012 19:16:00

Gruesome and seemingly endless accounts of violence in Mexico have obscured one notable bright spot in Latin America's high-stakes struggle with powerful drug gangs. In Colombia, once home to the world's biggest cocaine cartels, new crime organizations are being picked apart with silent efficiency -- aided by Bogota's enthusiastic embrace of extradition.

American teen mistakenly deported to Colombia returns to Texasupdated: Sat Jan 07 2012 06:04:00

Jakadrien Turner has arrived back in Texas, eight months after she was mistakenly deported to Colombia, the pilot and a flight attendant on a Dallas-bound flight told CNN.

Colombia: Texas teen mistakenly deported will be handed over to U.S. officialsupdated: Thu Jan 05 2012 22:16:00

Colombia is preparing to hand over to U.S. officials a Dallas teenager who was mistakenly deported after she ran away from home more than a year ago, the South American country's foreign ministry said in a statement Thursday night.

Pipeline blast kills 11 in Colombiaupdated: Fri Dec 23 2011 15:12:00

At least 11 people were killed and 80 injured when a pipeline exploded in western Colombia Friday morning, local authorities said.

10 soldiers killed in Colombia; army blames guerrilla group FARCupdated: Tue Oct 25 2011 15:16:00

Ten soldiers were killed in an attack in Colombia that the army blamed on the guerrilla group Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia.

Report: Women targeted in sexual violence as Colombian forces battle rebels updated: Wed Sep 21 2011 13:22:00

In Colombia's decades-old war between the state, guerrillas and paramilitaries, one nearly invisible group of casualties has stacked up.

Where in the world ... ?updated: Mon Sep 19 2011 15:01:00

[Updated 3 p.m. ET, Monday, September 19] Riot police in Bogota, Colombia, block paintballs during street demonstrations September 7.

SI.com: Jonathan Wilson: Under-20 World Cup reaches semifinals after host's disappointing exitupdated: Mon Aug 15 2011 11:40:00

PEREIRA, Colombia -- Along the road to the stadium, the hawkers still sell their Colombia shirts, but the yellow seems a little less vibrant now. Round Plaza de Bolivar, the yellow of the national team remains the most common item of clothing, but the television adverts imploring fans to "have pride in the shirt" feel have taken on an air of poignancy. A man sitting near me in the pasta restaurant where I have lunch takes off his baseball cap and lays it on the table, looking forlornly at the Colombia national team badge on the front.

CNNMoney: Will free trade create or kill U.S. jobs?updated: Mon Aug 15 2011 05:06:00

Amid all the squabbling in Washington, there is one policy many Democrats and Republicans agree on -- free trade deals with South Korea, Colombia and Panama.

SI.com: Jonathan Wilson: Host Colombia and Spain impressing at the U-20 World Cupupdated: Tue Aug 09 2011 07:26:00

MANIZALES, Colombia -- Thoughts on the just concluded group stage in the U-20 World Cup:

Colombia reach Copa America quartersupdated: Sun Jul 10 2011 18:48:00

Colombia are through to the quarterfinals of the Copa America after beating Bolivia 2-0 in Sante Fe on Sunday to finish top of Group A with seven points.

Colombia too good for 10-man Costa Ricaupdated: Sun Jul 03 2011 10:38:00

Colombia opened their Copa America campaign with a victory on Saturday, defeating 10-man Costa Rica 1-0 in Jujuy.

SI.com: Marcela Mora y Araujo: Colombia remains an underdogupdated: Fri Jul 01 2011 14:04:00

The Nobel Laureate Gabriel García Márquez was once told that "'In this century, only three important things have happened to Colombia: the political violent outburst of 1948, the publication in 1967 of 100 Years of Solitude, and the 5-0 defeat of Argentina by Colombia's national squad in 1993." Laughing, Márquez replied, "You know what the worst thing about that is? It's true."

Union group slams Colombia over recent killings of 2 teachersupdated: Sat Jun 25 2011 04:53:00

Two teachers in Colombia have been killed in as many months, a prominent alliance of trade unions said Friday, calling on the government there to do more to bring those responsible to justice.

CNNMoney: Latin America in focus: Colombia's credit hat-trickupdated: Wed Jun 22 2011 18:03:00

After decades of social, political and economic struggles, Colombia has achieved an important milestone: Fitch Ratings on Wednesday became the third credit rating agency this year to raise the South American nation's debt to investment grade.

Colombian guerrillas convicted of kidnapping Americanupdated: Tue Jun 21 2011 16:22:00

Three members of a Colombian paramilitary organization were convicted Tuesday in federal court in New York for their role in the kidnapping of an American who was held hostage in a jungle camp for nearly a year.

Chinese workers kidnapped in Colombiaupdated: Fri Jun 10 2011 03:25:00

Three Chinese workers and their translator were kidnapped by guerrillas in southern Colombia this week, an official in the department of Caqueta said.

Colombia to return land to victims of long-running conflictsupdated: Wed May 25 2011 19:46:00

Victims of the violence brought on Colombia for decades will be eligible for repatriations and, in some cases, restitution of land taken from them, thanks to a sweeping pair of laws passed by the Colombian Senate.

Colombian president calls for unity as country struggles with floodsupdated: Tue Apr 26 2011 09:12:00

Colombia's president called for national unity Monday night as the country struggles to dig out of the devastation wrought by the torrential rains and massive floods that have so far claimed 91 lives this year.

86 dead in Colombia amid this year's heavy rain, Red Cross saysupdated: Thu Apr 21 2011 12:15:00

Torrential rain and massive floods that have been pounding Colombia this year have not let up, and dozens of people are dead amid widespread destruction, the Colombian Red Cross said Wednesday.

CNNMoney: Colombia deal clears path for 3 trade treatiesupdated: Wed Apr 06 2011 15:35:00

The Obama administration on Wednesday announced a deal with Colombia to protect labor rights in that South American nation, paving the way for three different trade deals to be ratified by Congress.

21 oil workers rescued in Colombiaupdated: Tue Mar 08 2011 11:35:00

Twenty-one of 23 oil workers kidnapped in Colombia have been rescued by authorities, Colombian Defense Minister Rodrigo Rivera said Tuesday.

CNNMoney: Hyper-caffeinated coffee prices hit 14-year highupdated: Fri Feb 18 2011 15:37:00

Coffee prices hit a 14-year high this week, and it's only a matter of time before java lovers will have to pay more in stores and coffee shops.

FARC releases 2 more longtime prisonersupdated: Wed Feb 16 2011 17:58:00

Members of a Colombian leftist rebel group released two more longtime prisoners Wednesday afternoon, bringing the total released since February 9 to six, the International Committee of the Red Cross said.

Colombian military: Drug sub seizedupdated: Wed Feb 16 2011 09:22:00

The Colombian military says it has seized a submarine capable of transporting more than seven tons of cocaine from Colombia to Mexico.

Colombian rebel group scheduled to release 2 hostagesupdated: Fri Feb 11 2011 03:22:00

A Colombian rebel group is expected to release two hostages Friday, according to a former senator who helped coordinate the humanitarian mission to free them.

Blast kills miners in Colombiaupdated: Thu Jan 27 2011 09:29:00

At least 20 people were killed and six injured Wednesday in a mine explosion in northeastern Colombia near the border with Venezuela, the government-run Colombian Institute of Geology and Mining, known by the acronym Ingeominas, reported.

Blast kills miners in Colombiaupdated: Thu Jan 27 2011 09:29:00

Colombian officials say at least 20 were killed and six injured in a mine explosion near the border with Venezuela.

Colombian farmers find safety, success in growing alternatives to cocaupdated: Fri Jan 21 2011 14:02:00

Jorge Elias Benjumea proudly inspects his plantain field. The 46-year-old father of three says he's not only happy his crops are doing well, but also, for the first time in years, he can tell the world that what he's growing is legal.

Coca farmers switch to legal cropsupdated: Fri Jan 21 2011 14:02:00

Rafael Romo reports in some areas of Colombia, farmers have switched from coca plants to less profitable but legal crops.

New park a sign of hope in Colombiaupdated: Wed Jan 19 2011 14:00:00

Kids' laughter replaces the sound of gunshots at a Bogota, Colombia, park. CNN's Rafael Romo reports.

Small park, remodeled with U.S. funds, gives Colombians hopeupdated: Wed Jan 19 2011 14:00:00

It was a massive operation in Colombia. Over three days, the Colombian National Police launched a widespread attack against low-scale drug traffickers throughout the Country. Officials confiscated 2.3 metric tons (5,070 pounds) of drugs and detained 987 suspected drug traffickers.

Plan Colombia revisited: Mixed results for U.S. anti-drug initiativeupdated: Tue Jan 18 2011 10:35:00

It's the largest producer of cocaine in the world and a key supplier of heroin to the United States.

War on drugs in Colombiaupdated: Tue Jan 18 2011 10:35:00

The U.S. drug Czar visits Colombia to review coordinated counter drug policy. CNN's Rafael Romo reports.

Colombia launches 'Operation Christmas'updated: Fri Dec 24 2010 07:00:00

Colombia tries a new strategy to demobilize FARC rebels. CNN's Rafael Romo reports.

More than 100 trapped after landslide buries homes in Colombiaupdated: Tue Dec 07 2010 02:03:00

As rescue efforts continue Tuesday, Colombia's president will visit the mountainside neighborhood where a massive landslide buried dozens of homes.

Colombian leader cancels climate conference trip after floodingupdated: Mon Dec 06 2010 23:34:00

Colombia's president says devastating flooding forced him to cancel his scheduled trip to the United Nations climate change conference in Mexico this week -- even though global warming itself could be causing the disaster his country faces.

Deadly torrential rains in Colombiaupdated: Mon Dec 06 2010 23:34:00

Torrential rains in Colombia kill at least 170 people. Rafael Romo reports.

Colombia and Ecuador agree to reestablish full diplomatic tiesupdated: Fri Nov 26 2010 23:39:00

The presidents of Colombia and Ecuador announced Friday they will resume full diplomatic relations after more than two years of estrangement.

Colombia gay rights groups protest after court's gay marriage decisionupdated: Fri Nov 12 2010 07:15:00

Gay rights advocates in Colombia planned to protest Friday after the nation's highest court rejected a lawsuit that could have legalized gay marriage.

SI.com: Steve Davis: U.S. vs. Colombia previewupdated: Mon Oct 11 2010 11:58:00

Change was in vogue as the United States tied Poland on Saturday to open a pair of fall friendlies. And there will surely be more as coach Bob Bradley's Americans complete the back end of the set Tuesday against Colombia at PPL Park in Chester, Pa.

Colombia senator accused of paramilitary linksupdated: Wed Sep 15 2010 02:59:00

Colombian Sen. Javier Caceres, a former president of Congress, was arrested Tuesday for alleged links to right-wing paramilitary groups.

Colombian court blocks military agreement with U.S.updated: Tue Aug 17 2010 21:07:00

Colombia's Constitutional Court on Tuesday ruled that a military agreement that would give U.S. troops access to seven Colombian military bases is unconstitutional.

Obama will continue helping Colombia fight drug traffickingupdated: Thu Aug 12 2010 17:54:00

President Barack Obama on Thursday extended U.S. assistance to Colombia in combating civilian aircraft involved in drug trafficking.

Explosion rocks Colombiaupdated: Thu Aug 12 2010 15:52:00

CNN's Karl Penhaul reports on a strong explosion that occurred in the Colombian capital of Bogota.

Colombia, Venezuela seek common groundupdated: Wed Aug 11 2010 06:52:00

The presidents of Venezuela and Colombia meet to resolve a diplomatic crisis. CNN's Rafael Romo reports.

Colombia, Venezuela re-establish tiesupdated: Wed Aug 11 2010 06:52:00

Venezuela and Colombia renewed diplomatic relations after a meeting between their heads of state in Santa Marta, Colombia.

Colombia's leader to take office amid tensions with Venezuelaupdated: Sat Aug 07 2010 06:44:00

Colombia's new president may have a chance to test his diplomatic skills as soon as he takes office Saturday. Venezuela's foreign minister could be attending his inauguration.

U.S. Army veteran in Colombia feels like he's caught in a no-fly trapupdated: Wed Jul 28 2010 16:06:00

A 29-year-old U.S. citizen and Army veteran sits in a bare apartment in a poor part of the Colombian capital, Bogota. He wants to come home, but he can't. He thinks it's because he's on the federal government's "no-fly list."

Venezuela, Colombia spat costs more than friendshipupdated: Wed Jul 28 2010 06:02:00

It was a swift reaction. After the Colombian government accused Venezuela of harboring terrorists last week, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez broke off relations with his neighbor.

Colombia vs. Venezuelaupdated: Wed Jul 28 2010 06:02:00

CNN's Rafael Romo examines events that led to Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez cutting diplomatic ties with Colombia.

Venezuela breaks relations with Colombiaupdated: Fri Jul 23 2010 11:51:00

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said Thursday that he is breaking off relations with Colombia. His decision comes as the Organization of American States meets to discuss Colombian claims that Venezuela is protecting FARC and ELN rebels in its territory.

Fortune: SABMiller has its eye on emerging marketsupdated: Mon Jul 19 2010 06:16:00

South Africa may not have made it big at this year's World Cup, but its local beer -- Castle Lager -- did; SABMiller, Castle's brewer, expects to sell an extra 30 million bottles' worth. Yet most of the growth for this $26-billion-in-sales company is coming not from its home base but from its bold expansion abroad.

Venezuela recalls its ambassador to Colombia amid disputeupdated: Fri Jul 16 2010 13:18:00

Venezuela recalled its ambassador to Colombia on Friday as it rejected Colombia's assertion that Colombian rebels are living in Venezuela.

At last, Obama backs Colombia trade pactupdated: Mon Jul 12 2010 13:00:00

Finally. In a speech this week, President Obama urged Congress to ratify the U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Agreement "as soon as possible."

American among 8 killed in Colombia bar attack, police sayupdated: Fri Jul 02 2010 17:50:00

One of eight people killed in a bar shooting near Medellin, Colombia, early Friday has dual U.S.-Colombian citizenship, Colombian officials said.

18 coal miners dead, 53 missing in Colombia explosion, government saysupdated: Fri Jun 18 2010 13:22:00

The death toll in a coal mine explosion in Colombia increased to 18 Friday with the early morning recovery of two more bodies, a state government spokesman said.

Search efforts halted at Colombia mine, governor saysupdated: Thu Jun 17 2010 14:52:00

Rescue operations were halted Thursday at a coal mine in northwest Colombia where an explosion killed at least 11 miners and trapped 62 others, a state governor said.

4 former Colombia hostages reunited with familyupdated: Mon Jun 14 2010 16:58:00

Four hostages rescued from Marxist guerrillas in Colombia over the weekend were reunited with their families Monday in Bogota, the nation's capital, a broadcast on CNN affiliate Caracol TV showed.

Colombia president: Two national police officers held by FARC rescuedupdated: Sun Jun 13 2010 16:47:00

The Colombian military on Sunday rescued Gen. Luis Mendieta and Col. Enrique Murillo, two top national police officers held by the FARC guerrillas for nearly 12 years, President Alvaro Uribe announced.

Marijuana cultivation in Colombiaupdated: Fri May 14 2010 09:55:00

Marijuana is once again becoming a big crop in Colombia. CNN's Karl Penhaul gets access to a farm growing it.

Marijuana plantations feeding Europe's habitupdated: Fri May 14 2010 09:55:00

Through the afternoon downpour a horse plods along a muddy mountain path. I can smell him almost before he rounds the bend. He's weighed down with more than 50 kilograms (110 pounds) of freshly-picked marijuana.

Kids live in sewage, stay high to copeupdated: Fri Apr 23 2010 12:39:00

Fear drives young Colombians to live in sewers and cope by using drugs. Go to VBS.TV for more. Viewer discretion advised.

Sewers home to vagrant Colombian kidsupdated: Fri Apr 23 2010 12:39:00

The first time I heard anything about people living in the sewers in Colombia was back at the beginning of the '90s. The sewage system running under Bogota's streets was filled with packs of kids living waist-deep in human waste and taking in copious amounts of glue and crack in order to cope.

Funding fuels rebirth of Colombia cinemaupdated: Thu Apr 08 2010 12:56:00

In recent years, Colombian cinema has struggled to keep up with the likes of Argentina, Brazil and Mexico in making films which gain international recognition. But there are now signs that the tide is turning as the Colombian government's ongoing financial support of the film industry starts to bear fruit.

Drug's power strikes fear in Colombiansupdated: Wed Apr 07 2010 01:24:00

VBS travels to Colombia to learn more about a drug known to strip users of their own free will. Go to VBS.TV for more.

Colombian drug strips users' free willupdated: Wed Apr 07 2010 01:24:00

We had heard about a drug in Colombia that essentially eliminates free-will in humans. It is called scopolamine and it seemed to us to be so completely out there--like a plot device in an awful Jack Black movie. In fact, it sounded so horrible and strange that we wanted to go down and try it out. So the producers and I compiled a laundry list of embarrassing chores for me to complete while under the influence and, chuckling hysterically to ourselves, got on a plane and headed for Bogota, Colombia.

Car bombing in Colombiaupdated: Wed Mar 24 2010 15:16:00

A look at the aftermath of a car bomb explosion in Buenaventura, Colombia, which killed at least three people.

Car bomb kills six in Colombiaupdated: Wed Mar 24 2010 15:16:00

The death toll from a powerful car bomb Wednesday morning in Buenaventura, Colombia, rose to six as the day went on, with at least 42 people wounded, authorities said.

SI.com: Tim Vickery: Colombia's potential bid to host World Cup a long shotupdated: Tue Mar 16 2010 14:08:00

Brazilian midfielder Mauro Silva checked in his luggage to travel to to Colombia for the 2001 Copa America, and then had second thoughts. Scared by the country's reputation, he decided not to go. I remember feeling a similar trepidation at exactly the same time when I boarded the plane in Rio to fly up and cover the tournament. What on earth was I letting myself in for?

Transit strike in Colombia endsupdated: Thu Mar 04 2010 22:51:00

A four-day transit strike that created a traffic nightmare in the Colombian capital and brought protesters into the streets was resolved Thursday, officials said.

Colombia media censorship?updated: Tue Feb 23 2010 22:33:00

The closing of an influential magazine in Colombia is seen by many as censorship. The former managing editor talked to CNN.

Gangs tied to paramilitaries cited in Colombia violenceupdated: Wed Feb 03 2010 15:13:00

Criminal gangs that emerged from Colombia's former paramilitary organizations are carrying out massacres, rapes and extortion, a human rights group said Wednesday.

Killings close Venezuelan-Colombia borderupdated: Tue Nov 03 2009 21:35:00

Two international bridges between Venezuela and Colombia remained closed, as Venezuelan authorities searched for three people and arrested a fourth suspected in the shooting death of two national guardsmen.

ICE touts $41 million cash seizure in Mexico, Colombiaupdated: Tue Sep 29 2009 10:03:00

Mexican and Colombian officials working with U.S. agents have seized about $41 million in cash hidden in shipping containers, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency announced Monday.

Hostage's video plea released in Colombiaupdated: Thu Sep 24 2009 11:31:00

Marxist guerrillas in Colombia have released a proof-of-life video of a hostage who has been held for nearly 12 years.

U.N. agency to investigate Indian massacre in Colombiaupdated: Thu Aug 27 2009 11:50:00

A United Nations human rights agency has agreed to help Colombia investigate the massacre of 12 Indians in the southwestern part of the country.

Guerrilla war displaces millions of Colombiansupdated: Fri May 22 2009 11:36:00

Imagine the entire population of Kentucky forced out of their homes in the past 25 years, with many of the residents moving to a neighboring country.

'Jailbird' ruffles feathers in Colombiaupdated: Wed Apr 15 2009 13:02:00

A carrier pigeon in Colombia gave new meaning to the term "jailbird" when officials discovered that it was trying to smuggle cell phone parts into a high-security prison, a news report said.

Colombian guerrillas held on U.S. drug chargesupdated: Fri Mar 20 2009 15:56:00

Two members of a Colombian guerrilla group have been arrested on federal U.S. drug charges, the U.S. attorney in New York announced.

Colombia's FARC releases Swedish captiveupdated: Wed Mar 18 2009 03:24:00

The last non-Colombian hostage known to have been held by leftist rebels in Colombia was freed Tuesday.

Colombia volcano erupts twice in less than a weekupdated: Fri Feb 20 2009 12:45:00

A volcano in southwest Colombia erupted again Friday morning, raining ash on nearby residents and agricultural fields.

Volcano eruption sparks alert in Colombiaupdated: Sat Feb 14 2009 22:41:00

A volcano near southwest Colombia's border with Ecuador erupted on Saturday, leading the government to issue a "red alert" for the region.

Colombian guerrillas kill 17 Indians, human rights groups sayupdated: Wed Feb 11 2009 17:50:00

Guerrillas in Colombia tortured and killed 17 Indians who they believed were helping the government, a governor and two human rights organizations said Wednesday.

Colombia bus crash kills at least 20, officials sayupdated: Tue Feb 03 2009 11:48:00

A bus with 32 people on board plunged off a cliff in Colombia on Monday night, killing at least 20 people, a top government official said Tuesday.

Hostage release stalls in Colombiaupdated: Mon Feb 02 2009 17:25:00

A hostage held by Marxist rebels in Colombia was not released Monday as hoped but the lead negotiator said she will try again early Tuesday.

Deadly U.S. superbugs spread to South Americaupdated: Tue Jan 13 2009 13:24:00

Variations of two deadly superbugs that had previously only been discovered in the United States have surfaced in South America.

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