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Conservative Iván Duque wins Colombian presidency over leftist Gustavo Petro

Iván Duque of Colombia’s Democratic Center party has handily defeated Gustavo Petro of the Colombia Humana movement in Sunday’s presidential runoff election. With more than 99 percent of the votes counted, Duque, a protégé of former president Álvaro Uribe, held a 53.9 percent to 42 percent lead over Petro, a former leftist guerrilla and mayor […]

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Former intelligence chief arrested in Spain; He could be key to linking kidnapping to Correa

Pablo Romero, former secretary of Ecuador’s national intelligence service, has been arrested in Spain for his alleged role in a 2012 kidnapping of a political opponent of former president Rafael Correa. According to Interior Minister Mauro Toscanini, Romero was picked up on an Interpol arrest warrant near his home in Madrid early Sunday morning. According […]

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When is enough, enough?

One of my best friends in Denver has been getting a lot of cardiac tests lately because of some things that showed up on routine exams.  At first they were worried he might have pulmonary hypertension. Not a diagnosis that people want to face. This has been going on for a few weeks.  He finally […]

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Venezuela buys oil from other countries and resells it to Cuba at a loss

Venezuela’s state-run oil firm PDVSA has bought nearly $440 million worth of foreign crude and shipped it directly to Cuba on friendly credit terms — often at a loss, according to internal company documents. The shipments are the first documented instances of the OPEC nation buying crude to supply regional allies instead of selling them […]

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Volcano erupts in the Galápagos islands

The La Cumbre volcano on Fernandina Island in the Galápagos archipelago erupted Saturday morning, sending lava flows down its flanks into the Pacific Ocean. The eruption was preceded by a series of earthquakes, one measuring 4.1 on the Richter scale. Officials of the Galápagos National Park are warning boaters to stay clear of the area […]

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Walking among the people

One of my favorite pastimes on sunny days is watching folks walk by, lost in their private thoughts, with everybody else, and the street, and the weather, and the architecture, and the time of day and the quality of light as background. I am always delighted walking among them, and always thankful for the brief […]

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Police deny charges of brutality by Correa supporters in protest outside National Assembly

Quito police commander Patricio Pérez said Friday that police officers acted professionally in a confrontation Thursday afternoon with supporters of former president Rafael Correa outside the National Assembly building. “Despite being attacked with rocks and sticks and being verbally assaulted, our force acted responsibly and attacked no one in return,” he said. “Our job was […]

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National Assembly allows prosecution of Correa to proceed in 2012 kidnapping case

In a session marked by protests from his supporters, Ecuador’s National Assembly voted Thursday night to allow former president Rafael Correa to be prosecuted for his alleged role in 2012 kidnapping in Bogota, Colombia. National Criminal Court Judge Daniela Camacho had requested confirmation from the assembly that Correa can be investigated and charged as an […]

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