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Amazon road-building could deforest millions of hectares: report

Nov 19 2020

BOGOTA Road projects in the Amazon could drive deforestation of millions of hectares over the next 20 years, environmental researchers said in a report on Thursday.

Colombia to sign contracts with Canadian companies for four oil blocks

Nov 17 2020

BOGOTA Colombia will sign contracts with two Canadian oil and gas companies for four onshore blocks after no counteroffers were made during the Andean country's most recent energy auction, the national hydrocarbons agency (ANH) said on Tuesday.

Colombia asks for more time to remove landmines from territory

Nov 16 2020

BOGOTA Colombia has requested a more than four-year extension under the Ottawa Treaty for removing landmines from across the country, the High Peace Commissioner's office said on Monday.

Colombian airline Avianca Holdings third-quarter net loss widens on falling income

Nov 13 2020

BOGOTA Avianca Holdings' third-quarter net loss widened significantly following a substantial fall in income due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, the Colombian flagship airline reported.

Colombia to hold bidding round for investigative fracking projects

Nov 11 2020

BOGOTA Colombia will hold a second bidding round to potentially grant contracts to companies interested in exploring non-conventional oil and gas deposits, using techniques like fracking, the National Hydrocarbons Agency (ANH) said.

Gangs in Latin America use bribery, secret routes to smuggle jaguar parts to China: report

Nov 05 2020

BOGOTA Criminal organizations in Bolivia and other Latin American countries are bribing police and circumventing customs restrictions to smuggle parts of jaguars to mainland China, an investigation by environmental groups showed on Thursday.

UPDATE 1-Colombia central bank holds rate, ending seven months of reductions

Oct 30 2020

BOGOTA, Oct 30 Colombia's central bank unanimously held its benchmark interest rate steady at 1.75% on Friday, meeting market expectations and ending seven months of rate cuts meant to buoy the economy amid a coronavirus lockdown.

Indigenous Colombian senator escapes shooting uninjured

Oct 29 2020

BOGOTA Colombian senator Feliciano Valencia, a member of the Andean country's Nasa indigenous community, said on Thursday he had escaped uninjured from a shooting attack in southwestern Cauca province.

Colombia's President Duque confident in cutting deforestation in half

Oct 28 2020

BOGOTA Colombian President Ivan Duque is confident his administration can cut the country's deforestation rate in half by the end of his four-year term, though it will be impossible to stop it completely, he told Reuters.

UPDATE 1-Colombia's Ecopetrol Q3 net profit falls precipitous 72% to $224.2 mln

Oct 27 2020

BOGOTA, Oct 27 Colombian majority state-owned oil company Ecopetrol, reported a third-quarter net profit decline of 72% on Tuesday - 855 billion pesos ($224.2 million), compared with 3.01 trillion pesos in the period a year ago.

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