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A pilot for two Colombian presidents trafficked with Sinaloa cartel
Samuel David Niño(Right) with the Colombian President Iván Duque Márquez
Samuel David Niño(Right) with the Colombian President Iván Duque Márquez Credit: La Nueva Prensa (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 2.0)

Samuel David Niño Cataño died on the Guatemala-Mexico border when the plane he piloted crashed. The plane was loaded with cocaine and had taken off Puerto Carreño, Vichada, Colombia.

La Nueva Prensa has released 49 pictures and research showing Cataño was a pilot for Alvaro Uribe in his senate campaign and in the presidential campaign of Ivan Duque. The pilot was also a contributor to the Uribe campaign and had two unjustified contracts with the aviation administration signed during Duque presidency.

Pablo Escobar: Money hidden in wall found in drug lord's house
A mug shot of Pablo Escobar taken by the regional Colombia control agency in Medellín in 1976.
A mug shot of Pablo Escobar taken by the regional Colombia control agency in Medellín in 1976. Credit: Colombian National Police (Public Domain)

A nephew of infamous drug lord Pablo Escobar has said he found a plastic bag with money worth $18 million hidden in the wall of one of his uncle's houses in Las Palmas, Medellín.

At the peak of his career, Escobar was said to be the seventh richest person on the planet.

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At least 10 killed in protests against police violence in Colombia
Police officers in Bogota, Colombia
Police officers in Bogota, Colombia Credit: Twitter (Reproduction)

Protests against police violence started after a video of Javier Ordóñez being chocked and tasered by two policemen. Javier was detained for violating the quarantine, was chocked and tasered at least five times and later died in custody. Family claims he was assaulted at the police station.

At least 10 people were killed during the protests, of which at least 3 were hit by bullets. Video of this killings has also been published in social media.

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Rappi delivery workers strike in Bogota
Rappi workers protesting
Rappi workers protesting Credit: Twitter (Reproduction)

Rappi delivery workers in Bogota, went on strike Saturday to protest unfair working conditions. Around 1,000 protesters gathered in the north region of the Colombian capital.

A spokesperson for the "Rappitenderos" said, "There are also unjustified blocks, not in the wrong way."

Rappi said, in a statement, it would listen to the workers and highlighted its efforts to protect them during the pandemic.

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Colombian Supreme Court imposes house arrest on former President Álvaro Uribe
Álvaro Uribe
Álvaro Uribe Credit: Antonio Cruz/ABr (Creative Commons Attribution 3.0)

The Colombian Supreme Court of Justice decided to impose house arrest against the former president, and current senator, Álvaro Uribe for the alleged crimes of bribery and procedural fraud.

Uribe confirmed the news through his Twitter account: "The deprivation of my freedom causes me deep sadness for my lady, for my family and for Colombians who still believe that I have done something good for the Homeland."

The case began in 2018 when the Supreme Court of Justice called Álvaro Uribe for investigation, considering that there was evidence that the former president, was allegedly trying to convince witnesses to retract the statements against him and in which they involved him with paramilitary groups.

Technology • Internet & Web
Uber launches grocery delivery in Latin America and Canada
Uber Eats
Uber Eats Credit: Uber

Uber announced on Tuesday the launch of an app-based grocery service in 19 cities in Latin American and Canadian cities. The initiative is a partnership with Cornershop, a Chilean online grocery provider that Uber has held a majority stake in since October 2019.

Customers in eleven Brazilian cities, including Belo Horizonte, Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, four Chilean cities, Colombia’s Bogota, Peru’s Lima and Canada’s Montreal and Toronto will be able to order groceries through the Uber Eats app. And starting later this month, grocery delivery will be available in Miami, FL and Dallas, TX.

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Uruguay is the only Latin American country in EU's Covid-19 'safe list'
Munich International Airport passport control
Munich International Airport passport control Credit: Vasyatka1 (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

The European Union has named 14 countries whose citizens are deemed "safe" to be let in from July 1, and the only Latin American country is Uruguay.

As infection rates in Brazil, Mexico and Colombia are still high, their nationals will face travel restrictions.

The current list is formed by Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay.

Sports • Soccer
Australia and New Zealand to host FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023
Australia playing in the FIFA Women's World Cup 2023
Australia playing in the FIFA Women's World Cup 2023 Credit: Liondartois (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

The FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 will be held in Australia and New Zealand, with 32 teams. The decision was announced on Thursday after a vote taken by the FIFA Council during its meeting held via online conference.

The joint bid from Australia and New Zealand had 22 votes against 13 votes to the submission from Colombia.

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USA to send troops to Colombia

USA will send on Monday June first the Security Force Assistance Brigade (SFAB), an elite unit of the Army to Colombia in what declared is assistance in the fight against drug traffic. It's the first time such unit is deployed to Latin America.

Opposition and independent legislators considered this unconstitutional without Congress approval, a violation of sovereignty and a preparation to a possible attack against Venezuela from Colombian soil, threatening peace in the region.

On April the USA doubled it's number of ships in the Caribean and offered 15 million dollars for information tying Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and other party members to drug trafficking.

Colombian company starts producing cardboard hospital beds that can be used as coffins for Covid-19 patients

The Colombian company ABC Displays has presented a design for cardboard hospital beds, that are biodegradable and function as coffins in case the patient dies. The design was developed as the Covid-19 pandemic has lead to a shortage in hospital beds as well as coffins. According to the company, 3,000 of the bed-coffins can be produced in a month.

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Another community leader murdered in Colombia

Carlos Andrés Sánchez, vice-president of Caño Raya, municipality of Tibú, becomes the fourth social leader to be murdered this year in that municipality, in the zone of Catatumbo.

This year in Colombia 85 social leaders and 24 former members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) have been murdered already.

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Colombia’s armed forces spied journalists, politicians and judges

Colombia's military chief General Luis Fernando Navarro vows to root out army officials linked to spy scandal naming rogue elements inside the armed forces.

The defense ministry on Friday announced the ouster of 11 unnamed military officials and the resignation of a general related to the scandal.

Magazine Semana reported more than 130 people, among them foreign and domestic journalists, had been hacked and information about their contacts, families and addresses collected.

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Ex-Green Beret claims he led foiled raid into Venezuela

An attack aimed at overthrowing Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro ended with eight dead.

Interior Minister Nestor Reverol said on state television that armed maritime incursion with speedboats came from neighboring Colombia. Authorities said they found Peruvian documents, high-caliber weapons, satellite phones, uniforms and helmets adorned with the U.S. flag. Both U.S. and Colombian officials dismissed the Venezuelan allegations.

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Venezuela thwarts paramilitary infiltration attempt from Colombia

Several dead and two detained in failed infiltration attempt by speedboat from Colombia into Venezuela. Dead include former captain of the Venezuelan armed forces Robert Colina. Several high caliber weapons, satellite communication equipment and vehicles seized.