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Nov 24, 2011

Labor unrest taking shine off Colombia’s oil boom

PUERTO GAITAN, Colombia, Nov 24 (Reuters) – Protesting oil
workers have yet to buy into Colombia’s grand vision for its
oil industry, staging strikes that have shut the country’s
largest oil field and threatening further unrest.

The government says oil can help lift Colombia out of
poverty but workers complain of depressed wages and of police
and army complicity in thwarting attempts to organize unions.

Nov 21, 2011

NYC police say arrest ‘lone wolf’ in bomb plot

NEW YORK, Nov 21 (Reuters) – New York police arrested a
27-year-old man they called a “lone wolf” militant on charges
of plotting to build bombs to kill American soldiers returning
from Iraq and Afghanistan.

Jose Pimentel, a follower of late Muslim cleric Anwar
al-Awlaki, was arraigned Sunday night in state court on
terrorism-related charges.

Nov 21, 2011

NY arrests Awlaki follower on bomb-making plan

NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York officials said on Sunday police had arrested a man trying to build a pipe bomb with instructions from an al Qaeda magazine which he planned to use against U.S. soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.

The suspect – identified as Jose Pimentel, 27 – was charged with three terrorism-related counts and two other counts, court documents said.

Nov 21, 2011

New York police arrest man trying to build bomb

NEW YORK, Nov 20 (Reuters) – New York officials said on
Sunday police had arrested a man trying to build a pipe bomb
with instructions from an al Qaeda magazine which he planned to
use against U.S. soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.

The suspect – identified as Jose Pimentel, 27 – was charged
with three terrorism-related counts and two other counts, court
documents said.

Nov 19, 2011

Law limitations may protect child abusers in U.S.

NEW YORK (Reuters) – High-profile accusations of child sex abuse in the United States have refocused attention on laws that are meant to protect the rights of the accused but in fact can help pedophiles escape prosecution.

Experts say statutes of limitation that prevent criminal charges being brought after a certain number of years may need to be reconsidered in the sex abuse of children because victims typically need years before they are able to come forward.

Oct 31, 2011

Colombians elect former guerrilla mayor of Bogota

BOGOTA, Oct 30 (Reuters) – Colombians elected one-time
guerrilla Gustavo Petro as Bogota mayor, the Andean nation’s
second most powerful post after the presidency, in a poll on
Sunday devoid of the bloodshed that marked campaigning.

Petro, 51, an anti-corruption champion and rebel in the
defunct M-19 movement, won 32 percent of the vote with 84
percent of voting stations reporting. His main opponent Enrique
Penalosa, the favored candidate of former President Alvaro
Uribe, polled 25 percent and conceded.

Oct 31, 2011

Colombians elect former guerrila mayor of Bogota

BOGOTA, Oct 30 (Reuters) – Colombians elected one-time
guerrilla Gustavo Petro as Bogota mayor, the Andean nation’s
second most powerful post after the presidency, in a poll on
Sunday devoid of the bloodshed that marked campaigning.

Petro, 51, an anti-corruption champion and rebel in the
defunct M-19 movement, won 32 percent of the vote with 84
percent of voting stations reporting. His main opponent Enrique
Penalosa, the favored candidate of former President Alvaro
Uribe, polled 25 percent and conceded.

Oct 30, 2011

Colombia votes in test for peace under Santos

BOGOTA (Reuters) – Colombia held local elections on Sunday that tested how much the South American nation has overcome its violent past and measured the political grip of popular conservative President Juan Manuel Santos.

About 100,000 candidates were contesting 13,000 posts on town councils and as regional governors in the first nationwide vote since Santos, a U.S. ally and former defense minister, took office in August 2010.

Oct 25, 2011

Colombia’s Ecopetrol reports record profit, output

Oct 24 (Reuters) – Colombia’s state-controlled oil company
Ecopetrol reported record profits and production in the
third quarter, reflecting an oil boom in the South American
country.

Higher international oil prices, improved performance from
affiliated companies and a favorable foreign exchange rate also
contributed to a 132.1 percent surge in third quarter
consolidated net earnings, the company said on Monday.

Oct 13, 2011

Election bloodshed mars Colombia’s improved image

BOGOTA, Oct 13 (Reuters) – Violence ahead of local
elections serves as a reminder that Colombia has yet to fully
escape its bloody past even as the Andean nation has benefited
from foreign investment and rising oil and mining business.

At least 36 candidates have been killed ahead of Oct. 30
elections, when voters will chose governors, mayors, and town
councilors. Another 13 activists have been murdered, the
independent Electoral Observation Mission (MOE) says.

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      "Daniel Trotta joined Reuters as a correspondent in 1993, starting in Nicaragua and moving Mexico City (1996) and Madrid (2000) before coming to New York in 2005. As a U.S. General News correspondent, his specialty is writing the lead story on major breaking news. Trotta also travels the United States producing in-depth features and helps edit the national news file from the Reuters headquarters in New York. Outside the office, he is the manager of the New York Express of the New York City Metro Baseball League."
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