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Residents of one of the poorest areas of Medellin, in Colombia, will no have access to a giant outdoor escalator divided in six sections and ascends nearly 384m. (photo, from 20min.ch)

Until now, in order to get home from the city centre, people living in the Comuna 13 district – one of the city’s poorest and most violent neighbourhoods – had to climb the equivalent of a 30-storey building, as the area clings to a steep hillside. (more…)

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Juan Manuel Santos (photo, from aljazeera.net) has been sworn in as the new Colombian president. (more…)

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Colombian president Alvaro Uribe (photo, from aljazeera.net) won’t seek a third mandate. The country’s constitutional court has rejected a referendum to allow the president to seek re-election after eight years in office. (more…)

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A member of the military rescue mission that freed 15 hostages from Farc rebels, wore a Red Cross symbol, confirmed Alvaro Uribe, Colombia’s president. He said that the error has been made by a nervous soldier acting against orders, and apologised to the Red Cross for it. (more…)

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The Farc, revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, has blamed two of its own fighters for allowing the military to rescue 15 hostages, including Ingrid Betancourt (photo, from france-info.com), the French-Colombian politician. (more…)

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Felipe Calderon (photo), the Mexican president, and John McCain, have met for talks, in the final part of the US Republican candidate tour in Latin America.

On Thursday, the Arizona senator said that the two leaders had discussed issued central to both nations, including immigration and drug trafficking. (more…)

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A day after being freed from more than six years of captivity in the Colombian jungle, Ingrid Betancourt has been reunited with her children (photo, from huffingtonpost.com).

She was among 15 hostages rescued by Colombian military, without a shot being fired, as their rebel captors were tricked into handing them over. (more…)

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