November 10th, 2010
08:59 AM ET

Gotta Watch: Deer in a bar, stylish riot gear

You don't have to go home, but you can't stay, deer: So, a deer walks into a bar... OK, maybe walks isn't quite right. Let's try bounds, crashes, stumbles into a bar. We get an inordinate amount of deer videos here at CNN. No one's sure why, but type the word "deer" into the CNN search box and you'll see what I mean. In this video, a whitetail in Ohio says, "Forget the foraging, I need a brew," and plows through a window, shoots a stink-eye to the bartender, sidesteps a surprised customer/amateur lion tamer, bounds out a back door and chases a kitchen manager, turning the parking lot into a Midwest version of Pamplona. Now, the bar has a new kitschy special: Two beers for a buck.

 

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October 7th, 2010
02:10 PM ET

Nobel laureate once punched fellow author, paper says

In 1976, writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez, left, caught a punch to the eye from Mario Vargas Llosa. Both men have Nobel prizes for their literary works.

[Update 2:10 p.m.] The "cuentas iguales" tweet attributed to Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez was a hoax.

Gina Sosa of Garcia Marquez's Iberoamerican New Journalism Foundation says the famed author does not have a Twitter account. She referred CNN to the foundation's Twitter account, where Director Jaime Abello explained the account in question belongs to either imitators or the author's followers.

The Twitter account greets visitors with a smiling photo of Garcia Marquez and proclaims in its bio, "I am Gabo, writer and journalist," using Garcia Marquez's sobriquet. The tweets, which began in 2007, are in first person as if they are from the author. They include book promotions, pontifications on the state of journalism and links to articles at Garcia Marquez’s foundation.

The account has more than 132,000 followers, as opposed to about 7,000 at the foundation's account.

CNN and several other media outlets, including BBC and The Associated Press,  reported news of the seemingly conciliatory tweet, so the hoaxster - whoever he or she is - duped a few of journalism's big dogs.

[Updated 12:17 p.m.] It is a tale of literary rivals, romantic intrigue, divergent politics, a black eye and a Nobel laureate taking to Twitter in what may be a fitting end to a 34-year saga.

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September 23rd, 2010
10:00 AM ET

Top-level guerrilla leader killed in Colombia, government says

The No. 2 leader in a Marxist guerrilla group that has been at war with the Colombian government since the 1960s has been killed in a bombing raid, the nation's Interior secretary said Thursday.

V237;ctor Julio Suarez Rojas, also known as Jorge Briceno Suarez and by his nom-de-guerre Mono Jojoy, was the military leader for the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, commonly called the FARC.

He was killed near the town of Macarena, in the southwestern Colombia state of Meta, news reports said.

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August 25th, 2010
10:15 AM ET

Colombia volcano about to spew

Colombian authorities on Wednesday issued a red alert, the highest level, for the Galeras Volcano, indicating it could erupt at any moment.

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August 24th, 2010
09:32 PM ET

3 Colombian teens on Facebook list killed in 10 days

Three teens who were on a 69-name hit list posted on Facebook have been killed in the past 10 days in a southwestern Colombian town, officials say.

Police say they do not know who posted the list or why the names are on it.

"It is still not clear," Colombian national police spokesman Wilson Baquero told CNN. "This is part of the investigation."

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August 18th, 2010
10:53 PM ET

Colombia crash survivors: No time to prepare for chaos

More survivors of Monday’s crash-landing of a plane in Colombia are talking about what happened that morning.

Aires Airlines Flight 8250 broke apart as it slammed into a runway on a small resort island off the coast of Colombia, killing one person and injuring more than 120.
Authorities have said they were investigating whether the plane may have been hit by lightning or been buffeted by a severe downdraft.

Seats came loose, and some people fell out of the sheared airplane. Don Henderson, an American who was aboard the Boeing 737-700, told CNN's Wolf Blitzer on Wednesday that within five seconds of slamming into the ground, the plane had broken apart and was no longer moving.

"We didn't have any time to do any special preparations at all," said Henderson, who added that he and his wife lost teeth and suffered cuts and bruises.

Watch more of what Henderson had to say below, including how he was fortunate to have been allowed to switch his seat before takeoff:

Also Wednesday, American passenger David Bellino, who was traveling with his pregnant wife, told CNN's Rick Sanchez that he was knocked out upon impact.

"But I came to. … There was chaos, people screaming, things falling from the ceiling," said Bellino, of the Atlanta, Georgia, area.

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August 17th, 2010
02:51 PM ET

Colombia survivors: A normal flight, then a crash on runway

Aires Airlines Flight 8250 was seconds away from landing at San Andres airport on a small island off the coast of Colombia. The pilot had turned on the seat belt sign and told passengers to stay in their seats. Passengers could see rain and lightning outside their small cabin windows, but nothing was amiss. Everything seemed calm. Normal. Routine.

Then a hard, violent crash as the Boeing 737-700 smacked into the runway. The plane started to break apart, and sparks flew as metal ground against concrete. Seats came loose from their moorings and tumbled about the cabin. Passengers could see the runway and the rainy predawn sky through the gaping holes left in the sheared fuselage. Some of them fell to the ground, still strapped into their seats.

Survivors of Monday's plane crash that left one person dead and more than 120 injured describe nearly two hours of normalcy followed by minutes of sheer terror.

"Everything was going well," Heriberto Rua told Radio Caracol. "When I felt something, it was the crash."

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August 16th, 2010
07:54 AM ET

Plane splits apart in Colombia, killing one

[Updated at 8:15 a.m.] One passenger was killed and 34 were injured when lightning hit an airplane and caused it to split into at least two parts when landing early Monday on the island of San Andres, Colombia, Gov. Pedro Gallardo told CNN en Espanol.

There were 131 people on-board the Aires airline 737-700 jet when it crashed around 1:50 a.m. (2:50 a.m. ET), the Colombian national police said. The flight had 121 adult passengers, four minors and six crew members, the police said.

The fatality was identified as Amar Fernandez de Barreto.

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[Posted at 7:54 a.m.] One passenger died and 34 were injured when bad weather caused an airplane to split into three parts when landing early Monday in San Andres, Colombia, the national police said.

This story is developing. We'll bring you latest information as soon as we get it.

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August 13th, 2010
10:42 AM ET

Red-bearded monkey discovered, but risks extinction

A new species of monkey that sports a bushy red beard has been discovered in the Amazon, researchers announced this week, but the primate is at risk of becoming extinct.

The species of titi monkey, Callicebus caquetensis, is a cat-size creature and has grayish-brown hair. Its long tail is stippled with gray, and it has a bushy red beard around its cheeks.

Unlike other monkeys closely related to it, Callicebus caquetensis does not have a white bar on its forehead, environmental nonprofit group Conservation International said Thursday. The finding was also published in the journal Primate Conservation.

Hints that an unknown primate species was living in Colombia’s Caquetá region, close to the border with Ecuador and Peru, surfaced 30 years ago, but researchers were never able to access the region because of violence and insurgent fighting.

It was only two years ago that professors Thomas Defler, Marta Bueno and their student, Javier García, from the National University of Colombia were able to travel up the upper Caquetá River. They used GPS to find their way around the area, searching for the monkeys on foot and listening for their calls.

"This discovery is extremely exciting because we had heard about this animal, but for a long time we could not confirm if it was different from other titis,” Defler said in a statement.

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August 12th, 2010
09:07 AM ET

Strong car bomb explosion rocks Colombia radio station

A strong car bomb explosion caused considerable damage Thursday to the headquarters of Caracol Radio and other buildings in Bogota, Colombia, authorities said.

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, who was sworn into office Saturday, called it a "terrorist act."

"We will not be intimidated," Santos said as he toured the bombing site. "We will continue battling terrorism with all determination."

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July 31st, 2010
09:57 PM ET

Chavez deploys troops near Colombia, reviews 'war plans'

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has deployed troops to areas near the Colombian border and says he is reviewing plans for a potential war as tension between the two nations rises.

"Three nights ago I told the vice president. It makes me sad, I confess, that I'm reviewing war plans," he said during a phone interview on the state-run VTV network.

Special forces are moving to 10 districts near the Colombian border to be prepared in case Colombian President Alvaro Uribe issues an invasion order before he leaves office August 7, Chavez said Friday.

Colombia and Venezuela are at odds over accusations that leftist rebels have found refuge in Venezuela.

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June 20th, 2010
06:22 PM ET

Santos declares victory in Colombian presidential runoff

[Updated at 8:50 p.m. ET] Former Colombian Defense Minister Juan Manuel Santos declared victory Sunday in Colombia's presidential runoff, winning more than 69 percent of the votes with nearly all votes counted.

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June 17th, 2010
09:50 AM ET

Official: Colombia mine explosions traps 72, kills 8

[Updated at 9:50 a.m.] A coal mine explosion early Thursday in northwest Colombia has trapped 72 miners and killed at least eight workers, President Alvaro Uribe said.

Eight bodies had been retrieved by Thursday morning, Uribe said.

"This is very sad news," Uribe said on the president's website. "The information I have from the minister (of mines) is that they have retrieved
eight bodies. This is very grave. And I give this news to Colombians with much pain."

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June 3rd, 2010
01:17 PM ET

Interpol: Joran van der Sloot arrested in Santiago

Joran van der Sloot is being investigated in connection with the death of Stephany Flores Ramirez, right, and was a suspect in the disappearance of Natalee Holloway.

[Updated at 1:13 p.m.] Joran van der Sloot has been arrested and is in police custody in Santiago, Chile, an Interpol spokesperson in Santiago told CNN.

Van der Sloot, who was previously considered a suspect in the 2005 disappearance of Alabama teenager Natalee Holloway in Aruba, is the main suspect in this week's slaying of 21-year-old Stephany Flores Ramirez, officials said. She was was found Wednesday in a Lima, Peru, hotel room registered to van der Sloot. Chilean police told CNN that paperwork showed that van der Sloot entered Chile on Wednesday.

Peruvian Interior Minister Octavio Salazar Miranda said Thursday that Peru has made arrangements with Interpol to extradite van der Sloot.

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May 21st, 2010
12:28 PM ET

Man accused of smuggling 15 pounds of cocaine in candy

Officials say Robert Lopera tried to smuggle 15 pounds of cocaine in these chocolate candies and in pistachios.

Being a drug mule isn't usually such a sweet deal.

But authorities say it was sweet for Robert Lopera, who is accused of trying to smuggle in 15 pounds of cocaine concealed in chocolate candies and pistachios - until he was arrested at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport on May 11.

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May 15th, 2010
01:49 AM ET

Colombian military captures 11 alleged guerrillas

The Colombian military captured 11 alleged guerrillas Friday in a rural area on the country's Pacific coast, the Colombian National Army said.

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April 16th, 2010
02:29 PM ET

Report: Human rights lacking in 5 Latin American countries

Five Latin American countries did not offer adequate human rights last year, an Organization of American States commission said in an annual report.

Colombia, Cuba, Haiti, Honduras and Venezuela were listed in the 2009 report released Thursday by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. All but Honduras also had been listed in the 2008 report. Honduras was added this year because of a military-led coup in June that toppled a democratically elected president.

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April 1st, 2010
08:29 PM ET

Colombian hostage's remains returned to family

The remains of Colombian Police Col. Julian Ernesto Guevara, who died in captivity as a hostage of Colombian rebels, were returned to his family Thursday.

The handover of Guevara's body was the third and final outcome of a deal between the FARC rebels and a humanitarian group led by Colombian Sen. Piedad Cordoba. Earlier this week, the FARC released two hostages, including one who had been captive for more than 12 years.

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March 30th, 2010
01:47 AM ET

FARC rebels to release hostage, Colombian senator says

Leftist rebels are expected to release the second of two Colombian soldiers Tuesday, an official said.

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March 28th, 2010
02:58 PM ET

Colombian soldier freed by rebels

A Colombian soldier who was held by Colombian rebels for more than 11 months was released Sunday.

Josue Daniel Calvo was reunited with his family on a tarmac in the city of Villavicencio, where the helicopter that retrieved him touched down.

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