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AUC / 19 JUL 2012

While former Colombian President Alvaro Uribe has faced mounting allegations of drug trafficking and paramilitary ties, he has proved to be surprisingly immune from criminal charges.

AUC / 19 JUL 2012

Analyst Alejandro Hope asks whether it makes sense for Mexico to negotiate a solution with its criminal gangs, looking at the successful -- and not-so-successful -- precedents in El Salvador…

AUC / 14 MAY 2012

In an interview with a Colombian radio station, paramilitary warlord Salvatore Mancuso said that he had personally met with ex-President Alvaro Uribe, but declined to give further details.

AUC / 19 APR 2012

"Emerald Czar" Victor Carranza is Colombia's Teflon man, having survived various attempts to assassinate and prosecute him over a 30-year period. Now he must beat back a new set of…

AUC / 29 FEB 2012

Colombia's attorney general, Viviane Morales, was removed from her position by the country's Council of State after they deemed her 2010 election by the Supreme Court to be void.

AUC / 7 FEB 2012

Venezuelan authorities have captured the last of Colombia's paramilitary chieftains, marking the end of the United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia (AUC), which dominated the drug trade for over…

AUC / 15 JAN 2012

The uproar over reports that the FARC rebels own over 40,000 hectares of land in two of Colombia’s departments is a red herring, distracting from the monumental political and logistical…

AUC / 13 JAN 2012

Retired General Mario Montoya, former head of the Colombian Army, has denied having any links to the AUC, despite being implicated by former members of the illegal right wing paramilitary…

AUC / 2017-03-09 22:14:34

Medellin native Henry de Jesus Lopez, alias "Mi Sangre," had a prolific criminal career that saw him become a key number of several criminal organizations in Colombia.

AUC / 10 NOV 2011

One of Colombia's most powerful paramilitary leaders has been condemned by a Miami court to 33 years in prison, convicted of "leading an international drug trafficking ring which…

ÁGUILAS NEGRAS / 1 NOV 2011

A TV special by PBS details the threats community activists in Colombia face from armed groups, as they try to keep an industrial gold mining company from seizing their land.

AUC / 10 AUG 2011

Extradition to stand trial in the U.S., long the biggest fear of Colombian drug traffickers, could now be a softer option, offering shorter jail terms and even impunity to criminals.

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