• Venezuela battles obesity amid dearth of good food Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014 | 12:13 AM ET

    BOGOTA, Colombia— Venezuela's socialist government is sounding the alarm about growing waistlines in a country where record food shortages are making it harder to put healthy meals on the table, prompting many people to fill up on empty calories.

  • MEDELLIN, Colombia, Aug 14- Colombian businesses should be prepared for the possibility of a "very strong" depreciation in the peso due to rising U.S. interest rates or some other external shock, central bank chief Jose Dario Uribe said on Thursday. The business sector, all Colombians, "Uribe told an industrial conference in Medellin.

  • MEDELLIN, Aug 14- Colombia should shift its economic engines toward construction, infrastructure and non-tradable sectors to maintain levels of growth, as the oil-driven boom deteriorates, central bank board member Adolfo Meisel said on Thursday.

  • UPDATE 1-Starbucks opens in Colombia, home of Juan Valdez Wednesday, 16 Jul 2014 | 12:53 PM ET

    July 16- Starbucks Corp opened its first shop in Colombia on Wednesday, 43 years after the world's biggest coffee chain first started buying beans from the country famous for its premium arabica coffee named after fictional coffee farmer Juan Valdez.

  • Starbucks opens in Colombia, home of Juan Valdez Wednesday, 16 Jul 2014 | 11:03 AM ET

    July 16- Starbucks Corp opened its first shop in Colombia on Wednesday, 43 years after the world's biggest coffee chain first starting buying beans from the country known for its premium arabica coffee. It and all other Starbucks stores in Colombia will be the company's first to serve only locally sourced coffee.

  • The Australian Bureau of Meteorology this week said Pacific Ocean surface temperatures are at levels associated with a weak El Nino, but the threshold for the weather event has not yet been breached. El Nino could bring dry weather to Australia, which is already struggling with a drought, and it could also curb its wheat, sugar and cotton production.

  • BOGOTA, June 11- Colombia is keeping open the option of selling a 100- year bond this year to finance part of its 2015 budget, the finance minister said on Wednesday, after an investment bank proposed to issue sovereign debt with a century-long maturity last week.

  • BOGOTA, May 26- Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos' re-election bid took a hefty blow in voting on Sunday as his right-wing opponent won more support after attacking the government's peace talks with Marxist rebels. Oscar Ivan Zuluaga, a former finance minister, won 29.3 percent of the vote in the first round of voting with Santos trailing on 25.7 percent.

  • BOGOTA, May 25- Opposition candidate Oscar Ivan Zuluaga won most votes in Colombia's presidential election on Sunday but fell short of a first-round victory and will face President Juan Manuel Santos in a runoff that casts doubts over peace talks with Marxist rebels.

  • BOGOTA, May 25- Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and right-wing challenger Oscar Ivan Zuluaga were locked in a tight election race on Sunday and will face each other in a runoff next month. "Security is important to us; we are 100 percent with Zuluaga," said Jose Gomez, 39, as he left a Bogota polling station with his wife and daughter.

  • BOGOTA, May 9- Colombia's central bank chief said on Friday the economy probably grew about 4.8 percent in the first quarter of 2014 and that inflation was on course to hit its 3 percent target for the year, even as internal demand picks up.

  • MEDELLIN, Colombia, May 8- Colombia's capital markets have attracted investment totaling $2.8 billion in the seven weeks since J.P. Morgan said it would raise the weighting of the nation's government bonds in two of its indexes, one of the bank's strategists said on Thursday.

  • Calpers weighs in on Detroit pension debate Thursday, 1 May 2014 | 7:40 PM ET

    "While not binding on a bankruptcy judge in California, a decision by the 6th Circuit court in Detroit would certainly be persuasive to a judge applying the same federal bankruptcy law in a California case," Sweet said. "Furthermore, the next step after the 6th Circuit court in Detroit is the U.S. Supreme Court.

  • Yes! We have no bananas? It could actually happen Monday, 21 Apr 2014 | 12:47 PM ET

    A devastating disease is putting the world's banana crop at serious risk and threatening the income of millions of people.

  • BOGOTA, April 14- The rally in Colombia's capital markets is set to extend at least through 2014, possibly buffering the impact from monetary tightening in the United States but also leading to more volatility, analysts said.

  • BOGOTA, March 20- Colombia's economy grew 4.3 percent in 2013, the national statistics agency said on Thursday, beating the market expectation of 4.1 percent and reflecting momentum driven by nearly a year of low interest rates.

  • HAVANA, March 17- Cuba is laying plans to move to a single currency, a reform that many feel is one of the toughest challenges facing President Raul Castro as he tries to kick-start the Communist country's moribund economy.

  • BOGOTA, March 13- Colombia's central bank could begin raising its key interest rate toward a neutral level as temporary supply shocks disappear and gradually allow inflation to rise, the International Monetary Fund said on Thursday.

  • BOGOTA, March 5- Some arabica coffee buyers in Colombia have ripped up supply contracts with exporters, setting off a price war for high-quality beans in the first sign a 75 percent surge in prices so far this year is starting to disrupt the market, exporters say.

  • One country takes hard knocks on free trade Friday, 13 Sep 2013 | 12:05 PM ET
    A demonstration in Bogota supporting farmers

    Though consumers have access to more goods and merchandise, some groups, especially farmers, are struggling to survive amid a flood of cheap imports.