BOGOTA, Nov 27- Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said on Wednesday the government will continue paying a direct subsidy to coffee growers while prices remain low, a measure the world's top washed arabica producer introduced due to sliding prices.
BOGOTA, Nov 20- Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said on Wednesday he would seek a second term in office next May, a widely expected decision that could offer him another four years to pursue a peace process he initiated with Marxist FARC rebels.
Trendy chains like Starbucks Corp, brands like Juan Valdez that represents Colombian growers and in-home espresso machines marketed by Nestle SA are some of the pioneers transforming the coffee consumption habits of the two countries' combined populations of nearly a quarter billion people.
BOGOTA, Oct 25- Colombia's central bankers were unanimous in holding the benchmark interest rate at 3.25 percent on Friday for the seventh straight month as signs of a pick-up in growth allowed policymakers to hold off on further easing.
BOGOTA, Oct 8- Colombia slapped a 33 percent charge on Tuesday on assets moved to tax havens, and the finance minister said "the party is over" for Colombians dodging taxes by sending funds abroad.
BOGOTA, Sept 30- Shares in Canadian oil company Petrominerales surged as much as 44 percent on Colombia's stock exchange on Monday after the company agreed to be taken over by Pacific Rubiales, Colombia's largest private oil producer. Petrominerales' Toronto- listed shares also rose, but by just 4 percent to C $11.70.
BOGOTA, Sept 19- As a young business student at the University of Kansas, Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos spent many a late night playing low-stakes poker and then invested his early winnings in shares of a pizza company.
**APPLE INC, Tuesday close $455.32, up 1 pct premarket. The fingerprint reader on Apple's top-end iPhone 5 S received an early thumbs up for ease of use from two influential reviewers, helping dispel concerns about the scanning technology which has been notoriously unreliable in other cellphones. **FEDEX CORP, Tuesday close $110.68, up 2.2 pct premarket.
**ADOBE SYSTEMS INC, Tuesday close $48.14, up 6 pct after market. **FIVE BELOW INC, Tuesday close $48.5, down 2 pct after market. The company said shareholders have agreed to sell 7.1 million shares of its common stock, of which 7 million shares would be sold by funds affiliated with Advent International and 100,000 shares will be sold by Five Below's executive chairman.
NEW YORK, Sept 17- AT&T Inc is planning to announce on Wednesday that it will expand its Latin American reach for business customers through a collaboration with Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim's America Movil.
The stoppage halted about one-third of production by the world's No. 4 coal exporter and was the second major strike in Colombia's coal sector this year, cutting royalty revenues for the government and crimping economic growth.
PANAMA CITY, Sept 13- Panama's economy grew by 7.6 percent in the second quarter, led by stronger activity in transport and communications and brisk business in the construction and mining sectors, the government statistics agency said on Friday.
BOGOTA, Sept 13- Colombia's Labor Ministry said on Friday it was calling an arbitration tribunal to settle a dispute at the local operations of U.S.-based coal miner Drummond, which have been shut down by 52 days of strike action. "The decision... implies the lifting of the strike declared at the said company," the Labor Ministry said in a brief statement on its website.
*Mexico, Colombia, Guatemala little affected by rust. Colombia and Mexico, the two heavy-weight producers of the region, will suffer no significant losses to the disease that can destroy whole crops if left unchecked by spraying, causing immature coffee fruit to drop off trees.
Pluspetrol plans to retain Harvest's 32 percent interest in Petrodelta SA, a joint venture between Harvest and Venezuela's state-owned Petroleos de Venezuela SA, and spin off the company's other assets to Harvest's shareholders.
Sept 11- Oil and gas producer Harvest Natural Resources Inc said it was in exclusive talks to sell itself to Argentina's Pluspetrol in a deal valued at about $373 million including debt.
*Railway is key artery for Colombia's coal exports. BOGOTA, Sept 10- Workers at Colombia's main coal railway Fenoco, which transports about half of the country's coal exports, are negotiating with the company for better pay and improved benefits, their main union said on Tuesday.
BOGOTA, Sept 7- Colombia's farm leaders agreed on Saturday to end a three-week protest that had turned violent, caused food shortages and put pressure on President Juan Manuel Santos just a few months before he must decide whether to seek a second term in office.
*Coffee market focus on wet season in Brazil. NEW YORK/ LONDON, Sept 5- Cocoa futures soared 3 percent in heavy volume to one-year highs on Thursday, after the previous session's outside reversal higher spurred follow-through buying.
*Coffee market focus on wet season in Brazil. LONDON, Sept 5- Arabica coffee futures on ICE sank to a four-year low on Thursday, extending a prolonged slide fuelled by excess supplies after a large harvest in top grower Brazil earlier this year and a rebound in production in Colombia.