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  • 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.

  • Panama's president unveiling subway ahead of vote Saturday, 5 Apr 2014 | 12:00 PM ET

    PANAMA CITY— Counting down his final weeks in office, Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli on Saturday inaugurated the most-emblematic project of a five-year term marked by fast economic growth and more than a hint of hubris— Central America's first subway system.

  • 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.

  • SINGAPORE, Feb 21- Global cocoa prices have rallied to 2-1/ 2- year highs on worries El Nino could return in 2014, while other agricultural commodity markets could also be hit by the spectre of the weather anomaly. El Nino means "boy" in Spanish and was first used by anchovy fishermen in Ecuador and Peru in the 19th century.

  • SINGAPORE, Feb 21- The El Nino weather pattern that can trigger drought in some parts of the world while causing flooding in others is increasingly likely to return this year, hitting production of key foods such as rice, wheat and sugar. A strong El Nino can wither crops in Australia, Southeast Asia, India and Africa when other parts of the globe such as the U.S.

  • BOGOTA, Jan 3- Colombia produced 10.9 million 60- kg bags of arabica coffee in 2013, the national growers' federation said on Friday, a 41 percent jump over the previous year, helped by improved weather and millions of new trees reaching productive age. In 2012, Colombia's coffee harvest yielded just 7.7 million bags.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • How Ugly, Polluting Buses Can Drive Future Cities Tuesday, 9 Jul 2013 | 4:23 PM ET
    View of the "TransMilenio" express bus system and private cars in Bogata, Colombia.

    Urban buses of the emerging world have a bad reputation for choking pollution, which they no longer deserve. In fact, they could be future cities' best hope.

  • Top Real Estate Guys Do Not Waver on Investing Monday, 29 Apr 2013 | 5:39 PM ET
    Sam Zell

    Sam Zell, chairman of Equity Group Investments, said Colombia "may be the best country to invest in" for a number of reasons, including its growing oil production.

  • Hints of Competitiveness in Recession-Hit Spain Tuesday, 15 Jan 2013 | 7:14 AM ET
    Demonstrators take part in a protest against government's health cuts and privatisation plans in Madrid on December 16, 2012.

    Latin American markets have been a prime target for Spanish companies because of their language advantage, and giants such as Telefonica and Banco Santander have increased their exposure there to compensate for problems in their domestic market.

  • Venezuela's Sick Chavez Misses Own Inauguration Bash Thursday, 10 Jan 2013 | 11:50 AM ET
    Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez

    Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez stayed on his sickbed in Cuba on Thursday while supporters rallied on the day he should have been sworn in for a new six-year term.

  • Zumba: Shaking Up the Fitness World     Tuesday, 4 Dec 2012 | 11:50 AM ET

    Alberto Perlman, CEO of Zumba Fitness, discusses how he was able to monetize the worldwide Zumba craze and turn the movement into a multifaceted brand.

  • BUSINESS-NEWS-SCHEDULE AT 1830 GMT / 230 PM ET Friday, 2 Nov 2012 | 6:33 PM ET

    WASHINGTON- U.S. employers stepped up hiring in October and a small increase in the jobless rate was due to more workers restarting their job hunts, a hopeful sign for a lackluster economy that has been a drag on President Barack Obama's re-election bid ( USA- ECONOMY/JOBS, moved, 900 words).

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