BOGOTA, Oct 20 Both houses of Colombia's
congress gave final approval to a 314 trillion peso ($81.7
billion) budget for next year, as the Andean country looks to
invigorate an economy pummeled by a coronavirus lockdown.
BOGOTA Colombia's government estimated national income could fall by 23.7 trillion pesos ($6.58 billion) this year, as the coronavirus lockdown and low oil prices batter the Andean country's economy.
TRINIDAD Officials in the Bolivian city of Trinidad launched a campaign on Monday to give out free doses of the anti-parasite drug ivermectin in a bid to combat the coronavirus in the country's hard-hit eastern region.
BOGOTA Colombian unions and student groups held their second national strike in less than a week on Wednesday to honour a dead demonstrator and protest rumoured government economic plans, corruption and police violence. | Video
BOGOTA Colombian unions, student groups and other protesters marched on Thursday against rumoured economic reform plans and amid rising discontent with the government of President Ivan Duque, while the city of Cali imposed a curfew from 7 p.m.
BOGOTA President Ivan Duque must push pension and energy reforms through a hostile and polarized congress over the next year if Colombia's slow and uncertain economic recovery is to take root, analysts and lawmakers said.
BOGOTA The government of Colombian President Ivan Duque has started a plan sell off public stakes in low-profit companies, expecting to generate more than $1.9 billion a year for more lucrative investments, a finance ministry official told Reuters.
BOGOTA Some 5,000 Venezuelans leave their country each day, the Organization of American States (OAS) said in a report on Friday, and the number of migrants from the oil-producing country could double to 8 million by the end of 2020.
BOGOTA President Ivan Duque's call for changes to key peace legislation has prompted former rebels to warn he has put Colombia on the path to war, but with his government on a weak footing in Congress, major revisions that could reignite conflict seem unlikely.
BOGOTA Colombian President Ivan Duque's tough stance on the crisis in neighbouring Venezuela has helped boost his ratings from record lows, but sustaining his popularity and pushing through key legislation may prove elusive.