A relative of late Colombian writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez, who won the 1982 Nobel Prize for literature, was rescued from kidnappers on Monday by members of the armed forces, President Ivan Duque said.
Colombia's largest active rebel group, the National Liberation Army (ELN), on Monday called a 12-day unilateral ceasefire for the holiday period, while reiterating its intention to seek a negotiated solution to the armed conflict.
A Colombian tribunal ordered the government on Friday to suspend the awarding of mining licenses until it establishes protected areas, while the mines and energy ministry said it would appeal against the decision.
A Colombian tribunal fined a consortium led by Brazilian construction firm Odebrecht [ODBES.UL] $250 million and banned it from government contracts for 10 years, saying the group used corrupt tactics to win infrastructure contracts.
Colombia will spend an additional 4.5 trillion pesos ($1.42 billion) on public higher education during President Ivan Duque's four years in office, he said on Friday, as a student strike protesting the lack of resources stretched to 10 weeks.
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