Martin von Hildebrand: spearheading what may be the world’s largest protected area extending across the Amazon basin from the Andes to the Atlantic. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Climate change can only be tackled if it is “not just a white man’s project”, leading Colombian ethnologist and Irish graduate Dr Martin von Hildebran(...)

A Colombian army soldier stands next to packages of seized cocaine during a press conference at a military base in Colombia. Photograph: Luis Robayo/AFP/Getty Images

The country’s public enemy number one is rich, elusive – and ruthless

Searching for peace: Colombia’s president, Juan Manuel Santos, holds a pigeon during an official event in Bello Antioquia province in August 2012. Photograph: Javier Casella/ Reuters

Clara Silva de Santos vividly recalls the “Bogotazo” of April 9th, 1948, when Colombia’s capital was plunged into violence after the assassination of (...)

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos has revived airstrikes on rebels of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (Farc) after 11 fighters died in a clash. Photograph: Christian Escobar Mora/EPA

Colombia’s president Juan Manuel Santos ordered the resumption of bombing raids against Farc guerrillas on Wednesday after a rebel attack killed 10 so(...)

The White House will eliminate a major diplomatic hurdle by pushing to have Cuba dropped from a list of state sponsors of terrorism. Photograph: The New York Times 1:30

Cuba recognised what it called a “fair decision” by US president Barack Obama to inform Congress he intends to remove Cuba from a US list of state spo(...)

‘Colombians are often quite interested when they hear I am Irish; they want to know more about the IRA (Or ‘eee-rah’ as they pronounce it) and how our nation managed to achieve peace.’

Bogota, the capital of Colombia, is a strange city. Despite being close to the equator, its high altitude gives it a chilly wet climate that makes (...)

Fitzgerald Nursery staff harvesting a crop of sweet potatoes grown under cover in Co Kilkenny. Photograph: Pat Fitzgerald/Fitzgerald Nurseries

In the same way that I have a soft spot for eccentrics and oddballs of the human kind, so I’ve always been intrigued by the horticulturally strange(...)

Cuba was added to the list of terrorism sponsors in 1982, when it was aiding Marxist insurgencies in Colombia and elsewhere. Other countries on the list include Iran, Sudan and Syria. Photograph: Adalberto Roque/AFP Photo/Getty Images

The US state department has recommended that president Barack Obama remove Cuba from the US list of state sponsors of terrorism, a US senate foreign r(...)

A girl stands behind a Venezuelan flag and underneath a sign reading “Respect Dissidence in Venezuela” during a protest in Panama City ahead of this weekend’s Summit of the Americas. Photograph: Edgard Garrido/Reuters

The recent détente between Cuba and the United States faces its first public test this weekend when presidents Raúl Castro and Barack Obama attend the(...)

German co-pilot Andreas Lubitz (28). Marseille prosecutor Brice Robin said Lubitz deliberately crashed the Germanwings aircraft into the Alps. 2:12

German police have begun searching the home of Andreas Lubitz, the co-pilot who is believed to have ocked himself alone in the cockpit of a Germanwing(...)