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Reform-minded Cuban economists have long called for the role of small business to be expanded to help jump-start the economy and to create jobs. Photograph:  Yamil Lage/AFP via Getty

In a major reform of the state-dominated economy, the Cuban government will allow small private businesses to operate in most fields, eliminating its (...)

Among the planned Smurfit Kappa work is the further modernisation of machinery in Colombia.

Smurfit Kappa is investing $40 million (€33 million) in its paper sacks business in Latin America, expanding and modernising its operations. The comp(...)

Carlos Holmes Trujillo in November 2019. Photograph: Joedson Alves/EPA

Colombia’s defence minister Carlos Holmes Trujillo has died from viral pneumonia related to Covid-19, the government said on Tuesday. Mr Trujillo was(...)

Inmates point from inside of La Modelo jail in Bogota, Colombia, where violence broke out  out of inmates’ fears that prison guards are not doing enough to prevent coronavirus. Photograph: Ivan Valencia/AP Photo

A prison riot in Colombia’s capital Bogota late on Saturday has left 23 prisoners dead and 83 injured, as detainees protested sanitary conditions ami(...)

Mark Downey: he has taken gold at three track cycling World Cup races. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

One week after saying she hoped that a final decision would be reached in terms of the running of the 2019 Rás Tailteann, race director Eimear Dignam (...)

The Gloaming Live at the National Concert Hall in March 2018. Photograph: York Tillyer

The Late Late Show Friday, RTÉ One, 9.35pm Rock star and charity campaigner Bob Geldof leads the names joining Ryan Tubridy on Good Friday’s Late La(...)

Mark Downey  celebrating a victory in  Cali, Colombia last year. “I’m confident that I’ve chosen the right move team-wise, and am very motivated to get back racing. Photograph: Luis Robayo/AFP/Getty

Highly impressive a year ago in track racing, Mark Downey has opted for a more steady build-up in the current season in order to peak for the World Ch(...)

Pope Francis is welcomed by the president of Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos, and first lady Maria Clemencia de Santos, on his arrival in Bogotá, Colombia on Wednesday. Photograph: Alessandro Di Meo/EPA

The memory of the land mine that tore off the leg of Helena González’s nephew years ago is still fresh. González (25), has spent much of her life fear(...)

Mark Downey  celebrates after winning the gold medal in the  World Cup men’s points race final at  Alcides Nieto Patino velodrome in Cali, Colombia. Photograph: Luis Royao/AFP/Getty

Following the superb performances of the Irish track team at World Cups in Colombia and Los Angeles, the focus is turning towards next month’s track w(...)