Colombia cocaine production acreage at 'record level'

The UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) said the acreage under coca cultivation rose to 171,000 hectares in 2017, a 17% increase from 2016.

The agency warned production could harm recent peace-building efforts.

Colombia is the world's largest producer of cocaine, much of which ends up in the US - which is the world's largest consumer.

Gloria María Borrero Restrepo, Colombia's justice minister, reportedly called the data "really very worrying".

Poland 0 Colombia 3

Monaco striker Falcao stroked home his 30th international goal, making him the first player from Colombia to reach such a milestone, midway through the second half of a cagey encounter in Kazan, where defeat for either side would have meant elimination from the competition.

Barcelona defender Yerry Mina scored the opener, powering a header beyond Wojciech Szczesny five minutes before half-time to enliven the contest, and it was the creativity and industry of Juan Cuadrado and James Rodriguez that picked apart Poland's tightly stitched seams.

Colombia 1 Japan 2

The Group H favourites suffered a nightmarish start to their campaign when Sanchez blocked Shinji Kagawa's shot with his arm after just two minutes and 56 seconds, prompting the referee to brandish the first straight red card for handball at a World Cup since Luis Suarez was sent off against Ghana in 2010.

Kagawa then put Japan ahead from the penalty spot but even with 10 men Jose Pekerman was able to make his side competitive and Juan Fernando Quintero levelled with a free-kick six minutes before half-time.

Colombia 0 Australia 0

Half-time substitute Borja was denied from the spot by birthday boy Danny Vukovic and hit the post twice – the second coming in the last minute of stoppage time – as Colombia failed to show the clinical edge that saw them come from two goals down to beat Les Blues 3-2 in their previous outing.

Jose Pekerman's team were by far the better side at Fulham's Craven Cottage and produced plenty of the fast attacking breaks and skilful forward play they hope will bring them success at the World Cup, but ultimately failed to convert a number of excellent chances.

Young PNGean to be peace envoy

The annual summit brings together the most valuable young talent from global and national companies, NGOs, universities and other forward-thinking organisations.

David Rupa, a Young Men of Honour award recipient, will be at the summit from 4 – 7 October, to talk about peace in PNG.

Rupa’s presentation will be based on facts and findings which highlight PNG as the worst place in the world for gender-based violence, where 70 percent of our children suffer from physical abuse, 50 percent face family violence and two thirds of women suffer domestic violence every day.

Colombia conflict: Two Dutch journalists kidnapped

Derk Bolt and Eugenio Follender went missing at the weekend in Catatumbo, a region where several armed groups operate, including the left-wing ELN.

They were searching for the mother of a Colombian child adopted in the Netherlands a few years ago.

The Colombian authorities tweeted a demand "for the immediate release of the two men."

Last year the ELN rebel group kidnapped a Spanish journalist and several Colombians in the same area. All were later released.

The Colombian army says it has sent specialist forces to the region to search for the Dutchmen.

Colombia frees eight child recruits from the ELN

The group were found during an army operation in a remote northern region, in which at least 12 rebel fighters were captured.

The ELN has been fighting the government for more than five decades.

Proposed peace talks broke down in October when the rebels failed to release a hostage they were holding.

A fresh attempt to arrange talks is due to take place in neighbouring Ecuador this month.

According to the ministry the operation took place in the municipality of Montecristo in the northern department of Bolivar.

Colombia outrage over killing of young girl

Yuliana Samboni's body - which showed signs of torture - was found in a luxury apartment in the city. It's believed she had been suffocated.

The suspect, who has been detained by the police, is from a wealthy family.

The killing has ignited public anger about child sex abuse as well as over the country's deep social divide.

President Juan Manuel Santos has condemned the killing.

Yuliana Samboni had been playing outside her family home in a working class neighbourhood of Bogota when she was snatched from the street by a man in a grey van.

Former Colombia international caught smuggling cocaine in his underwear

The ex-Atletico Nacional man, 46, was apprehended in Medellin's Jose Cordova Airport while trying to board a plane for Madrid. 

Osorio allegedly had 1.145 kilos of the narcotic stuffed in his underwear when he was intercepted by security at the airport, with an estimated street value of £40,000.

The former defender had also been held in Miami for cocaine possession in 2002, and had been released on bail.

When questioned Osorio, who made 17 appearances for Colombia, said he was "trying to pay off a debt" and was later released pending charges by a judge in Rionegro.

Colombia's President Santos says peace with Farc will boost growth

"War is always more costly than peace," he said in an interview with the BBC.

Mr Santos and Farc leader Timoleon Jimenez, known as Timochenko, will sign a historic peace deal later on Monday.

But it will take a long time for Colombian society to recover from more than five decades of conflict, he said.

"We could have grown between 2% and 3% more per year for the past 23 years," said Mr Santos.

The conflict has also had a profound impact on Colombian society, Mr Santos told the BBC's Lyse Doucet.