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Colombians take part in annual tomato-throwing event

The annual Tomatina contest was held in Colombia yesterday.

Around 15 tonnes of surplus tomatoes are thrown by participants during the event, which started in 2004.

The food fight is part of a three-day tomato celebration which also includes an eating contest and a largest tomato competition.

The festival was inspired by the La Tomatina festival held annually in the town of Buñol near Valencia, Spain.

Around 15 tonnes of surplus tomatoes are thrown by, and at, participants during the event Credit: Reuters/John Vizcaino
Revellers play with tomato pulp during the annual "Tomatina" (tomato fight) in Sutamarchan province in Colombia Credit: Reuters/John Vizcaino
Children are also welcome to participate in the festival Credit: Reuters/John Vizcaino


Spanish police arrest woman with cocaine breast implants

The implants were found to carry 1.38 kg of cocaine. Credit: Reuters

Spanish police have arrested a Panamanian woman who landed in Barcelona from Colombia with cocaine stuffed inside her breast implants.

The woman was taken to the police at the airport after her vague answers to questions about the reasons for her trip from Bogota raised suspicion at the border control, the Interior Ministry said in a statement.

When border police discovered fresh scars and blood-stained gauze on the woman's chest, she was taken to a nearby hospital to check her claim that she had recently undergone breast implant surgery.

The implants were found to carry 1.38 kg of cocaine.

Colombian president announces 'peace talks' with rebels

Colombia's president Juan Manuel Santos has opened "explanatory talks" with the country's main revel group to try to end a 50-year-old conflict.

Colombia's president Juan Manuel Santos announces 'peace talks' with rebels. Picture taken November 2011. Credit: Daniel Deme/PA Wire

Mr Santos announced that talks will be supposedly held in Cuba, between representatives of his government and the left-wing Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).

The government was able to secure congressional enactment in June of a "peace framework" law that would provide amnesty to rebel leaders.


Pentagon suspends security clearances over Colombia scandal

The Pentagon has suspended security clearances of military personnel implicated in the Colombia prostitution scandal, pending the results of the investigation, Defence Secretary Leon Panetta has said.

US Secret Service and military personnel allegedly took as many as 21 women back to their hotel, ahead of President Barack Obama's trip to the seaside city of Cartagena to attend the Summit of the Americas.

They were discovered when one woman complained about money, leading to the involvement of the local police.

Clinton lets her hair down

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton dances with members of her delegation in the Cafe Havana bar
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton dances with members of her delegation in the Cafe Havana bar. Credit: Reuters

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton celebrated the end of the Summit of Americas in Colombia by dancing the rumba and drinking beer with her bodyguards and friends.

She was pictured partying on the dance floor of the Cuban-style Cafe Havana in Cartagena, a Caribbean beach resort in Colombia.

Witnesses say the group arrived at midnight and ordered a dozen beers and whisky before getting up and dancing to the live band.

Clinton and President Obama had sent the weekend in Cartagena for the summit with the leaders of Latin American countries.

Hillary Clinton
Clinton and her group arrived around midnight and ordered beers and whiskey, according to witnesses. Credit: Reuters
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