Colombia

    South American defense officials failed on Sept. 15 to reach a deal to defuse tensions in the region over a US military pact with Colombia and a plan by Venezuela to buy USD 2 billion in Russian weapons. The UNASUR group of nations called for transparency in defense deals to quell mistrust between Colombia's conservative government and its socialist neighbors in the Andean region. But the meeting in Quito yielded no agreement. (Reuters)

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