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Alessandro Rampietti

Alessandro Rampietti is a producer and correspondent in the Andean region for Al Jazeera English.

A native Italian, he has covered the Colombian conflict, immigration in Europe, US politics, the Middle East peace process, indigenous populations and the global financial crisis.

Before his current assignment, he worked at the broadcast centre in Washington, DC, reporting on the 2008 US elections and producing a series of documentaries across the country.

Alessandro’s coverage of Haiti’s cholera crisis won an award from the New York Press club. He previously worked for national newspapers and television in Italy.

Latin America

Colombia shipping channel endangers unique reef

An old and unique reef off the coast of Colombia could be wiped out by government plans to build a deep-water shipping channel in the area.

Latin America

Colombia: FARC hands over most of its weapons in peace deal

Colombia’s FARC rebel group says it has handed over 60 percent of its weapons to the United Nations as part of a deal to end the half-century war with government forces.

Latin America

Venezuelan cities semi-paralysed by country's deepening crisis

In San Cristobal, the capital of the state of Tachira, most of the public transport system has been shut for nearly a month. Unrest in Venezuela has left cities paralysed for weeks. Al Jazeera’s Alessandro Rampietti reports from Cucuta.

Latin America

Venezuela: Attorney General slams security forces on deadly force

Venezuela's Attorney General Luisa Ortega has accused security forces of using excessive force to quell anti-government protests. She says 55 people have died since demonstrations over the country's food and economic crises intensified in April.

Latin America

Colombia’s striking teachers take to streets

Tens of thousands of teachers have protested in Colombia's capital, Bogota, and other cities, calling for more state investment in education and wage increases.

Latin America

Colombia: Complaints over construction delays at FARC peace camps

Former FARC fighters say the Colombian government has yet to make good on its promise to provide proper housing for those now living in temporary camps. They say the delay could hinder the peace process agreed last year.

Latin America

Colombia landslides: Survivors left with nothing

Survivors of Colombia's mudslides are returning to their neighbourhoods to recover what's left. Despite government promises to help people rebuild, those left with nothing are worried it won't happen at all.

Colombia

Colombia: Burials start for Mocoa mudslides victims

At least 273 people were killed after rains and mudslides caused havoc in the Colombian city of Mocoa. Many of the victims were children. Families have started burying their loved ones as the search for the missing goes on.

Latin America

Venezuela: President moves to defuse tension after court ruling

Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro is pushing for a review of the Supreme Court decision that stripped the opposition-controlled parliament of its powers.

Latin America

Colombian architect gets 51-year prison verdict for raping girl

A wealthy Colombian architect has been sentenced to 51 years in prison for the sexual assault and murder of a seven-year-old indigenous girl.

Latin America

Pregnant Venezuelans pour into Colombia for medical attention

With the ongoing crisis in Venezuela, hundreds of pregnant women are crossing into neighboring Colombia to have their babies. Many of them arrive when their pregnancy is advanced and have received little or no previous medical attention.

Latin America

Colombia's Santos apologises for illegal campaign funds

The Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht has admitted paying millions of dollars in bribes in a dozen countries.