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Why Colombia’s Cocaine Industry Is Thriving | VICE on HBO (Bonus)

In Colombia, cultivation of coca, the main ingredient of cocaine, has nearly tripled over the past five years. As part of the 2016 peace agreement between the government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), the country has embarked on a unique experiment to try to end coca farming and production, but freeing Colombia from its cocaine problem is proving difficult. Charlet Duboc travels to the remote towns where coca farming is a way of life to examine the struggle for a cocaine-free Colombia.

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A New Leaf & Quantum Supremacy (Trailer) | VICE on HBO

This week on VICE on HBO, we’re taking a look at cocaine in Colombia and the rise of quantum computing.

In Colombia, cultivation of coca, the main ingredient of cocaine, has nearly tripled over the past five years. As part of the 2016 peace agreement between the government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), the country has embarked on a unique experiment to try to end coca farming and production, but freeing Colombia from its cocaine problem is proving difficult. Charlet Duboc travels to the remote towns where coca farming is a way of life to examine the struggle for a cocaine-free Colombia.

And then….

Computer giants are racing to build the first quantum computer, a device with millions of times more processing strength than all the computers currently on Earth combined. This technology will harness the unusual laws of quantum mechanics to bring unimaginable advances in fields like materials science and medicine, but could also pose the greatest threat to cybersecurity yet. Taylor Wilson meets the scientists at the cutting edge of this new age of computing.

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Colombia’s new leader plans changes to FARC peace deal

Colombia’s new President Ivan Duque takes office, succeeding Juan Manuel Santos, and could work to undo the deal his predecessor reached with leftist FARC guerrillas to end a half-century of conflict.

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Colombia unveils peace monument with floor of melted rifles

Colombia unveils a monument to peace called “Fragments” by contemporary artist Doris Salcedo, who built it with weapons collected from the former FARC guerrilla group, including a tiled floor made of melted rifles.

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FARC peace deal at risk as Duque wins Colombia presidency

Conservative Ivan Duque celebrates winning Colombia’s presidential election after a campaign that turned into a referendum on a landmark 2016 peace deal with FARC rebels that he pledged to overhaul.

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Voting begins in Colombia’s presidential run-off

Polls open in Colombia for the presidential run-off election pitting conservative front-runner Ivan Duque against leftist former Bogota mayor and ex-guerrilla Gustavo Petro, the first since a peace deal with FARC rebels was signed.

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Voting begins in Colombia’s presidential run-off

Polls open in Colombia for the presidential run-off election pitting conservative front-runner Ivan Duque against leftist former Bogota mayor and ex-guerrilla Gustavo Petro, the first since a peace deal with FARC rebels was signed. IMAGES

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The FARC

Videographic looking at the history of the Colombian militant rebel group, the FARC, which has dominated the country’s recent hisory. A presidential runoff vote will be held in the country on June 17.VIDEOGRAPHICS

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Polls open in Colombia for first round of presidential vote

Polls open in Colombia for the first round of a divisive presidential election likely to impact on the government’s fragile peace deal with the former rebel movement FARC. IMAGES

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Concern on the Colombia-Ecuador border after journalist killings

Colombians living near the border with Ecuador are concerned by the local security situation and the effects it may have on business, after the murder of journalists from the newspaper El Comercio, who were abducted by dissident FARC rebels.