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Rapper Snoop Dogg has mistakenly promoted the Romanian village of Bogata by tagging himself there on Instagram.

He posted an image which appeared to show he was in Bogata in the center of Romania.

Snoop Dogg was actually one letter out – an extra A instead of an O – and more than 6,000 miles away in the Colombian capital Bogota.

Bogata saw immediate interest with even a new website popping up.

The website’s creators described it as “the perfect place to be if you want to relax in nature and take in all it has to offer”.Snoop Dogg and Visit Bogata

Romanians got excited, thinking Snoop Dogg was in their country on a surprise trip.

However, others spotted Snoop Dogg’s mistake and one pointed out: “I think you should edit your location.”

The new Visit Bogata website describes the village of 2,000 as the “best place for chillin’ in Romania”.

There is a problem, though: there’s no hotel in the village, so visitors are advised to bring a sleeping bag.

“The village is situated on the river Mureș, offering all that nature has to offer. You can camp there or even ask a villager for housing, if you feel like learning more on the location from its inhabitants,” the website said.

If they get hungry they can feast on a twist of the famous Hungarian goulash.

The website says: “We can trace it back to older times, when it is believed that Hungarian shepherds ate similar food to fill up and gain energy for a full day.”

Bogata mayor Laszlo Barta realized Snoop’s tag confusion was a handy way to promote his town.

“It was a mistake but it’s a good advert for us.”


A signed first edition of Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude has been stolen in Colombia.

The book was being exhibited in a locked cabinet at the International Book Fair in Bogota.

The fair, which closes on May 4, is dedicated to Colombian author Gabriel Garcia Marquez, who died last year at the age of 87.

The book is estimated to be worth $60,000 but its owner says for him its value is immeasurable.

It disappeared on Saturday afternoon from a locked cabinet at the Corferias exhibition centre in Bogota where it was being exhibited as part of the book fair.Gabriel Garcia Marquez book fair Bogota

The fair, one of the most important in Latin America, had at its theme Macondo, the fictional Colombian town where One Hundred Years of Solitude is set.

Gabriel Garcia Marquez, who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982, was Colombia’s most famous and critically acclaimed author.

Following his death in Mexico in April 2014, first editions of his novels have risen in value.

Alvaro Castillo, who trades in rare books, said he purchased the 1967 first edition of One Hundred Years of Solitude in a bookshop in the Uruguayan capital, Montevideo, in 2006.

Gabriel Garcia Marquez later signed the copy and dedicated it to Alvaro Castillo with the words: “To Alvaro Castillo, the old-book seller, as yesterday and forever, your friend, Gabo.”

Alvaro Castillo would not say how much he paid for the copy or how much more it would be worth with the dedication, but stressed that to him it was priceless.

Police are reviewing video footage from the exhibition centre in the hope of discovering who may be behind the theft.

Colombia has decided to deploy troops in the capital, Bogota, following violent protests in support of a strike by small-scale farmers.

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said the troops were needed “to assure normality”.

Clashes with police broke out after thousands of people took to the streets in support of the farmers. At least two people have died.

Farmers say government policies are driving them into bankruptcy.

“Last night, I ordered the militarization of Bogota and I will do the same today in any municipality or area that needs the presence of our soldiers,” Juan Manuel Santos said in a televised address after an overnight cabinet meeting.

“It’s unacceptable that the actions of a few impact the lives of the majority.”

He did not say how many troops would be called in.

Colombia has deployed troops in Bogota following violent protests in support of small-scale farmers strike

Colombia has deployed troops in Bogota following violent protests in support of small-scale farmers strike

President Juan Manuel Santos had earlier described the protests as “valid”, but urged demonstrators to keep them peaceful.

Clashes broke out on Thursday afternoon after tens of thousands of people marched peacefully in support of a 10-day protest by small-scale farmers.

Correspondents said masked youths threw stones and bricks and fought riot police who responded with tear gas and water cannon.

The two deaths occurred overnight in the western districts of Suba and Engativa, although the circumstances are not yet clear, Bogota security chief Alfonso Jaramillo said.

Interior Minister Fernando Carrillo said that those who had resorted to violence were “vandals, not farmers”.

The protests have united potato growers and milk producers with teachers, health workers and students – and negotiations with the government remain deadlocked.

Protesters in other parts of the country have also been blocking roads and disrupting food supplies to major cities and towns.

On Wednesday the government announced measures – including better prices for agricultural products and more access to loans – to ease the pressure on farmers.

The government also promised more protection from products imported at lower prices from countries with free-trade agreements with Colombia.

But the small-scale farmers have so far rejected the government’s offer.

They say that free trade agreements with the EU and the US, which have recently come into force, are flooding the market with agricultural products at prices they are unable to match.

They also complain that rising fuel and production costs have turned small-scale farming into a loss-making business.

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Carlos Rodriguez, the Honduran ambassador to Colombia, has been sacked after a wild Christmas party at the embassy in Bogota.

Ambassador Carlos Rodriguez has been told to resign “to safeguard relations with Colombia”, the Honduran Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

An investigation has begun into reports that two prostitutes had been invited to the party on December 20.

The two women have been accused of stealing laptop computers and mobile phones from the embassy.

An inquiry committee has been set up in Honduras, while in Colombia the authorities are trying to identify the two sex workers.

Carlos Rodriguez, the Honduran ambassador to Colombia, has been sacked after a wild Christmas party at the embassy in Bogota

Carlos Rodriguez, the Honduran ambassador to Colombia, has been sacked after a wild Christmas party at the embassy in Bogota

An employee close to Carlos Rodriguez has been accused of organizing the party and hiring the prostitutes.

An embassy vehicle was reportedly used to bring them into the building.

It is not clear whether the ambassador was present.

US secret service agents were involved in a similar scandal last year, ahead of an official visit by President Barack Obama to Colombia.

They were sent home and disciplined in April 2012 after being accused of taking prostitutes to their hotel rooms on the eve of the Summit of the Americas in the city of Cartagena.

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