Colombia’s female soccer players fight for level field
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — On a recent weeknight, Sara Pulecio dribbled a soccer ball gracefully through a set of orange cones, and jumped repeatedly over small obstacles placed by coaches along a...
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — A prosecutor with Colombia's special peace tribunal was caught red handed accepting cash in exchange for swaying a controversial ruling over a top rebel's extradition to...
The Latest: Security Council sets open meeting on Venezuela
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — The latest on Venezuela's political crisis (all times local):
The U.N. Security Council has scheduled an open meeting Tuesday on the latest events in...
Pence in Colombia announces new sanctions on Maduro
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — The Trump administration announced new sanctions Monday on allies of Venezuela's Nicolas Maduro as it struggles to find new ways to boost his opponent after an effort to...
Pence to deliver speech on Venezuela in Colombia on Monday
WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence is traveling to Colombia next week to demonstrate continued U.S. support for the opposition to Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.
Colombians flood streets to protest terror after car bomb
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Thousands of Colombians dressed in white poured into the streets Sunday to repudiate terrorism after a car bombing at a Bogota police academy killed 21 people and left dozens more wounded.
Pope prays for peace in Colombia after police academy attack
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has prayed for peace in Colombia after the Bogota bombing at a police academy.
Francis told faithful in St. Peter's Square Sunday that he wanted to assure the Colombian people of his closeness after the "grave terrorist attack" on Jan. 17 that claimed 21 lives.
He said he was praying for the victims and their family members, adding, "and I continue to pray for the path of peace in Colombia."
Hope dashed for families of Colombia cadets killed in attack
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Before a car bomb exploded at a Colombia police academy this week, killing 21 people, the young cadets inside were busy pushing forward dreams of serving their country and helping lift their families out of poverty.
Maria Corredor, a tailor who works at the academy mending uniforms, has the distinct image in her mind of 22-year-old Cesar Ojeda blowing her a kiss as he walked joyfully through the campus Thursday morning.
Colombia blames ELN for bomb, presses Cuba to arrest leaders
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombia called on Cuba to arrest 10 National Liberation Army commanders currently in Havana for stalled peace talks after a car bombing blamed on the leftist rebels killed 21 people and injured dozens at a police academy in Bogota.
President Ivan Duque said late Friday that he had revoked a decree suspending arrest orders against leaders of Colombia's last remaining rebel group, known as the ELN for its Spanish initials, who have been living on the communist-run island.
Colombia asks Cuba to arrest ELN negotiators for car bombing
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombian President Ivan Duque on Friday demanded Cuba arrest 10 peace negotiators from the National Liberation Army after his government blamed the leftist group for a car bombing against a police academy that left 21 dead and dozens more wounded.
The Latest: Colombia’s president reactivates arrest orders
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — The Latest on the car bombing in Bogota (all times local):
Colombia's President Ivan Duque has reactivated arrest orders against the leaders of the county's last remaining rebel group after it was blamed for carrying out a car bombing on a police academy that left 21 dead.
10 dead in car bombing at police academy in Colombia capital
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — A car bomb exploded at a heavily guarded police academy in Colombia's capital on Thursday, killing 10 people and injuring dozens in an attack that recalled the bloodiest chapters of the country's drug-fueled guerrilla conflict.
The scene outside the General Santander police academy in southern Bogota was chaotic in the aftermath of the midmorning attack, the biggest against a police or military facility in Bogota in years.
The Latest: Officials ID likely attacker in Colombia bombing
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — The Latest on the car bombing at a police academy in Colombia (all times local):
Colombian authorities said they have identified the likely perpetrator of a car bombing on a Bogota police academy that left 9 dead and dozens more injured.
Ex head of DEA post in Colombia cleared in misconduct probe
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — The former head of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration's high-profile office in Colombia has been cleared of wrongdoing following a probe of misconduct allegations, including accusations that he used government resources to hire prostitutes.
A DEA letter addressed to Richard Dobrich said the investigation turned up "no evidence to support this allegation" and was being closed.
Exodus from Venezuela leaves families divided across borders
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — When Emili Espinoza was finally able to make a video call to the 3-year-old son she hadn't seen since fleeing Venezuela, the little boy named Elvis didn't recognize her.
"No," he told her. "My mom is sleeping."
That cold denial sent a shiver of sadness down her spine. She reminded him of the chocolate-covered bananas she used to buy him, hoping to trigger a memory. But his young mind couldn't grasp the recollection.
Ex-Colombian President Belisario Betancur dies at 95
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Former Colombian President Belisario Betancur, whose bold efforts to reach a peace deal with leftist rebels in the 1980s were undone by drug-fueled bloodletting and an explosion of violence backed by state security forces, died on Friday. He was 95.
Officials: Money mules swallowed cash pills for drug gangs
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Authorities say Colombian and Mexican drug cartels have been trafficking money by recruiting young men and women to swallow thousands of dollars of U.S. bills wrapped in latex.
Colombia's chief prosecutor announced Thursday that 27 people have been captured in a joint operation with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Colombia: Over 40 Venezuelan women rescued from sex ring
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Authorities in Colombia said Thursday they have rescued more than 40 Venezuelan women from a "21st century sex slavery" ring in which migrants were held captive and forced into prostitution.
The network captured women in the border city of Cucuta and transported them to the capital, where their documents were confiscated and they were forced into sex work for 20 days to pay off the price of their transport, officials said.
Colombia tries quashing tensions at migrant camp with soccer
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombian officials are hoping to quash tensions at a Venezuelan migrant camp with a game both the new arrivals and their hosts share a passion for: soccer.
Migrants faced off against Colombian aid workers in a tournament Wednesday, two days after over a dozen Venezuelans were expelled from the camp after a violent protest over food rations.
16 expelled after clash at Venezuelan migrant camp in Bogota
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Sixteen people have been expelled from a camp built for homeless Venezuelan migrants following a violent protest over food rations, Colombia officials said Monday.
Officials in Colombia's capital said that a group of migrants in the camp looted supplies, destroyed tents and attacked police at the site, which houses 470 Venezuelans.
Colombia president snagged by protests, congressional revolt
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Ivan Duque was sworn in as Colombia's president in August after an easy election victory in which he promised to boost the sluggish economy by decreasing corporate taxes, while bringing order to rural areas that have long been plagued by drug trafficking and violence between armed groups.
Students fill streets of Colombia capital in education march
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Thousands of students have disrupted life in Colombia's capital with amid nationwide demonstrations called to press demands for President Ivan Duque to increase education spending.
By early evening, police in Bogota used tear gas to disperse marchers trying to reach wealthier neighborhoods.
The "Pencil March" rallies across Colombia were the latest chapter in more than a half-dozen street protests in recent months demanding that the government boost funding for education.
Colombia opens camp for Venezuela migrants as exodus swells
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombian authorities moved homeless Venezuelan migrants to a soccer field filled with yellow tents and cots Tuesday, as the number of migrants fleeing their nation's economic and humanitarian calamity has risen.
Ex-Ecuador president ordered to stand trial in kidnap case
QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Ecuador's top court ordered former President Rafael Correa on Wednesday to stand trial for his alleged role in the 2012 botched kidnapping of an opposition lawmaker.
Correa was charged in September by prosecutors of orchestrating Fernando Balda's kidnapping in Bogota after he fled to Colombia's capital to escape what he considered persecution by Correa.
Shakira inaugurates building of 2 schools in native Colombia
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Shakira has laid the cornerstones for two schools in her native Colombia as she wraps up a five-month world tour that included stops in Germany, Brazil and the United States.
Venezuelan migrant killed in mob attack in Colombia capital
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — A group of Venezuelan migrants living in Colombia's capital says their homes were ransacked by a mob that beat one of their friends to death while shouting slurs against foreigners.
The attack occurred last week after rumors emerged on social media that Venezuelans living in the crime-ridden slums overlooking southern Bogota were kidnapping children.
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Bogota implores tourists to stop feeding pigeons
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — On a bright Sunday afternoon, a group of government workers walked around Bogota's most famous square dressed as pigeons, with cardboard beaks covering their noses, as thousands of real birds swarmed overhead and left their droppings on stately monuments.
APNewsBreak: DEA’s Colombia post jarred by misconduct probes
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — New turmoil has roiled the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration's high-profile office in Colombia, where at least three agents have left in recent months amid investigations into alleged misconduct, including accusations that one passed secrets to drug cartels and another used government resources to hire prostitutes.
Colombia honors 14 sniffer dogs at emotional retirement
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Fourteen police dogs received medals and diplomas during an emotional retirement ceremony in Colombia's capital Friday as they wrapped up years of service sniffing out drugs, bombs and bodies.
Some of the German shepherds, pit bulls and golden retrievers were treated to special scented baths before they were retired during the event in an auditorium at the Chief Prosecutor's Office.
Colombia police hero arrested in spying ring probe
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — One of Colombia's most-decorated police officers has been arrested for his alleged involvement in a criminal ring that illegally intercepted the private communications of prominent politicians and business leaders.
Gen. Humberto Guatibonza led an anti-kidnapping police unit and headed Bogota's police until he retired in 2016. He was arrested Wednesday on six charges including criminal conspiracy.
Riot police break up marijuana ‘smoke-a-thon’ in Colombia
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Riot police have broken up a pro-marijuana demonstration in Colombia's capital city, as the South American country takes a harder stance on drugs.
Dozens of people showed up at Bogota's planetarium Thursday with posters and small amounts of marijuana to stage a "smoke-a-thon" to defend recreational use of the plant.
Whereabouts of 2 former Colombian rebels unknown
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Authorities said Friday that two former rebel leaders of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia have abandoned their camps, raising fears they could abandon a fragile peace process that ended five decades of internal conflict.
Colombia's lead prosecutor Nestor Humberto Martinez said that the whereabouts of Luciano Marin, who is more commonly known as Ivan Marquez, are unknown.
Colombia anti-corruption referendum comes up shy on votes
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — An anti-corruption referendum in Colombia drew millions to the polls Sunday but fell just short of a required participation threshold to push forward measures aimed at improving transparency and stiffening penalties for white-collar criminals.
Mattis says further Taliban assaults likely in weeks ahead
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Western-backed Afghan defenses will not break under the weight of Taliban violence in advance of scheduled parliamentary elections in October, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said.
In his most detailed comments on the Taliban's assault on the eastern city of Ghazni since it began Aug. 10, Mattis said the Taliban had six objectives in and around the city and failed to seize any of them. He would not specify the six sites.
Exiled jurists symbolically sentence Maduro to 18 years
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — A panel of self-exiled Venezuelan judges holding a symbolic trial found President Nicolas Maduro guilty of corruption Wednesday and sentenced him to more than 18 years in prison.
Ousted chief prosecutor Luisa Ortega accused Maduro of accepting $35 million from the Brazilian construction giant at the center of Latin America's biggest graft scandal in exchange for a leg up on lucrative public works contracts.
Foe accused by Maduro says Venezuela military is fracturing
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — The exiled opposition leader accused by Venezuelan authorities of directing a failed plot to assassinate President Nicolas Maduro says the greatest threat to the embattled socialist leader may be his detractors in uniform standing quietly behind him.
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela's pro-government constitutional assembly stripped two opposition lawmakers of their immunity from prosecution on Wednesday, accusing them of having roles in a drone attack that authorities say was an attempt to kill socialist President Nicolas Maduro.
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombia's youngest elected president was sworn in to office Tuesday, promising to "make corrections" to a peace deal with leftist rebels that has divided the country and to crack down on lingering armed groups still roaming the countryside.
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Authorities detained six people suspected of using explosives-laden drones in a failed bid to assassinate Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, officials said Sunday, in what one witness described as a terrifying attack that shook her apartment building.
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos on Thursday granted 440,000 refugees from crisis-stricken Venezuela two years of help, while urging leaders in the neighboring country to stem the spreading humanitarian crisis.
Santos, who leaves office Tuesday, gave the refugees temporary residency permits, allowing them to study, work and get medical care that many need after arriving with untreated ailments.
Extraordinary drug dog worries Colombian cartel
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — This is the story of a drug dog with a bounty on its head.
Sombra, a six-year-old German shepherd, has helped Colombia's police detect more than 2,000 kilos of cocaine hidden in suitcases, boats and large shipments of fruit.
But as the dog sniffs her way toward record cocaine interdictions, she has also become the latest target of Colombia's most powerful drug gang.
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Thousands of Colombians gathered in cities across the country Friday night to demand an end to a wave of activist killings that threatens to undermine a fragile peace process.
Demonstrators holding candles filled Bogota's main Plaza Bolivar to draw attention to the 311 leftists and human rights defenders that authorities say have been killed since 2016, the year the government signed a landmark peace deal with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia.
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — As Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos prepares to step down, he says he's confident that his crowning achievement — the peace deal with leftist rebels that brought him a Nobel Peace Prize — will survive despite sharp criticism of it by the man now coming into office.
"The accord is bulletproofed," Santos told The Associated Press in an interview Monday at the presidential palace that in six weeks he'll hand over to incoming President Ivan Duque.
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Uncertainty loomed over Colombia's fragile peace deal on Monday with the victory of one of its most hawkish critics in a bruising presidential runoff that laid bare deep divisions in the South American nation as it emerges from decades of bloody conflict.
Ivan Duque, a law-and-order disciple of a powerful former president, won Sunday's vote with a commanding 12-point lead over rival Gustavo Petro, a former rebel and ex-Bogota mayor.
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — President-elect Ivan Duque appealed for unity after winning a runoff election over a leftist firebrand whose ascent shook Colombia's political establishment and laid bare deep divisions over the nation's peace process.
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — The latest on Colombia's presidential election (all times local):
Demobilized members of Colombia's once biggest rebel group say they want to meet with President-elect Ivan Duque to discuss implementation of the nation's peace accord.
Ex-guerrilla leader Rodrigo Londono congratulated Duque for his victory in Sunday's presidential runoff election and said Colombians should work together because "the road of hope is open."
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Ivan Duque, the young conservative protege of a powerful former president, was elected Colombia's next leader Sunday after promising to roll back a fragile peace accord that has divided the South American nation.
Duque captured almost 54 percent of the vote, putting him 12 points ahead of former leftist guerrilla Gustavo Petro in a tense runoff election that had appeared to be tightening in recent days.
Who are Colombia’s presidential candidates?
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — A former guerrilla fighter will compete against a conservative protege of a powerful ex-president on Sunday in a crucial presidential election. Gustavo Petro and Ivan Duque are at opposite ends of the ideological spectrum and have different views on almost every major issue facing the country. Here's a look at the candidates: