A new face at the reins of US diplomacy toward Latin America
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — The new acting head of U.S. diplomacy toward Latin America is a seasoned envoy who once floated the idea of going into Chile unilaterally to snatch a politically powerful...
Colombia threatens to denounce Cuba as sponsor of terrorism
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombia threatened Tuesday to denounce Cuba at the United Nations unless it immediately turns over two guerrilla commanders believed to be living on the communist...
Colombia to tell UN that Venezuela harbors ‘terrorists’
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — A reportedly leaked Venezuelan intelligence report indicates that President Nicolás Maduro's socialist government is harboring Colombian rebels inside Venezuela,...
Mayoral candidate killed in Colombia in likely rebel attack
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — A little over a week before her lifeless body was found in an abandoned, burnt-out vehicle, Karina García could sense she was a marked woman.
AP Interview: Guatemala graft body’s chief happy despite end
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Although he did not head the anti-corruption mission in Guatemala starting with its creation in 2007, Iván Velásquez became known internationally about a half decade ago...
Colombian rebels’ rearming ups pressure for Maduro
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — A call to arms by former rebel negotiators in Colombia is a blow to the country's fragile peace, but it also provides a tempting target for hawks looking to bring down the...
Colombia FARC negotiators say they are taking up arms again
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombian President Ivan Duque offered a nearly $1 million reward for the arrest of the top peace negotiator for the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia on Thursday...
Songbirds silenced as Colombia fights wildlife trafficking
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — The metal doors of a shoebox-sized cage open up and a bird tagged #811 launches into a giant aviary. The palm-sized finch performs a midair pirouette, lands on a willow...
Colombia antitrust regulator fines Uber for blocking probe
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombia's antitrust regulator is fining ride-sharing app Uber $625,000 for allegedly obstructing an investigation into its operations in the country.
BOGOTÁ, Colombia (AP) — Venezuelan migrant Alexander Beja has spent the last year singing on the streets of Bogotá to an audience of busy commuters who often walk by without paying much...
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — The star witness in a U.S. investigation of a once-standout Drug Enforcement Administration agent was sentenced Wednesday to nearly four years in prison after implicating...
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — It's six in the morning and Samuel Romero is already pulling his bicycle out of a small garage.
The 21-year-old Venezuelan migrant turns on his phone and logs on to...
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — The U.S. on Thursday imposed sanctions on three stepsons of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, accusing them of forming part of a sophisticated scheme that stole hundreds...
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Maria del Pilar Hurtado's son screamed in anguish at the sight of his mother's dead body on a dirt road in the poor community in northern Colombia the family called...
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — U.S. investigators have received permission from Ecuador to question a Swedish programmer close to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange who has been held in jail for more than...
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — If there's a negotiated settlement to Venezuela*s protracted crisis, it will likely be reached with the help of a self-effacing, tight-lipped Scandinavian diplomat with a...
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — A former Colombian rebel leader was re-arrested by police Friday moments after his release from jail by a peace tribunal whose ruling against extraditing him to the U.S....
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Four people are dead and at least eight injured after an explosion in Bogota at what may have been an underground gunpowder store.
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — A special peace tribunal in Colombia has for the first time ordered the arrest of a former rebel for failing to contribute to reconciliation efforts mandated by the...
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — The death toll in a devastating landslide that flowed over homes in a small community in southwestern Colombia has risen to 30.
Man gets prison for attacking customs officer at airport
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man has been sentenced to seven years and three months in prison for attacking a customs officer at a Florida airport.
Van Uytvanck’s loss extends run of different WTA winners
LUGANO, Switzerland (AP) — The season-long streak of having different winners at each WTA tour event will continue for another week after Alison Van Uytvanck lost in the second round of the...
UNICEF: Venezuelan children on the move need help
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Across Colombia's capital, Venezuelan children, including infants, spend hours at busy intersections while their migrant parents sell candy or ask motorists for a few coins...
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — A magnitude 6.1 earthquake that struck in Colombia shook buildings and frightened residents, but does not appear to have caused any damage.
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...
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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.