BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — President Ivan Duque is urging Colombia's Constitutional Court to ease restrictions on aerial spraying of illegal coca crops with a weed killer that had raised cancer...
Israel ‘surprised’ by Colombian decision on Palestinians
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's Foreign Ministry says it is "surprised" by Colombia's decision to recognize Palestinian statehood.
Colombia's foreign minister said Wednesday that the outgoing government of President Juan Manuel Santos made the decision last week, shortly before leaving office. The new government of President Ivan Duque, who was sworn in Tuesday, said it would study his predecessor's decision, but acknowledged it was legal.
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombia's foreign minister says his country has become the latest to recognize Palestinian statehood.
Carlos Holmes said Wednesday that the outgoing government of President Juan Manuel Santos made the decision last week, shortly before leaving office.
New President Ivan Duque was sworn in Tuesday. His government said it would study the implications of Santos' last minute decision on the Palestinians, but acknowledged that it was legal.
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.
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Colombia's outgoing vice president paid tribute to the U.N. Security Council Thursday for its support in building peace in a country ravaged by conflict for five decades and assured the world that the incoming president will work to consolidate peace.
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — The excavation of a Spanish ship that sank off the coast of Colombia with a trove of silver and gold now worth billions will have to wait a bit longer.
Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos announced Monday he is suspending efforts to create a special partnership with a private entity to dig up the shipwreck.
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos has signed a law that could pave the way for the country's biggest drug gangs to surrender.
The measure signed Monday reduces prison sentences by as much as 50 percent for members of a criminal group that collectively turn themselves in.
FONTENAY-LE-COMTE, France (AP) — Colombia, the land of climbers, finally has a cyclist back in the yellow jersey at the Tour de France.
And it took a sprinter to do it.
Fernando Gaviria won the opening stage on his debut on Saturday, becoming the first Colombian since Victor Hugo Pena in 2003 to don the leader's maillot.
Top Colombian riders such as Luis Herrera, Fabio Parra, and current star Nairo Quintana can't claim that honor.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Colombian President-elect Ivan Duque says he's open to a return of aerial fumigation with planes to reverse a record surge in production of coca, the raw material for cocaine.
When asked whether he prefers planes or drones to spray herbicides, Duque says: "At this time we have to look at all options, and they must be the ones that guarantee the most precision, the most effectiveness and that minimize any damage to third parties."
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombia's government said Tuesday it has authorized the use of herbicide-spraying drones to tackle a record surge in cocaine production.
The decision was announced a day after a White House report said that land devoted to coca production in Colombia had surged to a record 209,000 hectares (516,450 acres) last year.
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) — Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said Thursday the bodies of three Ecuadorean press workers kidnapped in a conflictive border region may have been found.
In a tweet, Santos said authorities are still verifying the remains of the three individuals recovered. Military officials later confirmed the body of a fourth person had also been found.
"I reiterate my condolences to their families and repudiation for such an atrocious crime," he wrote.
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.
A glance at Colombia’s presidential election
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombia's presidential election on May 27 is the first since the government signed a peace deal with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia leading to the disarmament of some 7,000 fighters. Five candidates are running and if none gets more than 50 percent of the vote, the top two finishers will head to a runoff in June. Here's a glance at who's running and what's at stake:
Colombia becomes NATO partner in Latin America
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombia will become NATO's first partner in Latin America in recognition of the country's battle-tested military.
President Juan Manuel Santos on Friday said that the country's entry into the military alliance's global partnership program will take place next week in Brussels.
QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Ecuador's President Lenin Moreno on Friday confirmed that three press workers kidnapped along the conflictive border with Colombia had been killed, opening the door to a military strike against their captors.
Moreno spoke after a 12-hour deadline ended with the captors failing to demonstrate the hostages were still alive. It's still not clear how they died but Moreno denied the hostage takers' unsubstantiated claims it was the result of a stealth military operation.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence plans to meet with four Latin American leaders during his weekend trip to Peru for an international summit where he is filling in for President Donald Trump.
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombian officials say eight police officers were killed when a homemade bomb exploded as they escorted a caravan of government workers belonging to a land restitution unit.
Authorities attribute the attack Wednesday to the ruthless Gulf Clan that dominates drug routes near the volatile Uraba region of northern Colombia.
President Juan Manuel Santos expressed his solidarity with the victims.
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — The latest on Colombian authorities arresting a former leader of the disbanded FARC rebel army (all times local):
Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos says he won't hesitate to extradite a former FARC rebel leader arrested Monday as part of a U.S. drug trafficking investigation.
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos says he's resuming peace talks with the nation's last remaining rebel group.
Santos told the nation in a televised broadcast Monday that he's sending his chief negotiator back to Ecuador for a new round of talks in belief that "peace saves lives."
President Trump will attend the Summit of the Americas in Peru next month, his first trip to Latin America, the White House said Saturday.
The summit will be held April 13-14, in Lima, Peru. Mr. Trump spoke on the phone with Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski earlier this week about the summit and about restoring democracy in Venezuela.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said after the summit, Mr. Trump will travel to Colombia to meet with President Juan Manuel Santos.
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — The political party formed by Colombia's once-largest rebel group withdrew a former guerrilla commander from the race for president on Thursday, citing both criticism of the political process and his serious health problems.
The ex-rebel Rodrigo Londono, more commonly known by his nom-de-guerre Timochenko, won't seek the presidency in the May 27 election, leaders of the Common Alternative Revolutionary Force said.
Tillerson: US encouraged by Colombia efforts to reduce coca
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Tuesday he is encouraged by Colombia's efforts to slash the amount of cocaine produced in the South American nation but cautioned that "we need to see results."
In a joint appearance with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, Tillerson said that as a primary consumer of illicit drugs the U.S. shares a responsibility in combatting the narcotics trade and will continue to support Colombia's efforts.
Colombia suspends peace talks with ELN rebels over bombings
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos on Monday suspended peace talks with the country's last remaining rebel group after a series of bombings over the weekend killed seven police officers.
The next round of the year-old talks between the government and National Liberation Army had been expected to begin in the coming days in Quito, Ecuador.
Colombia negotiator: New cease-fire still not out of reach
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombia's chief government negotiator in peace talks with the nation's last remaining rebel group said Thursday officials are still committed to reaching a new cease-fire agreement despite fresh guerrilla attacks that put a pause on the dialogue.
In a televised address, Gustavo Bell said both sides will need to act quickly because part of the United Nations commission overseeing the prior, temporary bilateral cease-fire that ended Tuesday has already begun to disband.
Colombia withdraws negotiator in setback for peace talks
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos said new rebel attacks Wednesday have prompted him to recall his chief negotiator to peace talks with the country's last remaining insurgent group in a setback for efforts to end a half-century of political violence in the South American nation.
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Colombia authorities make record 12-ton cocaine seizure
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Authorities in Colombia have seized 12 tons of cocaine worth an estimated $360 million in what President Juan Manuel Santos is describing as the nation's largest drug bust.
Four hundred anti-narcotics officers seized the cocaine in four simultaneous operations at Colombian farms where the drugs were buried underground and covered with banana leaves.
Ex-rebel commander Timochenko to run for Colombia presidency
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombia's demobilized guerilla movement nominated Rodrigo Londono on Wednesday to run for president in the South American nation's election next year, keeping the former top commander at the helm of the rebels' nascent political party.
Londono, better known by his alias Timochenko, became the leader of the now-disbanded Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia in 2011 and has been a key figure in the peace process to end Latin America's longest-running conflict.
Kansas university honors Colombian president
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos is calling for the peace process in his county to serve as a beacon of hope while accepting an honorary degree from a university in the U.S.
Colombia leader thanks Canadians for supporting peace effort
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Colombia's Nobel Peace Prize-winning president has thanked Canadians for their support of his country's peace process.
Juan Manuel Santos was awarded the peace prize last year for his efforts to end Colombia's half century of civil conflict. He says Canada along with other nations were instrumental in maintaining the momentum behind peace talks.
Colombia peace talks rattled by indigenous leader’s death
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombia's largest remaining rebel group has acknowledged its role in the death of an indigenous leader in violation of a month-old cease-fire, raising tensions in peace talks with the government that are already mired in doubt.
Colombian president to speak at University of Kansas
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos is being honored this week at the U.S. university where he earned degrees in business and economics.
Santos will be at the University of Kansas on Tuesday to receive an honorary degree and speak at a public event.
Santos won last year's Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to end his country's civil war after five decades of bloodshed. The conflict left more than 200,000 dead.
UN: Colombian police fired on mission sent to probe slayings
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — The United Nations denounced Colombia's anti-narcotics police on Monday for firing on a humanitarian mission it led to investigate the murder of several coca growers during clashes with security forces.
UN ends disarmament in Colombia as FARC honors slain rebel
FUNZA, Colombia (AP) — The United Nations has finished deactivating thousands of weapons and munitions that once belonged to demobilized leftist rebels in Colombia.
UN adopts new mission aimed at reintegrating Colombia rebels
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council on Thursday unanimously approved U.N. plans for a follow-on mission in Colombia which will focus on reintegrating some 10,000 former combatants from the country's largest rebel group back into society.
A resolution adopted by the council welcomes the laying down of arms by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, after more than 50 years of war, a process monitored by the United Nations.
The Latest: Colombian leader promises pope to take in exiles
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — The latest on Pope Francis' visit to Colombia (all times local):
Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos has pledged to Pope Francis that Colombia will keep its doors open to thousands of Venezuelan exiles even as it works to find a political solution to its neighbor's crisis.
Santos says he told the pope in their final encounter Sunday that "Colombia will always be a welcoming land."
Colombia says nation’s top drug fugitive eyes surrender
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombia's president says the country's top drug fugitive has expressed interest in turning himself and ending a life on the run with a $5 million U.S. reward offered for his capture.
President Juan Manuel Santos says Dairo Usuga sent word that he is interested in surrendering Sept. 3. Usuga's top lieutenant was recently killed in an encounter with security forces.
Colombian police kill top drug-trafficking fugitive
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Security forces in Colombia have killed one of its most-wanted drug fugitives, the alleged No. 2 leader of a ruthless criminal network that arose from disbanded right-wing paramilitary groups to become the nation's largest drug-trafficking organization.
Colombian TV network Caracol taken off Venezuelan airwaves
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Colombia's most-popular TV broadcaster has been taken off the airwaves in Venezuela after President Nicolas Maduro delivered a scathing rebuke of the neighboring country's media, joining a growing list of news outlets that have been blocked by his government.
Caracol News director Juan Roberto Vargas told Colombian radio that the channel's coverage of ousted chief prosecutor Luisa Ortega Diaz appears to have been a "breaking point" that led to its removal Wednesday.
Colombia offers asylum to ousted Venezuela prosecutor
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos on Monday offered asylum to Venezuela's ousted chief prosecutor, who fled to the country last week.
Luisa Ortega arrived in Colombia on Friday with her husband German Ferrer after Venezuelan authorities ordered his arrest for allegedly running an extortion ring out of the prosecutor's office.
Santos said Ortega is being protected by Colombian authorities and if she chooses to request asylum, he will grant it.
UN removes last container holding Colombia rebel weapons
FONSECA, Colombia (AP) — U.N. observers on Tuesday removed the last of more than 8,000 guns once carried by the guerrillas of Colombia's largest rebel army and collected at 26 demobilization sites around the South American nation under a historic peace deal.
Rebels agreed to disarm as part of the pact reached with the government last year, and some of the weapons will be smelted and transformed into statues commemorating the end to Latin America's longest-running armed conflict.