Ex-Colombia rebel leader resurfaces regretting peace deal
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — A former Colombian rebel leader has resurfaced in a video months after he turned his back on the peace process amid a U.S. drug-trafficking probe.
Luciano Marin says in the video that he regrets the decision by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia to hand over its weapons under the 2016 peace accord, accusing the government of betraying its commitments to the guerrillas.
US designates suspected Colombian trafficker as drug kingpin
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. has slapped sanctions on a Colombian man with ties to the South American country's largest rebel group who allegedly controls a narcotics trafficking corridor in northern Colombia.
The Treasury Department designated Pedro Luis Zuleta Noscue as a drug kingpin. The move announced Thursday blocks him from accessing U.S. assets he may have. Four Colombian associates were also blacklisted.
Ex-Colombia rebel leader is arrested upon return from US
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — A former Colombian guerrilla leader has returned to her country after serving prison time in the United States, only to find herself re-arrested on old money-laundering charges.
Colombian immigration officials say Omaira Rojas, also known as Sonia, was flown to Colombia's capital Tuesday and was turned over to police shortly after leaving the aircraft.
Colombia’s president says dissident rebel leader injured
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombia's President Ivan Duque said the nation's most-wanted criminal fugitive has been injured in combat along the border with Ecuador.
Walter Artizala is better known by his alias Guacho. He leads a holdout faction of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia that didn't lay down its weapons as part of a 2016 peace deal.
UN council urges renewed momentum for peace in Colombia
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Security Council is asking the Colombian government and the country's largest rebel group "to renew momentum" in implementing their historic 2016 cease-fire agreement that ended more than half a century of conflict.
A resolution adopted unanimously on Thursday extended the mandate of the U.N. mission monitoring the agreement and urged the government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, known as the FARC, to work together.
Cuba gives scholarships to Colombians, including ex-rebels
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — As a medic for the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, Jhony Guependo saved a comrade who stepped on a land mine from bleeding to death. He also stitched up guerrilla fighters who had injured themselves with machetes while building camps deep in Colombia's rainforest.
But Guependo, 25, says he never had any formal medical training. The former rebel is now trying to fix that, and build a new life for himself, by studying medicine in Cuba.
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.
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.
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — A former rebel leader recently elected to Colombia's Senate said Monday he's refusing to take office out of protest.
Ivan Marquez said that the government has yet to meet terms of a peace agreement with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia.
Marquez is one of 10 former FARC members recently elected to a seat in the country's Congress. The rebels were promised that number of seats as part of the accord.
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Dressed in blazers and collared shirts, leaders of Colombia's once largest guerrilla army made their first appearance at a new special peace tribunal Friday to respond to allegations of war crimes during five decades of bloody conflict.
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Three Colombian judicial investigators were killed Wednesday when their vehicle was ambushed along the country's southern border with Ecuador by a dissident rebel group, authorities said.
Officials said two of the men were incinerated to death when their car was torched by holdout guerrillas from the demobilized 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) — The amount of land where peasants and drug traffickers harvest the plant used to make cocaine has surged to a record high in Colombia, a White House report said Monday, a boom that could further test historically close relations with the United States.
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) — Colombia's government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia signed a peace deal in 2016 that ended five decades of conflict. The accord was praised around the world, but its implementation has been slow and ridden with obstacles. The two candidates in Sunday's presidential runoff have starkly different ideas on how to carry out the peace pact.
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:
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — In a ramshackle house with smog-stained walls in Colombia's capital, the fears and divisions arising from the country's first presidential election since the signing of a historic peace accord are palpable.
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — A former rebel ideologue who helped craft Colombia's 2016 peace deal has suspended a 41-day hunger strike after a special peace tribunal cast doubt on his expected extradition to the U.S. on drug charges.
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombia's leading presidential contender says he is reinforcing security measures after police warned him of a plot to attack his campaign headquarters.
Ivan Duque said Wednesday that police recently briefed him on a purported plot to send a letter bomb to his Bogota offices. He says police would not tell him who was planning the attack but his campaign is taking extra security measures, including the addition of two police motorcycle escorts to his security detail.
Hunger striking ex-rebel leader hospitalized in Colombia
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombian authorities say a former guerrilla leader arrested this month on U.S. drug trafficking charges has been hospitalized for ill health caused by a prolonged hunger strike.
The former FARC leader better known by his alias Jesus Santrich has reportedly been on a hunger strike since he was arrested April 10 on a U.S. warrant charging him with conspiring to export 10 tons of cocaine to the United States.
QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Ecuadorean President Lenin Moreno said Wednesday that he has asked for his leftist predecessor be investigated for allegedly taking campaign contributions from Colombian guerrillas.
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — U.S. prosecutors have apparently won the cooperation of a key witness in the case of a top rebel ideologue arrested last week on charges of trying to import 10 metric tons of cocaine into the U.S.
QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — The Latest on the kidnapping of Ecuadorean press workers. (all times local):
Ecuador's President Lenin Moreno has confirmed the deaths of three press workers kidnapped along the country's conflictive border with Colombia.
Moreno spoke Friday after a 12-hour deadline ended with the captors failing to meet his demands they demonstrate the hostages were still alive or face a military strike.
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.
Critics of peace deal dominate Colombia election
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombia's fragile peace deal looked increasingly under threat Sunday as right-wing parties critical of the accord performed well in congressional elections seen as a dry run for a hotly contested presidential ballot in May, while the current president's party slumped.
The vote was the first time former members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, were competing after disarming as part of the 2016 peace deal for ending a half century of guerrilla war.
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Doctors in Colombia have successfully performed heart surgery on Rodrigo Londono, the leader of the country's once-largest guerrilla group who is running for president.
A statement from Bogota's Shaio Clinic says Londono is in "satisfactory" condition following Wednesday's coronary bypass surgery. The ex-rebel was also diagnosed with chronic lung disease and a clogged artery.
Londono is more commonly known by his nom-de-guerre — Timochenko.
Colombia extradites major drug suspect to US
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — A suspected drug chief known as the "Pablo Escobar of Ecuador" was extradited to the United States on Saturday, Colombia's chief prosecutor's office announced.
Washington Edison Prado had tried unsuccessfully to prevent extradition by claiming membership in the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia — a status that would have made him eligible for a type of amnesty under a peace deal.
Settlement reached in Chiquita case involving US deaths
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The families of six Americans kidnapped and killed in Colombia during the 1990s by the FARC terrorist organization reached a settlement with banana giant Chiquita Brands International on Monday, the morning trial was to begin, according to court documents.
A notice of settlement was filed just as jury selection was to start in West Palm Beach federal court. Terms of the settlement have not been disclosed.
Families sue Chiquita over deaths of Americans in Colombia
MIAMI (AP) — The families of six Americans kidnapped and killed in Colombia during the 1990s by the terrorist organization known as FARC are seeking potentially tens of millions of dollars in damages from banana giant Chiquita Brands International because of payments the company made to the group.
4 dead, dozens injured in police station bombing in Colombia
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — At least four police officers were killed and another 42 injured when a homemade bomb exploded early Saturday outside a police station in the Colombian city of Barranquilla hours after a high-powered car bomb gutted another police station near the border in neighboring Ecuador.
2 former guerrillas shot in Colombia at campaign event
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Two ex-combatants with Colombia's once-largest rebel group have been shot to death while participating in a campaign event for the guerrilla's new political party.
Wilman Asprilla and Ansel Montoya were killed Tuesday night in northwestern Colombia while campaigning for a congressional candidate running under the banner of the former guerrillas' party.
UN chief heading to Colombia this weekend to support peace
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is heading to Colombia this weekend to support peace efforts amid growing concerns about the integration of the country's largest rebel group and new attacks by the last rebel holdouts.
Peace in Colombia fragile year after historic deal with FARC
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — When rebel commander Rodrigo Londono signed a peace deal committing his troops to laying down their weapons, it was heralded as the best chance in decades to end Latin America's oldest and bloodiest armed conflict.
But as war-weary Colombia marks the first anniversary of the peace accord's signing on Friday, the hopeful mood has dimmed.
Colombia rebels trade combat for cameras with new TV network
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — In a tiny bathroom, Marilu Ramirez prepares for her segment in a recording studio by brushing her long black hair and covering her lashes in another coat of mascara, small luxuries in a life no longer being spent behind bars.
Sentenced to 27 years in jail for her role in a car bombing at a military school, Ramirez was released as part of Colombia's peace agreement with leftist rebels and is now the host of an online debate show.
Rights group urges Colombia to scrub 5 officer promotions
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Human Rights Watch is urging Colombia's government to cancel promotions for five military officers it says are strongly linked to the killings of civilians who were falsely reported to be leftist rebels slain in combat.
In a report Tuesday, the rights organization detailed the cases of four coronels and one general who were overseeing commands in which authorities were investigating so-called "false positive" cases.
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.
Ex-rebel commander Timochenko to run for Colombia presidency
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Guerrillas from Colombia's once-largest rebel gray once say their former top commander Rodrigo Londono will run for the presidency of the South American nation in next year's election.
The announcement was made Wednesday by the leaders of the political movement started by the now-disbanded Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia. Londono is better known by his alias Timochenko
UN official: Reintegrating Colombia rebels is not going well
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The process of integrating leftist rebels into Colombian society after more than 50 years of war isn't going well and could impact the peace agreement, the U.N.'s deputy human rights chief said Friday.
Andrew Gilmour, who visited Colombia last week, warned that if rebels from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, don't become part of Colombian society "there is a strong chance that they will go back to something worse."
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.
4 killed in clashes with Colombia coca growers, eradicators
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Four people were killed and at least 14 injured Thursday in a confusing attack on protesting coca farmers that authorities blamed on a dissident faction of a disarmed guerrilla group and local activists attributed to government security forces opening fire.
Narco fugitives caught trying to co-opt Colombia peace deal
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — For years Edison Prado was one of the top U.S. drug targets in South America, having allegedly risen from beginnings as a boatman running drugs in the treacherous coastal waters of his native Ecuador to the bloodthirsty head of a small army of smugglers spread across five countries.
So it came as something of a shock when the man dubbed the high-living Pablo Escobar of Ecuador showed up on a list of hardscrabble leftist rebels from Colombia.
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.
Former Colombian rebels change their name ... to FARC?
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Former leftist rebels in Colombia have chosen a familiar-sounding, if polarizing, acronym for their fledgling political movement — FARC.
At a meeting Thursday 900 members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia voted overwhelmingly to change the group's name to the Alternative Communal Revolutionary Forces, scrubbing any reference to its armed past. Since both names in Spanish carry the acronym FARC, its common use name will remain unchanged.
Former Colombia rebels try hand at politics with new party
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — After more than five decades of battle in Colombia's jungles, the nation's largest rebel movement initiated the launch of its political party Sunday at a concrete convention center in the capital, vowing to upend the country's traditional conservatism with the creation of an alternative leftist coalition.
Former rebels, Colombia prosecutor spar over FARC war chest
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — A battle is brewing between Colombia's chief prosecutor and what was recently the nation's largest rebel group over just how much money and property it owns as the former guerillas transition into becoming a political party.
The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia submitted a list of belongings that included farms, cattle and items as miniscule as mops and juice squeezers as required under a peace agreement earlier this month.
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.