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Colombian president tours tense border city

C - Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos visited a tense border city amid an escalating row with neighboring Venezuela that triggered deportations and the exodus of thousands of Colombians back home.

Crossing borders, Netflix recreates Pablo Escobar's world

Estanzuela - It's a tall order to play the role of Pablo Escobar, the larger-than-life druglord who became the world's seventh-richest man with his shrewd, ruthless dominance of the international cocaine trade.

Colombia, Venezuela recall ambassadors amid border tension

Estanzuela - Colombia and Venezuela recalled their ambassadors for consultations, amid mounting tensions that began nearly a week ago when Caracas closed off their shared border.

Colombians flee Venezuela after mass deportations

C - Hundreds of Colombians fled Venezuela Tuesday, opting to leave the country with their belongings rather than be deported empty-handed like more than 1,000 people sent home in an escalating border crisis.

Colombia says Venezuela deportations caused border 'tragedy'

Estanzuela - Colombia complained Monday that Venezuela's mass deportation of its citizens during a crackdown on smuggling has created a "humanitarian tragedy" on part of their border.

Colombia urges Venezuela to reopen border

Estanzuela - Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos urged Venezuela on Saturday to reconsider its decision to close its border in response to an attack by unidentified assailants on a military patrol.

69 activists killed in Colombia in 2015: UN

Estanzuela - Sixty-nine human rights activists, community leaders and politicians have been killed in Colombia this year, despite efforts to stop decades of violence wracking the country, the UN said Wednesday."We have registered 69 murders so far this year.

Garcia Marquez's ashes to be returned to his native Colombia

Estanzuela - The ashes of literary giant Gabriel Garcia Marquez will be returned from Mexico to his native Colombia in December, officials said Tuesday.

Jailed FARC rebels call for amnesty in Colombia

Estanzuela - Any peace deal to end Colombia's five-decade guerrilla war must include an amnesty for imprisoned FARC rebels, two of them told AFP in a rare interview from jail.

Helicopter crash kills 16 Colombian police

Estanzuela - At least 16 police were killed Tuesday in Colombia when a helicopter taking part in an anti-drug trafficking operation crashed in a remote jungle-covered region, officials said.

Colombia to buy land for poor in post-war period

Estanzuela - Colombia aims to buy land from private owners and redistribute it among the poor after its 50-year-old war ends, the government said Sunday, addressing the root cause of the conflict.

11 killed in Colombia military plane crash

Estanzuela - The crash on Friday of a Colombian airforce plane has killed 11 people officials said, blaming the accident on mechanical problems.

Colombia-Venezuela border closed after deadly clash

Estanzuela - A man was shot and killed during clashes between the Venezuelan national guard and merchants moving goods into Colombia, prompting authorities to shutter the main border crossing between the two countries.

Volcanic ash forces airport closures in Colombia

Estanzuela - Colombia's Nevado del Ruiz volcano erupted in an ash cloud on Sunday, prompting authorities to temporarily close two airports in the area.

Colombia suspends bombing raids on FARC

Estanzuela - Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos on Saturday ordered a halt to air strikes against the Marxist-inspired FARC rebels, giving a major boost to stop-start peace talks.

Colombian soldier killed in fresh FARC clash: Army

Estanzuela - A Colombian soldier died during a clash with FARC guerillas, the army said Thursday, as peace talks aimed at ending the decades-long conflict resumed in Cuba.

Colombia and FARC rebels resume peace talks

Estanzuela - Colombia and FARC rebels resumed peace talks Thursday with a new commitment to make progress after months of stagnation at the negotiating table and fighting on the battlefield.

Colombia celebrates FARC rebel ceasefire

Estanzuela - War-weary Colombia celebrated the start of a FARC rebel ceasefire after a half-century of hostilities, with hopes still high that its fragile peace process can hold.

Colombia rebels free soldier ahead of ceasefire

Estanzuela - Colombia's FARC guerrillas freed a captive soldier Sunday in an apparent good will gesture hours before they start observing a unilateral ceasefire.

Two Colombian soldiers dead in latest FARC clashes

Estanzuela - Fighting between Colombian troops and leftist FARC guerrillas left two soldiers dead and three wounded, the latest casualties in an uptick in violence, officials said Friday.
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