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Colombia's Santos to visit Pope Francis in June: report

Estanzuela - President Juan Manuel Santos will meet Pope Francis in mid-June as part of a European tour, Colombia's foreign minister said in comments reported Sunday.

Colombia's Santos presses for peace as FARC death toll climbs

Estanzuela - The president of Colombia called for accelerated peace negotiations with FARC guerrillas, just as eight rebels were killed in an escalating government offensive.

Colombia's Santos presses for peace as FARC death toll climbs

Estanzuela - The president of Colombia called Saturday for accelerated peace negotiations with FARC guerrillas, as local media reported that seven rebels had died in an ongoing government offensive.

Colombia's FARC rebels suspend ceasefire over air strike

Estanzuela - Peace talks to end Colombia's five-decade conflict were plunged into fresh crisis Friday after FARC guerrillas suspended their unilateral ceasefire in response to a government air strike that killed 26 rebels.

Colombian family recounts 'miracle' baby's landslide survival

Salgar - Jhoset was asleep in his crib when the wall of mud washed over La Margarita, sweeping away everything in its path, killing his mother and leaving the 11 month old an orphan.

Colombia to hold mass funeral for landslide victims

Salgar - Mourners will hold a large group funeral for the victims of a massive landslide that killed at least 83 people in northwest Colombia, religious officials said Wednesday.

Colombia's Santos replaces defense minister

Estanzuela - President Juan Manuel Santos said his defense minister was being reassigned and replaced, as the government wades through peace talks with leftist rebels.

Fading hope, long clean-up after Colombia landslide

Salgar - Rescue workers in Colombia resumed the increasingly hopeless search for the missing Tuesday after a massive landslide, as the death toll rose to 64 and residents began a difficult clean-up.

At least 62 dead in Colombia landslide: officials

Estanzuela - A massive landslide tore through a ravine in northwest Colombia Monday before dawn, killing at least 62 people and injuring 40, authorities said.

Six bodies recovered in Colombia mine collapse

Riosucio - Rescuers Friday said they had found six bodies in a collapsed, unlicensed gold mine on an indigenous reservation in a central Colombian town.

Rescue efforts resume in Colombia mine collapse

Riosucio - Colombian crews resumed efforts Thursday to rescue at least 15 workers trapped in a mine collapse, as authorities launched an investigation into the owners of the unlicensed gold mine.

At least 15 trapped in Colombia mine collapse: officials

Estanzuela - At least 15 people were trapped underground Wednesday when an unlicensed gold mine in western Colombia collapsed, authorities said, as rescue workers raced to reach them.

Raids, arrests in Colombia target illegal mines

Estanzuela - Colombian authorities said Monday nearly 60 people were arrested in raids last week targeting illegal mining operations used to finance the FARC guerrilla group.

Two Colombian soldiers killed in ELN rebel clashes

Estanzuela - Two Colombian soldiers were killed in clashes with leftist ELN rebels, the country's second largest rebel group, the military said.

Colombia to investigate alleged child abuse by U.S. military

Estanzuela - Colombian authorities said they planned to investigate alleged sexual abuses of children by US contractors and military staff.

U.S.-backed drug spraying triggers health fears in Colombia

Estanzuela - Two decades after it started spraying coca fields with herbicide, Colombia is torn between continuing to wage a U.S.-sponsored war on drugs from the sky and mounting fears of health risks.

Colombian ex-president Uribe defends jailed allies

Estanzuela - Colombian ex-president Alvaro Uribe vehemently defended several key allies Tuesday at the Supreme Court after a series of corruption and spying scandals that have been damaging for his Democratic Center party.

Ben E. King passes away at the age of 76

Music legend, Ben E. King has passed away at age 76. He is most known for the song "Stand By Me." His music has captivated listeners for generations.

Colombia's ex-intel chief jailed for domestic spying

Estanzuela - A Colombian former intelligence chief was jailed for 14 years on Thursday for spying on judges, journalists and opposition figures in a high-profile case that stained the legacy of popular ex-president Alvaro Uribe.

Landmines take heavy toll on Colombian children

Estanzuela - Eight-year-old Angie was running to catch up with her cousins on their way home from church when she stepped on a landmine that exploded and ripped off her leg.
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