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Colombian rebel jailed for 27 years over US hostage case

Washington - A former commander of Colombia's leftist FARC rebels was jailed for 27 years for his role in the 2003 kidnap of three US citizens held captive for five years, the US Justice Department said.

Separate peace talks for Colombia's ELN and FARC rebels

Estanzuela - Colombia's two top rebel groups, the ELN and the FARC, will hold separate peace talks with the government, the ELN said Monday, as the sides aim to end decades of conflict.

Colombian farmers sue BP in British court for $29 million

London - For the first time ever, BP will have to face UK courts over its actions overseas and may have to pay compensation for environmental degradation to private property. Experts are calling this a landmark environmental case.

Colombia arrests 17 for child prostitution, trafficking

Estanzuela - Twelve adults and five children suspected of child sex crimes and human trafficking have been arrested in Colombia in a joint operation with the United States, officials from both countries said Tuesday.

Pulling bulls by the tail, cowboys chase Colombia glory

Villavicencio - The gate opens and the bull charges into the arena, two cowboys on horseback in hot pursuit.One flanks him, the other tries to grab him by the tail to drag him at a gallop and pull him to the ground.

Indians killed by lightning in Colombia to be left unburied

Estanzuela - Eleven Wiwa Indians killed by lightning during a tribal ceremony in Colombia's Sierra Nevada mountains will be left unburied where they died according to their traditions, an official said Sunday.

Pentagon chief in trip to Colombia, Chile, Peru

Washington - Pentagon chief Chuck Hagel departed Thursday on a six-day tour of South America but the US-led war against the Islamic State group in the Middle East will be looming over his trip.

For Colombia's Wiwa, revered lightning takes deadly toll

- Deep in northern Colombia's mountains, an isolated community of indigenous Wiwa people struggled Tuesday to comprehend why 11 of their own were struck dead by a bolt of lightning during a tribal ceremony.

For Colombia's Wiwa, revered lightning takes deadly toll

Estanzuela - Deep in northern Colombia's mountains, an isolated community of indigenous Wiwa people struggled Tuesday to comprehend why 11 of their own were struck dead by a bolt of lightning during a tribal ceremony.

Colombia implodes high-rise that killed 12 in collapse

Medell - Colombian authorities imploded an upmarket apartment block Tuesday whose partial collapse last year killed 12 people, felling the rest of the six-tower complex in a giant cloud of white dust.

Seven police dead in Colombia ambush

Estanzuela - At least seven police officers were killed and seven wounded when gunmen from the FARC rebel group ambushed their convoy in remote northwestern Colombia, officials said.

Seven police dead in Colombia ambush

Estanzuela - Seven police officers were killed and five wounded when gunmen reportedly from the FARC rebel group ambushed their convoy Tuesday in northwest Colombia, officials said.

Rebels say no to Colombian military role in peace

Havana - Leftist FARC guerrillas in peace talks aimed at ending a five-decade conflict rejected Monday a Colombian plan to put the military in charge of disarming the rebels.

Colombia court allows lesbian adoption

Estanzuela - Colombia's Constitutional Court ruled Thursday that a lesbian woman could adopt her long-time partner's daughter, though the ruling does not apply to gay adoption in all circumstances.

Colombia arrests 32 politicians over paramilitary ties

Estanzuela - Colombian authorities have arrested 32 local politicians for alleged ties to right-wing paramilitary groups that fueled the country's 50-year conflict before being disbanded a decade ago, prosecutors said Thursday.

Top Colombian drug hitman who killed 300 is freed

Estanzuela - The head of Colombian drug kingpin Pablo Escobar's hitmen, a confessed murderer nicknamed "Popeye," was released from prison after helping prosecutors convict a former justice minister.

FARC negotiator says disarming will be 'long process'

Havana - Colombia's FARC guerrillas will not give up their weapons at once, and need guarantees from the government to disarm, a negotiator said Tuesday as the peace process marked two years.

Colombian army, FARC rebels begin work on ceasefire

Havana - Talks to end Colombia's five-decade conflict entered what the government called a "decisive phase" Friday as army officers and FARC rebels began work on the terms of an eventual ceasefire.

Victims of Colombia's armed conflict testify

Havana - Victims of the decades-old conflict pitting FARC rebels against government forces testified at peace talks Saturday, pushing for "truth" to form the foundation of any accord.

Venezuela seals border with Colombia to fight smuggling

San Crist - Venezuela closed its border with Colombia to crack down on smuggling of cut-rate gasoline and other products and stanch huge losses for the Caracas government.

Venezuela to close Colombia border at night to fight smuggling

Caracas - Venezuela will close its Colombia border at night starting Monday to combat smuggling of various Venezuelan products, including food and gasoline, officials said Saturday.

Spanish Navy finds 127 Kg of cocaine on board training tall ship

Cadiz - The Spanish training ship "Juan Sebastián Elcano" is at the center of a messy controversy after authorities found on board a cargo of 127 kilos of cocaine. Three crew members were arrested and are being investigated for drug trafficking.

Colombia leader sworn in vowing peace, warning rebels

Estanzuela - Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos warned leftist rebels their attacks were threatening peace talks as he was sworn in Thursday for a second term dedicated to ending the country's 50-year-old conflict.

Colombia's Santos dubs new legislature 'Congress of peace'

Estanzuela - Colombia's newly re-elected President Juan Manuel Santos installed a new legislature Sunday, calling it a "Congress of peace" and asking for its support in creating a post-conflict nation amid negotiations with the FARC.

Zou Shiming gears up for pretitle fight Saturday in Macau

Former Chinese Olympian Zou Shiming is set to tangle with Luis de la Rosa of Colombia Saturday at the Cotai Arena of the Venetian Resort in Macau, China for his final test as a pro leading up to his next flyweight title fight.

Cocaine drops in top producer Colombia, says UN

Estanzuela - Cocaine production in Colombia, a top producer, dropped nearly 13 percent last year, despite steady coca leaf agriculture, the United Nations drug watchdog said Thursday.

Ancient Inca roads win coveted World Heritage status

Doha - UN cultural agency UNESCO on Saturday granted its coveted World Heritage status to a vast and ancient Inca road system spanning six countries in South America.

Serey Die breaks into tears during Ivory Coast national anthem

Prior to the match against Colombia, Ivory Coast midfielder Serey Die broke down in tears as his national anthem played, setting off a rumor that he had found out hours before the game that his father had passed away.

Colombia adopts new sexual violence law

Bogot - Sexual violence now may be prosecuted as a crime against humanity in Colombia, where President Juan Manuel Santos signed a law to stem assaults against women during the ongoing civil war.

Voters in Colombia voters back peace talks, re-elect president

Bogot - Colombia's voters gave President Juan Manuel Santos a second term Sunday in a closely fought election that could mark a turning point in the country's decades-long struggle with Marxist guerrillas.
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A National Police OV-10 plane sprays herbicides over a coca field in Colombia.
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Juan Manuel Santos is a presidential candidate in Colombia
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The historic Savanna Railway transports local people and visitors about 100 Km round trip between Bogotá and the renovated station at Zipaquirá.
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The town of Jardin in Antioqiua, Colombia
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Main Square and City Hall (Casa del Cabildo) at Zipaquirá, Colombia.
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Zipaquirá, Colombia. The streets around the central square are dedicated (mostly) to pedestrial traffic.
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The Nukak have been decimated by diseases since contact © G Politis/ Survival
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Monseñor José Figueroa Gómez at the Berlin's Heinrich-Böll Foundation on May 18, 2010.
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María Concepción Marlaska and Ángel Sánchez were kidnapped in Colombia. On being rescued they publicly announced a wedding.
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Plastic balls containing cocaine were hidden among fresh limes in a shipment meant for Belgium.
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Cementos Argos is Colombia's biggest cement firm.
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