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Colombia asks UN to keep supervising fragile peace accord

Apo - Colombia asked the UN Security Council on Friday to extend for another year its supervision of the fragile 2016 peace accord with FARC rebels that ended a half century of armed conflict.

Wanted former FARC leader could have fled to Venezuela, says Duque

Apo - A former left-wing guerrilla leader, now a Colombian senator but wanted by the United States for alleged drug trafficking, has probably fled to neighboring Venezuela, Colombia's President Ivan Duque said on Thursday.

Colombia Supreme Court seeks former FARC leader for drug trafficking

Washington - Colombia's Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered the arrest of a former FARC guerrilla leader for alleged drug trafficking, after he became a fugitive for failing to appear in court.

Robot babies tackling teenage pregnancies in Colombia

Caldas - "Anthony" cried so hard at night that Susana Ortegon couldn't sleep. The weekend felt like an eternity for the 13-year-old.So when she handed back her "robot baby" it was with great relief.

US sees decline in Colombia coca cultivation

Washington - Cultivation of coca -- the plant used to make cocaine -- has been reduced by area in Colombia for the first time since 2012, although it remains extensive, US authorities said Wednesday.

ELN say will keep fighting in Colombia's out-of-sight war

Alegr - As night blankets a makeshift camp in the Colombian jungle, amid the rain tarps comes the dull gleam of automatic rifles, kept close at hand. Latin America's last active rebels travel light and often. It's how they survive.

Colombian high court withdraws ex-rebel's parliament seat

Apo - A Colombian high court on Friday withdrew the parliament seat for a former left-wing guerrilla leader who never assumed office after negotiating the country's historic peace deal.

Colombian ex-Marxist guerrilla takes Congress oath

Apo - A former Marxist rebel leader wanted by the United States for drug-trafficking was sworn in Tuesday as a member of Colombia's Congress.

Thousands of Venezuelans cram border with Colombia

Villa Del Rosario - Several thousand Venezuelans, desperate for food and medicine, packed a border crossing to Colombia on Saturday, hours after President Nicolas Maduro partially reopened it.

UN envoy Jolie meets Colombian president over Venezuelan migrant kids

Apo - Actress and UN special envoy for refugees Angelina Jolie met Saturday with Colombian President Ivan Duque to advocate for the estimated 20,000 children of Venezuelan migrants left with uncertain status after their parents fled their crisis-wracked home...

Shakira questioned by Spanish judge over alleged tax fraud

Esplugues De Llobregat - Colombian superstar Shakira was questioned by a judge near Barcelona on Thursday over alleged evasion of 14.5 million euros ($16.3 million) in taxes.

Tough journey: from Venezuela crisis to Colombia conflict zone

Arauca - Every day, hundreds of Venezuelans cross the Arauca river into Colombia in search of a better life -- but first, they must run a gauntlet of rebels, drug runners and land mines.

Colombia releases former FARC leader sought by US

Apo - A former FARC guerrilla leader was freed Thursday on orders of the Colombian Supreme Court, drawing an expression of regret from the United States, which wanted him for alleged drug trafficking.

Colombia's top court orders release of ex-rebel wanted by US

Apo - Colombia's Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered the "immediate release" of a former rebel leader accused of drug trafficking and shot down revisions to the country's peace accord in a double blow for President Ivan Duque.

Colombia's top court orders release of ex-rebel wanted by US

Apo - Colombia's Supreme Court ordered Wednesday the "immediate release" of former FARC guerrilla leader Jesus Santrich, who is wanted by the United States for drug trafficking.

Falling prices rock coffee-growers in Colombia

Santuario - High in the lush green mountains of western Colombia where they grow the soft beans from which the world's finest coffee is cultivated, growers are up in arms over the giveaway prices being fixed a world away on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange...

Colombian army to reword controversial policy on kill orders

Apo - Colombia's army announced it would modify instructions given to troops following an article in the New York Times that claimed a new policy could result in a greater number of civilians being killed in the battle against criminals and militants.

Colombian ex-guerrilla leader arrested, hospitalized upon prison release

Apo - A former left-wing guerrilla leader wanted by the United States for drug trafficking was hospitalized in police custody Saturday with what authorities said were self-inflicted arm wounds.

Special peace court orders release of Colombian former guerrilla

Apo - A special peace court in Colombia on Wednesday ordered the "immediate release" of a former left-wing guerrilla leader wanted by the United States for drug trafficking.

US announces $160 mn 'peace' funding payment to Colombia

Apo - The US government announced Monday it will provide $160 million in funding to Colombia to help implement the historic peace accord signed between the state and now-disarmed FARC rebels.

Four dead, 29 injured in Colombian factory explosion

Apo - Four people died and 29 were injured, including 17 children, following an explosion at a factory where gunpowder is handled in Colombia's capital Bogota on Friday, authorities said.

Colombia blasts Venezuela over alleged military incursion

Apo - Colombia hit out at neighbor Venezuela on Wednesday for "repeated provocations" after claiming around 30 military personnel crossed into its territory.

Colombia mudslide death toll rises to 28

The number of dead from a mudslide that buried houses in southwestern Colombia has risen to at least 28, rescue authorities said on Monday.

Mudslide kills 19 in Colombia

Apo - At least 19 people were killed and 14 others were missing after a mudslide that buried eight houses early Sunday in southwestern Colombia, authorities said.A search was underway for any others who might be trapped under rubble.

Pompeo in Peru to maintain regional pressure on Venezuela's Maduro

- US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo landed in Peru on Saturday on the third-leg of a four-nation tour of Latin American allies focusing heavily on Venezuela and countering China's economic reach.

UN envoy warns against reopening Colombia peace deal

New York - The UN envoy for Colombia on Friday warned the Bogota government against reopening key provisions of the 2016 historic peace deal reached with FARC rebels.

'Armed groups' planned attack on Colombian president: attorney general

Apo - The Colombian attorney general on Monday announced authorities had uncovered a suspected terrorist plot to target a meeting between President Ivan Duque and indigenous leaders over ongoing protests."We have reliable information that...

Pompeo to visit Venezuela border on South America tour

Washington - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will travel to the Venezuela border in Colombia to highlight the plight of refugees during a four-nation trip to Latin America, the State Department announced Monday.

Colombia's coca growers facing stark choices over crops

Lebrija - Decades into the US-led war on drugs, coca plantations continue to surge like a green tide across ally Colombia's Catatumbo region.

Former Colombia footballer Viafara arrested over drug trafficking

Cali - Former Colombia international Jhon Viafara has been arrested on suspicion of drug trafficking and could be extradited to face charges in the United States, the public prosecutor's office said on Wednesday.
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