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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.

UN pushes back against Duque's challenge to Colombia peace deal

Apo - The UN warned the Colombian government Thursday that "there can be no going back" on the landmark peace agreement with FARC guerrillas, despite President Ivan Duque's plans to modify the deal he sees as too lenient.

Duque asks court to allow banned weedkiller on cocaine

Apo - President Ivan Duque asked Colombia's constitutional court Thursday to modify a ban on aerial spraying of the herbicide glyphosate in order to tackle record cocaine crops."My respectful request is for the decision to be modified...

Guaido rallies support, vows to return to Venezuela 'despite threats'

Bras - Venezuela's opposition leader Juan Guaido vowed on Thursday to return home "in the coming days... despite threats" from President Nicolas Maduro's regime, as he continues a tour of regional allies to rally international support.

Chaos turns to uncertainty at Venezuela border

Ure - Bloody violence may have subsided for now at Venezuela's blockaded border, but for local people, terror has turned to anxiety about how they will reach the schools and shops they depend on.

Colombia says 326 Venezuelan army deserters since Saturday

C - A total of 326 members of Venezuela's armed forces have deserted embattled President Nicolas Maduro and crossed the border into Colombia since Saturday, Bogota's migration service said Tuesday.

Guaido says 'duty' to return to Venezuela despite 'risks'

Apo - Venezuela's opposition leader Juan Guaido said in an interview published on Tuesday that he must return to Venezuela despite receiving threats as it is his "duty.

Venezuelans trapped along border after weekend unrest

C - Some Venezuelans are living in limbo across the border in Colombia, trapped after a failed effort to bring humanitarian aid into their country.

Venezuela's Guaido, Pence agree to tighten noose on Maduro

Apo - US Vice President Mike Pence and Venezuela opposition leader Juan Guaido agreed on a strategy to tighten the noose around President Nicolas Maduro following a meeting with regional allies in Colombia on Monday.

Pence to Venezuela's Guaido: Trump 'with you 100 percent'

Apo - US Vice President Mike Pence passed on a message from Donald Trump to Venezuela's opposition leader Juan Guaido on Monday, telling him "we are with you 100 percent.

Lima Group begins meeting on next steps in Venezuela crisis

Apo - Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido and US Vice President Mike Pence took part in a meeting of the Lima Group in Colombia on Monday to discuss a joint strategy to resolve Venezuela's crisis.

'They shot at us,' say injured Venezuela protesters

Ure - Edinson Cisneros gasped and wheezed as he tried to talk -- he was one of the protesters struck by rubber buckshot fired by Venezuelan security forces breaking up border demos demanding the entry of emergency aid from Colombia.

Two killed as Venezuela aid showdown turns violent

Ure - A high-risk operation to get humanitarian aid into Venezuela descended into deadly chaos Saturday after President Nicolas Maduro's security forces fired on demonstrators and aid trucks were set ablaze.

Colombia demolishes former Escobar fortress in Medellin

Medell - Authorities in Colombia carried out a controlled explosion on Friday to demolish the former fortress of drug kingpin Pablo Escobar in Medellin.

Venezuela's Guaido defies travel ban as aid row turns deadly

C - Venezuela's opposition leader Juan Guaido claimed the military helped him defy a travel ban by the government of President Nicolas Maduro as he joined thousands over the Colombian border on Friday for a charity concert to push for humanitarian aid deli...

Thousands flock to Venezuela aid concert on barricaded border

C - Thousands of people, many waving Venezuelan flags, streamed into a concert site on the Venezuela-Colombia border Friday for an international charity concert to push for humanitarian aid deliveries in defiance of a blockade by the government of Presiden...

Competing concerts to duel on Venezuelan border

C - Arenri Roque endured three days on a bus to take in a fund-raising concert Friday for Venezuela's opposition -- one thrust of a musical duel with the government, which is staging a show of its own.

Colombia to demolish former Escobar fortress

Medell - Late drug kingpin Pablo Escobar's old fortress in Medellin is to be razed to the ground with explosives to make way for a park dedicated to the victims of drug trafficking, the town hall said on Thursday."The Monaco building will fall.

Rival Venezuela concerts to take place 300-meters apart

Ure - A music concert called by Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro will take place just 300-meters from a rival gig organized by billionaire Richard Branson in support of opposition leader Juan Guaido, an official said on Wednesday.

Trump tells Venezuela military to back Guaido or 'lose everything'

Miami - US President Donald Trump on Monday urged Venezuela's military to accept opposition leader Juan Guaido's amnesty offer, or stand to "lose everything," as a crisis deepened over President Nicolas Maduro's refusal to let in desperately needed humanitaria...

Venezuela expels Europe lawmakers as aid showdown intensifies

Caracas - Venezuela on Sunday expelled five visiting European lawmakers, an act which opposition leader Juan Guaido branded "irrational" as his showdown with President Nicolas Maduro over the arrival of international aid intensifies.

Maduro blasts US for 'stealing' billions and offering 'crumbs'

Caracas - President Nicolas Maduro hit out at the United States on Friday for "stealing" billions of dollars and offering "crumbs" in return as humanitarian aid, as Washington sanctioned five officials close to the Venezuelan leader.

A black prince evoking migrant suffering at the ballet

Apo - Fernando Montano was once a migrant who fled poverty, prejudice and the daily threat of violence from Colombia's drugs gangs before becoming a star at the Royal Ballet in London.

Maduro blasts US for 'stealing' billions and offering 'crumbs'

Caracas - Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro hit out at the United States on Friday for "stealing" billions of dollars and offering "crumbs" in return as humanitarian aid.

US military to ship Venezuela aid to Colombia

Washington - The US military will transport some 200 tons of humanitarian aid to Colombia to help relieve the crisis in neighboring Venezuela, a US defense official said Friday.

Desperate Venezuelans sneak across Colombia border to peddle scrap

Villa Del Rosario - In the thick vegetation along the Colombian border, bands of Venezuelans make their way unseen, puffing under the heavy loads of scrap metal on their backs like leaf-cutter ants, covered in filth and trying to make enough money to simply survive.

Venezuela Supreme Court orders prosecution of new oil boards

Caracas - Venezuela's Supreme Court on Thursday ordered that executives appointed to boards affiliated with state oil firm PDVSA -- in a bid for control by opposition leader Juan Guaido -- face criminal prosecution.

Dutch to set up Venezuela aid hub on Curacao: minister

Den Haag - The Netherlands will set up a hub for humanitarian aid for Venezuela in the Caribbean island of Curacao, off the coast of the troubled South American country, the government said.

Venezuelans send out SOS signal from Colombian border

Ure - Desperate doctors and nurses are protesting at Venezuela's border with Colombia, demanding that President Nicolas Maduro allows in humanitarian aid that remains tantalisingly out of reach.

Venezuela's Guaido announces new board for US-based oil subsidiary

Caracas - Venezuela's opposition leader Juan Guaido took another step Wednesday in an international bid to economically starve President Nicolas Maduro's regime, announcing the appointment of a new board for Citgo, the US-based arm of state oil firm PDVSA.
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