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Former FARC leader accuses government of 'betrayal', declines Senate seat

Apo - Former FARC rebel leader Ivan Marquez announced on Monday that he won't take his seat in Colombia's Senate despite the historic peace deal ending decades of armed conflict, accusing the government of "betrayal.

'We apologize': former Colombia FARC rebels seek forgiveness at tribunal

Apo - Former rebel FARC commanders in Colombia have appeared at a historic tribunal where for the first time they were made to answer for kidnappings and forced disappearances under the terms of a peace deal.

Two Colombia police officers killed in emergency zone

Apo - Two police officers were killed and another injured while patrolling an area housing thousands of evacuees who escaped a potentially catastrophic flood in northeast Colombia, authorities said Friday.

Thousands displaced by Colombia conflict, says UN

Apo - At least 16,000 people have been displaced from their homes by armed conflict in the border region between Colombia and Venezuela, the United Nations said.

Colombian president vows to improve protection of rights activists

Apo - Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos on Tuesday announced new measures to protect human rights activists, a week after the ombudsman revealed shocking murder statistics.

Ecuador president says predecessor should face kidnapping justice

Quito - Ecuador President Lenin Moreno called on his predecessor Rafael Correa on Thursday to return home from Belgium to face justice over kidnapping charges.Correa has dismissed the arrest warrant issued in his homeland against him as a political "plot.

Colombian rights activist killed every three days, says ombudsman

Apo - A human rights activist is killed every three days in Colombia despite the peace accord signed with FARC rebels, the country's ombudsman has said.

Colombia confirms identity of murdered Ecuadoran couple

Pasto - Two bodies found in the thick jungle of southwestern Colombia are those of an Ecuadorian couple kidnapped by a dissident FARC rebel group, officials confirmed Wednesday.

Donkey in farmgirl getup wins Colombian pageant

Puerto Gait - A donkey disguised as a flirty farmgirl took home a quirky Colombian contest's top prize Sunday, without even making an ass of herself.No it wasn't Miss Colombia: Livestock Version, but it could have been.

UNESCO marks Colombian national park for conservation

Manama - Colombia's massive Chiribiquete National Park has made UNESCO's World Heritage List, the United Nations body announced Sunday."Congratulations," the UN Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization announced on Twitter.With an area of ​​2.

Pablo Escobar son says money laundering charges violate his rights

Buenos Aires - The son of late drug lord Pablo Escobar is "outraged" that he and his mother have been charged with money laundering in Argentina -- a move he described as judicial "bullying" based on their identities.

Colombia to resume aerial spraying to destroy coca crop

Apo - Colombia will resume aerial spraying of coca plantations with the herbicide glyphosate to counter a record increase in production of the cocaine crop, President Juan Manuel Santos announced Tuesday.

Global opium and cocaine production at record highs: UN

Vienna - Global production of cocaine and opium, stemming largely from Colombia and Afghanistan respectively, has hit record levels, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) said Tuesday in its annual report.

Bodies found in Colombia are journalists from Ecuador

Cali - Colombian prosecutors said Monday that bodies found in a border jungle area were those of three Ecuadoran journalists who were killed after being held hostage.

Record Colombian coca cultivation, cocaine output in 2017: US

Washington - Coca cultivation and cocaine production in Colombia reached an all-time high in 2017, the office of the US "drug czar" said Monday, calling on the government in Bogota to do more to reverse the trend.

Colombia recovers bodies believed to be of missing press team

Apo - Colombian authorities have recovered what they believe to be the bodies of a three-man Ecuadoran press team kidnapped and killed on the two countries' border.

Ex-Ecuador leader sought in case of missing opposition figure

Quito - A court in Quito on Monday ordered testimony from Ecuador's ex-president Rafael Correa, who lives in Belgium, in the investigation of an opposition figure's apparent 2012 kidnapping in Venezuela.

Ex-guerrilla Petro carrying left's hopes in Colombia's election

Apo - Former guerrilla Gustavo Petro believes his presence in Colombia's presidential run-off election on Sunday shows the South American country has shed its suspicions of the left, tainted by 50 years of conflict.

Colombia's new president Ivan Duque is an anti-FARC hardliner

Apo - Ivan Duque's election victory in Colombia makes him the youngest president in his country's modern history, and gives him a strong mandate to overhaul the government's fragile peace deal with the former rebel group FARC.

Over one million migrate from Venezuela to Colombia in 16 months

Apo - More than one million people have migrated from crisis-hit Venezuela to neighboring Colombia during the past 16 months, according to figures released by Bogota on Wednesday.

Peace needs at least 15 years: Colombian president

Geneva - Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos hailed Friday the peace accord reached in his country, but warned it would take at least 15 years to build a truly peaceful society.

Colombia's FARC says 24 ex-combatants killed this year

Apo - Colombian former rebel movement FARC said 24 of its ex-combatants had been killed since the beginning of the year, sounding a warning over continued violence threatening Colombia's fragile peace agreement.

Colombia's ELN rebels ready for talks with next president

Havana - The chief negotiator of Colombia's ELN guerrillas said Tuesday he is ready to continue talks with the government even if the hardline rightist candidate wins next month's runoff presidential election.

Five key factors that could swing Colombia's second round of voting

Apo - Conservative former president Alvaro Uribe, who opposed the FARC peace deal, exerts a powerful influence on voters in Colombia, but the left was still able to achieve a record score in Sunday's first round of the presidential election, in which turnout...

11 FARC dissidents killed in Colombian military operation

Apo - Colombian troops killed 11 dissidents of the disbanded FARC guerrilla group, officials said Monday, as a fight looms over the future of a 2016 peace agreement in runoff presidential elections.

11 FARC dissidents killed in Colombian military operation

Apo - Eleven dissidents of the disbanded FARC guerrilla group were killed in a Colombian military operation in the south of the country, Defense Minister Luis Carlos Villegas said Monday.

Leftist Petro shakes up Colombia conservatives in poll

Apo - Former guerrilla Gustavo Petro shook off any lingering voter suspicion Sunday to become the first leftist candidate to contest the second round of an election in conservative-dominated Colombia.

Anti-FARC hardliner Duque closes on Colombia presidency

Apo - Ivan Duque was on course Sunday to become Colombia's youngest president after winning the first round of an election fought largely over the future of the peace deal with former rebel group FARC.

Anti-FARC conservative wins in Colombia, faces leftist in runoff

Apo - Conservative candidate Ivan Duque won the first round of Colombia's presidential election Sunday but fell short of the 50 percent threshold needed to avoid a runoff next month.

Colombia to become first Latin American NATO 'global partner'

Apo - Colombia will next week formally become NATO's first Latin American "global partner," President Juan Manuel Santos announced Friday.
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