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Colombian rebel group calls temporary ceasefire over pandemic

Apo - Colombia's last recognized leftist guerrilla group, the ELN, has announced a month-long ceasefire in response to the coronavirus pandemic, a statement released Monday said.

Venezuelan ex-general surrenders to US on drug trafficking charges

Apo - A retired Venezuelan general who was charged by the United States with "narco-terrorism" along with President Nicolas Maduro and other officials has surrendered in Colombia to US authorities, prosecutors said Saturday.

Riot in Colombia prison over virus fears leaves 23 dead

Apo - Rioting that swept through a crowded prison overnight in the Colombian capital Bogota left 23 inmates dead Sunday amid rising tensions over the spread of the coronavirus in the penitentiary system.

In Colombia, fleet of cartel narco-subs poses challenge for navy

Tumaco - For years, they were referred to in hushed tones simply as "Bigfoot" -- a mythical creature rumored but never seen -- but these days, the narco-submarines used by Colombia's drug cartels have become almost commonplace.

Emaciated lion Jupiter returning home to 'mother'

Cali - Emaciated with a vacant gaze and without the strength to stand upright, 20-year-old lion Jupiter's life is in danger.But authorities are acting to try to save him after he was discovered in a "critical state.

Colombia launches military push against narco gangs slashing forests for coca plants

Apo - Colombia's Defense Minister said Monday the military will step up an offensive against drug trafficking gangs responsible for clearing thousands of hectares of protected national parks for coca plantations.

Uber reactivates Colombia service after three-week hiatus

Apo - Transport platform Uber restarted its operations in Colombia on Thursday following a three-week suspension after it lost a case brought by taxi drivers for unfair business practices.

Colombia puts military on alert after guerrilla threat

Apo - Colombia has put its armed forces on maximum alert following the announcement of a nationwide three-day "armed strike" by left-wing guerrillas, the government said on Monday.

Hitman for drug lord Escobar dies in Colombia

Apo - Pablo Escobar's most notorious hitman, known by the nickname Popeye, died on Thursday at age 57 after a life of crime he celebrated on YouTube, Colombia's prison authorities said.

Colombia in extradition quandary over lawmaker arrested in Venezuela

Apo - Colombia said Tuesday it would seek the extradition of a fugitive former lawmaker arrested in Venezuela, though its refusal to recognize the government of President Nicolas Maduro presents a legal conundrum.

Fugitive Colombian ex-senator Merlano captured in Venezuela

Caracas - Fugitive Colombian former senator Aida Merlano, who was jailed for vote buying, has been captured in Venezuela almost four months after she escaped during a trip to the dentist, Venezuelan police said.

Clashes mark return to protests in Colombia

Apo - Riot police firing tear gas and stun grenades clashed with rock-throwing demonstrators in Bogota Tuesday as anti-government protests resumed across Colombia, leaving 11 people injured and nearly 100 arrested.

Pompeo acknowledges Colombian 'sacrifices' in drug trafficking fight

Apo - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday praised Colombia's efforts in tackling drug trafficking and acknowledged the "great sacrifices" of security forces injured in such operations.

Pompeo urges end to 'tyranny' of Venezuela's Maduro

Apo - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called on Monday for cooperation in the struggle to remove Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro from office amid a long-running crisis in the South American country.

Pompeo urges end to 'tyranny' of Venezuela's Maduro

Apo - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called on Monday for cooperation in the struggle to remove Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro from office amid a long-running crisis in the South American country.

Ex-FARC leader says he knew of assassination plot

Apo - Former Marxist FARC rebel leader Rodrigo Londono said Tuesday he had been aware since last November of a dissident plot to kill him, which was foiled last week by a police operation.

UN calls for better protection of former FARC rebels in Colombia

New York - The UN's Colombia mission chief on Monday urged President Ivan Duque's government to better protect former FARC rebels, after Colombia thwarted one such attack.

Colombia derails bid to attack ex-FARC rebel leader

Apo - Colombia has thwarted an attempted attack on the former top Marxist FARC rebel leader, Rodrigo Londono, police said Sunday.

Uber announces end of services in Colombia

Apo - Uber announced Friday it is ending its services in Colombia next month after losing a case brought by taxi drivers for alleged unfair business practices.

Colombia destroys record amount of coca leaf plantations

Apo - Colombia broke its record in 2019 for manually destroying illegal coca leaf plantations, the primary ingredient in cocaine, President Ivan Duque said on Thursday.

Colombia's president calls on UN to extend peace mission

Apo - Colombia's President Ivan Duque on Wednesday called on the United Nations to prolong its peace verification mission in the South American country until 2022.

Bogota's first woman mayor pledges to fight racism, xenophobia

Apo - Bogota's first woman mayor Claudia Lopez took office Wednesday promising leadership in the troubled Colombian capital and pledging to fight "racism, class distinctions and xenophobia.

2019 deadliest year for Colombia's ex-FARC combatants: UN

Apo - The past year has been the deadliest for ex-FARC combatants in Colombia since the former guerrilla movement signed a peace agreement with the government in 2016, the UN reported Tuesday.

Colombian botanist risking his life to preserve nature's memory

La Calera - For the last three decades, botanist Julio Betancur has braved minefields and penetrated deep into jungle territory infested with drug traffickers and armed gangs in a bid to document Colombia's rich biodiversity.

Colombia orders Uber to suspend app services

Apo - Uber has been told to immediately suspend its ride-sharing services in Colombia, the industry and commerce authority announced Friday, citing unfair competition laws.

Colombia seeks US role in Venezuela crisis talks

Washington - Colombia's new foreign minister met Thursday with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo as Bogota called for Washington to back talks to resolve Venezuela's long political crisis.Foreign Minister Claudia Blum, whose country has taken in about 1.

First woman mayor of Bogota marries girlfriend

Apo - Claudia Lopez, the first woman elected mayor of Colombia's capital Bogota, married her girlfriend of three years on Monday.

In Colombia, musicians join anti-government protests

Apo - Thousands of Colombian protesters including dozens of musicians marched, sang and banged pots and pans Sunday in a bold new show of discontent with President Ivan Duque's administration.

French engineer assassinated in Colombian capital

Apo - An engineer working for French aerospace and defense company Thales has been shot dead in the Colombian capital Bogota in an apparent targeted assassination, officials said Tuesday.

Colombia government 'ready to meet' with protest leaders

Apo - The Colombian government said Monday it is prepared to meet with leaders of the anti-government protest movement but asked they cancel a national demonstration scheduled for Wednesday.
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