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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.

Colombia protest leaders push Duque on dialogue

Apo - Protest leaders in Colombia on Thursday urged President Ivan Duque to include them in negotiations aimed at ending demonstrations that have rocked his right-wing government.

Thousands march in Colombia to keep pressure on Duque

Apo - Colombian unions marked their second general strike in a week on Wednesday as tens of thousands poured onto the streets in protest against the government of right-wing President Ivan Duque.

US accuses Venezuela, Cuba of exacerbating regional unrest

Washington - The United States on Wednesday accused its adversaries Venezuela and Cuba of fomenting strife in South America, where a number of countries have seen major protests.

Colombian protest leaders call new strike after Duque meeting

Apo - Protest leaders in Colombia called a new general strike for Wednesday after a meeting with President Ivan Duque made no progress towards ending deadly anti-government demonstrations now in their sixth consecutive day.

Duque to meet with Colombia protest leaders

Apo - Under-fire Colombian President Ivan Duque will meet with protest leaders on Tuesday, a minister announced, after five consecutive days of anti-government protests.

Colombia expels 59 Venezuelans who took part in protests

Apo - Colombia said Monday it is expelling 59 Venezuelans for taking part in street protests, as another big march was planned despite the launch of a national dialogue to address corruption, economic inequality and other woes.

Duque opens Colombia talks following protests: official

Apo - Under-fire Colombian President Ivan Duque, the target of days of unprecedented anti-government protests, on Sunday opened a national dialogue aimed at assuaging popular anger, even as activists called for a major new protest.

Duque opens Colombia talks following protests: official

Apo - President Ivan Duque, the target of unprecedented anti-government protests in Colombia, on Sunday opened a national dialogue aimed at assuaging popular anger.

Protesters tear-gassed in Bogota as Duque starts 'national conversation'

Apo - Security forces tear-gassed protesters who filled the streets of Bogota on Saturday for a third straight day, as President Ivan Duque announced the start of a "national conversation" to assuage popular anger.

Rare curfew after violence in Colombia puts people on edge

Apo - Colombia's first curfew in decades turned its capital city into a nervous ghost town, as people armed with machetes, bats and knives guarded doorways against hooded looters thought to be running wild.

Duque promises social reforms as three dead in Colombia protests

Apo - Protesters picketed the home of Colombian President Ivan Duque on Friday, defying a curfew and the leader's promises of a "national conversation" on social policies following massive anti-government demonstrations that have left three dead and dozens w...
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Typical street in the Old Colonial City Centre of Zipaquirá, Colombia
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The Christmas Express draws large crowds, and causes traffic jams in Bogotá, Colombia.
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Coffee rust at a farm in Cauca, southwestern Colombia. From the Two Degrees Up series of case studies on the effect of climate change on agriculture. Photo taken: Sept. 23, 2010.
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Rescue teams recover the bodies of victims of the LAMIA airlines charter that crashed in the mountains of Cerro Gordo, Colombia, on November 29, 2016
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Train in Colombia
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Giant Christmas tree in Plaza de Bolivar  across Bogotá s Cathedral.
Giant Christmas tree in Plaza de Bolivar, across Bogotá's Cathedral.
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The celebrations focus around Plaza de Bolívar, the city’s main square and civic center.
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A panoramic of the port of Cartagena de Indias, Colombia. Baru Island is located south of the Port at the end of what used to be the Barú Peninsula. Following the construction of a canal, Baru became an island.
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General view during the inauguration ceremony of Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos at the National Congress on August 7, 2014 in Bogota, Colombia
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The town of Jardin in Antioqiua, Colombia
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El Cerrejón Mine, Colombia, region where giant turtle fossils were found
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"The Fallen Christ" (El Señor Caído). Wood carving by Colombian sculptor Pedro Lugo y Albarracín (ca. 1656).
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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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Bogotá citizens enjoy the display of Christmas lights in Usaquén Park  Bogotá.
Bogotá citizens enjoy the display of Christmas lights in Usaquén Park, Bogotá.
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Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos (right) speaks informally with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry at Casa de Narino in Bogota in 2013.
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Christmas lights in Usaquén Park  Bogotá.
Christmas lights in Usaquén Park, Bogotá.
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Many Nukak have been forced to flee their forest homes, and now live in refugee camps outside the forest. ©A. Blanch/ Survival
Main Square and City Hall (Casa del Cabildo) at Zipaquirá  Colombia.
Main Square and City Hall (Casa del Cabildo) at Zipaquirá, Colombia.

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