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Accused Colombian drug kingpin charged in New York

New York - A Colombian former right-wing paramilitary accused of heading one of the country's largest drug cartels was formally charged Tuesday in New York after his extradition one day prior.

Colombia's ELN rebels eye US guarantees ahead of new peace talks

Quito - Colombia's last rebel group is seeking US guarantees that Washington will not seek the extradition of its negotiators in future peace talks, after Ecuador's surprise decision not to host the negotiations.

At UN, Colombia's president says drugs is main threat to peace

New York - Delivering a swansong address to the United Nations, Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos called Tuesday for a shift in the global approach to drug trafficking, which he described as the main threat to peace.

Ecuador will no longer host Colombia peace talks: minister

Apo - Ecuador will no longer host peace talks between Colombia and that country's last rebel group, Bogota's foreign minister said on Wednesday after recent attacks on the border between the neighbors.

Ecuador suspends role as guarantor of Colombia peace talks

Quito - Ecuador on Wednesday said it was suspending its role as guarantor of the peace talks between Colombia's government and ELN guerrillas which have been hosted in Quito since early 2017.

In symbolic vote, Venezuelan legislators vote to prosecute Maduro

Caracas - Venezuela's opposition-controlled National Assembly on Tuesday approved plans to prosecute President Nicolas Maduro for corruption, in a non-binding yet symbolic vote by a legislature which is effectively powerless.

Ecuador says two more kidnapped near Colombia border

Quito - Two more Ecuadorans have been kidnapped near the border with Colombia by the same group responsible for the recent abductions and killing of two journalists and their driver, the government said on Tuesday.

Rebels suspend handover of Ecuador press team's bodies: ICRC

Apo - Renegade Colombian rebels suspended plans Monday to hand over the bodies of a three-man Ecuadoran journalist team kidnapped and killed on the two countries' border, the Red Cross said.

Journalists killing shows Ecuador, Colombia must act on 'narco border'

Apo - The kidnapping and killing of two journalists and their driver has thrown up an uncomfortable truth for Colombia and Ecuador, analysts say: that their long-neglected border has become a drug traffickers' nirvana.

Kidnapped journalists were 'killed in Colombia': Ecuador

Quito - Two journalists and their driver kidnapped on March 26 in Ecuador by dissident FARC rebels were killed on the Colombian side of the border, Interior Minister Cesar Navas said Sunday.

Ecuadoran journalists who put their lives on the line for a story

Quito - The three members of an Ecuadoran journalist team who died in captivity after being abducted by a Colombian rebel group were following a story on violence that ended up costing their lives.

Kidnapped Ecuador journalist team confirmed dead

Quito - Ecuador on Friday confirmed the deaths of two journalists and their driver who had been kidnapped by renegade Colombian rebels -- and quickly launched a retaliatory military operation in the area where they were snatched.

Ecuador's Moreno returns home after report says abducted journalists dead

Quito - Ecuador's President Lenin Moreno announced Thursday he would return home from the Summit of Americas in Peru to address a "critical situation" related to a team of abducted reporters following reports they had been killed.

Colombia's FARC furious over ex-rebel's arrest on drugs charges

Apo - The arrest of a former FARC negotiator on US drug charges has brought Colombia's landmark peace deal to its "most critical point," the former rebel group warned on Tuesday.

Arrest of ex-negotiator could harm Colombia peace process: FARC

Apo - The arrest of a former FARC negotiator on drug charges could damage the group's landmark peace deal with the Colombian government as it enters its "most critical point," a spokesman for the former rebel group warned on Tuesday.

Colombia arrests ex-FARC negotiator, says could be extradited to US

Apo - Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said Monday that his forces have arrested a former peace negotiator for the FARC, the ex-rebel-group-turned-political-party, and that he could be extradited to the United States to face drug charges.

Ecuador doing 'everything possible' to free reporters

Quito - Ecuador's presidency said Tuesday it will do "everything possible" to gain the release of a press team abducted a week ago on the troubled border with Colombia.

ELN kidnaps four in Colombia border area: police

Apo - Suspected ELN rebels kidnapped four people near an area of the Venezuelan border marked by recent clashes between the guerrilla group and drug traffickers, police said Tuesday.

Abducted Ecuadoran journalists seek Quito's help in video

Apo - An Ecuadoran press team abducted a week ago on the border with Colombia appeared in a video on TV Tuesday and asked Quito to help secure their release.

Colombian rebels holding abducted journalists: Ecuador military

Apo - Dissident Colombian rebels are believed to be holding hostage two Ecuadoran journalists and their driver who were abducted this week, the head of Ecuador's armed forces said Wednesday.

Two journalists, driver abducted on Ecuador-Colombia border

Quito - Two journalists for an Ecuadoran newspaper and their driver were abducted on the border with Colombia in a zone where former Colombian FARC rebels remain active, officials said Tuesday.

Blast kills three Ecuadoran troops near Colombia border

Quito - Three Ecuadoran soldiers were killed and at least seven other people were injured Tuesday in a bomb explosion on the country's northern border with Colombia, the government said.

Nine suspected FARC dissidents killed in Colombia military operation

Apo - Nine suspected FARC dissidents were killed Monday in a military operation in southern Colombia, the defense ministry said.

Latin America's 'magic tree' slowly coming back to life

Arroyo Arena - The guaimaro, a highly prized tree bearing nutritious fruit, once abundant throughout South America, is slowly being coaxed back from near extinction in Colombia.Widely adaptable, the tree is resistant to drought -- though not, sadly, to man.

Gifted Colombia kids pay tribute to hero Hawking

Apo - Gifted children at the Stephen Hawking school in Colombia's capital Bogota have been paying a special tribute to the astrophysicist whose life inspired them to study science.

Colombia government and ELN rebels resume peace talks in Ecuador

Quito - Colombia's government and ELN guerrillas resumed peace talks in the Ecuadoran capital on Thursday, more than two months after they were suspended over a spate of rebel attacks.

In Colombia, birders find their version of Eden

Cali - Despite his small stature, 10-year-old Juan David Camacho has big dreams: pacing through Colombia's jungle with binoculars in tow, he aims to spot all the bird species his country offers.

Colombia's Santos orders resumption of talks with ELN rebels

Apo - Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos ordered the resumption of peace talks with ELN rebels Monday, aiming to conclude an historic deal before leaving office in August, despite election gains for hardliners who reject his policies.

Colombia's Santos orders resumption of talks with ELN rebels

Apo - Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos on Monday ordered government negotiators to resume talks with the South American country's last active rebel group, the National Liberation Army (ELN).

Right-wing parties opposed to FARC peace deal lead Colombia vote

Apo - Right-wing parties opposed to a peace deal with the FARC won historic elections in Colombia Sunday but fell short of a majority in polls that saw the former rebels enter the Congress.
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Monseñor José Figueroa Gómez at the Berlin's Heinrich-Böll Foundation on May 18, 2010.