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Colombia sets new record in eradicating coca production

Tumaco - Colombia beat its record for eradicating coca crops for the second year in a row, the government said Wednesday, although the country still remains the world's leading producer of cocaine.

Odebrecht fined $50 mn in Colombia over corruption

Apo - Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht, which recently changed its name to Novonor, must pay a $50 million fine over corruption related to construction of a highway in Colombia, authorities announced on Monday.

Colombia's Duque says won't vaccinate undocumented Venezuelans

Apo - Colombia's government announced on Monday that undocumented Venezuelan migrants would be excluded from its mass vaccination program against the Covid-19 virus.That amounts to around 55 percent of the 1.7 million Venezuelans living in Colombia.

Colombian village offers hope for indigenous gay men

Leticia - Growing up in an indigenous village in the Colombian Amazon, Junior Sangama long hid his sexuality -- before clashing with his family and choosing to leave.

Heavy rains kill five in Colombia, six missing

Apo - Floods caused by a particularly intense rainy season have killed at least five people and left six others missing in northwestern Colombia, authorities said Wednesday.

Colombia's Duque holds talks with ex-FARC leaders

Apo - Colombia's President Ivan Duque held talks with former FARC guerrilla leaders Friday, pledging to speed up the integration of ex-combatants following the 2016 peace agreement, a top advisor said.

Colombia's ex-rebels march in Bogota over murders

Apo - Around 2,000 former FARC guerrillas rallied in the Colombian capital Sunday to protest the murder of 236 ex-combatants since signing a 2016 peace agreement.

Colombia surpasses one million Covid-19 cases: ministry

Apo - Colombia on Saturday surpassed the benchmark of one million cases of Covid-19 registered in the country since the beginning of the pandemic, the health ministry announced.

Former FARC rebels march on Colombian capital to demand protection

Apo - Former left-wing FARC guerrillas began a 10-day march in Colombia on Wednesday to protest the murder of 234 ex-rebels who laid down their arms under the historic 2016 peace accord that ended a half century of conflict.

Indigenous Colombians protest violence with mock trial for president

Apo - Thousands of indigenous Colombians staged a symbolic trial of President Ivan Duque in the country's capital on Monday to demand an end to growing violence on their land.

Thousands of indigenous Colombians march on Bogota demanding end to violence

Apo - Thousands of indigenous Colombians arrived in the country's capital on Sunday, demanding a meeting with President Ivan Duque and an end to growing violence in their territories.

Thousands of indigenous people march to end Colombian violence

Cali - Thousands of indigenous people demonstrated in southwestern Colombia on Monday demanding an end to violence, on the day commemorating Christopher Columbus's arrival in the Americas.

Colombian ex-president Uribe released from house arrest

Apo - A Colombian judge on Saturday ordered an end to house arrest for former president Alvaro Uribe, who is under investigation for alleged witness tampering and fraud.

Mothers seek answers in wake of Colombian massacres

Cali - A wave of deadly violence is once again roiling rural Colombia, after several years of comparative respite following the 2016 peace agreement with the FARC guerrillas.

Haitian migrants rescued at sea off Colombia

Apo - Around 100 Haitian migrants were rescued from a boat drifting off Colombia's Caribbean coast on Tuesday as they tried to reach Panama, Bogota's coastguard service said.

Colombia arrests ex-paramilitary chief after US deportation

Apo - Colombian authorities on Monday arrested former right-wing paramilitary leader Rodrigo Tovar on his arrival in the country after he was deported from the United States.

IMF raises Colombia's credit line to $17.2 bn

Washington - The International Monetary Fund on Friday announced it had raised by $6.5 billion a credit line offered to Colombia to about $17.2 billion, aiming to help the country cope with the economic effects of Covid-19.

Colombians protest against police brutality

Apo - Thousands of Colombians protested Monday against police brutality and government policies, 11 days after the death of a man at the hands of police sparked demonstrations.

Pompeo bolsters South American alliance against Maduro

Apo - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Saturday wrapped up a three-day tour of Venezuela's neighbors designed to heap pressure on President Nicolas Maduro, saying his malign influence in the region "cannot be tolerated.

Colombian police charged with killing that sparked riots

Apo - Colombian prosecutors on Friday charged two police officers with torture and aggravated homicide after the death of a man in custody sparked deadly rioting in the capital and other cities.

Pompeo to highlight Venezuelan refugees at Brazil border

Washington - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Tuesday he would highlight the plight of refugees from Nicolas Maduro's Venezuela on a regional trip that includes the country's border area with Brazil.

Colombia apology for police brutality fails to stop protests

Apo - An apology from Colombia's defense minister for police brutality failed to stop a third night of protests Friday, after the death of a man in custody sparked deadly rioting in the capital and other cities. "I'm tired of police abuse.

Death toll rises to 11 in Colombia rioting over police killing

Apo - At least 11 people were killed and hundreds wounded after rioting broke out in the Colombian capital Bogota during protests over the death of a man repeatedly tasered by police, authorities said.

At least 11 dead in massacres in Colombia

Apo - At least 11 people were killed in three separate group killings in Colombia, police said Monday, one of the deadliest days since FARC guerrillas signed a peace accord with the government in 2016.

Three killed amid surge of violence in Colombia

Apo - Hooded gunmen killed three people in northwest Colombia, the latest attack in a two-week wave of violence that has left at least 42 people dead, police said Friday.

Colombia close to resuming aerial spraying of coca crops

Apo - Colombia's government said on Monday it will resume the controversial practice of aerial spraying of coca plantations following a spike in gang-related violence.

Colombian leader says Venezuela trying to acquire Iran missiles

Apo - Colombia's President Ivan Duque claimed Thursday that the government of President Nicolas Maduro in neighboring Venezuela was working to acquire missiles from its ally Iran.

With streets silent, Latin American activists use walls to speak out

Medell - Coronavirus lockdowns may have largely silenced various social movements but a new form of protest is spreading on the walls of buildings in Colombia and elsewhere in Latin America.

ELN accuses supporters of Colombian ex-president of massacres

Havana - Faced with an escalation of murders in the territories where it operates, Colombia's Marxist National Liberation Army (ELN) rebels blame the violence on right-wing paramilitaries reacting to the house arrest of former president Alvaro Uribe.

Mexico, Peru each top half a million virus cases

- Countries in coronavirus epicenter Latin America reported troubling new statistics on Thursday, with Mexico and Peru both surpassing half a million confirmed infections.
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Zipaquirá, Colombia. The streets around the central square are dedicated (mostly) to pedestrial traffic.
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The town of Jardin in Antioqiua, Colombia
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Christmas lights in Usaquén Park, Bogotá.
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Main Square and City Hall (Casa del Cabildo) at Zipaquirá, Colombia.
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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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The Nukak need 'special attention' to survive, according to the report. ©D Hill/ Survival
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The historic Savanna Railway transports local people and visitors about 100 Km round trip between Bogotá and the renovated station at Zipaquirá.
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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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Monseñor José Figueroa Gómez at the Berlin's Heinrich-Böll Foundation on May 18, 2010.
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Bogotá citizens enjoy the display of Christmas lights in Usaquén Park, Bogotá.
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Friends bring murdered teen's coffin to soccer match in Cucuta town,Colombia
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Christmas lights in Usaquén Park, Bogotá.
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