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Colombian ex-guerrilla leader arrested, hospitalized upon prison release

Apo - A former left-wing guerrilla leader wanted by the United States for drug trafficking was hospitalized in police custody Saturday with what authorities said were self-inflicted arm wounds.

Special peace court orders release of Colombian former guerrilla

Apo - A special peace court in Colombia on Wednesday ordered the "immediate release" of a former left-wing guerrilla leader wanted by the United States for drug trafficking.

US announces $160 mn 'peace' funding payment to Colombia

Apo - The US government announced Monday it will provide $160 million in funding to Colombia to help implement the historic peace accord signed between the state and now-disarmed FARC rebels.

Four dead, 29 injured in Colombian factory explosion

Apo - Four people died and 29 were injured, including 17 children, following an explosion at a factory where gunpowder is handled in Colombia's capital Bogota on Friday, authorities said.

Colombia blasts Venezuela over alleged military incursion

Apo - Colombia hit out at neighbor Venezuela on Wednesday for "repeated provocations" after claiming around 30 military personnel crossed into its territory.

Colombia mudslide death toll rises to 28

The number of dead from a mudslide that buried houses in southwestern Colombia has risen to at least 28, rescue authorities said on Monday.

Mudslide kills 19 in Colombia

Apo - At least 19 people were killed and 14 others were missing after a mudslide that buried eight houses early Sunday in southwestern Colombia, authorities said.A search was underway for any others who might be trapped under rubble.

Pompeo in Peru to maintain regional pressure on Venezuela's Maduro

- US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo landed in Peru on Saturday on the third-leg of a four-nation tour of Latin American allies focusing heavily on Venezuela and countering China's economic reach.

UN envoy warns against reopening Colombia peace deal

New York - The UN envoy for Colombia on Friday warned the Bogota government against reopening key provisions of the 2016 historic peace deal reached with FARC rebels.

'Armed groups' planned attack on Colombian president: attorney general

Apo - The Colombian attorney general on Monday announced authorities had uncovered a suspected terrorist plot to target a meeting between President Ivan Duque and indigenous leaders over ongoing protests."We have reliable information that...

Pompeo to visit Venezuela border on South America tour

Washington - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will travel to the Venezuela border in Colombia to highlight the plight of refugees during a four-nation trip to Latin America, the State Department announced Monday.

Colombia's coca growers facing stark choices over crops

Lebrija - Decades into the US-led war on drugs, coca plantations continue to surge like a green tide across ally Colombia's Catatumbo region.

Former Colombia footballer Viafara arrested over drug trafficking

Cali - Former Colombia international Jhon Viafara has been arrested on suspicion of drug trafficking and could be extradited to face charges in the United States, the public prosecutor's office said on Wednesday.

UN pushes back against Duque's challenge to Colombia peace deal

Apo - The UN warned the Colombian government Thursday that "there can be no going back" on the landmark peace agreement with FARC guerrillas, despite President Ivan Duque's plans to modify the deal he sees as too lenient.

Duque asks court to allow banned weedkiller on cocaine

Apo - President Ivan Duque asked Colombia's constitutional court Thursday to modify a ban on aerial spraying of the herbicide glyphosate in order to tackle record cocaine crops."My respectful request is for the decision to be modified...

Guaido rallies support, vows to return to Venezuela 'despite threats'

Bras - Venezuela's opposition leader Juan Guaido vowed on Thursday to return home "in the coming days... despite threats" from President Nicolas Maduro's regime, as he continues a tour of regional allies to rally international support.

Chaos turns to uncertainty at Venezuela border

Ure - Bloody violence may have subsided for now at Venezuela's blockaded border, but for local people, terror has turned to anxiety about how they will reach the schools and shops they depend on.

Colombia says 326 Venezuelan army deserters since Saturday

C - A total of 326 members of Venezuela's armed forces have deserted embattled President Nicolas Maduro and crossed the border into Colombia since Saturday, Bogota's migration service said Tuesday.

Guaido says 'duty' to return to Venezuela despite 'risks'

Apo - Venezuela's opposition leader Juan Guaido said in an interview published on Tuesday that he must return to Venezuela despite receiving threats as it is his "duty.

Venezuelans trapped along border after weekend unrest

C - Some Venezuelans are living in limbo across the border in Colombia, trapped after a failed effort to bring humanitarian aid into their country.

Venezuela's Guaido, Pence agree to tighten noose on Maduro

Apo - US Vice President Mike Pence and Venezuela opposition leader Juan Guaido agreed on a strategy to tighten the noose around President Nicolas Maduro following a meeting with regional allies in Colombia on Monday.

Pence to Venezuela's Guaido: Trump 'with you 100 percent'

Apo - US Vice President Mike Pence passed on a message from Donald Trump to Venezuela's opposition leader Juan Guaido on Monday, telling him "we are with you 100 percent.

Lima Group begins meeting on next steps in Venezuela crisis

Apo - Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido and US Vice President Mike Pence took part in a meeting of the Lima Group in Colombia on Monday to discuss a joint strategy to resolve Venezuela's crisis.

'They shot at us,' say injured Venezuela protesters

Ure - Edinson Cisneros gasped and wheezed as he tried to talk -- he was one of the protesters struck by rubber buckshot fired by Venezuelan security forces breaking up border demos demanding the entry of emergency aid from Colombia.

Two killed as Venezuela aid showdown turns violent

Ure - A high-risk operation to get humanitarian aid into Venezuela descended into deadly chaos Saturday after President Nicolas Maduro's security forces fired on demonstrators and aid trucks were set ablaze.

Colombia demolishes former Escobar fortress in Medellin

Medell - Authorities in Colombia carried out a controlled explosion on Friday to demolish the former fortress of drug kingpin Pablo Escobar in Medellin.

Venezuela's Guaido defies travel ban as aid row turns deadly

C - Venezuela's opposition leader Juan Guaido claimed the military helped him defy a travel ban by the government of President Nicolas Maduro as he joined thousands over the Colombian border on Friday for a charity concert to push for humanitarian aid deli...

Thousands flock to Venezuela aid concert on barricaded border

C - Thousands of people, many waving Venezuelan flags, streamed into a concert site on the Venezuela-Colombia border Friday for an international charity concert to push for humanitarian aid deliveries in defiance of a blockade by the government of Presiden...

Competing concerts to duel on Venezuelan border

C - Arenri Roque endured three days on a bus to take in a fund-raising concert Friday for Venezuela's opposition -- one thrust of a musical duel with the government, which is staging a show of its own.

Colombia to demolish former Escobar fortress

Medell - Late drug kingpin Pablo Escobar's old fortress in Medellin is to be razed to the ground with explosives to make way for a park dedicated to the victims of drug trafficking, the town hall said on Thursday."The Monaco building will fall.
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Christmas decorations, lights and musicians adorn the cars of Bogotá's "Christmas Express"
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Juan Manuel Santos is a presidential candidate in Colombia
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Zipaquirá, Colombia. The streets around the central square are dedicated (mostly) to pedestrial traffic.
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