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Ecuadoran court suspends hearing into ex-president kidnapping case

Quito - A criminal court in Ecuador suspended a hearing on Tuesday meant to decide whether to call former president Rafael Correa to trial over the kidnapping of an opposition lawmaker in Colombia.

ELN guerrillas kidnap teen girl in Colombia

Apo - Leftist ELN guerrillas have kidnapped a 15-year-old girl in northwestern Colombia, officials said Saturday, even as peace talks with the government of President Ivan Duque are on hold until all rebel hostages are released.

Colombian zoo celebrates birth of endangered spider monkey

Medell - A zoo in Colombia is celebrating the birth of a baby spider monkey, a rare species in danger of extinction.

Colombian rebel group ELN releases six hostages, says ICRC

Apo - Colombia's ELN rebels Wednesday freed six people they kidnapped in August, a government precondition for returning to peace talks, the International Committee of the Red Cross said.

Colombia calls for help to face Venezuela migrant surge

Apo - Colombia lacks the capacity to face by itself a deluge of Venezuelan migrants fleeing their crisis-afflicted country, Bogota's top diplomat said on Tuesday.Foreign Minister Carlos Holmes Trujillo called instead for an international response.

Rebels reject Colombia govt peace talk terms

Havana - ELN guerrillas on Monday branded as "unacceptable" conditions set by Colombian President Ivan Duque to restart peace talks in Cuba aimed at ending their insurgency.

Colombia kills 'most dangerous' FARC dissident

Apo - Colombian armed forces killed "the most dangerous" dissident guerrilla from now-disbanded Marxist rebels FARC on Saturday in the drug violence-infested jungle area on the border with Ecuador, the government said.

Colombia's Duque waiting until last moment for ELN peace decision

Apo - Colombia is waiting until the last minute to see if ELN Marxist rebels release their remaining hostages before deciding whether or not to restart stalled peace talks, President Ivan Duque said on Friday.

Left-wing ELN guerrillas release captured Colombian soldiers

Apo - Marxist ELN rebels have released three soldiers kidnapped a month ago, just two days before a Colombian government deadline on deciding whether or not to resume peace talks with the guerrillas, the country's ombudsman said on Wednesday.

Latin America seeks common ground to handle Venezuelan migrants

Quito - Latin American ministers met Monday to end the massive Venezuelan migrant crisis that has jolted the region, as Venezuela's government accused the United Nations of exaggerating the situation to justify "international intervention.

Venezuela accuses UN or trying to orchestrate 'intervention'

Caracas - Venezuela's government on Monday accused the United Nations of exaggerating its migration crisis to justify "international intervention.

Colombia: 13 ex-Chiquita aides face trial on paramilitary funding

Apo - Thirteen former directors of the big US-Swiss banana producer Chiquita Brands will face trial in Colombia on charges of financing right-wing paramilitary groups during the country's armed conflict, prosecutors announced Friday.

Colombia's Duque again orders ELN rebels to release hostages

Apo - Colombia President Ivan Duque reiterated on Thursday his call for ELN Marxist rebels to release hostages as a prerequisite to restarting suspended Cuban-hosted peace talks.

Spain PM Sanchez calls for Venezuelan migrant quotas

Apo - Spain's Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said on Thursday that Latin America should adopt a "quota system" to better manage the Venezuelan migrant crisis.

Colombians fail to approve tough anti-corruption measures

Apo - Colombians on Sunday failed to approve rules that hardened punishment for corrupt officials, a measure sent to voters as a referendum after congress proved reluctant to implement stricter anti-graft measures.

Peruvians fear Venezuelan migrant surge despite curbs

Aguas Verdes - Residents of a Peruvian border town, where a bridge cluttered with street vendors marks the frontier with Ecuador, believe new immigration restrictions will do little to halt a surging tide of Venezuelan migrants.

UN to set up Venezuela crisis team

New York - UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has told Colombia's foreign minister that he will set up a UN team to ensure the regional response to the Venezuela crisis is well-coordinated, his spokesman said Friday.

Colombia to ask UN for help with Venezuelan migrant crisis

Apo - Colombia is to step up efforts to manage the Venezuelan migrant crisis by asking the United Nations to intervene, Foreign Minister Carlos Holmes Trujillo said on Wednesday."We're going to continue to request the appointment of a special envoy...

Venezuela denies Colombia's claims of armed forces incursion

Caracas - Venezuela hit back at Colombia on Wednesday branding as fake news claims from its neighbor that helicopters and troops had violated its sovereignty in an illegal incursion.

Ecuador to organize regional Venezuela migrant crisis meeting

Quito - Ecuador will organize a meeting of 13 Latin American countries to discuss the Venezuelan migrant crisis, Quito's top diplomat said on Tuesday.

US hospital ship to visit Colombia amid Venezuela crisis

Washington - The US Navy is sending a hospital ship to Colombia on a mission to assist in the humanitarian crisis in neighboring Venezuela, a defense official said Tuesday.

Colombia protests Venezuelan border incursion

Apo - Colombia issued a strong protest Tuesday over what it said was a border incursion by Venezuelan helicopters and troops over the weekend.

Bus in deadly Ecuador crash carried 'half a ton' of marijuana

Quito - Ecuadoran authorities said Friday that a Colombian bus that crashed near Quito, leaving 23 people dead, was carrying at least a half a ton of marijuana hidden in its floor.

Colombia fears Ecuador border controls effect on Venezuelan exodus

Apo - Bogota said Friday it was "worried" that tightened Ecuadorian entry requirements for Venezuelans fleeing an economic and political crisis would leave thousands stranded in Colombia.

Chile expels 51 Colombians with criminal records

Santiago - Chile expelled 51 Colombian nationals on Thursday, the interior minister announced, the first of an expected 2,000 foreigners earmarked for expulsion this year as part of a get-tough immigration policy unveiled by President Sebastian Pinera in June.

Exiled Venezuelan supreme court 'sentences' Maduro over corruption

Apo - Venezuela's opposition-run supreme court in exile has sentenced President Nicolas Maduro to 18 years in prison over the infamous Odebrecht corruption scandal, a move dismissed by the regime.

Colombia says 19 citizens killed in tourist bus crash

Quito - Colombia's government said Wednesday that 19 of the victims of a deadly bus crush in Ecuador were its citizens, as Quito lowered the overall death toll from the accident.

Colombia's ELN says will free hostages after pressure from president

Apo - Colombia's ELN guerrilla force announced Tuesday it would release nine hostages to comply with a demand by new President Ivan Duque in order to continue peace talks with his government.

Venezuelans endure the painful journey to Ecuador

Quito - Jose Carrizales sits on a wooden chair with his feet in the air, waiting for the blisters to heel.

Colombia president Duque warns ELN rebels over hostages

Apo - Colombia President Ivan Duque warned ELN guerrillas on Friday they must release nine hostages taken over the previous 10 days if they want to continue peace talks initiated by his predecessor Juan Manuel Santos.
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