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Colombia's defense minister resigns over cover-up claims

Apo - Colombia's defense minister Guillermo Botero resigned Wednesday after facing accusations of trying to cover up the deaths of several children in a military air strike on a drug trafficking gang.

Cuba denies stoking Latin American social unrest

Havana - Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez denied Friday that the country is behind recent social unrest in Latin America and rejected US allegations that it is supporting Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro.

Colombia to deploy elite forces after killing of indigenous leader

Torib - Colombia's government on Wednesday ordered the deployment of 2,500 elite troops to combat dissident FARC guerillas after an attack that killed an indigenous leader and four guards.

Colombia's ex-rebels remove mines they left during war

El Paujil - A grenade blew off the hands of onetime FARC guerrilla Edwin Correa, but he only surrendered his rifle once a peace deal was struck nearly three years ago.

Colombia elects first woman mayor of Bogota

Apo - Claudia Lopez, a symbol of the fight against corruption in Colombia, became the first woman to be elected mayor of Bogota on Sunday.

Colombia elects first woman mayor of Bogota

Apo - Claudia Lopez, a symbol of the fight against corruption in Colombia, on Sunday became the first woman to be elected mayor of the capital Bogota.The 49-year-old center-left candidate, who is openly gay, won the local election with 35.

China consortium wins Colombian capital metro contract

Apo - China's APCA Transmimetro has won a $4 billion contract to build an elevated metro line in Bogota, Colombia's President Ivan Duque announced Thursday.

Colombia's indigenous on guard against armed groups

Torib - Luis Acosta talks softly but carries a big stick -- it's the way of the jungle paths of his native Colombia -- and though his word holds weight in his indigenous community, his stick, a tasseled staff, is purely symbolic.

Colombia's FARC party expels rebel faction

Apo - The FARC political party in Colombia -- created out of a peace agreement between the former guerilla group and the government -- said on Wednesday they have expelled a band of dissidents who announced their return to arms.

Colombia ex-president appears before Supreme Court

Apo - Colombia's popular and influential former president Alvaro Uribe, who is facing a judicial investigation over witness tampering, appeared Tuesday before the country's Supreme Court, which will decide whether or not it will try the former leader.

Shipwrecked Colombians clung to cocaine bales

Apo - Three suspected drug smugglers survived in shark-infested Pacific waters by clinging for hours to floating bales of cocaine, Colombia's navy said Tuesday.The three Colombians are suspected of smuggling 1.

Bogota in photos row over Venezuela at UN

Apo - Colombian President Ivan Duque said he handed the UN photographic evidence this week proving Venezuela was sheltering ELN rebels, but the images were duds.

FARC leaders take responsibility for kidnappings

Apo - Former FARC leaders formally recognized at a special tribunal Monday "ethical and political responsibility" for thousands of kidnappings carried out during Colombia's long conflict.

Colombian FARC leader wants peace deal respected to undercut dissidents

Apo - An ex-FARC guerrilla leader is calling on the Colombian government to fully implement its 2016 peace plan to undercut rebel dissidents who have again taken up arms against the government of President Ivan Duque.

Tailoring peace: Colombian ex-rebels turn to fashion

Apo - Once dressed to kill as they stalked the Colombian jungle, a group of young former FARC rebels have shed their camouflage fatigues, boots and guns to help ease their way back into society following a 2016 peace deal.

Colombian authorities seize animal parts sold for rituals

Apo - Colombian authorities seized 1,400 animal parts intended for witchcraft rituals and amulets from shops in the capital Bogota, officials said on Thursday.

Venezuela begins war games on Colombia border

La Fr - Venezuela's armed forces chiefs said Tuesday they had begun mobilizing 150,000 troops for military exercises on the Colombian border amid renewed tensions between Bogota and Caracas.

Mainstream FARC rebels reject call to arms

Icononzo - The logo on ex-FARC combatant Davinson Lopez's tee-shirt says it all, and it's a message Colombians desperately want to hear: "Our only weapon is peace.

Amazon countries meet to bolster rainforest protection

Leticia - Presidents and ministers from seven Amazon countries met in Colombia on Friday to agree on measures to protect the world's biggest rainforest, under threat from wildfires and rampant deforestation.

Colombia ready to defend against Venezuela 'threats': minister

Apo - Colombia is "ready" to defend itself against threats from Venezuela, after that country's president accused Bogota of seeking to provoke military conflict, a minister said Wednesday.

Colombia's FARC rebels announce political movement

Apo - The former second-in-command of the FARC rebels announced Wednesday the creation of a political movement, a week after announcing he was taking up arms once more.

Maduro accuses Colombia of seeking to provoke conflict with Venezuela

Caracas - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro accused the Colombian government Tuesday of using dissident FARC leaders' rejection of a peace accord to try to "provoke a military conflict" with Venezuela, and placed border soldiers on alert.

Venezuela's Guaido in FARC pledge to Bogota

Caracas - Venezuela's opposition leader Juan Guaido on Tuesday offered to help neighboring Colombia track down dissident FARC rebels after Bogota accused President Nicolas Maduro of giving them a safe haven.

Two Colombian politicians, four others killed

Apo - A woman running for small town mayor and a candidate for city council were among six people shot and killed in Colombia, an official said Monday.

Mothers of Colombia's missing vow to keep searching

Cali - They clamber onto buses and stand among the jostling commuters, portraits of missing loved ones hanging from their necks, their presence a reminder that despite a 2016 peace agreement, for some, Colombia's conflict has never really ended.

Colombian troops kill nine FARC dissidents in raid: minister

Apo - Colombian troops killed nine FARC dissidents in a raid Friday in what the president said was "a clear message" to their leaders who have formally rejected a 2016 peace agreement and announced a return to arms.

Colombia's FARC: from war to peace and back again

Apo - Senior commanders of dissolved Colombian rebel group FARC announced they were resuming their armed struggle Thursday.

Former Colombian rebel leader announces return to arms

Apo - A former senior commander of the dissolved FARC rebel army in Colombia announced Thursday he is taking up arms again along with other guerrillas who have distanced themselves from a historic peace accord signed with the government.

Former Colombian rebel leader says taking up arms again 

Apo - A former senior commander of the dissolved FARC rebel army in Colombia announced Thursday he is taking up arms again along with other guerrillas who have distanced themselves from a historic peace accord signed with the government.

US sets up diplomatic mission for Venezuela in Colombia

Washington - The United States said Wednesday it has opened a diplomatic mission for Venezuela in Colombia, months after suspending its embassy in Caracas as Washington seeks to oust President Nicolas Maduro.
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