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Colombia implodes high-rise that killed 12 in collapse

Medell - Colombian authorities imploded an upmarket apartment block Tuesday whose partial collapse last year killed 12 people, felling the rest of the six-tower complex in a giant cloud of white dust.

Seven police dead in Colombia ambush

Estanzuela - At least seven police officers were killed and seven wounded when gunmen from the FARC rebel group ambushed their convoy in remote northwestern Colombia, officials said.

Seven police dead in Colombia ambush

Estanzuela - Seven police officers were killed and five wounded when gunmen reportedly from the FARC rebel group ambushed their convoy Tuesday in northwest Colombia, officials said.

Rebels say no to Colombian military role in peace

Havana - Leftist FARC guerrillas in peace talks aimed at ending a five-decade conflict rejected Monday a Colombian plan to put the military in charge of disarming the rebels.

Colombia court allows lesbian adoption

Estanzuela - Colombia's Constitutional Court ruled Thursday that a lesbian woman could adopt her long-time partner's daughter, though the ruling does not apply to gay adoption in all circumstances.

Colombia arrests 32 politicians over paramilitary ties

Estanzuela - Colombian authorities have arrested 32 local politicians for alleged ties to right-wing paramilitary groups that fueled the country's 50-year conflict before being disbanded a decade ago, prosecutors said Thursday.

Top Colombian drug hitman who killed 300 is freed

Estanzuela - The head of Colombian drug kingpin Pablo Escobar's hitmen, a confessed murderer nicknamed "Popeye," was released from prison after helping prosecutors convict a former justice minister.

FARC negotiator says disarming will be 'long process'

Havana - Colombia's FARC guerrillas will not give up their weapons at once, and need guarantees from the government to disarm, a negotiator said Tuesday as the peace process marked two years.

Colombian army, FARC rebels begin work on ceasefire

Havana - Talks to end Colombia's five-decade conflict entered what the government called a "decisive phase" Friday as army officers and FARC rebels began work on the terms of an eventual ceasefire.

Victims of Colombia's armed conflict testify

Havana - Victims of the decades-old conflict pitting FARC rebels against government forces testified at peace talks Saturday, pushing for "truth" to form the foundation of any accord.

Venezuela seals border with Colombia to fight smuggling

San Crist - Venezuela closed its border with Colombia to crack down on smuggling of cut-rate gasoline and other products and stanch huge losses for the Caracas government.

Venezuela to close Colombia border at night to fight smuggling

Caracas - Venezuela will close its Colombia border at night starting Monday to combat smuggling of various Venezuelan products, including food and gasoline, officials said Saturday.

Spanish Navy finds 127 Kg of cocaine on board training tall ship

Cadiz - The Spanish training ship "Juan Sebastián Elcano" is at the center of a messy controversy after authorities found on board a cargo of 127 kilos of cocaine. Three crew members were arrested and are being investigated for drug trafficking.

Colombia leader sworn in vowing peace, warning rebels

Estanzuela - Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos warned leftist rebels their attacks were threatening peace talks as he was sworn in Thursday for a second term dedicated to ending the country's 50-year-old conflict.

Colombia's Santos dubs new legislature 'Congress of peace'

Estanzuela - Colombia's newly re-elected President Juan Manuel Santos installed a new legislature Sunday, calling it a "Congress of peace" and asking for its support in creating a post-conflict nation amid negotiations with the FARC.

Zou Shiming gears up for pretitle fight Saturday in Macau

Former Chinese Olympian Zou Shiming is set to tangle with Luis de la Rosa of Colombia Saturday at the Cotai Arena of the Venetian Resort in Macau, China for his final test as a pro leading up to his next flyweight title fight.

Cocaine drops in top producer Colombia, says UN

Estanzuela - Cocaine production in Colombia, a top producer, dropped nearly 13 percent last year, despite steady coca leaf agriculture, the United Nations drug watchdog said Thursday.

Ancient Inca roads win coveted World Heritage status

Doha - UN cultural agency UNESCO on Saturday granted its coveted World Heritage status to a vast and ancient Inca road system spanning six countries in South America.

Serey Die breaks into tears during Ivory Coast national anthem

Prior to the match against Colombia, Ivory Coast midfielder Serey Die broke down in tears as his national anthem played, setting off a rumor that he had found out hours before the game that his father had passed away.

Colombia adopts new sexual violence law

Bogot - Sexual violence now may be prosecuted as a crime against humanity in Colombia, where President Juan Manuel Santos signed a law to stem assaults against women during the ongoing civil war.

Voters in Colombia voters back peace talks, re-elect president

Bogot - Colombia's voters gave President Juan Manuel Santos a second term Sunday in a closely fought election that could mark a turning point in the country's decades-long struggle with Marxist guerrillas.

After Santos election victory, Colombia resumes peace bid

Bogot - Colombia resumed its path toward peace with leftist rebels, bolstered by President Juan Manuel Santos' victory in elections seen as a referendum on his bid to end the 50-year-old conflict.Santos picked up 50.

After Santos election victory, Colombia resumes peace bid

Bogot - Colombia resumed its path toward peace with leftist rebels Monday, bolstered by President Juan Manuel Santos's victory in elections seen as a referendum on his bid to end the 50-year-old conflict.Santos picked up 50.

Colombians re-elect Santos in boost for FARC talks

Bogot - Colombians re-elected President Juan Manuel Santos in a cliffhanger seen as a referendum on peace talks with FARC guerrillas.The center-right Santos registered 50.

Santos, Colombia's would-be peacemaker

Bogot - Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, who was re-elected Sunday, is seen as his country's best hope for a potential peace deal with Marxist rebels.With nearly all votes tallied, the center-right Santos registered 50.

Colombians re-elect Santos in boost for FARC talks

Bogot - Colombians re-elected President Juan Manuel Santos on Sunday in a cliffhanger poll seen as a referendum on peace talks with FARC guerrillas, election authorities said.With 99.37 percent of votes tallied, the center-right Santos registered 50.

Colombia votes in cliffhanger presidential poll

Bogot - Colombians went to the polls Sunday in a cliffhanger presidential election that has become a referendum on peace talks with FARC guerrillas.

James Rodriguez leads Colombia to goal against Greece

Of the many differences between Colombia and Greece both stylistically and tactically, it’s difficult to ignore the contrast between their main strengths.

Op-Ed: World Cup 2014 - Teams capable of overachieving in Brazil

Over the past week, I’ve provided in-depth previews of the legitimate favourites heading into the World Cup, but the great thing about this sport is the element of surprise.

Colombia, ELN guerrillas launch peace process

Bogot - Colombia's government and the country's second largest guerrilla group, the National Liberation Army, announced Tuesday they have opened peace talks, with a tense presidential election just days away.
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A National Police OV-10 plane sprays herbicides over a coca field in Colombia.
A National Police OV-10 plane sprays herbicides over a coca field in Colombia.
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The Cathedral of the Holy Trinity and St. Anthony of Padua at Zipaquirá  Colombia.
The Cathedral of the Holy Trinity and St. Anthony of Padua at Zipaquirá, Colombia.
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Colombia: Areas where FARC operates
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The historic Savanna Railway transports local people and visitors about 100 Km round trip between Bo...
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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El Cerrejón Mine  Colombia  region where giant turtle fossils were found
El Cerrejón Mine, Colombia, region where giant turtle fossils were found
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A march in Bogota  Colombia to protest a recent shocking rape case
A march in Bogota, Colombia to protest a recent shocking rape case
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María Concepción Marlaska and Ángel Sánchez were kidnapped in Colombia. On being rescued they pu...
María Concepción Marlaska and Ángel Sánchez were kidnapped in Colombia. On being rescued they publicly announced a wedding.
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Juan Manuel Santos is a presidential candidate in Colombia
Juan Manuel Santos is a presidential candidate in Colombia
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Train in Colombia
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Zipaquirá  Colombia. The streets around the central square are dedicated (mostly) to pedestrial tra...
Zipaquirá, Colombia. The streets around the central square are dedicated (mostly) to pedestrial traffic.
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Plastic balls containing cocaine were hidden among fresh limes in a shipment meant for Belgium.
Plastic balls containing cocaine were hidden among fresh limes in a shipment meant for Belgium.
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Many Nukak have been forced to flee their forest homes, and now live in refugee camps outside the forest. ©A. Blanch/ Survival
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Spaniard Ángel Sánchez proposed to María Concepción Marlaska during a press conference on their ...
Spaniard Ángel Sánchez proposed to María Concepción Marlaska during a press conference on their rescue from a kidnapping in Colombia.
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The Nukak need  special attention  to survive  according to the report. ©D Hill/ Survival
The Nukak need 'special attention' to survive, according to the report. ©D Hill/ Survival
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Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos (right) speaks informally with U.S. Secretary of State John K...
Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos (right) speaks informally with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry at Casa de Narino in Bogota in 2013.
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Flooding in Colombia
Flooding in Colombia
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