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Colombia seeks green light for peace referendum

Estanzuela - Colombia's government Thursday urged the courts to authorize a referendum it hopes will seal a peace deal to end a half-century conflict with leftist rebels.

Colombia blames guerrillas for missing journalists

Estanzuela - The Red Cross said Thursday it will help search for three journalists missing in Colombia whose disappearance the government blamed on a leftist rebel group.

Two more journalists go missing in northeast Colombia

Estanzuela - Five journalists covering a colleague's suspected kidnapping by leftist guerrillas in northeast Colombia were attacked and detained by unknown assailants, and two of them are still missing, officials said Tuesday.

Colombia peace could reveal jungle species' secrets

Estanzuela - Countless rare insects and flowers are said to inhabit the jungles of Colombia, but decades of war have stopped naturalists from discovering them -- until now.

Spanish journalist feared kidnapped by Colombia rebels

Estanzuela - Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said Monday his security forces had launched a sweeping operation to find a Spanish-Colombian journalist feared kidnapped by a leftist guerrilla group.

Colombia: Cartagena lays to rest Garcia Marquez's ashes

Cartagena - The ashes of Nobel literature laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez were laid to rest in Cartagena, the jewel of colonial architecture on Colombia's Caribbean coast, following a tribute to the author.

Colombia druglord Lopez Londono to be extradited to U.S.: Judge

Buenos Aires - A judge in Argentina on Friday granted a US extradition request for Colombian drug kingpin Henry de Jesus Lopez Londono, reputedly one of the most notorious cocaine traffickers in the Americas.

Colombia nabs record-breaking eight tons of cocaine

Estanzuela - Colombian police have seized eight tons of cocaine from the country's main organized crime ring, the largest ever haul in the nation's history, the president said Sunday.

Colombia's FARC agrees to remove child soldiers from ranks

Havana - Colombia's Marxist FARC rebel group agreed to remove child soldiers from its ranks as part of the peace deal it is close to signing with the government.

Panama closes border crossing to Cuban migrants

Panama - Panama on Monday slammed shut its border crossing with Colombia to Cuban migrants, becoming the third Central American country to halt access to an unrelenting exodus of Cubans trying to reach the United States.

Colombia to extradite Panama drug-money suspect to US

Estanzuela - Colombia will extradite a leader of a prominent Panamanian business family to the United States, where he is charged with laundering money for ruthless drug gangs, authorities said Friday.

Colombia authorizes air strikes against criminal gangs

Estanzuela - Colombia on Thursday authorized the use of all military force, including air strikes, against the country's three biggest criminal gangs in a major escalation against "organized armed groups.

Ex-hostage Betancourt tells Colombia to 'embrace' peace

Estanzuela - Ingrid Betancourt, a French-Colombian politician who was held hostage by Colombia's FARC rebels for more than six years, said Thursday the conflict-torn country must embrace peace, reconciliation and forgiveness.

Do Colombia's FARC rebels have a hidden fortune?

Estanzuela - Do Colombia's FARC guerrillas have a multi-billion-dollar fortune from kidnapping and drug trafficking stashed in foreign bank accounts?

Colombia deports top Peruvian crime lord

Estanzuela - Colombia deported top Peruvian crime lord Gerson Galvez on Sunday, a day after arresting the man described as the new version of Mexico's Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman.

Rescued lions roar into South Africa after flight from Peru

Johanesburg - The roaring of 33 lions rescued from circuses in Peru and Colombia echoed through Johannesburg's international airport Saturday after they arrived in their ancestral homeland for the first time.

Colombia's illegal mining linked to malaria outbreak

Estanzuela - Colombia's widespread illegal mining is blamed for causing environmental damage and holding workers in slave-like conditions -- and now is also being blamed for a malaria outbreak.

Danger zones keep Colombians from burying their dead

Palmira - Zamira Diaz has a map showing where her brother Oswaldo is buried. But like many who have lost loved ones in Colombia's civil conflict, she cannot go and find him.

33 rescued lions to fly from Peru to South Africa

- A total of 33 lions rescued from abuse in Peruvian and Colombian circuses will be taken by plane on Friday to South Africa, in what campaigners are calling the largest-ever airlift of big cats.

33 rescued lions to fly from Peru to South Africa

- A total of 33 lions rescued from abuse in Peruvian and Colombian circuses will be taken by plane on Friday to South Africa, in what campaigners are calling the largest-ever airlift of big cats.

33 rescued lions to fly from Peru to South Africa

- A total of 33 lions rescued from abuse in Peruvian and Colombian circuses will be taken by plane on Friday to South Africa, in what campaigners are calling the largest-ever airlift of big cats.

Colombia legalizes same-sex marriage

Estanzuela - Colombia became the fourth South American country to allow same-sex marriage when the constitutional court definitively legalized it on Thursday.

Nearly 72,000 cases of Zika in Colombia since October

Estanzuela - Nearly 72,000 cases of Zika have been reported in Colombia since October, with almost 13,000 occurring in pregnant women, although the country is going through a decline in outbreaks, health authorities said Saturday.

Colombia leader says peace offers 'golden opportunity' on drug trade

Estanzuela - President Juan Manuel Santos says Colombia has a "golden opportunity" to uproot the drug trade in this world hub of cocaine production, once a 50-year conflict with leftist insurgents is put to rest.

Colombia FARC rebels seek Pope's backing in peace bid

Havana - Colombia's FARC leftist rebel force called on Sunday for Pope Francis's support to prevent other armed groups from disrupting its efforts to seal a peace deal with the government.

Peru reports first sexually transmitted Zika case

- Peru has suffered its first case of sexually transmitted, locally contracted Zika virus, authorities said Saturday.

Colombia violated gay man's rights after partner's death: Court

San Jos - Colombia violated a gay citizen's rights to non-discrimination and equality by refusing him the pension from his partner who died in 2001, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights ruled.

Colombia reports first two Zika-linked microcephaly cases

Estanzuela - Colombian health authorities on Thursday reported the country's first two cases of microcephaly associated with Zika, the day after US scientists concluded the virus can cause babies to be born with abnormally small heads.

Botero sculptures centerstage in Colombia pollution protest

Medell - Sculptures by Colombia's most famous artist, the world-renowned Fernando Botero, unwittingly found themselves thrust into the midst of an anti-pollution protest Friday when activists strapped surgical masks on their giant faces.

Colombia's FARC rebels reject setting disarmament date

Havana - The leader of Colombia's FARC rebels on Friday rejected President Juan Manuel Santos's demand to set a date to disarm, showing that tensions are still marring the peace process.
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