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Colombia government sees peace setback in court ruling

Estanzuela - Colombia's government and FARC rebel force warned that a court ruling on their recent peace accord threatens to disrupt efforts to seal an end to a half-century civil war.

Colombia shipyard blasts kill six: officials

Estanzuela - Explosions at a shipyard in Colombia killed at least six people, including one on the premises of a US company, and injured 23 others on Wednesday, officials said.

Colombia, ELN rebels resume talks

Quito - Colombia and the left-wing National Liberation Army insurgency resumed talks Tuesday aimed at reducing everyday violence on the road to a peace deal.

Colombia ex-enemies act in theater of conflict

Estanzuela - Former enemies and victims of Colombia's civil war take to the stage together this week in a theater show telling of their suffering in the half-century conflict.

First Colombia FARC rebels complete disarmament: UN

Estanzuela - A group of Colombian FARC rebels on Friday became the first to formally complete a disarmament process under a peace accord designed to end a half-century-old conflict, United Nations monitors said.

ELN rebel group frees 8 hostages: Colombia president

Estanzuela - Eight hostages allegedly taken in Colombia by the left-wing ELN rebel group have been freed, President Juan Manuel Santos said Tuesday, crediting "public pressure" for their release."The eight kidnap victims...

Colombia government, ELN rebels to resume peace talks

Estanzuela - Colombia's government and the country's last active rebel force, the ELN, will resume peace talks in just over a week, the lead state negotiator confirmed Saturday.

Colombia court orders release of first general under peace deal

Estanzuela - A judge on Friday ordered the release of a Colombian army general from prison, the first case involving a top official to be reviewed by a court system set up by the government's peace deal with the FARC rebels.

Kidnapped UN official to be freed, Colombia general says

Estanzuela - A UN official kidnapped in Colombia, allegedly by a renegade faction of FARC rebel, is just hours from being freed, military leaders here said on Friday.

UN counter-drug official kidnapped in Colombia: officials

Estanzuela - A UN official has been kidnapped in Colombia by renegade FARC rebels just ahead of a visit Thursday by the UN Security Council to review progress in a peace accord with the guerrillas, authorities said.

UN Security Council to assess Colombia peace gains

New York - UN Security Council ambassadors travel to Colombia this week to take stock of progress in disarming FARC rebels ahead of the June 1 deadline to lay down all weapons.

Colombia's ELN rebels free two hostages: Red Cross

Estanzuela - Colombia's last active rebel group, the National Liberation Army (ELN), freed two hostages after more than a month in captivity, the Red Cross said, a boost to ongoing peace talks.

At least 11 killed in Colombia floods: Red Cross

Estanzuela - Flooding and mudslides in central Colombia have killed at least 11 people, the Red Cross said Wednesday, causing alarm in a country still recovering from recent mudslides that killed hundreds.

Colombia forces struggle to root out coca

Llorente - Colombian forces sent to rip green coca plants from the earth to end a trade fueling violence complain the crops are being replanted as fast as they can destroy them.

Colombia orders protection for mudslide town

Estanzuela - Colombia's government on Sunday ordered measures to protect the stricken town of Mocoa from deforestation thought to have contributed to a deadly mudslide.

Over 100 children among 312 Colombia mudslide dead: official

Estanzuela - The giant mudslide that devastated the Colombian town of Mocoa last week killed 312 people including 102 children, the government said Friday.

Some 100 children among 311 killed in Colombia mudslide

Estanzuela - Some 100 children were among the 311 people killed in the giant mudslide that slammed into the southern Colombian town of Mocoa last week, the government said Thursday.

Colombia launches truth commission under peace deal

Estanzuela - Colombia created a "truth commission" on Monday to help it heal after decades of war under a recent peace deal with the leftist FARC rebels.

Colombia opens probe into deadly landslide

Mocoa - As survivors braved the increasingly sickening smell of decomposing flesh to find their loved ones, Colombian authorities on Thursday investigated who is to blame for the devastation of a landslide that now has claimed more than 300 lives.

Four charged in Mali for kidnap of Colombian nun

Bamako - Authorities in Mali charged four men Tuesday over the kidnapping of a Colombian nun, whose whereabouts remain unknown, judicial sources told AFP.

Wails of grief as Colombia town lays mudslide victims to rest

Mocoa - Parents wailed over the coffins of their children while others searched Tuesday for the missing or tended relatives wounded when a mudslide swept them from their beds in southern Colombia.

Why is South America being hit by deadly landslides?

Estanzuela - It starts with torrential rain in the mountains. Then a wall of mud and boulders comes barreling down the slopes, sweeping away houses, cars and people.

Colombia seizes 6.1 tonne cocaine haul

Estanzuela - Colombian authorities seized 6.1 tonnes of cocaine in the northern port city of Barranquilla as it was about to be shipped to Spain in a cargo of scrap metal, the government said Sunday.

Colombia mudslides kill more than 200, sweep homes away

Mocoa - Rescuers clawed through piles of mud and twisted debris Sunday searching for survivors after violent mudslides destroyed homes in southern Colombia, killing over 200 people and injuring hundreds more.

Colombia govt, ELN rebels announce demining plan

Estanzuela - Colombia's government and the country's last active rebel force plan to start demining conflict areas, the armed group said Thursday.The announcement by the National Liberation Army (ELN) came weeks after it launched peace talks with the government.

Mexican president says seeking 'new relationship' with US

San Jos - Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto said on Wednesday he is working on "a new relationship" with the US and thanked Latin American neighbors for support as Mexico faces "big challenges" with its vital trading partner.

US migration policies to dominate Mexico-CentrAm summit

San Jos - US President Donald Trump's hardline anti-immigrant policies are likely to dominate a summit of leaders of Mexico, Central America and Colombia this week meant to focus on regional infrastructure, analysts said.

Venezuelan defense minister denies troops entered Colombia

Caracas - Venezuelan defense minister Vladimir Padrino Lopez denied Saturday that troops from his country had intruded on Colombian territory.

Panama creates anti-narco force as drug seizures rise

Panama - Panama's president on Friday presented a new elite counternarcotics police unit to combat smuggling of increased cocaine production in neighboring Colombia.The Eagle force, as it is called, consists of 300 officers with access to intelligence.

Angry Colombia says Venezuela sent troops into its territory

Estanzuela - Colombia slammed its neighbor Venezuela on Thursday for what it said was an "unacceptable" incursion by Venezuelan military forces on its territory, and sent troops to secure the area.
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Bogotá citizens enjoy the display of Christmas lights in Usaquén Park, Bogotá.
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