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Black, indigenous Colombians suffer malnutrition due to conflict: NGO

Apo - Colombia's ongoing conflict with left-wing rebels has caused serious malnutrition problems amongst indigenous and black communities, according to a study led by Doctors of the World and published on Friday.

Bogota to impose lockdown as Covid-19 cases rise in Colombia

Apo - Eight million inhabitants of Bogota will be put under strict lockdown from Saturday, mayor Claudia Lopez said as the Colombian city battles a third wave of the coronavirus pandemic.

Huge rise in child migrants crossing dangerous Panama jungle: UN

Panama - The number of US-bound migrant children crossing the dangerous Darien jungle in Panama on foot has increased more than 15-fold in recent years and is likely to rise further during the pandemic, the UN children's agency warned on Monday.

Infected by Covid, Colombian doctor stared death in the face

Apo - Colombian doctor Norberto Medina has lived all facets of the coronavirus epidemic.He has seen patients die and nursed others back to health.

Cape Verde confirms extradition of Colombian to US on fraud charges

Praia - Cape Verde's supreme court on Wednesday said it had ratified the extradition to the United States of a businessman who is close to Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro and accused by Washington of fraud.

Journalist blames Colombia for her rape and torture

Apo - World Fress Freedom winning journalist Jineth Bedoya on Monday accused the Colombian state of torture, rape and kidnapping during a virtual hearing at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights.

Colombian prosecutor asks judge to shelve probe into ex-president

Apo - Colombia's public prosecutor said on Friday he would ask a judge to halt an investigation into former president Alvaro Uribe regarding alleged witness tampering and fraud.

Venezuela opposition accuses government of illegal gold sales

Caracas - Venezuela's opposition on Wednesday accused the government of President Nicolas Maduro of illegally selling the country's international gold reserves to access liquidity and elude international sanctions.

Amazon indigenous groups sue Casino chain over deforestation

Apo - A group representing indigenous people living in the Amazon in Brazil and Colombia filed suit in France Wednesday against supermarket chain Casino for allegedly selling beef associated with land-grabbing and deforestation.

Colombia's apiarists say avocado buzz is killing bees

Armenia - For the second time in two years, Gildardo Urrego is scooping up piles of dead bees after an invisible evil invaded his hives in northwest Colombia, wreaking havoc among his swarms.

Colombia launches 'elite force' to hunt rebels, drug gangs

Apo - Colombia on Friday launched a 7,000-strong elite force to fight rebels financed by drug trafficking and other illegal activities, and which allegedly operate across borders.

Colombian military accused of 6,400 extrajudicial killings

Apo - Colombia's military carried out at least 6,400 extrajudicial killings and presented them as combat deaths between 2002 and 2008, a number significantly higher than previously estimated, a special court said Thursday.

Colombia to study remains of 416 possible internal war victims

Apo - A special team of investigators on Wednesday said they will attempt to identify 416 human remains found in a northwestern Colombian town to determine if they were victims of the country's lengthy internal war.

Venezuela's Maduro vows tough response to Colombian commando unit

Apo - Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro vowed Wednesday to "respond forcefully" to neighbor Colombia's creation of a commando unit to fight rebels and drug traffickers Bogota claims are seeking refuge in his country.

Five coffee pickers killed in Colombian massacre

Apo - Armed men killed five coffee pickers and injured another Wednesday in an attack on a farm in northwest Colombia, police said.

Scientists and indigenous people unite to save Colombian condor

Dosquebradas - Rosendo Quira silently shakes a medicinal plant to attract a condor to the bait. The bird of prey glides through the clouds over Colombia towards a mountain pass some 3,200 meters above the sea.

Coffee sector full of beans despite pandemic

Apo - As cafes and office canteens shuttered worldwide due to the coronavirus pandemic, coffee growers feared 2020 would be a bitter year for business.

Far from the Mediterranean: African migrants cross the Americas

Necocli - Ahmed Kabeer fled his homeland of Sudan where he was tortured and traveled thousands of miles to find himself in a new hell: the ominous jungle that straddles Colombia and Panama.

Leftist rebels deny plot to attack Colombian capital

Apo - National Liberation Army (ELN) rebels on Thursday denied planning an attack on Colombia's capital Bogota, despite a warning from Cuba.But the leftist guerrillas insisted they would not renounce "military action" against the state.

Bogota taking rebel attack threat 'very seriously': mayor

Apo - Bogota's mayor said Wednesday that she is taking "very seriously" an alleged plan by left-wing guerrillas to carry out an attack on the Colombian capital.

HRW blasts Colombian govt over rights activists' murders

Apo - Human Rights Watch on Wednesday hit out at Colombia's government over the rising number of human rights defenders and activists being murdered in the South American country.

Cuba tipped off Colombia about looming left-wing ELN rebel attack

Apo - Cuba has tipped Colombia off about a plan by the left-wing ELN guerrilla group to attack Bogota in the "next few days," Colombia's defense minister said Monday. "The Colombian government received from the Cuban ambassador...

Colombia to offer temporary protected status to 1mn Venezuelan migrants

Apo - Colombia will temporarily normalize the status of almost one million undocumented Venezuelan migrants, President Ivan Duque said on Monday during a visit by the UN Refugee Agency.Some 56 percent -- around 950,000 -- of the 1.

Colombia to launch commando unit tackling Venezuela-based rebels

Apo - Colombia President Ivan Duque announced on Monday the creation of a new elite commando unit to fight Marxist rebels and drug-traffickers that seek refuge in neighboring Venezuela.

Colombia asks for help vaccinating Venezuelan migrants

Apo - Colombia's president called for international help Wednesday in vaccinating almost a million undocumented Venezuelan migrants against the coronavirus, saying donors should put their money where their mouths are.

Covid strands 1,000 Cuban, Haitian migrants in Colombia

Apo - The closing of Panama's border due to Covid has stranded a thousand migrants -- most from Haiti and Cuba -- in Colombia, as they had planned to sneak across on their way to the United States, officials said Thursday.

Tribunal charges former FARC members with war crimes

Apo - Eight high-ranking members of Colombia's now-defunct FARC guerilla movement, including serving politicians, are being charged with war crimes for kidnapping more than 21,000 people during a decades-long civil conflict, a court said Thursday.

Colombian defense minister dies of Covid-19 complications

Apo - Colombian Defense Minister Carlos Holmes Trujillo, who had overseen the government's fight against drug gangs and guerrillas, died Tuesday of coronavirus complications. He was 69.

Colombian defense minister dies of Covid-19 complications

Apo - Colombian Defense Minister Carlos Holmes Trujillo died Tuesday of coronavirus complications, the country's president announced. He was 69.

Colombia's FARC party rebrands

Medell - Colombia's FARC party changed its name Sunday to the Common People's Party, to move away from the acronym that identified the Marxist rebel force for decades.
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