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Venezuela ex-attorney general leaves Colombia for Brazil: authorities

Bogota - The Venezuelan ex-chief prosecutor who fled her country after being targeted by its President Nicolas Maduro has left her first refuge stop in Colombia for Brazil, migration authorities said Tuesday.

Blind visitors in Colombia try salsa, paragliding

Cali - Salsa and paragliding may not seem unusual to many visitors to the Colombian city of Cali. But exotic dances and extreme sports are brand new thrills to blind tourists from around the world.

Colombia offers asylum to Venezuela prosecutor

Bogota - Colombia offered asylum and government protection Monday to Venezuela's sacked chief prosecutor Luisa Ortega, who fled her country after defying President Nicolas Maduro over a deadly political crisis.

Colombia offers asylum to Venezuela prosecutor

Bogota - Colombia offered asylum Monday to Venezuela's sacked chief prosecutor Luisa Ortega, who fled her country after defying President Nicolas Maduro as a deadly political crisis rages on."Luisa Ortega is under the protection of the Colombian government.

Colombians combat stress with 'Day of Laziness'

Itagui - Colombians in the city of Itagui hauled mattresses and hammocks into the streets Sunday to mark the annual "World Laziness Day," a quirky effort to urge overstressed workers to slow down.

Sacked Venezuelan attorney general arrives in Colombia

Bogota - Venezuela's sacked attorney general Luisa Ortega, a strident critic of President Nicolas Maduro, arrived Friday in Colombia, immigration officials said.

Colombia gives protection to demobilized FARC

Bogota - Colombia announced plans Wednesday to protect demobilized members of the FARC rebel force, whose leaders say some of their ex-fighters have been murdered.

Colombia declares FARC war over as last guns roll away

Bogota - President Juan Manuel Santos declared Colombia's 50-year conflict with FARC guerrillas finally over on Tuesday, as the last truckloads of decommissioned weapons rolled away to be melted down.

Colombia declares FARC war over as last guns roll away

Bogota - Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos declared the country's 50-year conflict with FARC guerrillas "truly over" Tuesday, as the last truckloads of decommissioned weapons rolled away to be melted down.

Colombia FARC rebels want to form pro football club

Bogota - Demobilized fighters from Colombia's leftist FARC rebels want to form a professional league football club, officials said Friday.

Odebrecht scandal reaches Peru's Keiko Fujimori

- A mass corruption scandal over Brazilian construction firm Odebrecht has reportedly reached Peru's opposition leader Keiko Fujimori, daughter of a former president jailed for graft and human rights abuses.

Attack on UN office in Colombia injures police officer

Bogota - A police officer was injured Sunday in an attack on a UN mission monitoring the disarming of FARC rebels in Colombia as part of the group's peace deal with the government, authorities said.

Facing life or death, pregnant Venezuelans flee to Colombia

C - Dayana Zambrano's belly is remarkably small for a woman nearly nine months pregnant.

Venezuelans fearing vote violence flee to Colombia

Villa Del Rosario - The flow of Venezuelans crossing the border into Colombia to escape unrest and penury at home has become a torrent because of fears of violence surrounding a weekend election organized by the government.

Colombia's FARC rebels to launch as political party on September 1

Estanzuela - Colombia's leftist FARC rebels said Monday they will officially transform into a political party on September 1, a major step in reintegrating into civilian life as part of a historic peace deal.

Colombia's FARC rebels will launch as political party on September 1

Estanzuela - Colombia's leftist FARC rebels announced Monday they will launch as a political party on September 1, a major step as the group transitions into civilian life as part of a historic peace agreement.

Cooking with a conscience: Colombian chef Espinosa wins top prize

Mexico - Leonor Espinosa, a Colombian chef known for sourcing local ingredients and giving back to the communities that supply them, won the Basque Culinary World Prize Monday, a 100,000-euro prize for chefs who make a difference.

Colombia's coca cultivation is up by 50%: UN

Estanzuela - The area devoted to coca cultivation in Colombia grew by more than half last year, with cocaine production up by a third, the UN said Friday in an annual report on the subject.

Colombia opens bids to retrieve 18th century sunken treasure

Estanzuela - Colombia on Friday opens bidding for investors willing to retrieve billions of dollars in gold and silver from an 18th century ship wreck off the country's Caribbean coast.

New UN mission to help Colombia rebels return to society

New York - The UN Security Council on Monday decided to establish a new mission in Colombia to help FARC rebels reintegrate in society as the peace deal moves to a challenging phase after the laying down of weapons.

Last Colombian rebel group says ceasefire is near

Sangolqu - Now that Colombia's leftist FARC rebels have laid down their weapons under a peace accord ending 50 years of war, the country has one last guerrilla group that is still active, the National Liberation Army, or ELN.

FARC dissidents release UN hostage in Colombia

Estanzuela - Dissident FARC rebels in Colombia have released unharmed a UN official whom they kidnapped in May, officials said on Wednesday."We are very grateful for the decision to release him unharmed.

Colombia's rebel leader released from hospital after mild stroke

Estanzuela - The leader of Colombia's FARC rebels was released Tuesday from a hospital where he was treated after suffering a mild stroke, the government said Tuesday.

Rebel leader recovering well from stroke: doctors in Colombia

Estanzuela - The leader of Colombia's FARC rebel group, Rodrigo Londono, is recovering well from a slight stroke and the speech difficulty he initially suffered is gone, doctors said Monday.

FARC leader being treated for stroke: Colombia hospital

Estanzuela - The leader of Colombia's FARC rebel group, Rodrigo Londono, was hospitalized Sunday after having a stroke, and is in "satisfactory" condition, doctors at the clinic said.

Al-Qaeda in Mali releases video showing 6 foreign hostages alive: SITE

Bamako - Al-Qaeda's Mali branch has released a proof-of-life video of six foreign hostages, including elderly Australian surgeon Arthur Kenneth Elliott and Frenchwoman Sophie Petronin, US-based monitoring group SITE said.

Last Colombia rebels eye ceasefire before Pope visit

Quito - Colombia's last rebel force said Friday it is making progress towards a possible ceasefire, which the government hopes will definitively end half a century of civil conflict.

New UN mission would help Colombia rebels become civilians

New York - The UN Security Council is preparing to establish a new mission in Colombia to help former FARC rebels become part of mainstream society after they laid down their weapons under a historic peace deal, diplomats said Friday.

Colombia FARC rebels seal historic disarmament

Mesetas - The leader of Colombia's leftist FARC rebels formally declared the force's historic disarmament complete on Tuesday at a ceremony to mark the end of the UN-supervised process."Today, we are not letting Colombia down.

Colombia FARC rebels seal historic disarmament

Mesetas - Colombia's leftist FARC rebel force declared its disarmament complete on Tuesday after half a century of war against the state, bringing an end to Latin America's oldest armed guerrilla force."Farewell to war. Farewell to arms, welcome to peace!
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