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Colombia's ELN rebels propose ceasefire during pandemic

Apo - Colombia's leftist National Liberation Army (ELN) rebels have proposed a three-month ceasefire to the government of right-wing President Ivan Duque.

US lawmakers press Colombia on killings of rights activists

Washington - Nearly 100 Democratic lawmakers on Monday urged President Donald Trump's administration to press Colombia over attacks on rights activists and warned that US assistance should not contribute to surveillance.

Colombian with COVID-19 gives birth in coma

Cali - Diana Angola was fighting for her own life when she gave birth to son Jefferson. The 36-year-old had been put into a coma having contracted the novel coronavirus, which left her lungs barely able cope.

Colombian army rescues two kidnapped tourists

Apo - Colombia's army said Thursday it had freed a Swiss and a Brazilian kidnapped three months ago by suspected guerrillas.

US puts up rewards for Colombia FARC dissidents

Washington - The United States on Thursday offered rewards of up to $10 million for the capture of two dissidents from Colombia's former FARC rebels who announced a return to arms.

Ex-Colombia president Uribe faces spying probe: court

Apo - Colombia's Supreme Court on Tuesday announced it is opening an investigation into former president Alvaro Uribe in connection with illegal military spying on journalists and politicians.

US, Cuba trade terrorism accusations as Havana blacklisted

Washington - The United States and Cuba traded accusations of support for terrorism as President Donald Trump's administration on Wednesday blacklisted the communist island, saying it had not fully cooperated on counterterrorism.

US adds Cuba to blacklist on counterterrorism

Washington - The United States said Wednesday it had added Cuba to a blacklist of countries that do not fully cooperate on counterterrorism, denouncing the presence of Colombian leftist guerrillas.

Pompeo says US to use 'every tool' to free Americans in Venezuela

Washington - The United States will use all options to free two Americans said to be detained in a failed mercenary attack in Venezuela, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Wednesday.

Trump denies US role in mysterious Venezuela sea invasion

Washington - The United States on Tuesday denied involvement and alleged propaganda by leftist-led Venezuela after two Americans were said to have been arrested following a mysterious, deadly sea invasion.

Trump says alleged Venezuela plot 'nothing to do' with US govt

Washington - President Donald Trump on Tuesday denied US government involvement in what Venezuela's president says was an attempted overthrow in which two Americans were arrested."It has nothing to do with our government," Trump told reporters at the White House.

Venezuela arrests two Americans for failed 'invasion'

Caracas - Two Americans were detained in Venezuela on Monday on suspicion of plotting to topple President Nicolas Maduro's government, which has accused US-backed opposition leader Juan Guaido of bankrolling the scheme.

Venezuela says it foiled an incursion by 'mercenaries'

Caracas - Venezuela's leftist government said Sunday it foiled an incursion from the sea, killing eight members of a group of alleged mercenaries bent on "terrorist acts" aimed at overthrowing President Nicolas Maduro.

Lessons from Colombia kidnap ordeal ease Betancourt pandemic fears

Apo - More than six years in captivity at the hands of Colombian guerrillas provided a crash course in confinement that former politician Ingrid Betancourt says has steeled her for life under lockdown.

Colombia's 'cocaine' hippos are restoring parts of the ecosystem

When the drug lord Pablo Escobar was shot dead in 1993, he left behind a zoo stocked with wild animals alongside his multibillion-dollar cocaine empire. All the animals were sent to zoos, except the four hippos, which were deemed to difficult to capture.

Colombian capital's mayor under fire for lockdown breach

Apo - Prosecutors in Colombia are investigating Bogota mayor Claudia Lopez for allegedly breaching the country's strict quarantine rules against the spread of the coronavirus.

Colombia's ELN rebels scrap ceasefire

Apo - Colombia's last active rebel group said Monday it will resume its guerrilla war on May 1, ending a one-month unilateral ceasefire over the coronavirus pandemic.

Fleeing pandemic, many Venezuelan migrants head home

Cali - For the second time in less than a year, Jesus Pena is on the run. The first time, he was fleeing poverty in his native Venezuela. Now, he's heading back to his crisis-stricken home to escape the death spread by the novel coronavirus.

The agony of Colombia's quarantined sex workers

Apo - Ana Maria broke quarantine rules to make a "home visit," while Estefania left home to sell drugs.Survival has become a struggle for Colombia's sex workers during the coronavirus pandemic lockdown, as cupboards are bare and bills pile up.

Colombia releases 4,000 prisoners over coronavirus

Apo - Colombia on Wednesday ordered the temporary release of more than 4,000 prisoners, in an effort to reduce overcrowding and prevent the spread of the coronavirus.Two prisoners have already died from COVID-19 in the South American country.

Venezuelans stream home from Colombia due to virus pandemic

Apo - Hundreds of Venezuelans who fled to neighboring Colombia during their country's economic crisis are now returning home, pushed by the deadly novel coronavirus and Colombia's own pandemic woes.

Colombian rebel group calls temporary ceasefire over pandemic

Apo - Colombia's last recognized leftist guerrilla group, the ELN, has announced a month-long ceasefire in response to the coronavirus pandemic, a statement released Monday said.

Venezuelan ex-general surrenders to US on drug trafficking charges

Apo - A retired Venezuelan general who was charged by the United States with "narco-terrorism" along with President Nicolas Maduro and other officials has surrendered in Colombia to US authorities, prosecutors said Saturday.

Riot in Colombia prison over virus fears leaves 23 dead

Apo - Rioting that swept through a crowded prison overnight in the Colombian capital Bogota left 23 inmates dead Sunday amid rising tensions over the spread of the coronavirus in the penitentiary system.

In Colombia, fleet of cartel narco-subs poses challenge for navy

Tumaco - For years, they were referred to in hushed tones simply as "Bigfoot" -- a mythical creature rumored but never seen -- but these days, the narco-submarines used by Colombia's drug cartels have become almost commonplace.

Emaciated lion Jupiter returning home to 'mother'

Cali - Emaciated with a vacant gaze and without the strength to stand upright, 20-year-old lion Jupiter's life is in danger.But authorities are acting to try to save him after he was discovered in a "critical state.

Colombia launches military push against narco gangs slashing forests for coca plants

Apo - Colombia's Defense Minister said Monday the military will step up an offensive against drug trafficking gangs responsible for clearing thousands of hectares of protected national parks for coca plantations.

Uber reactivates Colombia service after three-week hiatus

Apo - Transport platform Uber restarted its operations in Colombia on Thursday following a three-week suspension after it lost a case brought by taxi drivers for unfair business practices.

Colombia puts military on alert after guerrilla threat

Apo - Colombia has put its armed forces on maximum alert following the announcement of a nationwide three-day "armed strike" by left-wing guerrillas, the government said on Monday.

Hitman for drug lord Escobar dies in Colombia

Apo - Pablo Escobar's most notorious hitman, known by the nickname Popeye, died on Thursday at age 57 after a life of crime he celebrated on YouTube, Colombia's prison authorities said.
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The Christmas Express draws large crowds, and causes traffic jams in Bogotá, Colombia.
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