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Colombia will expel foreigners caught partying as virus spreads

Apo - Colombian immigration officials announced Monday that foreign nationals caught taking part in underground parties in violation of a ban on social gatherings during the pandemic will be expelled from the country.

Ex-Colombian rebel heading for paralympics in Tokyo

Granada - Maimed in a horrific bombing, Colombian athlete Juan Jose Florian emerged from South America's longest conflict with three missing limbs and one clear goal -- to win gold at next year's Paralympic Games in Tokyo.

Saving the Amazon's orphan monkeys

Arenal - Far from the rifle cracks that occasionally rip through the rainforest as local tribesmen hunt mature primates for their meat and soft pelts, a sanctuary in a corner of the Colombian Amazon is offering new life to the orphaned monkeys left behind.

Colombian ELN rebel commander killed in military operation

Apo - Commander Uriel, one of the main leaders of Colombia's left-wing National Liberation Army (ELN) rebels, was killed during a military operation, President Ivan Duque announced on Sunday.

Gardener uses Colombia lockdown to save botanical paradise

Calarc - When the coronavirus pandemic swept through Colombia in March, forcing a national lockdown, Alberto Gomez decided he would sit it out amid the lush green foliage of his botanical garden and tend to his plants.

Eight women accuse Colombian director Ciro Guerra of sexual harassment, assault: report

Apo - Eight women accused Colombian director Ciro Guerra -- known for his film "Embrace of the Serpent" -- of sexual harassment and assault in an article published Wednesday.

Confessions of a Colombian extrajudicial killer commander

Apo - During Colombia's interminable battle against left-wing guerrillas, extrajudicial killings by the armed forces became the norm, according to former colonel Gabriel de Jesus Rincon.

Third general strike keeps pressure on Colombia's Duque

Apo - Thousands of protesters took part in anti-government demonstrations in Colombia's capital Bogota and other cities Wednesday during the country's third general strike in two weeks.

General strike as hundreds of thousands protest Colombia's government

Apo - Hundreds of thousands of Colombians took to the streets of the capital Bogota on Thursday amid a general strike to protest the policies of President Ivan Duque's right-wing government.

General strike as thousands protest Colombia's government

Apo - Tens of thousands of Colombians took to the streets of the capital Bogota on Thursday amid a general strike to protest the policies of President Ivan Duque's right-wing government.

Children of Colombia's peace growing up among landmines

El Paujil - The children in the school playground are the kids of former guerrillas, born during the peace process that allowed their parents to finally lay down their arms.

Children of Venezuelan exodus trade one ordeal for another in Colombia

Apo - Stateless baby Wilbelys officially "doesn't exist," Arianna is a six-year-old who's moved home seven times, Jazmin is missing school -- the children of the Venezuelan exodus are trading one ordeal for another in neighboring Colombia.

Trading in Venezuela's pain: Border vendors do brisk business in meds

C - With the HIV virus killing him, Giovanni Plaza fled Venezuela and was able in neighboring Colombia to receive desperately needed anti-retroviral medicine for free.

At Colombia border, Venezuelans hunger for aid

C - Yajaira Gonzalez cries as she gathers with hundreds of other Venezuelans across the Colombian border from her homeland.

Thousands march in Bogota after deadly car bombing

Apo - Thousands of people marched in Colombia Sunday to condemn the deadly car bombing that killed 20 police academy cadets and the alleged attacker, in a strike blamed on ELN rebels that derailed peace talks.

Colombian peace allows cultural jewels to re-emerge

San Jos - Deep inside the lush green and humid Amazonia jungle, a sinewing path stops abruptly in front of a giant rock face decorated with ancient paintings of anacondas, jaguars and tortoises.

Challenges facing Colombia's new president Duque

Apo - Ivan Duque comfortably beat his leftist rival in Sunday's election but his determination to change a historic peace agreement with the FARC and Colombia's ceaseless drug war signal problems ahead for the inexperienced young president, analysts say.

FARC peace deal at risk as conservative Duque wins Colombia presidency

Apo - Conservative Ivan Duque won Colombia's presidential election Sunday after a campaign that turned into a referendum on a landmark 2016 peace deal with FARC rebels that he pledged to overhaul.

Torture goes on for families of Colombia's disappeared

Apo - Colombia's decades of conflict have caused more "disappeared" than South America's military dictatorships put together, and the anguish still goes on, as the "living dead" leave hundreds of thousands of survivors in the grip of mental anguish, psycholo...

Colombia, ELN rebels end fifth round of talks without agreement

Havana - The Colombian government and the ELN guerrilla group ended their fifth round of peace talks in Havana on Friday without reaching an agreement for a bilateral ceasefire, but vowed to continue their dialogue.

FARC peace deal in limbo as right closes on Colombia presidency

Apo - Colombians vote for a new president on Sunday in a milestone election, the first since a peace agreement with FARC rebels, which the conservative frontrunner wants to overhaul.

Fragile peace deal on agenda as Colombia prepares for polls

Apo - More than a year after a historic peace agreement, Colombians set to vote in a crucial presidential election this month still fret about corruption, inequality and a surge in drug trafficking-related violence that threatens a fragile treaty with the re...

Biodiversity crisis summit kicks off in Colombia

Medell - A comprehensive, global appraisal of mass species extinction -- and what can be done to reverse it -- kicked off in Colombia's second-largest city Saturday, with more than 750 experts in attendance.

Bullfighting in Colombia under pressure from animal rights campaign

Bogota - With his tight trousers and boots, Luis Miguel Castrillon is dressed to kill as he prances, feints and pirouettes around a charging bull. The crowd applauds, but for animal rights campaigners in Colombia, the bullfighter is a cruel killer.

Have a merry Afro-Colombian Christmas, in February

Santander De Quilichao - Afro-Colombian communities in the southwest of the Latin American country are celebrating Christmas, like every year, a little later than the rest of the world.

Last Colombia rebels ready to respect ceasefire: leader

Quito - Despite warning a ceasefire in Colombia is at "serious risk" of collapse, the leader of the country's last rebel group says it will respect the truce until its New Year expiry date.

Black leaders who urged farmers to dump coca on run from Colombia gangs

Tumaco - There is a price on their heads, and one of them has already been gunned down.

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