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Colombia extends cease-fire with National Liberation Army as rebels promise to stop kidnappings

Feb. 06, 2024 18:30 PM EST

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombia’s government and the nation’s largest remaining guerrilla group have extended by six months a ceasefire that began last year, with the National Liberation Army rebels also promising to stop kidnapping civilians for ransom. The truce was set to...

Colombia declares a disaster because of wildfires and asks for international help

Jan. 25, 2024 13:34 PM EST

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombia’s government declared a disaster Thursday and asked for international help to combat raging wildfires that are expected to worsen in coming days due to warm, dry conditions associated with the El Niño weather phenomenon. Officials raised the...

Piedad Cordoba, an outspoken leftist who straddled Colombia's ideological divide, dies at age 68

Jan. 20, 2024 17:07 PM EST

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Piedad Córdoba, an outspoken Colombian lawmaker who for decades championed the rights of her fellow Afro-Colombians while undertaking huge risks as a go-between to leftist rebel groups, has died. She was 68. The senator's death was confirmed Saturday by...

Colombia extends cease-fire with FARC splinter group in bid to reduce rural violence

Jan. 15, 2024 15:15 PM EST

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombia’s government has extended a cease-fire with the FARC-EMC rebel group that was set to expire this week, as both sides hold peace talks in Bogota in an effort to reduce violence in rural parts of the country. The cease-fire will now last until July...

A mudslide in Colombia has killed at least 34 people and injured dozens of others

Jan. 13, 2024 16:47 PM EST

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — The death toll of a mudslide in western Colombia rose to 34 on Saturday, authorities said. The mudslide struck a busy municipal road Friday in a mountainous area connecting the cities of Quibdo and Medellin. The National Disaster Risk...

Mexican authorities rescue 31 migrants abducted near the Texas border

Jan. 03, 2024 16:02 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican authorities on Wednesday rescued 31 migrants who had been abducted over the weekend by armed men near the border with Texas, officials said. Presidential spokesman Jesús Ramírez said via X that the migrants were now under government protection. The...

1 soldier killed and 12 injured in attack in Colombia blamed on drug cartel

Jan. 03, 2024 11:59 AM EST

BUCARAMANGA, Colombia (AP) — One soldier was killed and 12 were injured Wednesday in an attack with explosives on a military unit in western Colombia that the army blamed on the notorious Gulf Clan drug cartel. The attack occurred early Wednesday in a military facility in the...

Brother of powerful Colombian senator pleads guilty in New York to narcotics smuggling charge

Jan. 02, 2024 16:10 PM EST

New York (AP) — The brother of a powerful leftist senator in Colombia pleaded guilty Tuesday to federal narcotics charges as part of a sting in which he offered to introduce U.S. drug informants to dissident guerrillas who could help smuggle huge quantities of cocaine to New York. ...

Colombia will try to raise objects from a 1708 shipwreck believed to have a cargo worth billions

Dec. 21, 2023 13:12 PM EST

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — The Colombian government said Thursday it will try to raise objects from the 1708 shipwreck of the galleon San Jose, which is believed to contain a cargo worth billions of dollars. The 300-year-old wreck, often called the “holy grail of shipwrecks,” has...

Colombia's leftist ELN rebels agree to stop kidnapping for ransom, at least temporarily

Dec. 17, 2023 17:02 PM EST

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Rebels from Colombia's leftist National Liberation Army said Sunday they have agreed to stop using kidnapping as a fund-raising tactic, if the current cease-fire with the government is extended. The pledge came at the end of a round of talks between the two...