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Associated Press reporter Cesar Garcia poses for a photo on his 20 year anniversary with the AP at his office in Bogota, Colombia, Friday, May 31, 2019. Garcia, a veteran reporter who ventured across Colombia to tell the story of the nation's armed conflict, has died at age 61. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

César García, AP Colombia reporter, dies after illness at 61

Sep. 16, 2020 5:27 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — César García, a veteran reporter for The Associated Press who ventured across Colombia to tell the story of the nation’s armed conflict, has died. He was 61. He suffered a heart attack and after three weeks at a hospital tested positive for the new coronavirus,...

A demonstrator kicks a police officer during protests sparked by the death of a man after he was detained by police at the Villa Luz neighborhood in Bogota, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020. Javier Humberto Ordonez, 46, died in hospital after receiving repeated electric shocks with a stun gun from officers who detained him for violating social distancing rules to curb the spread of the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Ivan Valencia)

Colombia: 2 days of protests leave 13 dead, over 400 injured

Sep. 11, 2020 4:16 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Two days of protests in Colombia over the death of a man in police custody have left 13 people dead and over 400 injured, authorities said Friday. The violence rocking Bogota following Javier Ordóñez’s death spilled into a second night of smaller protests and...

A masked and hooded man hurls stones at police during protests sparked by the death of a man after he was detained by police for violating social distancing rules to curb the spread of the coronavirus in Bogota, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020. Javier Ordonez died in a hospital after receiving repeated electric shocks with a stun gun from officers who detained him, seen on a video taken by Ordonez's friend, and published on social media. (AP Photo/Ivan Valencia)

7 killed in protests over police custody death in Colombia

Sep. 10, 2020 8:23 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Violent clashes erupted in Colombia’s capital following the death of a man in police custody, with angry citizens setting fire to city buses, vandalizing police stations and squaring off with officers in confrontations that killed seven people. The wave of violence Wednesday...

Commuters ride their bicycles, most of them to their jobs, in Bogota, Colombia, Friday, Aug. 28, 2020. The new coronavirus pandemic is now pushing more people to use bicycles for commuting in the South American country, where only one city has a subway system, and most people still go to work on buses or cars. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

Pandemic pushes Colombians to commute by bicycle

Sep. 4, 2020 9:38 AM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Luis Fernando Muete used to go to work on his city’s crowded bus system. But he's been using his bicycle much more frequently since the pandemic began. It saves the gardener long waits at a bus station in a poor neighborhood on the outskirts of the city. And it poses less of...

FILE - In this March 12, 2020 file photo, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro speaks at the Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas, Venezuela. The Trump administration pushed back Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2020 on Maduro, saying he deserves no praise for releasing a few political prisoners ahead of a congressional election when many more remain unjustly jailed. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix, File)

Colombia arrests 3 Venezuelans tied to anti-Maduro plot

Sep. 3, 2020 12:36 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Police in Colombia have arrested three Venezuelans who were part of a failed plot organized by a former U.S. Green Beret to sneak across the border and oust President Nicolás Maduro, The Associated Press has learned The three were arrested in simultaneous raids by heavily-armed security...

Passengers sit on a bus at the terminal for long-distance travel in Bogota, Colombia, Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020. Airports, land transport, restaurants, and gyms are reopening in most of Colombia this week, as the South American nation attempts to reignite its economy following months of restrictions related to the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

Colombia expands reopening as coronavirus cases stabilize

Sep. 1, 2020 6:13 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Airports, bus terminals, restaurants and gyms reopened in most of Colombia on Tuesday as the South American nation attempts to reignite its economy following months of restrictions for the coronavirus pandemic. The step expanded previous moves that allowed shops, construction...

Engineering faculty and workers at La Sabana University work on a low-cost ventilator for patients with COVID-19 in Bogota, Colombia, Monday, July 6, 2020. The machine called the Heron looks like many other ventilators used to treat COVID-19 patients, but this device costs about $4,000, a fifth of the price of ventilators imported from China, and it's made in Colombia, where some hospitals have been overwhelmed by coronavirus patients. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

Colombia turns to emergency ventilators to treat COVID-19

Aug. 25, 2020 11:16 AM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — The machine called the Heron looks like many other ventilators used to treat COVID-19 patients. There's a screen atop a metallic box that displays the amount of oxygen being pumped into a person's lungs and a plastic tube that delivers it to the patient. But this device costs about...

A customer picks up his order from a locker while others place their orders via touchscreen at a MUY restaurant, a Colombian fast food chain that is planning to turn its branches into automated restaurants, in Bogota, Colombia, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020. The chain has opened its first “contactless store” in a commercial district of Bogota, where many restaurants have been forced to shut down because of a ban on sit-down dining. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

Colombian fast food chain bets on automated restaurants

Aug. 14, 2020 4:22 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — A Colombian fast food chain is planning to turn its branches into automated restaurants at a moment when the coronavirus pandemic has slammed the food service industry worldwide. MUY has more than 30 restaurants in Bogota, and four in Mexico City. Earlier this month, it opened its...

FILE - In this May 13, 2008 file photo, Colombian paramilitary warlord Salvatore Mancuso is escorted by U.S. DEA agents upon his arrival to Opa-locka, Florida. A legal battle is quietly brewing in the U.S. in 2020 over Colombia’s request that this former paramilitary warlord be sent home after completing his drug sentence in the U.S. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz, File)

Warlord's release from US prison ups tension with Colombia

Aug. 12, 2020 8:06 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — A last-minute battle is unfolding over the fate of a former paramilitary warlord who the Colombian government wants returned following a long drug sentence in U.S. prison. Salvatore Mancuso, the top commander of a since-disbanded group of right-wing militias, completed a 12-year cocaine...

Colombia sanctions 5 soldiers in murder of ex-guerrilla

Aug. 11, 2020 8:44 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombian authorities are taking disciplinary action against five soldiers for their roles in the violent death of a former guerrilla whose murder has become one of the most notorious crimes during the nation’s peace process. The attorney general’s office announced...