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This undated booking photo from the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office shows Alex Zwiefelhofer. Zwiefelhofer is a co-defendant in the April 2018 killings of a Florida couple. Federal authorities believe Zwiefelhofer and fellow Army veteran Craig Lang robbed and gunned down the couple, Serafin and Deana Lorenzo, to finance a Venezuela trip. (Pinellas County Sheriff's Office via AP)

FBI: Soldiers set up deadly robbery to fund foreign fighting

Mar. 26, 2020 11:02 AM EDT

The two former U.S. Army soldiers met in Ukraine, where they joined the same far-right paramilitary group. After getting deported, they planned to take a boat from Miami to South America. They wanted to fight the socialist Venezuelan government and kill “communists.” That’s what Alex...

The relative of an inmate cries as she speaks on the phone outside La Modelo jail in Bogota, Colombia, Sunday, March 22, 2020. Violence broke out in the prison out of inmates' fears that authorities are not doing enough to prevent coronavirus inside overcrowded prisons. (AP Photo/Ivan Valencia)

23 inmates dead after protest over virus fears in Colombia

Mar. 22, 2020 5:45 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — A deadly riot broke out in a prison in Colombia's capital, leaving 23 inmates dead, authorities said Sunday, as tensions rise over the spread of the coronavirus in one of the most vulnerable locations: crowded, poorly kept penitentiaries. Justice Minister Margarita Cabello described...

Commuters walk their bicycles across a pedestrian bridge, in Bogota, Colombia, Tuesday, March 17, 2020. Officials in Colombia’s capital have expanded bike routes, encouraging people to abandon crowded public transportation and the risk of catching the coronavirus. The vast majority of people recover from the new virus. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

Bikes vs Virus: Bogota expands paths in novel strategy

Mar. 17, 2020 1:34 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Wash your hands. Try to stay home. But if you have to go out, consider taking a bike. That's the message the mayor of one of Latin America's most populous cities is sending residents in a novel bid to halt the spread of the new coronavirus. Bogota opened nearly 72 miles (117...

In this photo taken March 6, 2020, Dionisio Romero, owner of a dragon fruit farm checks that the plants are free of some pests at his estate La Voluntad de Dios in El Progreso, Ecuador. As the coronavirus wreaks economic havoc worldwide, the farmer has watched demand for his fruit plummet and prices drop to astonishing lows, wiping away much of the profit he might normally expect. (AP Photo/Marcos Pin)

Virus could test Latin America's already ailing economy

Mar. 11, 2020 1:38 PM EDT

PROGRESO, Ecuador (AP) — For years, Dionisio Romero has relied for his livelihood on a magenta-colored dragon fruit that is wildly popular in Asia, planting dozens of the spindly trees at his farm near Ecuador’s Pacific coast. But as the coronavirus wreaks economic havoc worldwide, the 72-year-old...

Uber resumes operating in Colombia after 3-week hiatus

Feb. 20, 2020 2:54 PM EST

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Uber restarted operations in Colombia Thursday after shutting down its app for almost three weeks, saying it had found “new alternatives” to work legally in the Latin American country, one of several where the company has faced resistance from unions and legislators . ...

FILE - In this June 27, 2006 file photo, Jhon Jairo Velasquez, a former hit man for Pablo Escobar, known by his nickname

Pablo Escobar's hit man, known as "Popeye," dies of cancer

Feb. 6, 2020 1:49 PM EST

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — A former hit man for late drug lord Pablo Escobar who confessed to killing hundreds of people during one of Colombia’s most violent periods died Thursday from cancer, prison authorities said. Jhon Jairo Velásquez, known by his nickname Popeye, died at the National Cancer...

Rights group says criminals terrorizing miners in Venezuela

Feb. 4, 2020 3:24 PM EST

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Criminal groups that run gold mines in the south of Venezuela have mutilated miners accused of stealing, extorted business owners and forced young children to work without security equipment as they tighten their grip on a region that is rich in minerals, Human Rights Watch said in...

A glance at the week ahead in golf

Feb. 4, 2020 9:19 AM EST

PGA TOUR AT&T PEBBLE BEACH PRO-AM Site: Pebble Beach, Calif. Courses: Pebble Beach GL (Yards: 6,816. Par: 72); Spyglass Hill GC (Yards: 7,035. Par: 72); Monterey Peninsula CC (Yards: 6,958. Par: 71). Purse: $7.8 million. Winner's share: $1,404,000. Television: Thursday-Friday, 3-6 p.m. (Golf Channel);...