Latest Colombia News

A woman holds a packet of contraceptive pills,  in Harare, Thursday, April 9, 2020. Lockdowns imposed to curb the coronavirus’ spread have put millions of women in Africa, Asia and elsewhere out of reach of birth control and other sexual and reproductive health needs. Confined to their homes with husbands and others, they face unwanted pregnancies and little idea of when they can reach the outside world again. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)

Lockdowns mean millions of women can't reach birth control

Apr. 9, 2020 1:49 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The callers were in tears. One by one, women in homes across rural Zimbabwe had a pleading question: When would family planning services return? Lockdowns imposed to curb the coronavirus’ spread have put millions of women in Africa, Latin America and elsewhere out of reach of...

A coffin with the body of a recently deceased person sits in the bed of a pickup truck before burial, outside Teodoro Maldonado Hospital in Guayaquil, Ecuador, Monday, April 6, 2020. Guayaquil, a normally bustling city that has become a hot spot in Latin America as the coronavirus pandemic spreads, also has untold numbers dying of unrelated diseases that can’t be treated because hospitals are overwhelmed. (AP Photo/Luis Perez)

Ecuador struggles to bury coronavirus dead; some bodies lost

Apr. 8, 2020 1:06 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Alfonso Cedeño died at a crowded hospital in the Ecuadorian city of Guayaquil, where the only bed doctors could offer was an ambulance stretcher. Two weeks later, his family doesn’t know where his body is. “My uncle is nowhere to be found,” Alfonso Mariscal...

Rights group: Justice awaits for Ecuador protest violence

Apr. 6, 2020 4:19 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Human Rights Watch urged Ecuador's government Monday to hold those responsible for violent abuses during last year's protests accountable in order to deter any future violations, particularly as the coronavirus pandemic stirs unrest. A report released by the watchdog group said...

Venezuelan migrants leave on foot toward the Venezuelan border, with the aim of leaving Colombia after a lockdown ordered by the government in an effort to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus, in Bogota, Colombia, Monday, April 6, 2020. Many Venezuelans in Colombia say they have not been able to find work in a country where businesses remain shuttered and people have been ordered to stay inside because of the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

As coronavirus spreads, some Venezuelans opt to return home

Apr. 6, 2020 4:15 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — As Colombia continues with a nationwide lockdown to control the new coronavirus, some of the millions of Venezuelans who have gone abroad in recent years are deciding they are better off back in their homeland. According to Colombian authorities, nearly 600 Venezuelans returned to...

In this March 26, 2020, photo, relatives of Bella Lamilla the first person to be diagnosed with coronavirus in Ecuador, maintain quarantine in their home in Babahoyo, Ecuador. The spreading global pandemic has tested the competing interests of public health and privacy, with thousands of individuals and families experiencing both physical illness and the less-discussed stigma that can come with it. While there are many stories about good deeds and people coming together, the coronavirus is also bringing out another, darker side of some people: Fear, anger, resentment and shaming. (AP Photo/Mariuxi Orellana)

Hidden suffering of coronavirus: Stigma, blaming, shaming

Apr. 4, 2020 6:58 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — No one should have known Bella Lamilla’s name. But within hours of her diagnosis as Ecuador’s first coronavirus case, it was circulating on social media along with photos showing the retired schoolteacher unconscious and intubated in a hospital bed. Her large,...

In this March 26, 2020, photo, relatives of Bella Lamilla the first person to be diagnosed with coronavirus in Ecuador, maintain quarantine in their home in Babahoyo, Ecuador. The spreading global pandemic has tested the competing interests of public health and privacy, with thousands of individuals and families experiencing both physical illness and the less-discussed stigma that can come with it. While there are many stories about good deeds and people coming together, the coronavirus is also bringing out another, darker side of some people: Fear, anger, resentment and shaming. (AP Photo/Mariuxi Orellana)

Hidden suffering of coronavirus: Stigma, blaming, shaming

Apr. 4, 2020 3:18 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — No one should have known Bella Lamilla’s name. But within hours of her diagnosis as Ecuador’s coronavirus “patient zero,” it was circulating on social media along with photos showing the retired schoolteacher unconscious and intubated in a hospital bed....

An elderly man eats a hamburger that was donated by Emiliano Moscoso in a boarding house in Bogota, Colombia, Monday, March 30, 2020. Moscoso recently launched a program called

A 'Solidarity Menu' for poor Colombians, migrant Venezuelans

Apr. 1, 2020 11:45 AM EDT

Emiliano Moscoso fights back tears. Moscoso’s chain of brightly colored restaurants, Sierra Nevada, serves hamburgers and milkshakes in Colombia’s capital of Bogota. In the poorer districts of that same city, a rising number of people are going hungry because they have lost their livelihoods in the...

President Donald Trump and Defense Secretary Mark Esper, right, walk as the U.S. Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort takes off from the pier at Naval Station Norfolk in Norfolk, Va., Saturday, March 28, 2020. The ship is departing for New York to assist hospitals responding to the coronavirus outbreak. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

The Latest: WHO warns `far from over' in Asia and Pacific

Mar. 31, 2020 1:11 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — WHO warns COVID-19 epidemics “far from over”...

This image provided by the U.S. Department of Justice shows a reward poster for Cliver Alcala-Cordones that was released on Thursday, March 26, 2020. The U.S. Justice Department has indicted Venezuela's socialist leader Nicolás Maduro and several key aides on charges of narcoterrorism. (Department of Justice via AP)

AP Sources: Alleged Maduro co-conspirator is in DEA custody

Mar. 27, 2020 10:19 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — A retired Venezuelan army general indicted alongside Nicolás Maduro has surrendered in Colombia and is being taken by Drug Enforcement Administration agents to New York for arraignment, four people familiar with the situation said Friday. Cliver Alcalá has been an outspoken critic of...

FILE - In this Oct. 28, 2008 file photo, a man walks past a satellite dish station in El Sombrero, Venezuela. Venezuela’s only telecommunications satellite has veered off its orbit and stopped working, according to a government statement on March 26, 2020.  (AP Photo/Howard Yanes, File)

Venezuela's only telecoms satellite is lost in space

Mar. 27, 2020 10:43 AM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Venezuela’s only telecommunications satellite has veered off its orbit and stopped working, creating a logistical headache for the cash-strapped South American nation. The Chinese-built satellite was launched among much fanfare in 2008 under the watch of former President Hugo...