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Recordings shake confidence in Colombia's leftist government, jeopardize reforms

Jun. 05, 2023 18:23 PM EDT

BOGOTA (AP) — A corruption scandal that has shaken Colombia’s first leftist government and undermined its ability to carry out ambitious reforms grew on Monday, following the release of several voice messages featuring the nation’s former ambassador to Venezuela. In the audios,...

New footprints revive hope in Colombia of finding four children missing in jungle

Jun. 01, 2023 16:30 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — The discovery in recent days of small footprints in a southern jungle-covered part of Colombia has rekindled hope of finding alive four children who survived a small plane crash and went missing a month ago. Searchers found footprints Tuesday about 2 miles (...

Colombia suspends cease-fire with holdout rebel group accused of killing 4

May. 22, 2023 12:36 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombia’s government said Monday it is suspending a cease-fire with rebels accused of recently killing four Indigenous people — at least three of them minors — who tried to avoid forced recruitment in the south of the country. President Gustavo...

Search for 4 kids missing after deadly Amazon plane crash leaves Colombia on edge

May. 19, 2023 20:51 PM EDT

BOGOTÁ, Colombia (AP) — Colombians were on edge Friday as authorities searched for four Indigenous children who were on a small plane that crashed in the Amazon jungle this month but have not been found. The three adults aboard died. The crash happened in the early...

Colombian rebel leader says peace talks are 'on pause'

May. 15, 2023 22:19 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombian rebel leader Pablo Beltran said on Monday that peace talks between his National Liberation Army and the government have been put “on pause” due to remarks made last week by President Gustavo Petro. Petro questioned whether members of the rebel...

Spain expresses backing for Colombia peace plan

May. 04, 2023 11:29 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez on Thursday gave his full backing to Colombian President Gustavo Petro’s peace plan aimed at reaching a cease-fire with the National Liberation Army (ELN) guerrilla organization. Speaking after talks with Petro, who is on a...

Colombia's Petro urges Spain to lead EU on climate change

May. 03, 2023 08:45 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Colombian President Gustavo Petro began a state visit to Spain on Wednesday to seek support for his peace plan for the South American country while urging for greater action against climate change from Europe. King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia greeted Petro and his...

Colombian government, rebels resume talks in Cuba

May. 02, 2023 16:57 PM EDT

HAVANA, Cuba (AP) — Representatives of Colombia’s government and the country’s largest remaining guerrilla group met in Cuba on Tuesday to restart peace talks aimed at reaching a cease-fire and resolving a conflict dating back to the 1960s. It is the third round of talks with...

Venezuela's Juan Guaidó not seeking political asylum in US

Apr. 25, 2023 21:51 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó on Tuesday said he is not seeking political asylum in the United States and has not ruled out the possibility of running in a presidential primary in his homeland planned for October. Guaidó spoke to The Associated Press...

Colombia hosts conference on Venezuela's political crisis

Apr. 25, 2023 19:53 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Diplomats from 20 countries gathered Tuesday in Colombia to discuss the political crisis in Venezuela, where Nicolás Maduro’s socialist administration has strengthened its autocratic rule despite international efforts to expand political freedoms in the South American...