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A new face at the reins of US diplomacy toward Latin America

Sep. 13, 2019 12:58 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — The new acting head of U.S. diplomacy toward Latin America is a seasoned envoy who once floated the idea of going into Chile unilaterally to snatch a politically powerful general who was behind the murder of a leftist politician in Washington in the 1970s. The State Department...

Colombia threatens to denounce Cuba as sponsor of terrorism

Sep. 10, 2019 11:33 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombia threatened Tuesday to denounce Cuba at the United Nations unless it immediately turns over two guerrilla commanders believed to be living on the communist island. The demand came in a letter sent to the Cuban Embassy in Bogota. President Ivan Duque first pressed Cuba to...

Colombia to tell UN that Venezuela harbors 'terrorists'

Sep. 9, 2019 10:16 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — A reportedly leaked Venezuelan intelligence report indicates that President Nicolás Maduro's socialist government is harboring Colombian rebels inside Venezuela, allegations that dovetail with evidence Colombian officials say they will present this month to the United Nations....

Mayoral candidate killed in Colombia in likely rebel attack

Sep. 2, 2019 3:47 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — A little over a week before her lifeless body was found in an abandoned, burnt-out vehicle, Karina García could sense she was a marked woman. As she was out canvassing for votes to become the first female mayor of Suarez, in Colombia's coca-strewn countryside, four armed men...

AP Interview: Guatemala graft body's chief happy despite end

Aug. 31, 2019 12:06 AM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Although he did not head the anti-corruption mission in Guatemala starting with its creation in 2007, Iván Velásquez became known internationally about a half decade ago due to the high-impact cases he was able to uncover during his leadership. The Colombian lawyer took...

Colombian rebels' rearming ups pressure for Maduro

Aug. 30, 2019 3:37 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — A call to arms by former rebel negotiators in Colombia is a blow to the country's fragile peace, but it also provides a tempting target for hawks looking to bring down the person the U.S. accuses of sheltering terrorist groups: Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro. On Thursday,...

Colombia FARC negotiators say they are taking up arms again

Aug. 29, 2019 9:50 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombian President Ivan Duque offered a nearly $1 million reward for the arrest of the top peace negotiator for the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia on Thursday after the rebel and a small cadre of hardliners vowed to resume their insurgency in a major reversal for the...

Songbirds silenced as Colombia fights wildlife trafficking

Aug. 14, 2019 9:50 AM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — The metal doors of a shoebox-sized cage open up and a bird tagged #811 launches into a giant aviary. The palm-sized finch performs a midair pirouette, lands on a willow branch and curiously twitches its saffron-colored head sideways, as if surprised by its good fortune. "That's what...

Colombia antitrust regulator fines Uber for blocking probe

Aug. 12, 2019 9:08 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombia's antitrust regulator is fining ride-sharing app Uber $625,000 for allegedly obstructing an investigation into its operations in the country. Three executives were also fined. The action on Monday stems from a 2017 inspection of the company's office in Bogota. Regulators...

Street singing Venezuelan migrant gets chance of a lifetime

Aug. 2, 2019 11:32 AM EDT

BOGOTÁ, Colombia (AP) — Venezuelan migrant Alexander Beja has spent the last year singing on the streets of Bogotá to an audience of busy commuters who often walk by without paying much attention. But on a recent afternoon, the 22-year-old caught the eye of an unexpected visitor: Mexican...