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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);...

FILE - In this Feb. 24, 2011 file photo, Jhon Viafara of Colombia's Junior de Barranquilla celebrates after scoring against Brazil's Gremio during a Copa Libertadores soccer match in Barranquilla, Colombia. The former midfielder for Colombia's national soccer team was extradited on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020 to the U.S. to face drug trafficking charges.  (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara, File)

Colombia soccer star extradited to US on trafficking charges

Jan. 23, 2020 2:56 PM EST

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — A former midfielder for Colombia's national soccer team was extradited on Thursday to the United States to face drug trafficking charges. Prosecutors in Texas accuse Jhon Viafara of conspiring with members of the Gulf Cartel to organize cocaine shipments that left Colombia on...

Venezuela's opposition leader Juan Guaido speaks to journalists during a regional counter-terrorism meeting at the police academy in Bogota, Colombia, Monday, during a ceremony marking one year since a car bomb attack at the school, Monday, Jan. 20, 2020. Also in attendance were Colombia's President Ivan Duque and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. (AP Photo/Ivan Valencia)

Guaidó kicks off tour highlighting Venezuela 'terror' links

Jan. 20, 2020 4:59 PM EST

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó joined leaders from the United States and Latin America in condemning President Nicolás Maduro as a promoter of terrorism as he tried Monday to buoy international support for his flagging movement. The man recognized by the U.S. and...

Opposition leader Juan Guaido holds a session at a theater in the El Hatillo neighborhood after opposition lawmakers' vehicles were attacked by government supporters while driving to the National Assembly in downtown Caracas, Venezuela, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020. It's the second time this month that lawmakers have been barred from from the building that houses the only branch of government out of control of President Nicolas Maduro's government. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix)

Venezuela's Guaido to meet Pompeo in Colombia

Jan. 19, 2020 3:58 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — Venezuela opposition leader Juan Guaidó has traveled to Colombia to participate alongside U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in a regional counter-terrorism meeting — a new show of support by the Trump administration for the man it says is the country's legitimate leader. From...

FILE - In this Nov. 16, 2019 file photo, Colombia's army commander, Gen. Nicacio Martinez, from left, new Defense Minister Carlos Holmes Trujillo, President Ivan Duque and Armed Forces Commander Gen. Luis Fernando Navarro, review troops during a military ceremony in Bogota, Colombia. In an article published last Sunday, Semana magazine interviewed members of an elite military intelligence unit who say their superiors ordered them to use software and equipment purchased for spying on terrorist groups, to eavesdrop on high-ranking members of the opposition and on a judge who was overseeing a witness tampering case involving former president Alvaro Uribe. The magazine claims that knowledge of the espionage scandal within some sectors of the government forced the commander of Colombia's army General Nicacio Martinez to resign. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara, File)

Colombian senators seek protection after surveillance report

Jan. 19, 2020 12:16 PM EST

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombian Sen. Antonio Sanguino moves around town in a bullet-proof vehicle, with three pistol-packing bodyguards watching over him as he attends meetings and political rallies. But the leftist senator says that while the bodyguards protect him from assassination attempts, they have...

Colombian president says ELN rebels attacked air force base

Jan. 10, 2020 1:53 PM EST

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombia’s president said Friday that rebels were behind an early morning attack on an air force base that injured an officer. President Ivan Duque blamed the rebel National Liberation Army for explosions set off outside a base in the city of Yopal, saying it showed how the...