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US, Latin America allies to weigh sanctions on Venezuela

Sep. 18, 2019 3:41 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Colombia's ambassador to the U.S. says 18 countries of the Americas will meet Monday to consider multilateral sanctions against Venezuela. Francisco Santos says Colombia expects to get the required 13 votes during the meeting in New York. His government accuses Venezuela of harboring...

Judge throws out lawsuits alleging Chiquita funded massacres

Sep. 14, 2019 11:44 AM EDT

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A federal judge has thrown out 10 lawsuits filed against banana giant Chiquita Brands International by Colombian families alleging the company funded a paramilitary that killed them. The Palm Beach Post reports that District Judge Kenneth Marra dismissed the lawsuits this...

Colombia throws 2 dissident rebels out of peace process

Sep. 13, 2019 8:01 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Two leaders of Colombia's once largest rebel group have been kicked out of the nation's transitional justice system after taking up arms again. The Special Peace Jurisdiction announced Friday that the rebels known as Jesús Santrich and El Paisa will no longer benefit from...

Venezuelan opposition leader denies ties to criminal gang

Sep. 13, 2019 5:28 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó rejected allegations Friday that he has ties to an illegal armed group in Colombia, as officials launched an investigation based on photos appearing in social media purportedly showing him posing with members of the gang. The pictures...

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...

Ex-Venezuelan spymaster won't waive extradition to US

Sep. 12, 2019 8:37 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Venezuela's former military spy chief told a Spanish court on Thursday that he won't waive extradition to the United States, claiming that the drug smuggling and other charges against him are politically motivated. Defense lawyers for retired Maj. Gen. Hugo Carvajal claimed in the court that...

The rise and fall of former Venezuelan spymaster 'El Pollo'

Sep. 11, 2019 12:52 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — The two intelligence agents scoured the sun-kissed faces of holidaymakers at Madrid's airport until they spotted the 5½-foot bald man. Traveling under a disguised identity, Hugo Chávez's long-time spy chief and one of the U.S.'s most wanted drug fugitives had just landed in Spain...

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...

Venezuela's socialist govt happy over removal of John Bolton

Sep. 10, 2019 10:59 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Venezuela's embattled socialist government expressed delight Tuesday over the firing of U.S. national security adviser John Bolton, whose hawkish views and tough rhetoric were constant irritants for the region's leftist leaders. Industry Minister Tareck El Aissami, who was a special...

Venezuela starts military exercises along Colombia border

Sep. 10, 2019 6:44 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — President Nicolás Maduro launched extended military exercises along Venezuela's border with Colombia on Tuesday, drawing Washington's attention amid rising friction between the South American neighbors. Maduro has come under mounting pressure from Colombia and the United...