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UN Security Council visits Colombia as peace worries mount

Jul. 12, 2019 4:25 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Maria del Pilar Hurtado's son screamed in anguish at the sight of his mother's dead body on a dirt road in the poor community in northern Colombia the family called home. He kicked his feet on the ground and grasped his face in his hands. Passersby stopped and watched the boy's...

UN chief: Colombia must respect commitments to rebels

Jul. 2, 2019 8:07 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says he regrets the "polarization and division" in Colombia over elements of the 2016 peace deal and is calling on the government to ensure that any changes to the accord respect commitments made to rebels who laid down their arms. The U.N. chief...

US: Coca cultivation in Colombia dropped slightly in 2018

Jun. 26, 2019 7:29 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration reported Wednesday that coca cultivation and cocaine production in Colombia dropped slightly in 2018 for the first time in six years, but it remained at historically high levels. The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy said that coca cultivation in...

Diplomats: Europeans weigh sanctions on Venezuela's Maduro

Jun. 15, 2019 4:00 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Major European nations are considering imposing sanctions on Venezuela's Nicolás Maduro and several top officials for their recent crackdown on political opponents, although divisions remain over the timing of any action for fear of derailing a negotiated exit to the country's...

Thousands pour into Colombia as Venezuela reopens border

Jun. 8, 2019 6:15 PM EDT

CÚCUTA, Colombia (AP) — Thousands of people crossed into Colombia on Saturday to buy food and medicine after Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro reopened a border between the countries that had been shut down for the past four months. Long lines of Venezuelans stood at two international bridges...

US emergency aid for Venezuela to be distributed in Colombia

May. 30, 2019 8:03 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — U.S.-supplied humanitarian aid that was earmarked for Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó will now be distributed in Colombia, officials said Thursday. Colombia's government said it had reached the decision with the U.S. and representatives of Guaidó because of...

Colombia ex-rebel freed from second detention in drug case

May. 30, 2019 6:49 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — A top rebel peace negotiator wanted in the United States for allegedly conspiring to traffic cocaine was freed from detention for the second time in less than a month Thursday in a case that continues to stir emotions in Colombia. Seuxis Hernandez was freed one day after the Supreme...

Ex-Colombia president: Empathy most important for leadership

May. 29, 2019 4:43 PM EDT

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Former Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos told graduates of Harvard's Kennedy School of Government that the most important value they can have as leaders is empathy. The Nobel Peace laureate graduated from the school in 1981. He told the Class of 2019 on Wednesday that empathy...

New evidence links Colombia army chief to civilian slayings

May. 25, 2019 3:50 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — New evidence has emerged linking the embattled head of Colombia's army to the alleged cover-up of civilian killings more than a decade ago. The documents, provided to The Associated Press by a person familiar with an ongoing investigation into the extrajudicial killings, come as...

Colombian breeds rare frogs to undermine animal traffickers

May. 24, 2019 12:26 PM EDT

CUNDINAMARCA, Colombia (AP) — In a small farmhouse surrounded by cloud forest, Iván Lozano inspects dozens of glass containers that hold some of the world's most coveted frogs. The conservationist has been fighting the illegal trade in rare tropical frogs for years, risking his life and his checkbook...