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Colombia ends cease-fire with largest faction of FARC rebel holdout group

Jul. 16, 2024 14:07 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombia’s government on Tuesday said it will end a cease-fire with the largest faction of the FARC-EMC, a holdout rebel group that refused to sign a 2016 peace deal but which had been involved in peace talks with President Gustavo Petro's administration until March. ...

Deforestation in Colombia fell to historic lows in 2023, environment minister says

Jul. 08, 2024 13:38 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Deforestation in Colombia fell 36% in 2023 versus the previous year, the government said Monday, marking the lowest level since records began. The decline was driven by a drop in environmental destruction in the Amazon, the world's largest rainforest,...

Colombia launches talks with rebel group led by fighters who returned to arms after 2016 peace deal

Jun. 24, 2024 16:56 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombia launched peace talks with the Second Marquetalia rebel group on Monday as the administration of leftist President Gustavo Petro tries to pacify rural areas of the country that have seen rising violence despite efforts to broker ceasefires with various armed...

Colombia plans to provide medical treatment to Palestinian children injured in Israel-Hamas war

Jun. 13, 2024 16:31 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — A Colombian military hospital would provide medical treatment to Palestinian children injured in the Israel-Hamas war under a plan announced Thursday by the country’s Foreign Ministry. Colombia's Deputy Minister of Multilateral Affairs Elizabeth Taylor Jay...

Florida jury finds Chiquita Brands liable for Colombia deaths, must pay $38.3M to family members

Jun. 11, 2024 17:08 PM EDT

Banana giant Chiquita Brands must pay $38.3 million to 16 family members of people killed during Colombia's long civil war by a violent right-wing paramilitary group funded by the company, a federal jury in Florida decided. The verdict Monday by a jury in West Palm Beach marks the...

Colombia will suspend coal exports to Israel over war in Gaza

Jun. 08, 2024 21:49 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombian President Gustavo Petro announced on Saturday that his country will suspend coal exports to Israel over the war in Gaza, as relations sour between two countries that were once close military and commercial allies. Petro wrote on the social media...

Colombia's congress votes to ban bullfights, dealing a blow to the centuries-old tradition

May. 29, 2024 02:40 AM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombia’s congress voted Tuesday to ban bullfights in the South American nation, delivering a serious blow to a centuries-old tradition that has inspired famous songs and novels but has become increasingly controversial in the countries where it is still practiced. ...

Insurance company Sura withdraws from Colombia's health system as government pushes for control

May. 28, 2024 19:51 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombian insurance company Sura announced on Tuesday that it will withdraw from the nation’s health system because the resources it receives from Colombia’s government to manage more than 5 million patients are not enough to cover its growing costs. ...

Colombia's ex-President Uribe charged with witness tampering in polarizing legal battle

May. 24, 2024 18:55 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Former Colombian President Álvaro Uribe was charged Friday in a long-running witness tampering investigation. Uribe was formally charged with witness tampering and bribery for his efforts to discredit a political opponent who was digging into Uribe’s...

Violence intensifies in southwest Colombia as FARC holdout group attacks police and military

May. 20, 2024 19:11 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Violence intensified in southwestern Colombia on Monday when a bomb blast injured six people in the city of Jamundi and an attack by insurgents on a police station in the rural town of Morales left at least two officers dead, according to police. ...