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Colombia protesters hope to channel wave of discontent

Nov. 21, 2019 9:10 AM EST

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombians angry with conservative President Iván Duque hoped to channel Latin America’s wave of discontent as they took to the streets Thursday with a long list of grievances, from persistent economic inequality to violence against social activists. Labor unions,...

Colombia ambassador criticizes State Department in recording

Nov. 20, 2019 8:55 PM EST

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — Colombia’s ambassador in Washington was embarrassed Wednesday by publication of a recording in which he trashes the State Department as a feckless institution subjugated to the whims of the White House. The Colombian newspaper Publimetro posted the recording...

Bombing that killed 8 kids leaves Colombia president on edge

Nov. 7, 2019 5:50 PM EST

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombian President Ivan Duque is facing one of the most critical moments in his administration following the resignation of his defense minister over a bombing that killed eight children and adolescents. Defense Minister Guillermo Botero quit his job Wednesday night after a senator...

Colombia condemns vandalism of menorah monument

Nov. 2, 2019 1:49 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — The Colombian government and Israel's ambassador have condemned the vandalism of a menorah monument in Bogota. The foreign ministry on Friday described the defacement of the monument on Israel State Avenue in the Colombian capital as an expression of "intolerance and hate." Israeli...

Vote for mayor of Bogota breaks a Colombian 'glass ceiling'

Oct. 28, 2019 8:24 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Months before her history-making election, Claudia López was butting heads with a local television anchor over his description of her character. "You talk sometimes like you're arguing," he quipped on a live segment. "Don't come at me with that condescending chauvinism," she...

Colombia's capital city of Bogota elects first female mayor

Oct. 27, 2019 10:40 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombia's capital city elected its first female mayor Sunday in what is being hailed as an important advancement for both women and LGBT rights. Claudia López won the race for mayor of Bogota on a platform promising to combat corruption and advance equal rights for minority...

Shootings, death threats mar Colombia's post-peace elections

Oct. 25, 2019 2:57 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Threatened with death, Wilson Florez chose a bulletproof vest. The candidate for governor of one of Colombia's largest provinces had been used to biking freely around town, driving with the windows down and drinking tiny cups of the dark coffee known as "tinto" with voters late into...

Colombia's cycling ascent undermined by widespread doping

Sep. 23, 2019 10:40 AM EDT

MADRID, Colombia (AP) — After a punishing climb in the Andean mountains surrounding Colombia's capital, Armando Cardenas leans against his bike to catch his breath. In a decade-long career racing professionally, Cardenas never reached the same international heights as the country's biggest cycling stars....