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Colombia: President-elect looks to build governing coalition

Jun. 23, 2022 18:10 PM EDT

BOGOTÁ, Colombia (AP) — President-elect Gustavo Petro, who has vowed to lift up Colombia’s poor and disenfranchised, has won the support of an influential party of the establishment as he tries to build a majority coalition in Congress. Petro, a former Bogotá mayor and a...

Portugal seizes tons of cocaine hidden in banana shipments

Jun. 23, 2022 08:09 AM EDT

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Police in Portugal said Thursday they found just over 8 metric tons (8.8 short tons) of cocaine concealed inside banana shipments from Colombia. The cocaine was hidden in the hold of three cargo ships that docked in Setubal, a port about 50 kilometers (30...

Former Colombian rebel leaders recognize role in kidnappings

Jun. 21, 2022 23:38 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — A group of former leaders of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia said Tuesday that the guerrilla organization was responsible for war crimes, including the kidnapping of thousands of civilians for ransom and also holding politicians as hostages for several years in...

Leftist's election to test Colombia's alliance with US

Jun. 21, 2022 17:52 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — It’s one of the United States’ few enduring alliances in an often-turbulent Latin America, one built around a decades-long partnership combating the nation’s drug cartels. But Gustavo Petro’s election as Colombia’s first leftist president is likely...

Crew sign F "Cucho" Hernandez from Watford

Jun. 21, 2022 15:40 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Columbus Crew acquired Colombian forward Juan Camilo Hernandez, known as Cucho, from Watford on Tuesday. Terms of the contract, which runs through 2025, were not released but the Crew said it paid the largest acquisition fee in the Major League Soccer...

Colombian voters elect country's first Black vice president

Jun. 20, 2022 19:38 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — As Colombia's voters put aside a longtime antipathy to leftists and chose one as their new president, they also carved out another milestone — electing the country's first Black vice president. When former leftist rebel Gustavo Petro takes office as...

Petro faces challenges to deliver Colombians promised change

Jun. 20, 2022 18:43 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombia for the first time elected a leftist as president, but the slim victory is a cue that a large portion of the country rejects the ambitious proposals of Gustavo Petro, who will have to consider their concerns and negotiate with a divided Congress to deliver on...

Colombia picks 1st leftist president in tight runoff contest

Jun. 20, 2022 09:48 AM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombia will be governed by a leftist president for the first time after former rebel Gustavo Petro narrowly defeated a real estate tycoon in a runoff election that underscored people’s disgust with the country’s traditional politicians. Petro’s third...

Ex-rebel wins runoff to be Colombia's 1st leftist president

Jun. 19, 2022 23:00 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Former rebel Gustavo Petro narrowly won a runoff election over a political outsider millionaire Sunday, ushering in a new era of politics for Colombia by becoming the country's first leftist president. Petro, a senator in his third attempt to win the...

Leftist former rebel Gustavo Petro wins narrow victory in Colombia’s presidential election, edging out millionaire

Jun. 19, 2022 18:36 PM EDT
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Leftist former rebel Gustavo Petro wins narrow victory in Colombia’s presidential election, edging out millionaire.