Latest Colombia News

Venezuelan migrants take arepas to new lands amid crisis

Jul. 16, 2019 12:04 AM EDT

BOGOTÁ, Colombia (AP) — Venezuelans like to jest that their beloved arepas are so widely consumed that babies come out of the womb with the corn flatbreads already in hand. Now, as millions flee their homeland's turmoil, they are taking Venezuela's most ubiquitous dish with them. Humble street stalls...

A Southwest Florida man's scary journey to a new homeland

Jul. 14, 2019 3:01 AM EDT

NAPLES, Fla. (AP) — Diego Grisales remembers the sound of shattering glass as the windows to his home in a comfortable neighborhood were shot in. He remembers the anonymous phone calls — dark threats to kidnap him, his wife, his two children. The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) were...

The Latest: Halep says Slam losses helped her beat Williams

Jul. 13, 2019 5:39 PM EDT

WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — The Latest at Wimbledon (all times local): 9:15 p.m. Simona Halep figures her past problems in Grand Slam finals allowed her to come through against Serena Williams at Wimbledon. Halep lost the first three times she appeared in a major final, twice at the French Open and once at...

Colombian bishop hopes holy water will curb city's crime

Jul. 13, 2019 5:09 PM EDT

BUENAVENTURA, Colombia (AP) — A Catholic bishop in Colombia hopes holy water will curb violence in a city struggling with crime and corruption. Rubén Darío Jaramillo Montoya traveled on a fire truck to some of Buenaventura's most crime-ridden neighborhoods on Saturday, sprinkling water that he...

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...

US extradites former Colombian agriculture minister

Jul. 12, 2019 2:41 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government extradited a former Colombian official on Friday to face a prison sentence in the South American nation after he was convicted of embezzlement and other charges. Andres Felipe Arias Leiva, who served as Colombia's minister of agriculture and rural development from 2005...

Colombian man pleads guilty in US to leading fatal drug ring

Jul. 12, 2019 2:22 PM EDT

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A Colombian national accused of managing an international fentanyl trafficking operation from a Canadian prison has pleaded guilty in federal court. Thirty-eight-year Daniel Vivas Ceron appeared Friday in North Dakota, where the case originated after an 18-year-old Grand Forks resident...

Red Cross says peace elusive as UN council heads to Colombia

Jul. 11, 2019 3:41 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The International Committee of the Red Cross said Thursday that conflicts in Colombia are ongoing and the humanitarian situation has worsened as the U.N. Security Council heads to the South American nation to assess progress toward peace. Robert Mardini, the ICRC's U.N. observer, told...

Colombia court orders ex-rebel leader wanted in US detained

Jul. 9, 2019 9:39 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombia's Supreme Court issued an arrest order for a blind ex-rebel leader wanted in the U.S. on charges of conspiring to traffic cocaine after he failed to appear Tuesday for questioning in a case that has touched a nerve in Colombia. Seuxis Hernandez went missing in late June...

Man signs plea deal for role in international fentanyl ring

Jul. 9, 2019 12:34 PM EDT

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A man accused of playing a major role in an international fentanyl trafficking operation that led to overdose deaths in several states has signed a federal plea agreement in North Dakota, according to court documents unsealed Monday. Daniel Vivas Ceron, 38, a Colombian national who...