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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...

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...

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...

Today in History

Jun. 17, 2019 12:01 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Monday, June 17, the 168th day of 2019. There are 197 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On June 17, 1994, after leading police on a slow-speed chase on Southern California freeways, O.J. Simpson was arrested and charged with murder in the slayings of his ex-wife,...

Colombia ex-rebel, wanted in US, sworn in as congressman

Jun. 11, 2019 12:47 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — A former Colombian rebel leader wanted in the U.S. on drug charges was sworn into office as a congressman on Tuesday in a case that has riled detractors of the still-fragile peace accord with leftist rebels that ended decades of conflict. Seuxis Hernandez took an oath pledging to...

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...

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...

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...