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UN envoy: Vast majority of Colombia rebels back peace deal

Oct. 10, 2019 6:44 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — "The vast majority" of former fighters with Colombia's largest rebel group remain committed to the 2016 peace deal with the government despite a few ex-commanders taking up arms again, the country's U.N. ambassador said Thursday. Carlos Ruiz Massieu told the Security Council the...

The rise and fall of former Venezuelan spymaster 'El Pollo'

Sep. 11, 2019 12:52 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — The two intelligence agents scoured the sun-kissed faces of holidaymakers at Madrid's airport until they spotted the 5½-foot bald man. Traveling under a disguised identity, Hugo Chávez's long-time spy chief and one of the U.S.'s most wanted drug fugitives had just landed in Spain...

Colombia threatens to denounce Cuba as sponsor of terrorism

Sep. 10, 2019 11:33 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombia threatened Tuesday to denounce Cuba at the United Nations unless it immediately turns over two guerrilla commanders believed to be living on the communist island. The demand came in a letter sent to the Cuban Embassy in Bogota. President Ivan Duque first pressed Cuba to...

Colombia to tell UN that Venezuela harbors 'terrorists'

Sep. 9, 2019 10:16 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — A reportedly leaked Venezuelan intelligence report indicates that President Nicolás Maduro's socialist government is harboring Colombian rebels inside Venezuela, allegations that dovetail with evidence Colombian officials say they will present this month to the United Nations....

An uneasy peace for ex-Colombia rebels after call to arms

Sep. 1, 2019 10:25 AM EDT

ICONONZO, Colombia (AP) — Off a dirt road deep in the Colombian mountains, a new town is coming to life where former rebel combatants grow corn, make Hawaiian-style shirts and even sell their own craft beer. Yet signs of their struggle to reintegrate into civilian life abound. Perhaps most glaringly,...

Colombian rebels' rearming ups pressure for Maduro

Aug. 30, 2019 3:37 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — A call to arms by former rebel negotiators in Colombia is a blow to the country's fragile peace, but it also provides a tempting target for hawks looking to bring down the person the U.S. accuses of sheltering terrorist groups: Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro. On Thursday,...

Colombia FARC negotiators say they are taking up arms again

Aug. 29, 2019 9:50 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombian President Ivan Duque offered a nearly $1 million reward for the arrest of the top peace negotiator for the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia on Thursday after the rebel and a small cadre of hardliners vowed to resume their insurgency in a major reversal for the...

The Latest: Colombia tribunal orders 4 FARC leaders arrested

Aug. 29, 2019 9:14 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — The latest on the decision of former rebel leaders to return to arms in Colombia (all times local): 8:10 p.m. Colombia's peace tribunal has ordered the arrest of four rebel leaders who appeared in a video Thursday pledging to resume their insurgency. A tribunal statement says that...

A timeline of Colombia's 55-year rebel conflict

Aug. 29, 2019 1:51 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Key developments in the half-century of hostilities between Colombia's government and the country's largest rebel movement: ___ — May 1964: Rebel leader Manuel Marulanda, alias "Sureshot," founds the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, known as FARC. — Aug. 7,...