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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...

Colombia presidential race to runoff; leftist vs businessman

May. 29, 2022 22:22 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — In a blow to Colombia’s political class, a leftist former rebel and a populist businessman took the top two spots in the country’s presidential election Sunday and headed to a runoff showdown in June. Leftist Sen. Gustavo Petro led the field of six...

Ex-rebel frontrunner in Colombian vote, could shake US ties

May. 28, 2022 11:31 AM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Fabian Espinel last year helped organize concerts in the streets of Bogotá, as young people protested against police violence and government plans to increase taxes on lower income Colombians. Now, as his country heads into its presidential election Sunday, he walks the...

Colombia's leader touts peace efforts, says drugs are enemy

Apr. 12, 2022 18:19 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Speaking at the U.N. Security Council for the first time, outgoing Colombian President Ivan Duque on Tuesday touted his government’s accomplishments in building peace, including steps to reintegrate more than 12,800 former rebels into society, but he warned that drug...

Colombian landmine victims demand probe of rebel groups

Apr. 04, 2022 17:23 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Victims of landmine explosions rallied outside Colombia’s peace tribunal Monday to demand an investigation of rebel groups that have placed the explosives around the country, injuring thousands of civilians and troops. The small group of victims was led by...