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Ex-rebel takes oath as Colombia president in historic shift

Aug. 07, 2022 20:52 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombia’s first leftist president was sworn into office Sunday, promising to fight inequality and bring peace to a country long haunted by bloody feuds between the government, drug traffickers and rebel groups. Gustavo Petro, a former member of...

Venezuela, Colombia border areas hopeful as reopening looms

Aug. 06, 2022 22:02 PM EDT

SAN JUAN DE COLON, Venezuela (AP) — The freight company owned by Alfredo Rosales and his brothers was hustling, its 50 or so trucks constantly on the go hauling about 1 million tons of coal, cement, flour and other goods every year in commerce between Venezuela and Colombia. Their...

3 new arrests linked to slaying of Amazon expert, journalist

Aug. 06, 2022 15:53 PM EDT

BRASILIA, BRAZIL (AP) — Federal Police arrested three more suspects Saturday in a case arising from the slaying of a journalist and an Indigenous expert in the remote western reaches of Brazil’s Amazon rainforest in June. A police statement alleges the three were involved in the...

High-risk Colombians say GPS devices only add to dangers

Aug. 01, 2022 10:09 AM EDT

The bulletproof vehicles that Colombia’s government assigns to hundreds of high-risk individuals are supposed to make them safer. But when an investigative reporter discovered they all had GPS trackers, she only felt more vulnerable — and outraged. No one had informed Claudia...

Spain: Prosecutors to seek 8-year prison term for Shakira

Jul. 29, 2022 13:04 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Prosecutors in Spain said Friday they would ask a court to sentence Colombian pop star Shakira to eight years and two months in prison, if she is convicted in her expected trial for alleged tax fraud. Shakira, whose full name is Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll, is...

Man accused of selling bleach as COVID cure extradited to US

Jul. 28, 2022 17:49 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — A man accused of selling a toxic industrial bleach as a coronavirus cure through his Florida-based church has been returned to the United States after being arrested in Colombia. Mark Grenon, 64, made his initial court appearance Thursday in Miami federal court...

Spain: Shakira rejects prosecutors' offer, faces tax trial

Jul. 27, 2022 09:55 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Colombian pop singer Shakira has opted to go to trial instead of accepting a deal offered by Spanish prosecutors to settle allegations she defrauded Spain's government of 14.5 million euros ($15 million) in taxes, her public relations team said Wednesday. Shakira, 45,...

Mexico City police find 1.6 tons of cocaine in 2 trucks

Jul. 26, 2022 19:23 PM EDT

Mexico City police made one of the biggest drug busts in recent memory in the capital, stoppingd two freight trucks carrying about 1.6 tons of cocaine, officials said Tuesday. City police chief Omar Garcia Harfuch said the cocaine was worth about $20 million on the street in Mexico....

UN: Violence rising in rural Colombia despite peace deal

Jul. 26, 2022 15:36 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Violence is increasing in many rural areas of Colombia despite a 2016 peace deal between the government and the country's largest guerrilla group, the United Nations Human Rights Office said in a report. It called on the government to boost rural development and take steps...

Former Colombian soccer players to teach their skills in US

Jul. 25, 2022 16:12 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A Colombian soccer fan who came to the U.S. as a political refugee is creating a training camp for young people in New Mexico with former players from Colombia as the instructors. David Certain, who owns a coffee company, hopes one day to expand the program in the...