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Colombian Dr. Camilo Rodriguez speaks during an interview in Bogota, Colombia, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020. Rodríguez said he arrives to work in one uniform and changes into another when he treats COVID-19 patients. He lost a close friend and mentor to the virus and fears spreading it to his family. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

Colombia reaches 1 million confirmed coronavirus cases

Oct. 24, 2020 8:27 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombia reached 1 million confirmed coronavirus cases on Saturday, becoming the second country in Latin America to report that number in less than a week. The nation of 50 million saw cases peak in August and has seen a decline since but still continues to register around 8,000 new...

Event organizers Jamer Gonzalez and his wife Angela Camargo speak in their business' ballroom, which they moved into recently in Bogota, Colombia, Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020. After months of having their business closed due to social distancing rules and regulations prohibiting the operation of restaurants and dance halls due to new coronavirus pandemic, the economic burden for this family has meant that they had to leave their home and move into the ballroom because they can no longer afford to maintain both. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

Pandemic forces Colombia family to live in banquet hall

Oct. 13, 2020 8:25 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Jamer Gonzalez used to organize about nine weddings, birthday parties or company lunches each month at his banquet hall in a working class district of Colombia's capital, earning enough to live comfortably and send his two eldest daughters to college. Now, after months of pandemic...

Associated Press reporter Cesar Garcia poses for a photo on his 20 year anniversary with the AP at his office in Bogota, Colombia, Friday, May 31, 2019. Garcia, a veteran reporter who ventured across Colombia to tell the story of the nation's armed conflict, has died at age 61. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

César García, AP Colombia reporter, dies after illness at 61

Sep. 16, 2020 5:27 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — César García, a veteran reporter for The Associated Press who ventured across Colombia to tell the story of the nation’s armed conflict, has died. He was 61. He suffered a heart attack and after three weeks at a hospital tested positive for the new coronavirus,...

A demonstrator kicks a police officer during protests sparked by the death of a man after he was detained by police at the Villa Luz neighborhood in Bogota, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020. Javier Humberto Ordonez, 46, died in hospital after receiving repeated electric shocks with a stun gun from officers who detained him for violating social distancing rules to curb the spread of the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Ivan Valencia)

Colombia: 2 days of protests leave 13 dead, over 400 injured

Sep. 11, 2020 4:16 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Two days of protests in Colombia over the death of a man in police custody have left 13 people dead and over 400 injured, authorities said Friday. The violence rocking Bogota following Javier Ordóñez’s death spilled into a second night of smaller protests and...

A masked and hooded man hurls stones at police during protests sparked by the death of a man after he was detained by police for violating social distancing rules to curb the spread of the coronavirus in Bogota, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020. Javier Ordonez died in a hospital after receiving repeated electric shocks with a stun gun from officers who detained him, seen on a video taken by Ordonez's friend, and published on social media. (AP Photo/Ivan Valencia)

7 killed in protests over police custody death in Colombia

Sep. 10, 2020 8:23 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Violent clashes erupted in Colombia’s capital following the death of a man in police custody, with angry citizens setting fire to city buses, vandalizing police stations and squaring off with officers in confrontations that killed seven people. The wave of violence Wednesday...

Commuters ride their bicycles, most of them to their jobs, in Bogota, Colombia, Friday, Aug. 28, 2020. The new coronavirus pandemic is now pushing more people to use bicycles for commuting in the South American country, where only one city has a subway system, and most people still go to work on buses or cars. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

Pandemic pushes Colombians to commute by bicycle

Sep. 4, 2020 9:38 AM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Luis Fernando Muete used to go to work on his city’s crowded bus system. But he's been using his bicycle much more frequently since the pandemic began. It saves the gardener long waits at a bus station in a poor neighborhood on the outskirts of the city. And it poses less of...

FILE - In this March 12, 2020 file photo, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro speaks at the Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas, Venezuela. The Trump administration pushed back Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2020 on Maduro, saying he deserves no praise for releasing a few political prisoners ahead of a congressional election when many more remain unjustly jailed. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix, File)

Colombia arrests 3 Venezuelans tied to anti-Maduro plot

Sep. 3, 2020 12:36 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Police in Colombia have arrested three Venezuelans who were part of a failed plot organized by a former U.S. Green Beret to sneak across the border and oust President Nicolás Maduro, The Associated Press has learned The three were arrested in simultaneous raids by heavily-armed security...

Passengers sit on a bus at the terminal for long-distance travel in Bogota, Colombia, Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020. Airports, land transport, restaurants, and gyms are reopening in most of Colombia this week, as the South American nation attempts to reignite its economy following months of restrictions related to the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

Colombia expands reopening as coronavirus cases stabilize

Sep. 1, 2020 6:13 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Airports, bus terminals, restaurants and gyms reopened in most of Colombia on Tuesday as the South American nation attempts to reignite its economy following months of restrictions for the coronavirus pandemic. The step expanded previous moves that allowed shops, construction...