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Ex-rebels leaders appear before Colombia's peace tribunal

Jul. 13, 2018 9:23 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Dressed in blazers and collared shirts, leaders of Colombia's once largest guerrilla army made their first appearance at a new special peace tribunal Friday to respond to allegations of war crimes during five decades of bloody conflict. "I'm here at your disposition," said Rodrigo...

Tennis player banned for betting offense but can still play

Jul. 13, 2018 5:05 PM EDT

Colombian tennis player Robert Farah has been banned for three months and fined $5,000 for facilitating betting by promoting a gambling website on social media. However, tennis authorities say Friday he is free to play during the three months provided there are "no further breaches", adding the "full period of...

Kids fleeing Venezuela left hungry, sick and even abandoned

Jul. 13, 2018 1:33 AM EDT

CUCUTA, Colombia (AP) — On a recent humid evening in the Colombian border city of Cucuta, a Venezuelan woman wrapped her newborn daughter in a pale yellow blanket and left her with a note alongside a car parked near a stadium hosting a high school field day. "I don't have the means to take care of her,"...

AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Latin America, Caribbean

Jul. 13, 2018 12:02 AM EDT

This photo gallery highlights some of the top news images made by Associated Press photographers in Latin America and the Caribbean published in the past week. Brazilians and Uruguayans suffered when their national soccer teams crashed out of the World Cup with disheartening losses in quarterfinal matches. In...

Colombia: 3 judicial officials slain in holdout rebel ambush

Jul. 11, 2018 10:00 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Three Colombian judicial investigators were killed Wednesday when their vehicle was ambushed along the country's southern border with Ecuador by a dissident rebel group, authorities said. Officials said two of the men were incinerated to death when their car was torched by holdout...

The Latest: Croatia defender demands respect at World Cup

Jul. 11, 2018 7:43 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on Wednesday at the World Cup (all times local): 2 a.m. Croatia defender Dejan Lovren says people should show him more respect now he's going to play in a World Cup final. Lovren says "I deserve this" after Croatia's 2-1 extra-time win over England, and used an expletive to...

Police in Spain, Colombia break up money-laundering rings

Jul. 11, 2018 12:29 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — The European law enforcement agency says it helped police in Spain and Colombia break up two gangs engaged in large-scale money laundering. Europol said in a statement Wednesday the criminal organization is estimated to have laundered some 2.5 million euros ($2.9 million), much of it revenue...

Gaviria beats Sagan again to claim 2nd Tour win on Stage 4

Jul. 10, 2018 2:18 PM EDT

SARZEAU, France (AP) — Fernando Gaviria and Peter Sagan have turned the first four days of the Tour de France into an enthralling duel of rising star versus world champion. And Tour newcomer Gaviria is winning so far. Gaviria edged Sagan at the finish line to claim Stage 4 on Tuesday and take his second...

Coach of England wins the nation's heart by being a nice guy

Jul. 10, 2018 2:13 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — In an age of tattoos, tongue piercings and tensions over Brexit, a soft-spoken man in a dark blue waistcoat and striped tie is uniting England amid dreams of victory in soccer's World Cup. Coach Gareth Southgate is the buttoned-down leader of a new generation of players who speak softly and...

Colombia signs law paving way for drug gang*s surrender

Jul. 9, 2018 10:24 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos has signed a law that could pave the way for the country's biggest drug gangs to surrender. The measure signed Monday reduces prison sentences by as much as 50 percent for members of a criminal group that collectively turn themselves in. Santos...