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Colombia honors 14 sniffer dogs at emotional retirement

Sep. 21, 2018 4:16 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Fourteen police dogs received medals and diplomas during an emotional retirement ceremony in Colombia's capital Friday as they wrapped up years of service sniffing out drugs, bombs and bodies. Some of the German shepherds, pit bulls and golden retrievers were treated to special...

Colombian police shut down Pablo Escobar museum

Sep. 20, 2018 8:15 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Police have shut down a small museum in Medellin that showcased the life and times of notorious drug lord Pablo Escobar because its managers do not have a tourism license, authorities said Thursday. Officials said seven tourists were visiting when officers staged the raid Wednesday...

Colombian rebels attack mining company, kill 3

Sep. 20, 2018 12:32 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombia's military says a holdout rebel faction has attacked a mining camp run by Toronto-based Continental Gold Inc. and killed three of its workers. The attack occurred in Yarumal, a mountainous area of Antioquia Province, where Continental Gold is conducting exploration work....

UN says Colombia's coca production surges to record high

Sep. 19, 2018 5:09 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — A United Nations report said Wednesday that cultivation of the plant used to make cocaine has reached an all-time high in Colombia, adding pressure on President Ivan Duque to resume an aerial spraying program suspended by his predecessor over health concerns. Annual data released by...

SC prosecutor facing federal charges related to public funds

Sep. 18, 2018 9:31 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The chief prosecutor for South Carolina's capital city was indicted Tuesday on more than two dozen charges related to the misspending of public funds on trips to foreign countries including the Netherlands and the Galapagos Islands. In documents released to news reporters, federal...

Colombia's president says dissident rebel leader injured

Sep. 15, 2018 2:56 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombia's President Ivan Duque said the nation's most-wanted criminal fugitive has been injured in combat along the border with Ecuador. Walter Artizala is better known by his alias Guacho. He leads a holdout faction of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia that didn't lay...

OAS chief threatens military force against Venezuela

Sep. 15, 2018 1:22 AM EDT

CUCUTA, Colombia (AP) — The head of the Organization of American States has joined President Donald Trump in holding out the threat of a military intervention in Venezuela to restore democracy and ease the country*s humanitarian crisis OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro delivered the sharp warning in a...

Colombian drug kingpin busted in massive smuggling operation

Sep. 14, 2018 9:31 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Colombian drug kingpin who participated in a violent ring that used planes, speedboats and submarines to smuggle hundreds of millions of dollars in cocaine faced federal trafficking charges Friday in a Los Angeles courtroom, prosecutors said. Victor Hugo Cuellar-Silva is among nearly...

OAS boss slams 'dictator' Maduro in trip to Venezuela border

Sep. 14, 2018 6:57 PM EDT

CUCUTA, Colombia (AP) — The head of the Organization of American States travelled to Colombia's border with Venezuela on Friday to denounce Venezuela's socialist "dictatorship" for causing a migrant crisis for the region. OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro said countries in the Western Hemisphere should...

UN council urges renewed momentum for peace in Colombia

Sep. 13, 2018 12:35 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Security Council is asking the Colombian government and the country's largest rebel group "to renew momentum" in implementing their historic 2016 cease-fire agreement that ended more than half a century of conflict. A resolution adopted unanimously on Thursday extended the mandate...