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Colombia president snagged by protests, congressional revolt

Nov. 16, 2018 6:07 PM EST

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Ivan Duque was sworn in as Colombia's president in August after an easy election victory in which he promised to boost the sluggish economy by decreasing corporate taxes, while bringing order to rural areas that have long been plagued by drug trafficking and violence between armed...

AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Latin America, Caribbean

Nov. 16, 2018 12:02 AM EST

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. The first members of the Central American migrant caravan that has been moving across Mexico started to arrive in Tijuana across the border from San...

Students fill streets of Colombia capital in education march

Nov. 15, 2018 6:13 PM EST

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Thousands of students have disrupted life in Colombia's capital with amid nationwide demonstrations called to press demands for President Ivan Duque to increase education spending. By early evening, police in Bogota used tear gas to disperse marchers trying to reach wealthier...

New allegations that Colombia prosecutor covered up bribes

Nov. 14, 2018 2:31 PM EST

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — A dramatic recording from beyond the grave has led to allegations that Colombia's chief prosecutor — a key U.S. ally in the war on drugs — tried to cover up bribery payments that were part of Latin America's biggest corruption scandal, prompting calls for his...

Venezuelan beauty queens migrate for shot at stardom abroad

Nov. 14, 2018 12:02 AM EST

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — When the Miss Universe beauty pageant takes place in a few weeks, Chile will be represented by a slender brunette who has a killer smile and speaks Spanish with an unmistakable Venezuelan accent. Andrea Diaz was born and raised in Valencia, Venezuela, where from the age of 12 she...

Colombia opens camp for Venezuela migrants as exodus swells

Nov. 13, 2018 6:23 PM EST

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombian authorities moved homeless Venezuelan migrants to a soccer field filled with yellow tents and cots Tuesday, as the number of migrants fleeing their nation's economic and humanitarian calamity has risen. The first migrant camp for Venezuelans in Colombia's capital sparked a...

Man's harrowing journey to US underscores immigration shift

Nov. 9, 2018 4:51 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The young man traversed Andean mountains, plains and cities in buses, took a harrowing boat ride in which five fellow migrants drowned, walked through thick jungle for days, and finally reached the U.S.-Mexico border. Then Abdoulaye Camara, from the poor West African country of...

AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Latin America, Caribbean

Nov. 9, 2018 12:14 AM EST

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. The journey of a caravan of Central American migrants continued, with its members reaching Mexico City as it advanced toward the U.S. border. In Chile,...

Pablo Escobar's widow describes forced abortion in new book

Nov. 8, 2018 4:48 PM EST

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — The widow of Pablo Escobar fell madly in love as a preteen with the man who would rise to be a ruthless drug lord, but she says she felt raped when at age 14 he forced her to have a clandestine abortion, and over time came to view him as a cruel psychopath. The revelation comes in a...

Ex-Ecuador president ordered to stand trial in kidnap case

Nov. 7, 2018 9:04 PM EST

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Ecuador's top court ordered former President Rafael Correa on Wednesday to stand trial for his alleged role in the 2012 botched kidnapping of an opposition lawmaker. Correa was charged in September by prosecutors of orchestrating Fernando Balda's kidnapping in Bogota after he fled to...