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Colombia's cycling ascent undermined by widespread doping

Sep. 23, 2019 12:05 AM EDT

MADRID, Colombia (AP) — After a punishing climb in the Andean mountains surrounding Colombia's capital, Armando Cardenas leans against his bike to catch his breath. In a decade-long career racing professionally, Cardenas never reached the same international heights as the country's biggest cycling stars....

Munoz wins Sanderson Farms in playoff for 1st PGA Tour title

Sep. 22, 2019 8:30 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Sebastian Munoz of Colombia didn't think he was good enough for the PGA Tour unless he watched Carlos Ortiz of Mexico, his teammate at North Texas, reach the big leagues. He wasn't sure he was good enough to win until watching Joaquin Niemann of Chile win last week. Munoz was on his...

AP interview: Colombia to denounce Maduro at UN meeting

Sep. 22, 2019 4:56 AM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombia's president compared Nicolás Maduro to Serbian war criminal Slobodan Milosevic as he goes on a diplomatic offensive to corral the Venezuelan socialist, warning that he would be making a "stupid" mistake if he were to attack his U.S.-backed neighbor. Ivan Duque made the...

Munoz shoots 63, leads Sanderson Farms by 1 shot

Sep. 21, 2019 8:22 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Sebastian Munoz and Carlos Ortiz both went to North Texas, live in the Dallas area and have played plenty of practice rounds together. The next occasion will have a lot more at stake. Munoz made a 15-foot birdie putt on the 17th hole to take the lead and saved par with a 7-foot putt...

US, Latin America allies to weigh sanctions on Venezuela

Sep. 18, 2019 3:41 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Colombia's ambassador to the U.S. says 18 countries of the Americas will meet Monday to consider multilateral sanctions against Venezuela. Francisco Santos says Colombia expects to get the required 13 votes during the meeting in New York. His government accuses Venezuela of harboring...

Judge throws out lawsuits alleging Chiquita funded massacres

Sep. 14, 2019 11:44 AM EDT

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A federal judge has thrown out 10 lawsuits filed against banana giant Chiquita Brands International by Colombian families alleging the company funded a paramilitary that killed them. The Palm Beach Post reports that District Judge Kenneth Marra dismissed the lawsuits this...

Colombia throws 2 dissident rebels out of peace process

Sep. 13, 2019 8:01 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Two leaders of Colombia's once largest rebel group have been kicked out of the nation's transitional justice system after taking up arms again. The Special Peace Jurisdiction announced Friday that the rebels known as Jesús Santrich and El Paisa will no longer benefit from...

Venezuelan opposition leader denies ties to criminal gang

Sep. 13, 2019 5:28 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó rejected allegations Friday that he has ties to an illegal armed group in Colombia, as officials launched an investigation based on photos appearing in social media purportedly showing him posing with members of the gang. The pictures...

A new face at the reins of US diplomacy toward Latin America

Sep. 13, 2019 12:58 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — The new acting head of U.S. diplomacy toward Latin America is a seasoned envoy who once floated the idea of going into Chile unilaterally to snatch a politically powerful general who was behind the murder of a leftist politician in Washington in the 1970s. The State Department...

Ex-Venezuelan spymaster won't waive extradition to US

Sep. 12, 2019 8:37 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Venezuela's former military spy chief told a Spanish court on Thursday that he won't waive extradition to the United States, claiming that the drug smuggling and other charges against him are politically motivated. Defense lawyers for retired Maj. Gen. Hugo Carvajal claimed in the court that...