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AP interview: Colombia to denounce Maduro at UN meeting

Sep. 21, 2019 10:40 PM 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...

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...

Colombia threatens to denounce Cuba as sponsor of terrorism

Sep. 10, 2019 11:33 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombia threatened Tuesday to denounce Cuba at the United Nations unless it immediately turns over two guerrilla commanders believed to be living on the communist island. The demand came in a letter sent to the Cuban Embassy in Bogota. President Ivan Duque first pressed Cuba to...

Colombia to tell UN that Venezuela harbors 'terrorists'

Sep. 9, 2019 10:16 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — A reportedly leaked Venezuelan intelligence report indicates that President Nicolás Maduro's socialist government is harboring Colombian rebels inside Venezuela, allegations that dovetail with evidence Colombian officials say they will present this month to the United Nations....

Maduro alerts Venezuela military, citing Colombian threat

Sep. 3, 2019 10:02 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — President Nicolas Maduro ordered Venezuela's military to hold exercises along the border with Colombia, accusing the neighboring nation's president of plotting an attack as tensions mounted Tuesday between the two South American countries. It was the latest salvo between Maduro...

Venezuela says it has proof of anti-Maduro plot in Colombia

Aug. 31, 2019 9:04 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The Venezuelan government presented evidence Saturday of what it called paramilitary training camps in neighboring Colombia to plot violent attacks to undermine President Nicolás Maduro. Communications Minister Jorge Rodríguez appeared on state television to accuse...

Colombian rebels' rearming ups pressure for Maduro

Aug. 30, 2019 3:37 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — A call to arms by former rebel negotiators in Colombia is a blow to the country's fragile peace, but it also provides a tempting target for hawks looking to bring down the person the U.S. accuses of sheltering terrorist groups: Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro. On Thursday,...

Colombia FARC negotiators say they are taking up arms again

Aug. 29, 2019 9:50 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombian President Ivan Duque offered a nearly $1 million reward for the arrest of the top peace negotiator for the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia on Thursday after the rebel and a small cadre of hardliners vowed to resume their insurgency in a major reversal for the...

The Latest: Colombia tribunal orders 4 FARC leaders arrested

Aug. 29, 2019 9:14 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — The latest on the decision of former rebel leaders to return to arms in Colombia (all times local): 8:10 p.m. Colombia's peace tribunal has ordered the arrest of four rebel leaders who appeared in a video Thursday pledging to resume their insurgency. A tribunal statement says that...

A timeline of Colombia's 55-year rebel conflict

Aug. 29, 2019 1:51 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Key developments in the half-century of hostilities between Colombia's government and the country's largest rebel movement: ___ — May 1964: Rebel leader Manuel Marulanda, alias "Sureshot," founds the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, known as FARC. — Aug. 7,...