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Myriam Roncancio, 35, who is living with her parents after breaking up with her husband of 10 years, sits in a chair during an interview in the Soacha borough of Bogota, Colombia, Tuesday, July 28, 2020. After she lost her job as a restaurant administrator at the start of the new coronavirus outbreak and her husband lost his as a baggage handler at Bogota’s airport, they were unable to pay their rent and their quarreling became more frequent. That’s when he left, she says. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

Colombia's long virus lockdown fuels anxiety and depression

Aug. 5, 2020 1:16 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Like much of the world, Colombia shut down in March as coronavirus cases surged in Europe and began trickling into the South American country. But while restrictions have been lifted in many places elsewhere, a nationwide stay-at-home order remains in effect in Colombia more than...

FILE - In this Oct. 8, 2019 file photo, senator and former president Alvaro Uribe arrives to the Supreme Court for questioning in an investigation for witness tampering charges in Bogota, Colombia. Uribe will not be allowed to remain at liberty while the Supreme Court investigates the allegations against him, current President Ivan Duque said in a video address Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Ivan Valencia, File)

Powerful Colombian ex-president ordered under house arrest

Aug. 4, 2020 9:38 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Former Colombian President Alvaro Uribe will be placed under house arrest while the Supreme Court advances a witness tampering investigation against him in a titanic blow to one of the nation's most enduring but controversial political leaders. The high court's unanimous decision...

Workers pack crafts and fruits from the Amazon on a box before 'The Harvest Amazonian Barter' will deliver to people who subscribe to the service in Bogota, Colombia, Tuesday, July 7, 2020. A group in Colombia is providing farmers in remote areas of the Amazon jungle with food and hygiene products in exchange for some of the fruits that they harvest and that would otherwise go to waste because of the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

Colombian siblings launch market for Amazon farmers in need

Jul. 9, 2020 10:00 AM EDT

The luscious fruits of the Amazon jungle still grow, undeterred by the raging pandemic. But many Colombian farmers and Indigenous communities have been left without a way to sell their harvests, and without the wherewithal to buy the staples of daily life. Seeing this need, two siblings launched The Harvest:...

Pedestrians, some wearing protective face masks, walk through a street market in downtown Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, June 25, 2020. With Latin America now the epicenter of the new coronavirus pandemic, but with hundreds of millions relying on these markets for food and livelihoods, the debate now centers on whether and how they can ever operate safely. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)

Latin America's critical food markets fuel virus spread

Jun. 26, 2020 2:31 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico City's main wholesale market detects dozens of coronavirus cases every week. A covered food market in Venezuela was the source of one of the largest outbreaks in the country. And every single merchant in a vast market in Peru has tested positive for the virus. As the coronavirus...

In this June 13, 2020 photo, chef Leonor Espinosa stirs a rice dish in the kitchen of Leo's restaurant, in Bogota, Colombia. Facing the new coronavirus pandemic Espinosa said,

Iconic restaurants adapt to lockdowns in Latin America

Jun. 23, 2020 11:09 AM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Before the pandemic began, the Leo restaurant prided itself on taking customers on a culinary journey through Colombia. Inside the refurbished colonial home, diners feasted on set menus of at least 12 courses that included a thin slice of Pirarucu fish from the Amazon wrapped in...

In this photo released by Colombia's Army Press Office, Daniel Max Guggenhein from Switzerland, left, and Jose Ivan Alburneque Matias from Brazil, right, sit in a helicopter after being rescued by Colombia's Army in Popayan, Colombia, Thursday, June 18, 2020. Both foreigners were kidnapped 3 months ago by dissents members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia. Matias is holding his pet dog that was kidnapped along with his owner and accompanied him through the whole ordeal. (AP Photo/Colombia's Army Press Office)

Colombia troops free 2 foreigners held by rebels in pandemic

Jun. 18, 2020 8:44 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Two travelers from Switzerland and Brazil who were kidnapped along with their pet dogs by dissident rebels in Colombia at the start of the coronavirus pandemic were rescued Thursday by the military, ending a three-month ordeal. Daniel Max Guggenheim and José Iban Alburqueque...

FILE - In this Jan. 24, 2019 file photo, the U.S flag flies outside the U.S. embassy in Caracas, Venezuela. U.S. charge d'affairs for Venezuela James Story and his team of fellow diplomats lowered the flag at the U.S. Embassy in March 2019, just a couple months after President Donald Trump recognized opposition leader Juan Guaido as Venezuela's legitimate leader. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano, File)

Top US diplomat finds virtual path into Venezuela amid rift

Jun. 15, 2020 12:05 AM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — A year after shutting down the U.S. Embassy in Caracas, Washington’s top diplomat in Venezuela has found a way to slip back inside the South American nation — at least virtually. Each Thursday afternoon, James Story hits the “Go Live” button on...

In this June 8, 2020 photo, a sign reminding citizens to maintain a safe social distance sits on a park bench between a woman and child, amid the new coronavirus pandemic in Medellin, Colombia, which recently went five weeks without a single COVID-19 death. The new challenge for Medellin will be to convince citizens to continue abiding by safety measures like wearing face masks and social distancing. In some poor neighborhoods, local activists say they've encountered skepticism about the virus. (AP Photo/Luis Benavides)

Colombia's Medellin emerges as surprise COVID-19 pioneer

Jun. 13, 2020 10:09 AM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Two and a half million residents. Four confirmed coronavirus deaths. As coronavirus cases surge in Latin America, the Colombian city of Medellin is defying expectations and managing to keep numbers remarkably low. Months into the pandemic, there are just 741 confirmed cases...

Maicol Hernandez, left, and his wife Railin Hernandez pose with their son Elieker Hernandez outside their tent in a park where they have been living with other jobless Venezuelan migrants since the end of May, near the bus station in Bogota, Colombia, Wednesday, June 10, 2020. The former motorcycle mechanic and housewife left their native Merida two years ago when they traveled on foot to Lima, Peru, where he worked at a restaurant and fruit store. When the lockdown to contain the COVID-19 pandemic left Hernandez without work, they again walked, this time to Bogota, where they are waiting to be tested for COVID-19 in order to be allowed back into Venezuela, and amid long-distance travel restrictions within Colombia. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

AP PHOTOS: Venezuelan migrants make long trek back home

Jun. 12, 2020 12:06 AM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — A couple pushing their 6-month-old twins in a stroller. A family with their life’s belongings stuffed into one large cloth sack. Young boys and girls sleeping beneath makeshift tents, their mouths covered with face masks. These are some of the thousands of Venezuelans who...