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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo pauses while speaking at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco, Monday, Jan. 13, 2020. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Pompeo hits the road as impeachment trial gets underway

Jan. 16, 2020 2:46 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is heading to Europe and then Latin America this weekend, leaving Washington ahead of the Senate trial for President Donald Trump on impeachment charges, the State Department said Thursday. Pompeo will leave on Saturday to attend an international conference...

FILE - This June 10, 2019 file photo shows activists who have received death threats displaying the names of killed leftist activists as part of an art installation by Colombia artist Doris Salcedo at Plaza Bolivar in downtown Bogota, Colombia.  The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights expressed alarm Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020 at the “staggering number” of social activists killed in Colombia despite a peace accord aimed at improving conditions in poor, rural areas. (AP Photo/Ivan Valencia, File)

UN says 'staggering' deaths of rights activists in Colombia

Jan. 14, 2020 11:58 AM EST

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights expressed alarm Tuesday at the “staggering number” of social activists killed in Colombia despite a peace accord aimed at improving conditions in poor, rural areas. According to the U.N., 107 human rights defenders...

UN envoy for Colombia: Peace depends on stopping killings

Jan. 13, 2020 6:40 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. envoy for Colombia warned Monday that peace won’t be achieved if former combatants who laid down their weapons and social leaders continue to be killed. Carlos Ruiz Massieu said Sunday’s announcement by Colombian authorities that they thwarted a planned attempt...

FILE- In this May 10, 2017 file photo, taxi drivers strike to pressure the government to ban the ride-sharing app Uber, in Bogota, Colombia. Uber says on Friday, Jan. 10, 2020 it will stop operating in Colombia following stiff opposition from taxi drivers' unions and a lawsuit that said the ride-sharing app was breaking local transport laws. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara, File)

Lawsuit forces Uber to stop operating in Colombia

Jan. 10, 2020 7:42 PM EST

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Uber said Friday it will stop operating in Colombia following stiff opposition from taxi drivers’ unions and a lawsuit that said the ride-sharing app was breaking local transport laws. In a statement, Uber said it will cease operating in Colombia on Feb, 1, and will comply...

Colombian president says ELN rebels attacked air force base

Jan. 10, 2020 1:53 PM EST

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombia’s president said Friday that rebels were behind an early morning attack on an air force base that injured an officer. President Ivan Duque blamed the rebel National Liberation Army for explosions set off outside a base in the city of Yopal, saying it showed how the...

Cars are crushed under a home that collapsed after an earthquake hit Guanica, Puerto Rico, Monday, Jan. 6, 2020. A 5.8-magnitude quake hit Puerto Rico before dawn Monday, unleashing small landslides, causing power outages and severely cracking some homes. The next day, a second 6.4-magnitude quake hit the same area overnight. (AP Photo/Carlos Giusti)

AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Latin America, Caribbean

Jan. 10, 2020 12:01 AM EST

This photo gallery highlights some of the top news images made by Associated Press photographers in Latin America and the Caribbean that were published in the past week. Puerto Rico was hit by a 5.8-magnitude quake before dawn Monday, then another 6.4-magnitude quake on Tuesday. Only one person died, but the...

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres attends the UNHCR - Global Refugee Forum at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2019. (Salvatore Di Nolfi/Keystone via AP)

UN: 2019 most violent year for ex-rebels since Colombia deal

Jan. 2, 2020 7:31 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. secretary-general says 2019 was the most violent year for former fighters from Colombia’s largest rebel group since it signed a peace deal with the government in 2016. Antonio Guterres said in a report to the U.N. Security Council circulated Thursday that 77 members of...

Timbers acquire Yimmi Chara, younger brother of Diego Chara

Jan. 2, 2020 6:08 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Portland Timbers have acquired Colombian midfielder Yimmi Chara, brother of longtime midfielder Diego Chara. The younger Chara comes to the Timbers as a designated player via transfer from Brazilian top-division team Atletico Mineiro, where he's played for the past two seasons...

FILE - In this March 25, 2016, file photo, Colombia's Juan Fernando Quintero (10) celebrates after scoring from the penalty spot against the United States during an Olympic qualifying soccer match at the Roberto Melendez Stadium in Barranquilla, Colombia. The newly appointed chief of Colombia’s army says he is willing to meet with soccer star Juan Fernando Quintero to discuss his father’s disappearance more than 20 years earlier. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara, File)

Colombian soccer star seeks answers on disappeared father

Dec. 30, 2019 8:00 PM EST

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — The newly appointed chief of Colombia’s army says he is willing to meet with soccer star Juan Fernando Quintero to discuss his father’s disappearance more than 20 years ago. Gen. Eduardo Zapateiro said during a military ceremony on Monday he “shares the...

FILE - In this April 18,2018 file photo, a counter-narcotics police officer tests a tactical vehicle to spray herbicides on a coca field in Tumaco, southern Colombia. Colombia's government has proposed in late December 2019 resuming the aerial spraying of coca fields, four years after it was suspended over health concerns. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara, File)

Colombia proposes to resume aerial spraying of coca fields

Dec. 30, 2019 4:35 PM EST

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombia's government has proposed resuming the aerial spraying of coca fields, four years after it was suspended over health concerns. On Monday the Ministry of Justice published a draft law that would allow fumigation flights under supervision of the national police. The proposal...