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Opposition leader Juan Guaido holds a session at a theater in the El Hatillo neighborhood after opposition lawmakers' vehicles were attacked by government supporters while driving to the National Assembly in downtown Caracas, Venezuela, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020. It's the second time this month that lawmakers have been barred from from the building that houses the only branch of government out of control of President Nicolas Maduro's government. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix)

Venezuela's Guaido to meet Pompeo in Colombia

Jan. 19, 2020 3:58 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — Venezuela opposition leader Juan Guaidó has traveled to Colombia to participate alongside U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in a regional counter-terrorism meeting — a new show of support by the Trump administration for the man it says is the country's legitimate leader. From...

FILE - In this Nov. 16, 2019 file photo, Colombia's army commander, Gen. Nicacio Martinez, from left, new Defense Minister Carlos Holmes Trujillo, President Ivan Duque and Armed Forces Commander Gen. Luis Fernando Navarro, review troops during a military ceremony in Bogota, Colombia. In an article published last Sunday, Semana magazine interviewed members of an elite military intelligence unit who say their superiors ordered them to use software and equipment purchased for spying on terrorist groups, to eavesdrop on high-ranking members of the opposition and on a judge who was overseeing a witness tampering case involving former president Alvaro Uribe. The magazine claims that knowledge of the espionage scandal within some sectors of the government forced the commander of Colombia's army General Nicacio Martinez to resign. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara, File)

Colombian senators seek protection after surveillance report

Jan. 19, 2020 12:16 PM EST

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombian Sen. Antonio Sanguino moves around town in a bullet-proof vehicle, with three pistol-packing bodyguards watching over him as he attends meetings and political rallies. But the leftist senator says that while the bodyguards protect him from assassination attempts, they have...

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...

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...

Former Colombian president to deliver Kansas State lecture

Dec. 26, 2019 12:59 PM EST

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Former Colombian president and Nobel Peace Prize recipient Juan Manuel Santos is speaking next year at Kansas State University. The Lawrence Journal-World reports that Santos' Feb. 4 address is part of the Landon Lecture series. The series is named for former Kansas Gov. Alf...

Attackers hit Venezuela military post, 1 soldier killed

Dec. 22, 2019 9:07 PM EST

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela's defense minister said that “extremist opposition sectors” attacked a military outpost near the border with Brazil early Sunday, killing at least one soldier before being chased down. Gen. Vladimir Padrino López said via Twitter that the attackers...

Students hold up posters with the image of Dilan Cruz who was injured during clashes between anti-government protesters and police, during a demonstration demanding justice for Dilan, in Bogota, Colombia, Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019. Cruz, an 18-year-old high school student, died two days after being hit in the head by a projectile reportedly fired by riot police during a protest. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag

Nov. 26, 2019 10:22 PM EST

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — President Ivan Duque met for two hours with a protest steering committee Tuesday, but neither side was able to agree on a clear path forward and demonstrators vowed to hold a new national strike instead. Diogenes Medina, a union organizer on the National Strike Committee, said...

Anti-government demonstrators rally in Bogota, Colombia, Monday, Nov. 25, 2019. Authorities are maintaining a heightened police presence amidst scattered unrest in the aftermath of a mass protest that drew about 250,000 to the streets Thursday. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

First protester dies in Colombia unrest as marches press on

Nov. 25, 2019 11:14 PM EST

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Students, women’s activists and indigenous people marched through the center of Colombia’s capital Monday in a fifth day of protests against the government as the country recorded the first death of a demonstrator. Dilan Cruz, an 18-year-old high school student, died...

Anti-government demonstrators protest at Bolivar square in Bogota, Colombia, Sunday, Nov. 24, 2019. Authorities are maintaining a heightened police presence amidst scattered unrest in the aftermath of a mass protest that drew about 250,000 to the streets Thursday. (AP Photo/Ivan Valencia)

AP Explains: Colombians join Latin America's protests

Nov. 25, 2019 3:20 PM EST

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Thousands of people have protested in Colombia over the past week, voicing discontent with the conservative government of President Ivan Duque. Most demonstrations have been peaceful, but riots erupted in some areas and three people were killed, prompting authorities to impose...

FILE - In this June 4, 2008 file photo, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, foreground, meets Colombian Vice President Francisco Santos, in Moscow, Russia. Santos who as of Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019, is Colombia’s ambassador in Washington has been embarrassed by publication of a recording in which he trashes the State Department as a feckless institution subjugated to the whims of the White House. (AP Photo/Mikhail Metzel, File)

Colombia ambassador criticizes State Department in recording

Nov. 20, 2019 8:55 PM EST

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — Colombia’s ambassador in Washington was embarrassed Wednesday by publication of a recording in which he trashes the State Department as a feckless institution subjugated to the whims of the White House. The Colombian newspaper Publimetro posted the recording...