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Colombia and ELN rebels begin moving to restart peace talks

Aug. 12, 2022 17:16 PM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — Colombia's new government and members of the nation's last guerrilla group took steps Friday toward restarting peace talks that were suspended three years ago in Cuba. After a meeting between representatives of both sides in Havana, Colombia's national peace...

Colombia’s leftist president presents ambitious tax plan

Aug. 08, 2022 20:12 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombia’s first leftist president presented an ambitious tax plan on Monday that aims to raise up to $11 billion a year for anti-poverty programs. Gustavo Petro was sworn into office on Sunday, and has promised to fight economic inequality while investing...

Ex-rebel takes oath as Colombian president in historic shift

Aug. 08, 2022 01:48 AM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombia’s first leftist president was sworn into office Sunday, promising to fight inequality and bring peace to a country long haunted by bloody feuds between the government, drug traffickers and rebel groups. Gustavo Petro, a former member of...

Venezuela, Colombia border areas hopeful as reopening looms

Aug. 06, 2022 22:02 PM EDT

SAN JUAN DE COLON, Venezuela (AP) — The freight company owned by Alfredo Rosales and his brothers was hustling, its 50 or so trucks constantly on the go hauling about 1 million tons of coal, cement, flour and other goods every year in commerce between Venezuela and Colombia. Their...

High-risk Colombians say GPS devices only add to dangers

Aug. 01, 2022 10:09 AM EDT

The bulletproof vehicles that Colombia’s government assigns to hundreds of high-risk individuals are supposed to make them safer. But when an investigative reporter discovered they all had GPS trackers, she only felt more vulnerable — and outraged. No one had informed Claudia...

UN: Violence rising in rural Colombia despite peace deal

Jul. 26, 2022 15:36 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Violence is increasing in many rural areas of Colombia despite a 2016 peace deal between the government and the country's largest guerrilla group, the United Nations Human Rights Office said in a report. It called on the government to boost rural development and take steps...

UN: Optimism at new Colombia leader, but concern at killings

Jul. 14, 2022 20:46 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. special envoy for Colombia said Thursday that “there are good reasons for optimism” about the country’s incoming left-leaning administration, but he warned that violence targeted at former combatants remains a chief obstacle to consolidating peace. ...

US study says cocaine production remains high in Colombia

Jul. 14, 2022 17:24 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Cocaine production in Colombia remained near record levels in 2021, according to estimates released on Thursday by the White House, raising the stakes for bilateral cooperation between the United States and Colombia's next administration. President-elect...

Colombia’s incoming finance minister wants fair capitalism

Jul. 13, 2022 21:49 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — The economics professor who has been tapped as Colombia’s next finance minister says the left-leaning government taking office next month will focus on increasing taxes on the rich so it can spend more on poverty programs. But Jose Antonio Ocampo said the...

Afro-Colombian politician tapped as ambassador to Washington

Jul. 12, 2022 17:57 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A veteran Afro-Colombian politician who studied in the Soviet Union and fled his homeland after being kidnapped by a paramilitary group has been tapped to become Colombia's first Black ambassador to the United States. In a brief message posted on Twitter on...