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Venezuela's opposition leader Juan Guaido speaks to journalists during a regional counter-terrorism meeting at the police academy in Bogota, Colombia, Monday, during a ceremony marking one year since a car bomb attack at the school, Monday, Jan. 20, 2020. Also in attendance were Colombia's President Ivan Duque and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. (AP Photo/Ivan Valencia)

Guaidó kicks off tour highlighting Venezuela 'terror' links

Jan. 20, 2020 4:59 PM EST

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó joined leaders from the United States and Latin America in condemning President Nicolás Maduro as a promoter of terrorism as he tried Monday to buoy international support for his flagging movement. The man recognized by the U.S. and...

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...

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...

FILE - In this Aug. 26, 2018 file photo, former Senator Claudia Lopez, left, and Senator Angelica Lozano, promoters of a nationwide referendum seeking to curb corruption, address supporters after the polls closed in Bogota, Colombia. Lopez, now Bogota's mayor, announced her nuptial to Angelica Lozano with an enthusiastic message on Twitter late Monday, Dec. 16, 2019, (AP Photo/Ivan Valencia, File)

Bogota's history-making mayor-elect weds partner in Colombia

Dec. 17, 2019 12:02 PM EST

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — The first woman to be elected mayor of Colombia’s capital city has married her partner in a private civil ceremony before taking office. Claudia López announced her wedding to Angélica Lozano Monday evening by sharing an enthusiastic message and several photographs...

In this Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019 photo, May Vera eyes the camera during a demonstration led by opposition politician Juan Guaido, who's urging masses into the streets to force President Nicolás Maduro from power, in Maracaibo, Venezuela. Vera's face was painted by his niece with the colors of Venezuela's national colors. Guaido called nationwide demonstrations to re-ignite a campaign against Maduro launched in January that has lost steam in recent months. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

Rio Treaty nations move to further isolate Venezuela

Dec. 3, 2019 7:56 PM EST

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Representatives from over a dozen nations that are signatories to a Cold War-era defense treaty for the Americas moved Tuesday to further isolate close allies of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro with targeted sanctions. The 1947 Rio Treaty signatories vowed to cooperate in...

Ana Maria Moya takes part in a march for International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, in Bogota, Colombia, Monday, Nov. 25, 2019. The 19-year-old college student said she’s been robbed numerous times, regularly experiences street harassment and is frustrated by a system where most crimes go unpunished and women deal with chauvinism and inequality. “I’m upset because life in Colombia has been difficult,” she said. (AP Photo/Christine Armario)

Protester voices: Colombians share their mounting discontent

Nov. 27, 2019 10:03 PM EST

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Protesters in Colombia have been marching for nearly a week in demonstrations that are drawing students, workers and even entire families. Though several Latin American nations are experiencing a wave of protests, Colombia’s are perhaps unique for the diverse range of...

Anti-government demonstrators march during a protest in Bogota, Colombia, Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2019. Thousands of people have protested in Colombia over the past week, voicing discontent with the government of President Ivan Duque. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

Myriad frustrations draw Colombians back onto streets

Nov. 27, 2019 6:06 PM EST

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombians unhappy with President Iván Duque’s response to nearly a week of boisterous protests over everything from job losses to shark hunting took to the streets again Wednesday in a continuing tide of unrest. The daily protests jolting the South American country...

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...

An anti-government demonstrator waves a Colombian flag after he climbed up to a statue of South American independence hero Simon Bolivar during a  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)

Colombia president opens national dialogue after protests

Nov. 24, 2019 11:20 PM EST

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — President Iván Duque opened a national dialogue Sunday that he said will include citizens from all walks of life in tackling issues like corruption and inequality days after one of Colombia’s biggest protests in recent history. The leader gathered mayors and governors...