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FILE - In this Feb. 24, 2011 file photo, Jhon Viafara of Colombia's Junior de Barranquilla celebrates after scoring against Brazil's Gremio during a Copa Libertadores soccer match in Barranquilla, Colombia. The former midfielder for Colombia's national soccer team was extradited on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020 to the U.S. to face drug trafficking charges.  (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara, File)

Colombia soccer star extradited to US on trafficking charges

Jan. 23, 2020 2:56 PM EST

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — A former midfielder for Colombia's national soccer team was extradited on Thursday to the United States to face drug trafficking charges. Prosecutors in Texas accuse Jhon Viafara of conspiring with members of the Gulf Cartel to organize cocaine shipments that left Colombia on...

Former Guatemalan minister hid in Colombia ambassador's home

Jan. 23, 2020 2:24 PM EST

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — A former Guatemalan economy minister was on the run again after hiding out for 24 hours in the home of Colombia's ambassador to the country, authorities said Thursday. Acisclo Valladares Urruela, who left office and thus lost his immunity last week at the conclusion of President Jimmy...

HRW: Armed groups move freely on Colombia-Venezuela border

Jan. 22, 2020 3:17 PM EST

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Illegal armed groups operate with virtual impunity along the border between Colombia and Venezuela, and civilians are suffering as a result, Human Rights Watch said Wednesday. Researchers said in a report that they found credible allegations that Venezuelan security forces have...

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...

Gallegos wins Latin American Amateur, earns spot in 2 majors

Jan. 19, 2020 5:23 PM EST

PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Mexico (AP) — Abel Gallegos was 5 when the golf pro at a nine-hole course left a club outside his door while searching for young boys on the outskirts of Buenos Aires who might be interested in playing. The small community of Venticinco de Mayo was all about soccer. “I live one...

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...

Vega takes 2-shot lead in Latin American Amateur

Jan. 18, 2020 5:12 PM EST

PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Mexico (AP) — Jose Vega of Colombia withstood another tough day of wind Saturday at Mayakoba for a 1-over 72 that gave him a two-shot lead going into the final round of the Latin American Amateur Championship. At stake for the 26-year-old Vega is a spot in the Masters at Augusta National...

A police officer helps transport the body of one of at least five people killed during a skirmish between illegal armed groups in Jamundi, southwest Colombia, Friday, Jan. 17, 2020. Authorities say rebels with the former Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia operate in the area and may have been involved. (AP Photo/Christian EscobarMora)

Town on edge in Colombia after 5 killed, 2 vehicles burned

Jan. 17, 2020 10:59 PM EST

JAMUNDI, Colombia (AP) — A remote town was on edge Friday after at least five people were found shot to death, highlighting Colombia's struggle to bring peace to rural areas where drug crops are abundant and illegal armed groups are active. The killings happened overnight in an isolated part of the Jamundi...

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...