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The Latest: France adds Russia to list of banned countries

Jun. 23, 2021 10:09 AM EDT

PARIS — France is adding Russia to its “red list” of countries from which travels are banned unless it is for urgent reasons as they are struggling with virus surges and worrisome variants. French government spokesperson Gabriel Attal said Wednesday that Russia,...

Rights group: Colombian police cause deaths of 20 protesters

Jun. 09, 2021 22:11 PM EDT

BUCARAMANGA, Colombia (AP) — An international monitoring group on Wednesday accused police officers in Colombia of responsibility for the deaths of 20 people and other violent actions against protesters during recent unrest, including sexual abuse, beatings and arbitrary detentions. ...

Colombia eases lockdown measures despite 3rd virus peak

Jun. 03, 2021 21:36 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombia moved Thursday to reactivate its economy by easing several lockdown measures even though it is still fighting a third peak in the pandemic, which has been aggravated by a month of crowded antigovernment street protests. The Health...

Pressured by protests, Colombian lawmakers nix health reform

May. 19, 2021 20:28 PM EDT

BUCARAMANGA, Colombia (AP) — Colombian lawmakers voted against a health system overhaul bill Wednesday, giving protesters another victory after 20 days of street demonstrations that have left dozens dead and forced the government to retreat on tax reform. Health...

Colombia rebel group claims leader 'Jesus Santrich' slain

May. 18, 2021 22:49 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — A rebel leader who abandoned the 2016 peace accord with Colombia’s government and had been at large for three years was killed by Colombian troops in Venezuela, his new armed group said Tuesday. Seuxis Hernandez — known more commonly by his...

Ex-rebel capitalizes on Colombia unrest by showing restraint

May. 17, 2021 10:04 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — As the streets of Colombia smolder amid the biggest antigovernment unrest in decades, a former rebel leader who would undo antinarcotics cooperation with the U.S. is looking to capitalize on the growing discontent and ride it to the presidency next year. In...

Corruption, economic woes spark deadly protests in Colombia

May. 07, 2021 17:16 PM EDT

BUCARAMANGA, Colombia (AP) — Kevin Anthony Agudelo wanted to live in a country where corruption was not part of everyday life. That dream motivated the electrician to join thousands of Colombians in a series of demonstrations against the government since last week. He...

Colombia expels Cuban; Havana says move 'groundless'

May. 07, 2021 16:37 PM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — Colombia's government has expelled the No. 2 Cuban diplomat in the country for “activities incompatible” with his position, and Cuba lashed back Friday by accusing Colombia of trying to divert attention from a wave of protests. Cuban officials issued...

Mother searches for son believed killed by Colombia soldiers

May. 04, 2021 10:34 AM EDT

BUCARAMANGA, Colombia (AP) — Doris Tejada last heard from her son on New Year’s Eve 2007. Óscar Alexander had left her home in central Colombia to travel to a city on the border with Venezuela to earn money selling clothes to help his family after losing his job as a surveyor’s...

Colombian finance minister resigns amid deadly protests

May. 03, 2021 18:34 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombia’s finance minister resigned on Monday following five days of protests over a tax reform proposal that left at least 17 dead. Alberto Carrasquilla’s resignation comes a day after President Iván Duque withdrew the tax plan from...