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Ukraine needs more troops fighting Russia. Hardened professionals from Colombia are helping

Feb. 09, 2024 17:33 PM EST

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Melodic Colombian Spanish fills a hospital treating soldiers wounded fighting Russian forces in eastern Ukraine. Ukraine's ranks are depleted by two years of war. As it battles the Russian war machine, Ukraine is welcoming hardened fighters from one of the...

Colombia extends cease-fire with National Liberation Army as rebels promise to stop kidnappings

Feb. 06, 2024 18:30 PM EST

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombia’s government and the nation’s largest remaining guerrilla group have extended by six months a ceasefire that began last year, with the National Liberation Army rebels also promising to stop kidnapping civilians for ransom. The truce was set to...

Colombia and the National Liberation Army rebels extend cease-fire for a week as talks continue

Jan. 30, 2024 02:47 AM EST

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombia's government and the nation’s largest remaining rebel group announced Monday they will extend their current cease-fire by one week, while delegates from both sides who are meeting in Cuba continue to discuss policies that could secure a longer lasting truce. ...

Colombia declares a disaster because of wildfires and asks for international help

Jan. 25, 2024 13:34 PM EST

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombia’s government declared a disaster Thursday and asked for international help to combat raging wildfires that are expected to worsen in coming days due to warm, dry conditions associated with the El Niño weather phenomenon. Officials raised the...

Colombia captures its first narco-submarine of the year carrying almost 800 kilos of cocaine

Jan. 22, 2024 22:32 PM EST

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombia has intercepted its first narco-submarine of the year, the navy said Monday, as drug traffickers in the South American country produce record amounts of cocaine destined for Europe and the United States. The submersible was intercepted on Saturday...

Nikki Haley has spent 20 years navigating Republican Party factions. Trump may make that impossible

Jan. 20, 2024 21:52 PM EST

When Nikki Haley was a South Carolina legislator, she backed budgets boosted by federal aid. Running for governor, she criticized a “bailout culture” and dependence on Washington. She once called the Confederate battle flag a heritage symbol and sidestepped calls to remove it...

Piedad Cordoba, an outspoken leftist who straddled Colombia's ideological divide, dies at age 68

Jan. 20, 2024 17:07 PM EST

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Piedad Córdoba, an outspoken Colombian lawmaker who for decades championed the rights of her fellow Afro-Colombians while undertaking huge risks as a go-between to leftist rebel groups, has died. She was 68. The senator's death was confirmed Saturday by...

At Davos, Blinken calls a pathway to a Palestinian state a necessity for Israeli security

Jan. 17, 2024 13:40 PM EST

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Wednesday that Israel cannot achieve “genuine security” without a pathway to a Palestinian state, insisting such a move could help unify the Middle East and isolate Israel’s top rival: Iran. Speaking at the...

Colombia extends cease-fire with FARC splinter group in bid to reduce rural violence

Jan. 15, 2024 15:15 PM EST

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombia’s government has extended a cease-fire with the FARC-EMC rebel group that was set to expire this week, as both sides hold peace talks in Bogota in an effort to reduce violence in rural parts of the country. The cease-fire will now last until July...

A mudslide in Colombia has killed at least 34 people and injured dozens of others

Jan. 13, 2024 16:47 PM EST

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — The death toll of a mudslide in western Colombia rose to 34 on Saturday, authorities said. The mudslide struck a busy municipal road Friday in a mountainous area connecting the cities of Quibdo and Medellin. The National Disaster Risk...