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Colombia reports 215 human rights defenders murdered in 2022

Jan. 23, 2023 15:13 PM EST

BOGOTÁ, Colombia (AP) — Colombia’s human rights watchdog is reporting that 215 human rights advocates were killed last year, the highest death toll since a peace accord was signed with leftist rebels in 2016. José Ricaurte Quintero, who founded the Maná Survivors Association,...

Colombia extradites to US brother of powerful left lawmaker

Jan. 19, 2023 14:21 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — Colombia on Thursday extradited to the U.S. the brother of powerful leftist senator on charges that he conspired with dissident guerrillas to smuggle huge quantities of cocaine. A handcuffed Álvaro Córdoba was handed to agents from the U.S. Drug Enforcement...

Live updates | World Economic Forum gathering in Davos

Jan. 18, 2023 14:39 PM EST

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — The Latest on the World Economic Forum gathering in Davos, Switzerland: Former British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has received an honorary “Citizen of Kyiv” medal from Mayor Vitali Klitschko on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum annual meeting...

Colombia president asks to stop arrest of narco sought by US

Jan. 13, 2023 18:53 PM EST

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombia's president is seeking to suspend arrest orders against some of the country's biggest criminal suspects, including at least one individual wanted in the U.S. on narcotics charges, as part of an ambitious plan to dismantle armed groups that have long dominated the...

Colombia VP says she was targeted with roadside bomb

Jan. 10, 2023 15:22 PM EST

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombia’s Vice President said on Tuesday that her security team found more than seven kilos of explosives buried next to a rural road that leads to her home in the southwestern province of Cauca. She described the incident as an assassination attempt. ...

Davos to host leaders, CEOs amid weighty global issues

Jan. 10, 2023 10:45 AM EST

GENEVA (AP) — The Swiss town of Davos will host 52 heads of state and government and nearly 600 CEOs as the World Economic Forum hosts its annual meeting in the Alps next week, organizers said Tuesday. Forum organizers said their latest lineup for the elite gathering of political...

Brazil's Lula welcomed back by Latin American leaders

Jan. 02, 2023 13:03 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Latin American leaders converged on Brazil to meet with President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva on his first full day in office Monday, welcoming him back to power and hoping his country assumes a great role on the international stage. Lula’s predecessor, Jair...

Colombia, Venezuela open key binational bridge as ties warm

Jan. 01, 2023 17:01 PM EST

BUCARAMANGA, Colombia (AP) — Colombia and Venezuela on Sunday opened a key bridge linking the countries that had been closed for almost seven years amid political tensions, launching an era of improved relations under Colombia’s new leftist president. Delegations led by...

Mexico to host next round of Colombian peace talks

Dec. 12, 2022 23:32 PM EST

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Colombia's government and its largest remaining rebel group on Monday said they will continue to hold peace talks in Mexico following three weeks of negotiations in Venezuela's capital that have only yielded modest results. Negotiations between Colombia...

Venezuela's Maduro to fully open border with Colombia

Dec. 12, 2022 21:06 PM EST

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro on Monday announced his intention to fully open the border crossings with Colombia starting Jan. 1, a measure repeatedly postponed following the restoration of diplomatic and commercial ties between the South American neighbors. ...