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Colombia adoptees find family decades after volcano tragedy

Nov. 16, 2019 12:00 AM EST

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Jenifer de la Rosa was just a week old when Colombia’s Nevado del Ruiz volcano exploded, unleashing a wall of mud that buried an entire town and left 25,000 dead. In the chaotic aftermath of the 1985 disaster the infant was handed over to a Red Cross worker and eventually...

EU acts against Colombia for slapping duties on fries

Nov. 15, 2019 7:10 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union is launching a case against Colombia at the World Trade Organization for slapping extra duties on fries from the bloc. The European Commission said Friday that it has repeatedly implored Colombia to lift the duties, ranging from 3% to 8%. The commission says the tariffs...

UN envoy: As Venezuela exodus drags on many won’t go back

Nov. 14, 2019 4:49 PM EST

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — The Venezuela migration crisis has now entered a new stage in which many of those fleeing their country’s devastating economic downturn and political turmoil are increasingly unlikely to return, a United Nations special envoy said. Eduardo Stein told The Associated Press on...

UN: $1.35 billion needed to respond to Venezuela exodus

Nov. 13, 2019 11:51 AM EST

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — The U.N. refugee agency says nations in Latin America and the Caribbean will need $1.35 billion to respond to the massive exodus of Venezuelans. An estimated 4.6 million Venezuelans have now fled their crisis-torn country, testing neighboring countries where most are arriving. The...

AP Explains: The extraordinary rise and fall of Evo Morales

Nov. 13, 2019 12:13 AM EST

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — The surprise resignation of Evo Morales as Bolivia's president can perhaps be matched only by his equally extraordinary rise to power. The country's first indigenous chief of state upended politics in a nation long ruled by light-skinned descendants of Europeans and he vowed to...

AP Explains: Did a coup force Bolivia's Evo Morales out?

Nov. 11, 2019 6:37 PM EST

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Did Bolivia experience a coup or the culmination of a popular movement demanding a president's resignation? Bolivians and countries around the world are weighing that question after Evo Morales stepped down from power following weeks of upheaval. The nation's first indigenous leader...

Bombing that killed 8 kids leaves Colombia president on edge

Nov. 7, 2019 5:50 PM EST

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombian President Ivan Duque is facing one of the most critical moments in his administration following the resignation of his defense minister over a bombing that killed eight children and adolescents. Defense Minister Guillermo Botero quit his job Wednesday night after a senator...

Colombia defense minister quits amid firestorm over deaths

Nov. 6, 2019 10:31 PM EST

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombia's defense minister resigned Wednesday after coming under fire for failing to disclose the deaths of several minors in a military operation against dissidents belonging to the nation's once largest guerrilla. Guillermo Botero submitted a resignation letter to President...

Colombia court upends old Latin America naming tradition

Nov. 6, 2019 3:33 PM EST

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Tradition has long had it that children born to families in Latin America receive two last names: That of their father, followed by that of their mother. Now that practice is being challenged in court. Colombia's Constitutional Court ruled Tuesday that the tradition violates...

Shakira plans a Latin tribute at upcoming Super Bowl

Nov. 5, 2019 3:21 PM EST

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Colombian music star Shakira says she will pay homage to Latin culture alongside Jennifer Lopez at the 2020 Pepsi Super Bowl Halftime Show in Miami. Speaking Monday in Barcelona, Spain where she lives with her long-term partner, Spanish soccer star Gerard Piqué, and their two...