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Rio Treaty nations move to further isolate Venezuela

Dec. 3, 2019 7:56 PM EST

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Representatives from over a dozen nations that are signatories to a Cold War-era defense treaty for the Americas moved Tuesday to further isolate close allies of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro with targeted sanctions. The 1947 Rio Treaty signatories vowed to cooperate in...

Alleged Dominican drug kingpin arrested in Colombia

Dec. 2, 2019 9:04 PM EST

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — The head of one of the Dominican Republic’s largest drug trafficking organizations was arrested on Monday in Colombia, Dominican authorities said. César Emilio Peralta, widely known by his nickname César the Abuser, is accused of running a network...

Colombia president extends olive branch to protesters

Dec. 2, 2019 5:18 PM EST

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — The government of President Iván Duque extended an olive branch Monday to labor and student groups organizing recent protests in Colombia by offering to start separate talks on their demands. Administrative Director Diego Molano said the government is willing to immediately...

Missouri fires football coach Barry Odom after 4 seasons

Nov. 30, 2019 7:59 PM EST

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri fired football coach Barry Odom on Saturday, ending the four-year stay of a respected former player who took over a program in disarray but could never get the Tigers over the hump in the brutal SEC. The Tigers finished 6-6 and 3-5 in the conference after beating Arkansas...

Protester voices: Colombians share their mounting discontent

Nov. 27, 2019 10:03 PM EST

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Protesters in Colombia have been marching for nearly a week in demonstrations that are drawing students, workers and even entire families. Though several Latin American nations are experiencing a wave of protests, Colombia’s are perhaps unique for the diverse range of...

Myriad frustrations draw Colombians back onto streets

Nov. 27, 2019 6:06 PM EST

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombians unhappy with President Iván Duque’s response to nearly a week of boisterous protests over everything from job losses to shark hunting took to the streets again Wednesday in a continuing tide of unrest. The daily protests jolting the South American country...

Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag

Nov. 26, 2019 10:22 PM EST

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — President Ivan Duque met for two hours with a protest steering committee Tuesday, but neither side was able to agree on a clear path forward and demonstrators vowed to hold a new national strike instead. Diogenes Medina, a union organizer on the National Strike Committee, said...

First protester dies in Colombia unrest as marches press on

Nov. 25, 2019 11:14 PM EST

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Students, women’s activists and indigenous people marched through the center of Colombia’s capital Monday in a fifth day of protests against the government as the country recorded the first death of a demonstrator. Dilan Cruz, an 18-year-old high school student, died...

AP Explains: Colombians join Latin America's protests

Nov. 25, 2019 3:20 PM EST

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Thousands of people have protested in Colombia over the past week, voicing discontent with the conservative government of President Ivan Duque. Most demonstrations have been peaceful, but riots erupted in some areas and three people were killed, prompting authorities to impose...

Colombia president opens national dialogue after protests

Nov. 24, 2019 11:20 PM EST

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — President Iván Duque opened a national dialogue Sunday that he said will include citizens from all walks of life in tackling issues like corruption and inequality days after one of Colombia’s biggest protests in recent history. The leader gathered mayors and governors...