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Colombia plans to provide medical treatment to Palestinian children injured in Israel-Hamas war

Jun. 13, 2024 16:31 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — A Colombian military hospital would provide medical treatment to Palestinian children injured in the Israel-Hamas war under a plan announced Thursday by the country’s Foreign Ministry. Colombia's Deputy Minister of Multilateral Affairs Elizabeth Taylor Jay...

Florida jury finds Chiquita Brands liable for Colombia deaths, must pay $38.3M to family members

Jun. 11, 2024 17:08 PM EDT

Banana giant Chiquita Brands must pay $38.3 million to 16 family members of people killed during Colombia's long civil war by a violent right-wing paramilitary group funded by the company, a federal jury in Florida decided. The verdict Monday by a jury in West Palm Beach marks the...

Colombia will suspend coal exports to Israel over war in Gaza

Jun. 08, 2024 21:49 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombian President Gustavo Petro announced on Saturday that his country will suspend coal exports to Israel over the war in Gaza, as relations sour between two countries that were once close military and commercial allies. Petro wrote on the social media...

Colombia's congress votes to ban bullfights, dealing a blow to the centuries-old tradition

May. 29, 2024 02:40 AM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombia’s congress voted Tuesday to ban bullfights in the South American nation, delivering a serious blow to a centuries-old tradition that has inspired famous songs and novels but has become increasingly controversial in the countries where it is still practiced. ...

Insurance company Sura withdraws from Colombia's health system as government pushes for control

May. 28, 2024 19:51 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombian insurance company Sura announced on Tuesday that it will withdraw from the nation’s health system because the resources it receives from Colombia’s government to manage more than 5 million patients are not enough to cover its growing costs. ...

Colombia's ex-President Uribe charged with witness tampering in polarizing legal battle

May. 24, 2024 18:55 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Former Colombian President Álvaro Uribe was charged Friday in a long-running witness tampering investigation. Uribe was formally charged with witness tampering and bribery for his efforts to discredit a political opponent who was digging into Uribe’s...

Violence intensifies in southwest Colombia as FARC holdout group attacks police and military

May. 20, 2024 19:11 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Violence intensified in southwestern Colombia on Monday when a bomb blast injured six people in the city of Jamundi and an attack by insurgents on a police station in the rural town of Morales left at least two officers dead, according to police. ...

Colombia breaks diplomatic ties with Israel but its military relies on key Israeli-built equipment

May. 03, 2024 08:52 AM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombia has become the latest Latin American country to announce that it will break diplomatic relations with Israel over its military campaign in Gaza, but the repercussions for the South American nation could be broader than for other countries because of longstanding...

Colombia's president says country will break diplomatic relations with Israel over war in Gaza

May. 02, 2024 03:55 AM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombian President Gustavo Petro on Wednesday announced his government will break diplomatic relations with Israel effective Thursday in the latest escalation of tensions between the countries over the Israel-Hamas war. Petro again described Israel’s...

Colombia's president says thousands of grenades and bullets have gone missing from army bases

Apr. 30, 2024 16:40 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombian President Gustavo Petro said Tuesday that hundreds of thousands of pieces of ammunition have gone missing from two military bases in the South American country. In a brief statement, Petro said that an inspection this month by the army found that...