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AP Exclusive: DEA agent accused of conspiring with cartel

A once-standout U.S. federal narcotics agent known for spending lavishly on luxury cars and Tiffany jewelry has been arrested on charges he conspired to launder money with the same Colombian drug cartel he was tasked with fighting

Warren Buffett’s son helps Colombia kick cocaine curse

For nearly two decades Howard Buffett has crisscrossed the world giving away part of his father’s fortune to promote food security, conflict mitigation and public safety. But his latest gamble is one of the most daunting yet: helping Colombia kick its cocaine curse.

Colombia FARC negotiators say they are taking up arms again

The top peace negotiator for the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia announced Thursday that he and a cadre of hardline supporters are taking up arms again, accusing President Ivan Duque of failing to uphold the accord that sought to end a half century of bloody fighting.

National Guard fires tear gas amid Venezuela border tension

Venezuela’s National Guard fires tear gas on opposition activists at barricaded border bridge to Colombia, and two protesters are killed near border in Brazil as opposition tries to execute plan to deliver humanitarian aid.

U.S. emergency aid for Venezuela arrives at Colombian border

Trucks carrying U.S. humanitarian aid destined for Venezuela arrived Thursday at the Colombian border, where opposition leaders vowed to bring them into their troubled nation despite objections from embattled President Nicolas Maduro.

10 dead in car bombing at police academy in Colombia capital

A car bomb exploded at a heavily guarded police academy in Colombia’s capital Thursday, killing 10 people and injuring dozens in an attack that recalled the bloodiest chapters of the country’s drug-fueled guerrilla conflict.

South American circus lions still unsettled in South Africa

The rescue of 33 lions from South American circuses and their 2016 transfer to a South African refuge was billed as a compassionate gesture, a return “home” after years of abuse and living in cages. Things didn’t turn out as planned.

UN says Colombia’s coca production surges to record high

A United Nations report said Wednesday that cultivation of the plant used to make cocaine has reached an all-time high in Colombia, adding pressure on President Ivan Duque to resume an aerial spraying program suspended by his predecessor over health concerns.

Extraordinary drug dog worries Colombian cartel

Sombra, a six-year-old German shepherd, has helped Colombia’s police detect more than 2,000 kilos of cocaine hidden in suitcases, boats and large shipments of fruit. But as the dog sniffs her way toward record cocaine interdictions, she has also become the latest target of Colombia’s most powerful drug gang.

Kids fleeing Venezuela left hungry, sick and even abandoned

On a recent humid evening in the Colombian border city of Cucuta, a Venezuelan woman wrapped her newborn daughter in a pale yellow blanket and left her with a note alongside a car parked near a stadium hosting a high school field day.

Colombia’s win tempered by concern for James Rodriguez

Colombia’s joy at moving on to the knockout round at this World Cup was tempered by concern for their star from the last one. Midfielder James Rodriguez left in the 31st minute of the team’s 1-0 victory over Senegal on Thursday night.

Colombia advances while Senegal is eliminated by tiebreaker

Yerry Mina scored on a header in the 74th minute and Colombia has defeated Senegal 1-0 to secure a spot in the knockout round at the World Cup. Senegal was tied for second place with Japan but was eliminated by a new tiebreaker. Japan moves on because it had fewer yellow cards.

Falcao scores, Colombia beats Poland 3-0 at World Cup

Four years after Radamel Falcao was supposed to lead Colombia at the World Cup, he’s doing just that. Falcao missed the tournament in Brazil with a knee injury and had to wait until arriving in Russia to score his first World Cup goal. It came in Colombia’s 3-0 victory over Poland on Sunday.