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UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 22, 2020

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 …

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 …

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 …

UPDATED: Sat., June 8, 2019

Thousands pour into Colombia as Venezuela reopens border

Thousands crossed into Colombia on Saturday to buy food and medicine after Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro reopened a border that had been shut down for the past four months.

New evidence links Colombia army chief to civilian slayings

New evidence has emerged linking the embattled head of Colombia’s army to the alleged cover-up of civilian killings more than a decade ago.

Maduro’s opponents brave tear gas in push to deliver aid

A US-backed campaign to force Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro from power met strong resistance from security forces who fired tear gas on protesters trying to deliver humanitarian aid from Colombia …

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 …

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 …

Colombia blames ELN rebels for bombing that killed 21

Colombian authorities said Friday that a one-armed explosives expert belonging to the country’s last remaining rebel group carried out a car bombing against a police academy that left 21 dead

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 …

UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 16, 2018

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 …

Colombia honors 14 sniffer dogs at emotional retirement

Fourteen police dogs received medals and diplomas during an emotional retirement ceremony in Colombia’s capital Friday as they wrapped up years of service sniffing out drugs, bombs and bodies.

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 …

UPDATED: Fri., July 27, 2018

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 …

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 …

UPDATED: Tue., July 3, 2018

England finally wins penalty shootout at World Cup, beating Colombia

England’s Eric Dier scored the decisive kick after a scrappy game ended in a 1-1 draw, denying Colombia a second consecutive trip to the quarterfinals.

World Cup kickoff: Well-rested Harry Kane still tops World Cup scorers

When Harry Kane takes the field for England on Tuesday, it will be his first match in nine days. He’s still the leading scorer at the World Cup.

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 …

UPDATED: Thu., June 28, 2018

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 …

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 …

Colombia remains ‘united,’ backs Carlos Sanchez after red card

Colombia’s Carlos Sanchez offered no explanation for the early red card that put his team a man down for nearly its entire game against Japan, but his coach and teammates …

UPDATED: Tue., June 19, 2018

Early penalty helps Japan beat Colombia 2-1 at World Cup

Japan did what no other Asian team had ever done at a World Cup by beating a South American squad on the biggest stage in soccer. The 2-1 victory over …

UPDATED: Sat., June 16, 2018

Ex-rebel looks to defy odds in Colombia presidential race

Gustavo Petro began his long ascent to the cusp of Colombia’s presidency in this self-built barrio named after South American independence hero Simon Bolivar.

UPDATED: Sun., June 17, 2018

Hawkish Duque poised to become Colombia’s next president

Ivan Duque, the young conservative protege of a powerful former Colombian president, was poised Sunday to become the country’s next president after promising to roll back a still fragile peace …

Fernando Gaviria, Egan Bernal cap banner Tour of California for Colombians

Fernando Gaviria won his third stage and Egan Bernal claimed the overall win in a banner Tour of California for Colombian riders. In the women’s race, Katie Hall finished safely …

UPDATED: Tue., May 1, 2018

U.S.: Vet implanted heroin in puppies for Colombia drug ring

A veterinarian accused of implanting liquid heroin in puppies for a Colombian drug trafficking ring is now in custody in New York.

Colombia’s former guerrillas face first electoral test

Colombia’s former leftist guerrillas faced their first electoral test as a political party Sunday in congressional voting also seen as a measure of the strength of the country’s factions two …

UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 8, 2018

Colombia tightens border control as Venezuela migrants surge

Colombia is tightening control over its porous border with Venezuela as a growing tide of migrants flees into the neighboring Andean nation.

UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 3, 2018

Families sue Chiquita over deaths of Americans in Colombia

The families of six Americans kidnapped and killed in Colombia during the 1990s by the terrorist organization known as FARC are seeking potentially tens of millions of dollars in damages …

Ex-guerrilla launches historic presidential bid in Colombia

Former guerrilla leader Rodrigo Londono was once one of Colombia’s most-wanted men. Now he is a presidential contender.