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UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 17, 2017, 4:19 p.m.

Ousted Caracas mayor flees house arrest, heads to Europe

Ousted Caracas Mayor Antonio Ledezma said he plans to take his fight against Venezuela’s socialist government to Europe after he escaped house arrest and fled to Colombia on Friday. The …

UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 10, 2017, 7:49 p.m.

Pope arrival in Cartagena off to bumpy start with black eye

CARTAGENA, Colombia – Pope Francis wrapped up his Colombia trip with a deeply personal final day Sunday honoring St. Peter Claver, a fellow Jesuit who ministered to hundreds of thousands …

UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 9, 2017, 10:11 p.m.

Pope recalls Medellin’s bloody past, prays for drug victims

Pope Francis recalled the murderous past of this Colombian city once synonymous with drug cartel violence during a rain-soaked visit Saturday, lamenting the many lives lost to addiction and praying …

Pope heads to former Colombia war zone to preach forgiveness

Pope Francis heads Friday into an area once besieged by leftist rebels to pray with victims of Colombia’s long conflict and urge them to overcome their grief by forgiving their …

UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 4, 2017, 8:39 p.m.

Colombia signs cease-fire deal with last guerrilla group

Colombia’s government and last remaining major rebel group signed a bilateral cease-fire Monday ahead of Pope Francis’ visit this week, an agreement seen as a significant step toward negotiating a …

Pope’s trip to Colombia unlikely to stem flight from pews

Many within the Catholic Church are hoping that Pope Francis will help draw disillusioned parishioners back to the pews when he visits the South American nation this week.

UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 2, 2017, 8:51 p.m.

Colombia’s FARC guerrillas announce a new political party with an old name

For more than 50 years, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, tried to seize power by force, turning this South American nation into a land of bloodshed, drugs …

UPDATED: Sun., Aug. 27, 2017, 10:03 p.m.

Former Colombia rebels try hand at politics with new party

After more than five decades of battle in Colombia’s jungles, the nation’s largest rebel movement initiated the launch of its political party Sunday at a concrete convention center in the …

UPDATED: Wed., July 26, 2017, 2:52 p.m.

EWU partners with Colombian university to study rural health care after decades of guerrilla war

A team of Eastern Washington University students will travel to Colombia next summer to study rural health care in the wake of a decades-long civil war between the Colombian government …

Colombia takes big step to peace as rebels lay down guns

Guerrillas from Colombia’s largest rebel army no longer carry their guns along the road miles from the nearest city, a byway with mud so deep that even earth-moving equipment are …

UPDATED: Sun., June 25, 2017, 11:03 p.m.

3 dead, 30 missing after tourist boat sinks in Colombia

A rescue operation is underway in Colombia after a tourist boat with about 150 people on board sank in a reservoir near Medellin. At least three people have been confirmed …

Oregon man pleads not guilty to sex abuse of Cambodian boys

A federal grand jury has returned an eight-count indictment against a missionary worker from Oregon who is accused of molesting six underage boys while in Cambodia between 2005 and 2013.

UPDATED: Sun., June 18, 2017, 5:20 p.m.

Colombia: Bombing at mall kills 3, including French woman

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos vowed to capture those responsible for detonating a homemade bomb that killed three people, including a French woman, in a busy shopping mall over the …

UPDATED: Sat., May 27, 2017, 9:32 p.m.

Drug gang takes aim at police officers amid coca crackdown

Colombia’s largest illegal organization, the Gulf Clan, has distributed leaflets that call for killing police, and police intelligence officials say the gang members are offering would-be assassins up to $600 …

6.0 earthquake strikes northern Peru, felt throughout region

A 6.0 magnitude earthquake has struck an Amazonian region of northern Peru. There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries, though the quake could be felt strongly as far …

Flood-stricken city in Colombia mourns as death toll tops 270

Lines of people quietly walked the streets of Mocoa, followed by hearses carrying coffins to a cemetery where open graves waited.

UPDATED: Mon., April 3, 2017, 4:16 p.m.

Landslide death toll tops 260 as Colombia declares emergency

More than 260 people were confirmed dead Monday two days after severe flooding and landslides hit the city of Mocoa in southwestern Colombia.

UPDATED: Sun., April 2, 2017, 11:27 p.m.

Families in flood-hit Colombian city search for children

Jose Albeiro Vargas last saw his grandson the night a fierce rain came and unleashed havoc on this small city surrounded by rivers and mountains in southern Colombia.

UPDATED: Sat., April 1, 2017, 3:27 p.m.

Colombia: 154 dead after rivers overflow, toppling homes

An avalanche of water from three overflowing rivers swept through a small city in Colombia while people slept, destroying homes and killing at least 112 unsuspecting residents in their sleep, …

American cocaine use is way up. Colombia’s coca boom might be why.

While much of the recent attention on drug abuse in the United States has focused on the heroin and opioid epidemic, cocaine has also been making a comeback. It appears …

Bomb explodes by Colombia bull ring, injuring 26

A homemade bomb exploded near Bogota’s bullring on Sunday, injuring two dozen police officers and two civilians, Colombian authorities said.

Colombia leader says peace talks to start with rebel group

Colombia’s second-largest rebel group has agreed to free a prominent politician that it has held captive for almost a year, clearing the way for repeatedly postponed peace talks to begin …

Popular suspension bridge fails in Colombia, killing seven

A suspension bridge popular with tourists in a rural area of central Colombia has failed, killing at least seven people and injuring 14 more.

Colombia probe finds jetliner ran out of fuel before crash

Colombian aviation authorities say a preliminary investigation has found that the plane that crashed with a Brazilian soccer team aboard had run out of fuel.

Colombia’s Santos accepts Nobel Peace Prize, urges shift in drug war

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos accepted the Nobel Peace Prize on Saturday, saying it helped his country achieve the “impossible dream” of ending a half-century-long civil war.

Colombia begins repatriating dead from chartered plane crash

An honor guard played taps early Friday as members of Colombia’s military loaded five flight crew victims of an air crash that also killed most members of a soccer team …

Bolivia suspends airline after deadly crash in Colombia

The Bolivian Civil Aviation Authority has indefinitely suspended permission for LaMia airline to operate following the deadly crash of one its charter planes in Colombia, officials said Thursday.

Colombia’s congress ratifies peace accord with rebels

After five decades of war, more than four years of negotiations and two signing ceremonies, Colombia’s congress late Wednesday formally ratified a peace agreement allowing leftist rebels to enter politics.

Pilot told Colombia controllers ‘no fuel’ before crash

The pilot of the chartered plane carrying a Brazilian soccer team told air traffic controllers he had run out of fuel and desperately pleaded for permission to land before crashing …

Colombia plane crash probe focuses on fuel, electrical systems

Air crash investigators in Colombia sought Wednesday to piece together the terrifying final moments aboard a charter jet carrying a Brazilian soccer team for the biggest match in its history, …