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Colombia's ELN rebels propose ceasefire during pandemic

Jul 08, 2020 - 11:56 PM

The offer receives short shrift from President Ivan Duque, who writes on Twitter: 'I will never stop complying with the constitutional duty to confront criminality throughout the territory'

COVID-19 IN COLOMBIA. Workers move the coffin of a COVID-19 victim to be cremated at Serafin cemetery in Bogota, on July 4, 2020. File photo by Raul Arboleda/AFP

Colombia, U.S. seize 7.5 tons of cocaine near Panama waters

Jul 02, 2020 - 12:54 PM

Colombia is the world's largest producer of cocaine and coca leaves from which the drug is made, according to the United Nations. The United States is the largest consumer.

ILLEGAL. File photo of a cocaine warehouse.

Unemployment soars in Brazil due to virus

Jul 01, 2020 - 11:00 AM

Brazil suffers a loss of 7.8 million jobs from March to May 2020, mainly affecting informal workers

SAO PAULO. Long exposition picture of vehicles in motion along 23 de Maio Avenue – one of the most important in Sao Paulo, Brazil – on April 30, 2020. Photo by Nelson Almeida/AFP

IMF renews $10.8-billion credit line for Colombia as recession looms

May 02, 2020 - 7:00 AM

The International Monetary Fund says Colombia's economy is expected to contract for the first time in two decades due to the coronavirus pandemic

CORONAVIRUS IN COLOMBIA. Colombian President Ivan Duque (C) speaks during a press conference to announce the first case of the COVID-19 in the country, in Bogota on March 6, 2020. (Photo by Raul Arboleda/AFP

Colombian rebel group calls temporary ceasefire over pandemic

Mar 31, 2020 - 12:52 AM

Colombia's last recognized leftist guerrilla group, the ELN, says it will unilaterally suspend military action from April 1 to the end of the month 'as a humanitarian gesture'

CHECKPOINT. Police agents wearing face masks as a preventive measure against the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, check a vehicle in Bogota, on March 27, 2020. File photo by Raul Arboleda/AFP

Argentina, Colombia, Peru to isolate travelers from virus-hit nations

Mar 12, 2020 - 9:33 AM

'This is not voluntary.... If you don't comply you'll be committing a crime, which is putting the public health at risk,' President Alberto Fernandez says

FLIGHT. A passenger wears a protective face mask as a precaution against the spread of the new coronavirus at Jorge Chavez International Airport, in Lima, on March 6, 2020. Photo by Luka Gonzales/AFP

Colombia declares first case of coronavirus

Mar 07, 2020 - 10:27 AM

Colombia's first case of novel coronavirus is a 19-year-old woman who arrived in the country from Milan, where she was studying

CORONAVIRUS IN COLOMBIA. Colombian President Ivan Duque (C) speaks during a press conference to announce the first case of the COVID-19 in the country, in Bogota on March 6, 2020. (Photo by Raul Arboleda/AFP

U.S. suspects Russian interference in South America protests – report

Jan 23, 2020 - 10:18 AM

The US State Department observes suspicious activity on Twitter during the period of the protests

Pompeo urges end to 'tyranny' of Venezuela's Maduro

Jan 20, 2020 - 11:59 PM

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is due to meet with Venezuela's opposition leader Juan Guaido in Colombia

MADURO. In this file photo taken on September 30, 2019, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro speaks during a press conference in Caracas. File photo by Yuri Cortez/AFP

Bogota's first woman mayor pledges to fight racism, xenophobia

Jan 02, 2020 - 2:07 PM

Bogota's first woman mayor, Claudia Lopez, takes over a city that has become a focal point of countrywide protests against the rule of right-wing President Ivan Duque

CLAUDIA LOPEZ. Bogota's incoming Mayor Claudia Lopez delivers a speech during her inauguration ceremony in Bogota on January 1, 2020. Photo by Raul Arboleda/AFP

First woman mayor of Bogota marries girlfriend

Dec 17, 2019 - 2:05 PM

'I promise to honor you and love you for life!' Claudia Lopez writes on Instagram to her wife, opposition senator Angelica Lopez

MARRIED! The leader of Colombia's Green Alliance party and current candidate for the mayoralty of Bogota, Claudia Lopez, celebrates after winning the regional elections in Bogota, on October 27, 2019. Photo by Raul Arboleda/AFP

Thousands march in Colombia to keep pressure on President Ivan Duque

Nov 28, 2019 - 8:25 AM

Some protesters in Bogota, the captial, bang pots and pans as they made their way through the streets. Large demonstrations are also held in Cali and Medellin.

A demonstrator holding a poster of the late Dilan Cruz -who died due to injuries from a police shot- shouts at riot police during a march against the government of Colombian President Ivan Duque during a national strike in Cali on November 27, 2019. Protest leaders in Colombia called a new general strike for Wednesday after a meeting with President Ivan Duque made no progress towards ending deadly anti-government demonstrations now in their sixth consecutive day. LUIS ROBAYO / AFP

Thousands join general strike protesting against Colombia's government

Nov 22, 2019 - 10:33 AM

The protest comes amid social upheaval across South America, as a wave of unrest over the past two months has battered governments in Chile, Bolivia and Ecuador

View of a vandalised bank after protests during a nationwide strike called by students, unions and indigenous groups to protest against the government of Colombia's President Ivan Duque in Cali, Colombia, on November 21, 2019. LUIS ROBAYO / AFP

Colombia elects first woman mayor of Bogota

Oct 28, 2019 - 2:29 PM

Center-left candidate Claudia Lopez, who is openly gay, wins the local election with 35.2% of the vote ahead of liberal Carlos Fernando Galan with almost all votes counted

CLAUDIA LOPEZ. The leader of Colombia's Green Alliance party and current candidate for the mayoralty of Bogota, Claudia Lopez, celebrates after winning the regional elections in Bogota, on October 27, 2019. Photo by Raul Arboleda/AFP

Colombian troops kill 9 FARC dissidents in raid – minister

Aug 31, 2019 - 4:38 PM

President Ivan Duque says he had authorized the military operation in rural areas of Colombia's south

GUERILLAS. Handout picture released by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) showing guerrillas arriving to hand on their weapons in Las Carmelitas, Putumayo department, Colombia on January 30, 2017. Photo by Prensa Bloque Sur FARC/AFP

Former Colombian rebel leader announces return to arms

Aug 29, 2019 - 7:53 PM

(UPDATED) 'We are announcing to the world that the second Marquetalia has begun,' Ivan Marquez, dressed in green military fatigues, says in a video posted on YouTube

TAKING UP ARMS. In this file photo, Colombian members of FARC-EP leftist guerrillas delegation, commanders Ivan Marquez (C) and Rodrigo Granda (L) arrive at Convention Palace in Havana for the peace talks with the Colombian government, on November 19, 2012. File photo by Adalberto Roque/AFP

Trans indigenous women eke out a tough living in Colombia

Jun 29, 2019 - 2:40 PM

Colombia's constitution recognizes the rights of LGBTQ people, but indigenous communities have been slower to accept them

Thousands of Venezuelans cram border with Colombia

Jun 09, 2019 - 11:18 AM

This comes after Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro ordered the reopening of the Venezuelan border in the western state of Tachira

SUPPLIES SHORTAGE. People queue to cross the Simon Bolivar international bridge from San Antonio del Tachira in Venezuela to Cucuta, in Colombia, to buy goods due to supplies shortage in their country, on June 8, 2019. Photo by Schneyder Mendoza/AFP

3.3 million people have fled Venezuela crisis – UN

Jun 08, 2019 - 10:31 AM

Venezuela suffers from shortages of food and medicine amid a power struggle between President Nicolas Maduro and interim president Juan Guaido

Venezuelans living in Peru take part in a rally in support of Venezualan opposition leader and self-declared acting president Juan Guaido in Lima on May 1, 2019. - Hundreds of Venezuelans in Peru gathered in solidarity to the protests in their home country called by Guaido to increase the pressure on President Nicolas Maduro’s government. (Photo by Cris BOURONCLE / AFP)

U.S. announces $160-M 'peace' funding payment to Colombia

May 14, 2019 - 12:09 PM

The funds is allotted for the 'implementation of peace" and to 'formalize land' in areas ravaged by half a century of armed conflict

A man holds a Colombian national flag with white stripes during a demo to demand the immediate endorsement of the new peace agreement between the Colombian government and the FARC guerrilla outside the Colombian Congress in Bogota, on November 30, 2016.  Colombia's Congress is debating the government's controversial revised peace deal to end a half-century conflict with leftist FARC rebels after last month voters surprisingly snubbed an earlier version of the accord in a referendum. Now the government hopes to implement a revised accord through its majority in the legislature. / AFP PHOTO / GUILLERMO LEGARIA

Colombian filmmaker killed making documentary on violence

May 10, 2019 - 8:25 PM

Mauricio Lezama was shot dead by 4 armed men while making a documentary on Colombia's victims of violence

How the world is reacting to Venezuela 'coup bid'

Apr 30, 2019 - 9:26 PM

Here are some initial reactions from world governments

'COUP BID.' Soldiers loyal to Venezuelan opposition leader and self-proclaimed acting president Juan Guaido take position in front of La Carlota base in Caracas on April 29, 2019. Photo by Yuri Cortez/AFP

12 dead in Colombia plane crash

Mar 10, 2019 - 8:52 AM

No passengers survived in the crash

Venezuela's Guaido defies travel ban as aid row turns deadly

Feb 23, 2019 - 3:40 PM

Juan Guaido delivers a blow to Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro as he turns up unexpectedly at the concert in the Colombian border town of Cucuta

DEFIANT. Venezuela's opposition leader Juan Guaido gestures during the 'Venezuela Aid Live' concert, organized to raise money for the Venezuelan relief effort, at the head of the Tienditas International Bridge in Cucuta, Colombia, on February 22, 2019. Photo by Luis Robayo/AFP

Trump, Colombian president meet over Venezuela crisis

Feb 14, 2019 - 1:23 AM

Colombia plays a crucial role because it has taken in the lion's share of the more than two million Venezuelans fleeing chaos, poverty, and political violence

TRADE TALKS. US President Donald Trump speaks during a roundtable meeting with conservative leaders at the White House on January 23, 2019, to discuss the security and humanitarian crisis at the southern border. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Venezuela's military blocks humanitarian aid shipment

Feb 06, 2019 - 12:15 PM

(UPDATED) Juan Guaido, who proclaimed himself acting president on January 23, claims that up to 300,000 people face death if the aid is not delivered

BLOCKED. General view of the Tienditas Bridge on the border between the Colombian city of Cucuta and Tachira, Venezuela, after Venezuelan military forces block the bridge with containers on February 5, 2019. Photo by Schneyder Mendoza/AFP

Thousands march in Bogota after deadly car bombing

Jan 21, 2019 - 7:27 AM

The protest march ends with a religious service in memory of the victims, all between the ages of 17 and 22, killed Thursday in the deadliest attack with explosives in the city since 2003

A demonstrator with a megaphone shouts slogans during a march against terrorism, in repudiation of the police academy recent car bombing that left 20 people dead, and in support of the victims and their relatives, on January 20, 2019. The Colombian government on Friday blamed leftist ELN rebels for Thursday's bombing of a police academy in Bogota that killed 20 people as well as the attacker, and dealt a body blow to the peace process. President Ivan Duque reinstated arrest warrants for 10 ELN peace negotiators who are part of the guerrilla group's delegation to the Cuba talks. Juan BARRETO / AFP

21 dead in car bomb attack on Colombian police academy

Jan 18, 2019 - 2:39 PM

'All Colombians reject terrorism and we're united in fighting it,' President Ivan Duque says in the aftermath

Colombia condemns alleged plot to kill president

Dec 30, 2018 - 2:48 PM

Police detains 3 Venezuelan citizens in possession of 'weapons of war,' who are believed to be part of the alleged plot to assassinate Colombia President Ivan Duque

LEADER. IVAN DUQUE. Colombian presidential candidate Ivan Duque (L) celebrates with supporters after winning the first round of the Colombian presidential election, in Bogota on May 27, 2018. File photo by John Vizcaino/AFP

Venezuela says Colombia's president shielding Maduro's attackers

Oct 08, 2018 - 8:26 AM

Venezuela says Colombian President Ivan Duque 'has placed Colombian institutions at the service of obscure and unspeakable interests against the government of Venezuela, endorsing and supporting all sorts of actions and conspiracies'

MADURO. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro gestures after the National Electoral Council (CNE) announced the results of the voting on election day in Venezuela, on May 20, 2018. File photo by Juan Barreto/AFP

Colombian leader urges diplomatic isolation of Venezuela

Sep 25, 2018 - 12:11 PM

Colombia's Ivan Duque says Venezuela should be barred from talks called for September 25 to support countries that have taken in migrants from the country grappling with a severe political and economic crisis

ON VENEZUELA. Ivan Duque, president of Colombia, addresses the Nelson Mandela Peace Summit September 24, 2018 a day before the start of the General Debate of the 73rd session of the General Assembly at the United Nations in New York. Photo by Don Emmert/AFP

Foreign journalists freed from Venezuela detention

Sep 15, 2018 - 9:01 AM

(UPDATED) Argentine Laura Saravia along with Brits Barney Green and Dan Rivers are held 'as they left the country' and released some 8 hours later

Colombian rebel group ELN releases 6 hostages, says ICRC

Sep 13, 2018 - 1:40 PM

The group is handed over to a humanitarian commission made up of the Ombudsman, the International Committee of the Red Cross, and the Roman Catholic Church

RELEASED. This handout picture released by the Colombian Ombudsman Office shows hostages walking next to Ombudsman Carlos Alfonso Negret (L) after being released by the ELN guerrilla in Choco department, Colombia, on September 12, 2018. Handout photo by Colombian Ombudsman/AFP

Venezuela arrests 131 accused of economic sabotage

Aug 31, 2018 - 3:07 PM

The arrests include 'several managers of large chains' accused of 'speculating and hoarding basic products' that are subject to prices fixed by the government

ECONOMIC SABOTAGE? In this file photo, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro holds a press conference at the Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas on August 22, 2017. File photo by Juan Barreto/AFP

Spain PM Sanchez calls for Venezuelan migrant quotas

Aug 31, 2018 - 1:00 PM

Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez says it's a similar deal to that which Spain is proposing in the European Union in the face of mass migration from Africa in particular

PERU-BOUND. Venezuelans heading to Peru walk along the Panamerican highway in Tulcan, Ecuador, after crossing from Colombia, on August 21, 2018. File photo by Luis Robayo/AFP

Colombians fail to approve tough anti-corruption measures

Aug 27, 2018 - 1:42 PM

Election officials say, with almost all ballots counted, the measure for tougher anti-corruption punishment is 470,000 votes short of the 12.1 million votes needed for approval

STOP CORRUPTION. Colombian senator and spokesperson for the anti-corruption consultation Claudia Lopez (right) and senators Antanas Mockus (center) and Angelica Lozano show their ID cards in Bogota, on August 26, 2018, during voting within a popular consultation on measures including cutting congressional salaries and boosting sentences for corruption.  Photo by John Vizcaino/AFP

Venezuelans rush to Peru to beat passport deadline

Aug 24, 2018 - 3:39 PM

Peru has decided it will only allow in Venezuelan migrants in possession of a passport. But only around half of the Venezuelans heading south to escape poverty and economic crisis are carrying passports.

PERU-BOUND. Venezuelans heading to Peru walk along the Panamerican highway in Tulcan, Ecuador, after crossing from Colombia, on August 21, 2018. File photo by Luis Robayo/AFP

Colombia says 19 citizens killed in tourist bus crash

Aug 16, 2018 - 5:36 PM

Ecuador's foreign ministry says 23 people were killed in the crash, instead of 24 as previously announced

BUS CRASH. Photo released by the Fire Brigade of Quito showing firefighters working at the scene of an accident where a bus crashed into another vehicle, in the road between Pifo and Papallacta, 30 kilometres east of Quito, leaving at least 24 people dead and 20 injured, on August 14, 2018. AFP PHOTO - Fire Brigade of Quito

Colombia's ELN says will free hostages after pressure from president

Aug 15, 2018 - 12:46 PM

The rebels' chief negotiator Pablo Beltran says the group is discussing how to carry out the releases with the International Committee of the Red Cross

PEACE TALKS. In this file photo, a man arranges a symbol of peace in the press center in Cartagena, Colombia, on September 24, 2016. Luis Robayo/AFP

Venezuelan opposition urges U.S., Colombia to ignore extradition request

Aug 10, 2018 - 5:34 PM

Venezuela's Supreme Court orders the arrest of Julio Borges for 'attempted murder,' suspecting his involvement in what officials say is a drone 'assassination' attempt on President Nicolas Maduro.

JULIO BORGES. The leader of Venezuela's opposition-controlled National Assembly Julio Borges speaks with the media before a parliamentary session in Caracas on August 29, 2017. File photo by Federico Parra/AFP

Colombia's new leader plans changes to FARC peace deal

Aug 08, 2018 - 9:58 AM

In his inaugural address, President Ivan Duque says he will take steps to fix 'structural flaws' in the deal with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia

NEW PRESIDENT. Colombia's Ivan Duque gives his thumb up during his inauguration ceremony at Bolivar Square in Bogota, on August 7, 2018. Photo by Raul Arboleda/AFP

Venezuela vows to eradicate plots after Maduro 'assassination' bid

Aug 07, 2018 - 8:46 AM

(UPDATED) In a video posted on Twitter shortly before midnight, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro says police and the military have captured some of the conspirators and are now hunting the masterminds

MADURO. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro (C) attends a ceremony to celebrate the 81st anniversary of the National Guard in Caracas on August 4, 2018. Photo by Juan Barreto/AFP

Venezuelan president escapes drone 'attack'

Aug 05, 2018 - 9:33 AM

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro accuses Colombia of plotting this attempt to 'assassinate' him

LOUD BANG. This screenshot taken from a handout video released by Venezuelan Television (VTV) shows Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro (C), his wife Cilia Flores (L), and military authorities reacting to a loud bang during a ceremony to celebrate the 81st anniversary of the National Guard in Caracas on August 4, 2018. Photo courtesy of VTV/AFP

Ex-Colombian rebels take up seats in congress hostile to them

Jul 21, 2018 - 9:15 AM

The ex-rebel delegation gets an icy reception from the party of newly-elected President Ivan Duque

IN CONGRESS. Colombian senator for the Common Alternative Revolutionary Force (FARC) Carlos Lozada (L), delivers a speech at the Capitol in Bogota during the installation of the new Congress, for the legislative period 2018-2022, on July 20, 2018. Photo by Diana Sanchez/AFP

'We apologize': former Colombia FARC rebels seek forgiveness at tribunal

Jul 14, 2018 - 4:22 PM

'We apologize to all of them, we will do the impossible so they can know the truth of what happened, we will assume our responsibilities," says Rodrigo "Timochenko" Londono, the leader of what was until recently the most powerful guerrilla group in South America.

A woman holds a T-shirt reading "Victim of the FARC" during a protest outside at the Special Jurisdiction for Peace (JEP) headquarters in Bogota on July 13, 2018. Photo by Raul Arboleda / AFP

England snaps penalty jinx to reach World Cup last 8

Jul 04, 2018 - 8:18 AM

Luck finally smiles on England after edging Colombia in a shootout

PILE OF JOY. England players celebrate after ending a string of shootout heartaches. Photo by Alexander Nemenov/AFP

World Cup 2018: The last 16

Jun 29, 2018 - 12:17 PM

Check out how the 16 teams rank ahead of the World Cup's knockout stages

STRONG START. Belgium (in red) downs England, 1-0, in their final group game to join Croatia and Uruguay as the only teams to win all 3 games in the group stage. Photo by Attila Kisbenedek/AFP

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, June 20, 2018

Jun 20, 2018 - 12:01 PM

Hello! Here are the stories you shouldn't miss this Wednesday.

Justices of the Supreme Court led by acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio starts the oral arguments on the same sex marriage on June 18, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Japan makes history with World Cup win over 10-man Colombia

Jun 19, 2018 - 10:43 PM

Yuya Osako's header completes Japan's revenge on the 2014 World Cup quarterfinalist

BIG WIN. Yuya Osako celebrates after putting Japan ahead in the 73rd minute of the game. Photo by Jack Guez/AFP

FARC peace deal at risk as conservative Duque wins Colombia presidency

Jun 18, 2018 - 10:51 AM

The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), which disarmed and transformed into a political party after the peace deal but did not contest the election, immediately calls on Duque to show 'good sense' in dealing with the agreement

IVAN DUQUE. Newly elected Colombian president Ivan Duque celebrates with supporters in Bogota, after winning the presidential runoff election on June 17, 2018. Photo by Raul Arboleda / AFP