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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

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

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

The disappearing jobs of yesterday

May 01, 2018 - 4:47 PM

AFP speaks to men and women around the globe whose jobs are becoming increasingly rare, particularly as technology transforms societies

Colombian paramilitary chief deported from U.S. to face charges

Dec 27, 2017 - 9:55 AM

Fifty-year- old Hebert Veloza, alias "HH," faces charges in his homeland of murder, forced recruitment of minors and criminal association

Mexico's masked hero making streets safe – for pedestrians

Jul 25, 2015 - 11:58 AM

Peatonito and the Claustrofobos are among a wave of activists fighting uncivil behavior and bad urban planning in the metropolis of 21 million people 4 million cars and 5 million daily metro commuters

PEDESTRIAN RIGHTS. Peatonito is a character who resembles a superhero trying to raise drivers' awareness so that they respect crosswalks on the streets of Mexico City. Photo by Yuri Cortez

Kota ramah anak, kota untuk semua

Jul 03, 2015 - 5:25 PM

Apa arti taman bagi anak anak di kota Jakarta?

Anak-anak Jakarta harus bermain di tengah kemiskinan di pinggir rel kereta api. Foto oleh Mast Irham/EPA

Two blasts hit Colombian capital, 10 hurt

Jul 03, 2015 - 3:12 PM

The first blast hits the financial heart of Bogota with the fire department reporting a second explosion moments later at an industrial area

EXPLOSION. Firefighters work at the location where a device exploded in Bogota, Colombia, 02 July 2015. Photo by Leonardo Muñoz

FARC confirms release of two Colombia soldiers by Nov 25

Nov 25, 2014 - 12:01 AM

General Ruben Alzate however stays with the guerrilla group The FARC said he will be released at a later date within the same week depending on military actions by Columbia s defense ministry


Air quality worsening in world's cities – WHO

May 07, 2014 - 10:19 PM

Only cities in the developed world appear to be improving air quality

DANCE IN THE SMOG. Local residents dance on a square under heavy smog in Harbin, northeast China's Heilongjiang province, on October 21, 2013. AFP

Peace talks aim to end 50 years of war in Colombia

Oct 11, 2012 - 10:51 PM

Colombia s government and leftist rebels embark next week on historic peace talks

HISTORIC PEACE TALK will soon be underway between the Colombian government and FARC rebels. Photo from FARC-ELN official website

Colombia holds 'exploratory' talks with FARC

Aug 28, 2012 - 9:50 AM

The Colombian government confirms it had begun exploratory discussions with FARC rebels for a full fledged peace process