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Colombia tries quashing tensions at migrant camp with soccer

Colombian officials are hoping to quash tensions at a Venezuelan migrant camp with a game both the new arrivals and their hosts share a passion for: soccer. Continue reading

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Colombia president snagged by protests, congressional revolt

Ivan Duque was sworn in as Colombia’s president in August after an easy election victory in which he promised to boost the sluggish economy by decreasing corporate taxes, while bringing order to rural areas that have long been plagued by drug trafficki… Continue reading

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Bogota implores tourists to stop feeding pigeons

On a bright Sunday afternoon, a group of government workers walked around Bogota’s most famous square dressed as pigeons, with cardboard beaks covering their noses, as thousands of real birds swarmed overhead and left their droppings on stately monuments. Continue reading

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OAS chief threatens military force against Venezuela

The head of the Organization of American States has joined President Donald Trump in holding out the threat of a military intervention in Venezuela to restore democracy and ease the country*s humanitarian crisis OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro deliv… Continue reading

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OAS boss slams ‘dictator’ Maduro in trip to Venezuela border

The head of the Organization of American States travelled to Colombia’s border with Venezuela on Friday to denounce Venezuela’s socialist “dictatorship” for causing a migrant crisis for the region. Continue reading

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Colombian rebels reject conditions for resuming peace talks

Prospects for the resumption of peace talks between Colombia’s government and the country’s last remaining rebel group were dimming Monday even as the group reaffirmed its willingness to release six captives. Continue reading

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Cuba gives scholarships to Colombians, including ex-rebels

As a medic for the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, Jhony Guependo saved a comrade who stepped on a land mine from bleeding to death. Continue reading

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Whereabouts of 2 former Colombian rebels unknown

Authorities said Friday that two former rebel leaders of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia have abandoned their camps, raising fears they could abandon a fragile peace process that ended five decades of internal conflict. Continue reading

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Colombians vote on anti-corruption referendum

Colombians are voting Sunday in a first-of-a-kind referendum that aims to curb corruption in a country where white-collar criminals are fast replacing drug gangs and paramilitary groups in penetrating the upper echelons of power. Continue reading

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Incoming Colombia president faces long list of challenges

The young protégé of a powerful former president is being sworn in as Colombia’s new leader Tuesday, tasked with guiding the implementation of a peace accord with leftist rebels that remains on shaky ground. Continue reading

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Extraordinary drug dog worries Colombian cartel

This is the story of a drug dog with a bounty on its head. Continue reading

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Exiled jurists launch graft trial against Venezuela’s Maduro

Venezuelan jurists who fled their homeland say they will try Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on allegations of corruption and money laundering, based on evidence suggesting he may have sought bribes from the Brazilian construction giant at the cent… Continue reading

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Exiled jurists hear graft claims against Venezuela’s Maduro

A group of exiled Venezuelan judges met in Colombia’s capital Tuesday to hear corruption allegations against Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro, launching a symbolic process that could further tarnish the embattled socialist leader’s reputation. Continue reading

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Peace deal backers suffer in Colombia congress elections

Colombian voters turned to right-wing parties critical of the country’s peace deal with the main leftist rebels and knocked the current president’s party down in congressional elections, raising questions about the future of the accord. Continue reading

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Colombia’s former guerrillas face first electoral test

Colombia’s former leftist guerrillas face 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 months before presidential elections. Continue reading

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