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Venezuelans abroad panhandle with their useless cash

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Jorge Gutierrez leaps onto a packed bus in Colombia's capital, proudly announcing that he comes bearing gifts from neighboring Venezuela. He holds up a thick ...

Christ statue mutilated by war to receive papal blessing

VILLAVICENCIO, Colombia (AP) — A mutilated Christ statue rescued from a bombed-out church will take center stage Friday when it will be blessed by Pope Francis at a symbol-filled ceremony meant to hea...

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

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — The crowd of worshippers at the evangelical church in a poor district of Colombia's capital clutch Bibles and listen with tears in their eyes as a woman describes her personal ...

FARC's elusive finances udercuts support for Colombia peace

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — As Colombia's leftist rebel movement begins making its transition to a political party, a crucial question hangs over the process: how much money is it hiding? ...

Drug gangs take aim at police officers amid coca crackdown

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — With a shot to the chest, Alejandro Caro fell from his motorbike while on patrol in a small town in northern Colombia, another victim of criminal gangs who have killed 11 offic...

Mexican drug lord gets his own miniseries, made in Colombia

TABIO, Colombia (AP) — While the real Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is locked up in a cold, tiny cell in New York, his career as a drug lord apparently over, his fictional counterpart is free and in top f...

Years of warnings preceded deadly flood in southern Colombia

MOCOA, Colombia (AP) — People were caught off guard when a devastating flash flood surged through a small city in southern Colombia, but not everyone was surprised. Government agenci...

Families in flood-hit Colombian city search for children

MOCOA, Colombia (AP) — 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. ...

Colombian rebels exchange rifles for rattles amid baby boom

LA CARMELITA, Colombia (AP) — Amid the makeshift tents and communal kitchens where Colombia's largest rebel army is preparing to lay down its weapons, a new sound is emerging: the cries of babies. ...

Colombia's Santos may have received Odebrecht contributions

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombia's chief prosecutor said Wednesday that suspicions of illegal campaign contributions to President Juan Manuel Santos are based on testimony of a rancher connected to th...

In Colombia, gourmet meals worth going to jail for

CARTAGENA, Colombia (AP) — Visitors are flocking to the all-women San Diego prison in this popular Caribbean tourist town — to dine at Cartagena's trendiest new restaurant. Convicts,...

Colombian rebels fear for safety after they rejoin society

MEDELLIN, Colombia (AP) — When Wilson Lopez lived in the jungle, he thought civilian life in the city meant meeting people, walking the streets, having a job. But the former Colombian guerrilla wasn't...

In Colombia, hundreds of jailed rebels await amnesty law

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Some 4,000 jailed Colombian guerrillas are waiting anxiously on an amnesty bill that would allow them to leave behind long prison sentences and rejoin their comrades as part of...

Colombia rebel leader hopes Trump will back peace effort

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — The top commander of Latin America's oldest rebel army said Friday he hopes that President-elect Donald Trump will continue strong U.S support for ending Colombia's half-centur...

Colombia government, rebels sign revised peace agreement

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos signed a revised peace agreement with the country's largest rebel movement on Thursday, making a second attempt within months to end a ha...