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Powerful Colombian ex-president to lose freedom during probe

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Former Colombian President Alvaro Uribe will not be allowed to remain at liberty while the Supreme Court investigates allegations of witness tampering against him, the nation’s...

Lives Lost: Young Venezuelan dreamed of better life in Peru

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Yurancy Castillo did not want to leave her family. But as inflation in Venezuela soared, rendering her salary as a social worker nearly worthless, the young ...

Colombia offers path to civilian life for dissident rebels

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombia is offering rebels who have rejected the nation’s historic peace deal and remain in arms a path forward as civilians if they agree to surrender their weapons and coope...

Venezuela high court orders takeover of Guaidó's party

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela’s government-stacked Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered the takeover of one of the nation’s most prominent political parties, to which opposition leader Juan Guaió be...

Colombia's Medellin emerges as surprise COVID-19 pioneer

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Two and a half million residents. Four confirmed coronavirus deaths. As coronavirus cases surge in Latin America, the Colombian city of Medellin is defying ex...

Disease that began among rich shifts to Latin America's poor

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — The passenger from Spain that Sonia Sanchez picked up at the airport in Colombia's capital in March did not seem well. He coughed during the Uber ride in her ...

UN: Virus could push 14 million into hunger in Latin America

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — The U.N. World Food Program is warning that upward of at least 14 million people could go hungry in Latin America as the coronavirus pandemic rages on, shuttering people in the...

Virus prevents diaspora Venezuelans from sending money home

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — After fleeing Venezuela along with millions of others amid the country's grueling humanitarian crisis, Misael Cocho made his way by bus to Peru — where he got odd jobs and se...

Bullets, virus: Fears multiply for Colombia's ex-rebels

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — On the day that Colombia announced its first case of the new coronavirus, Astrid Conde’s body lay in a morgue with four gunshot wounds to the chest, the latest casualty in a sc...

Ecuador struggles to bury coronavirus dead; some bodies lost

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Alfonso Cedeño died at a crowded hospital in the Ecuadorian city of Guayaquil, where the only bed doctors could offer was an ambulance stretcher. Two weeks later, his family do...

Hidden suffering of coronavirus: Stigma, blaming, shaming

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — No one should have known Bella Lamilla’s name. But within hours of her diagnosis as Ecuador’s coronavirus “patient zero,” it was circulating on social media ...

Hidden suffering of coronavirus: Stigma, blaming, shaming

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — No one should have known Bella Lamilla’s name. But within hours of her diagnosis as Ecuador’s first coronavirus case, it was circulating on social media alon...

Bikes vs Virus: Bogota expands paths in novel strategy

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Wash your hands. Try to stay home. But if you have to go out, consider taking a bike. That's the message the mayor of one of Latin America's most populous cit...

US report: Colombia coca production still at record high

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — The amount of land in Colombia being used to harvest coca — the plant used to make cocaine — is still at a record high despite a renewed campaign to manually eradicate the plan...

UN study: 1 of every 3 Venezuelans is facing hunger

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — One of every three people in Venezuela is struggling to put enough food on the table to meet minimum nutrition requirements as the nation's severe economic contraction and po...