Pope arrival in Cartagena off to bumpy start with black eye
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Pope arrival in Cartagena off to bumpy start with black eye

CARTAGENA, Colombia (AP) — Pope Francis wrapped up his Colombia trip with a deeply personal final day Sunday honoring St. Peter Claver, a fellow Jesuit who ministered to hundreds of thousands of African slaves who arrived in the port of Cartagena to be sold during Spanish colonial times. Francis’ visit to Cartagena got off to … Continue reading

Pope heads to Colombia seeking to heal conflict’s wounds
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Pope heads to Colombia seeking to heal conflict’s wounds

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Pope Francis headed to Colombia on Wednesday to try to help heal the wounds of Latin America’s longest-running armed conflict, bolstered by a new cease-fire with a holdout rebel group but fully aware of the fragility of the country’s peace process. During a deeply symbolic five-day visit starting Wednesday, Francis is … Continue reading

US says Colombia’s coca production surges to record levels
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US says Colombia’s coca production surges to record levels

PUERTO BELLO, Colombia (AP) — Coca production in Colombia has surged to levels unseen in two decades of U.S. eradication efforts, according to a White House report released Tuesday, March 14. Cultivation of the plant used to make cocaine rose 18 percent last year from 2015, with coca crops planted on an estimated 188,000 hectares … Continue reading

Hugo Chavez returns to life in TV show criticized by allies
Latin America & the Caribbean / TV

Hugo Chavez returns to life in TV show criticized by allies

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — The revolution will now be televised. The life of Hugo Chavez, who mesmerized Venezuela’s impoverished masses before dying of cancer in 2013, is being dramatized in a Spanish-language TV series that is generating a backlash even before it airs. Produced by Sony Pictures Television, “El Comandante” premieres this week throughout Latin … Continue reading

Colombia ELN rebels agree to free captive, start peace talks
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Colombia ELN rebels agree to free captive, start peace talks

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombia’s second-largest rebel group has agreed to free a prominent politician held captive for almost a year, clearing the way for repeatedly postponed peace talks to begin next month. The agreement worked out during months of backchannel talks with the National Liberation Army was announced at a news conference Wednesday, January … Continue reading

Powerful Hurricane Matthew soaks Colombia, heads for Jamaica
Latin America & the Caribbean

Powerful Hurricane Matthew soaks Colombia, heads for Jamaica

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — One of the most powerful Atlantic hurricanes in recent history weakened a little on Saturday as it drenched coastal Colombia and roared across the Caribbean on a course that still puts Jamaica, Haiti and Cuba in the path of potentially devastating winds and rain. Matthew briefly reached the top hurricane classification, … Continue reading

Nobel Prize for Colombia peace deal or UN climate pact?
Europe / Latin America & the Caribbean

Nobel Prize for Colombia peace deal or UN climate pact?

STAVANGER, Norway (AP) — Guessing the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize is notoriously hard because the secretive Norwegian Nobel Committee isn’t dropping any hints, except that 376 people and groups have been nominated for the award, which will be announced on Oct. 7. That doesn’t stop Nobel watchers from speculating, sometimes based on their … Continue reading

Colombia, FARC rebels announce deal on bilateral cease-fire
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Colombia, FARC rebels announce deal on bilateral cease-fire

HAVANA (AP) — The Colombian government and leftist FARC rebels announced on Wednesday that they have reached a deal on a bilateral cease-fire that would be the last major step toward ending one of the world’s longest wars. Colombia’s conflict has killed more than 220,000 people and displaced millions since 1964. But a 15-year, U.S.-backed … Continue reading