Colombia

Colombia prosecutor questions ELN rebel's peace plans after massacre

Colombia's chief prosecutor on Monday called into question the ELN guerrilla group's commitment to peace talks with the government after the group was accused of killing five people in an area where it has clashed with drug cartels.

At least 30 injured after explosion in Bogota

A explosion in the Macarena area of Bogota injured at least 30 people on Sunday, many of them police officers who were guarding a bull running through the streets of the Colombian capital.

Colombia's FARC rebels ready to hand in their weapons

The last of Colombia's leftist FARC rebels entered the country's newly created transition zones on Saturday ahead of handing in their weapons, some two months after agreeing to an historic peace deal with the government.

Cops bust Italy-Colombia cocaine trafficking ring ahead of 8-ton deal

Police said Thursday they have arrested 68 suspected members of an international drug trafficking ring made up of mobsters and businessmen that was about to smuggle eight tons of cocaine from Colombia to Italy.

Colombia reaches deal to begin peace talks with ELN rebels

Colombia and the ELN (National Liberation Army) rebel group have reached an agreement to begin peace negotiations, which have been stalled since October, President Juan Manuel Santos said Wednesday.

Colombia, ELN preliminary peace talks begin in Ecuador

The Colombian government and representatives from the National Liberation Army (ELN) guerilla group held preliminary peace talks on Saturday in Ecuador's capital Quito.

Nobel Peace laureate Santos: Colombia peace deal is "ray of hope"

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos receives the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize to a standing ovation in the Norwegian capital of Oslo.

Bolivia arrests three at footballer crash airline

Bolivian authorities Tuesday arrested the director and two employees of Bolivian charter airline Lamia, whose sole operational plane crashed last week with most of the Brazilian football team Chapecoense aboard, a prosecutor investigating the case said.

Chapecoense declared Copa Sudamericana champions after plane crash

The South American Football Confederation CONMEBOL Monday declared Chapecoense AF the winner of the 2-million-dollar Copa Sudamericana following an airplane crash last week that killed most of the team on its way to the cup finals.

Airline in footballer crash dismissed air authorities' warnings

The dispatcher for a charter flight that crashed in Colombia, killing 71 people, had clashed with Bolivian aviation officials who warned the flight was too long to make without a refuelling stop, Bolivian media reported on Thursday.

Colombia legislators approve revised peace deal

A "new era" for Colombia begins Thursday, President Juan Manuel Santos said, with the implementation of a revised peace accord between the government and the FARC rebel group to end the hemisphere's longest-running armed conflict.

Investigation points to fuel shortage in Colombia plane crash

Investigators are looking into the possibility that a charter jet that crashed in Colombia while carrying 77 people, including a Brazilian football team, may have run out of fuel, authorities said Wednesday.

Plane carrying Brazilian football team crashes in Colombia - 71 dead

The Brazilian football team Chapecoense AF were flying to what might have been their greatest triumph

76 dead in Colombia plane crash, police say

Seventy-six people, including members of the Brazilian football team Chapecoense, are dead after a chartered plane carrying 81 people crashed in the mountains of Colombia on Tuesday, according to police.

Plane carrying Brazilian footballers crashes in Colombia

A plane carrying more than 80 people, including members of the Brazilian club football team Chapecoense, crashed in Colombia early Tuesday morning, local broadcaster Caracol reported.

Colombian government, FARC rebels sign "better" peace deal

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and Rodrigo Londono, commander of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), made a fresh attempt at sealing a peace deal Thursday to formally end decades of conflict.

Santos says new deal with FARC rebels is better than initial one

The new peace agreement which the Colombian government and the leftist Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) announced last week is better than the initial one, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said at a business forum Saturday on the sidelines of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Lima.

New deal with FARC rebels is final, Colombian government says

The new peace agreement which the Colombian government and the leftist Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) announced last week is final, the Colombian government said Tuesday.

Agreement reached on revised Colombia peace deal

The Colombian government and the FARC rebels have reached agreement on a revised peace deal, the two sides announced in Havana Saturday following days of intense discussions.

Congress, not voters, could decide on new Colombia peace deal

Colombia's Congress, not its people, may give final approval to any revised peace accord with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said Wednesday.

Venezuelan fighter intercepts Colombian passenger flight

A Colombian passenger plane was intercepted and escorted from Venezuelan airspace by a Venezuelan fighter plane, the government in Bogota revealed Saturday.

Record 300 tons of cocaine seized this year in Colombia

Colombian anti-drug squads have this year seized a record haul of around 300 tons of cocaine.

Colombian President Santos extends FARC ceasefire until end of year

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos Thursday extended the ceasefire with the FARC guerilla group until the end of December in a bid to reach a final peace deal.

Colombia to keep ceasefire "as long as necessary"

Colombia will continue its ceasefire with the FARC rebel group "as long as necessary," Defence Minister Luis Carlos Villegas said Wednesday, amid concerns war could break out again after Colombians voted to reject a historic peace treaty.

Santos, FARC renew pledge for peace after Colombia rejects accord

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and FARC leader Rodrigo Londono vowed to keep working for peace Sunday after Colombian voters narrowly rejected the peace accord the leaders signed just days ago.

Colombia votes in crucial peace deal referendum

Colombians were voting in a referendum on Sunday that will either affirm a historic peace accord

Four people killed in Colombia plane crash

Four people were killed and seven injured on Friday when a small aircraft crashed in north-western Colombia.

Colombia peace deal to win referendum, polls show

Colombia's historic peace accord with the FARC guerrilla group is likely to be approved in a national referendum, according to three opinion polls published Tuesday.

Colombia, FARC sign historic peace deal

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and FARC Commander Rodrigo Londono signed an agreement Monday to end their 52-year war at a ceremony in Cartagena, Colombia.

EU to suspend FARC from terrorist list upon signature of peace deal

The European Union will suspend the FARC guerrilla group from its list of terrorist organizations after it signs the peace treaty with the Colombian government, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini says.

"The war in Colombia has ended," Santos tells UN

The UN General Assembly erupted in applause as Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos declared on Wednesday that the conflict between his government and the leftist rebel Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) had come to an end.

Colombia, FARC to sign landmark peace deal September 26

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) Commander Rodrigo Londono will sign a historic peace agreement in a September 26 ceremony in Cartagena, Santos announced Friday.

Ahead of referendum, polls favour Colombia peace deal

A strong majority of likely voters say they support a peace deal between Colombia's government and the country's largest Marxist guerrillas, according to a new opinion poll published Friday, one month before a binding referendum.

Permanent ceasefire in Colombia ends decades of bloodshed

Five decades of war in Colombia came to an end early Monday as a permanent and definitive ceasefire took hold shortly after midnight (0500 GMT) between the government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) rebel group.

Colombia, FARC rebels reach peace deal, ending 50-year conflict

After more than 50 years of armed conflict, Colombia and the FARC rebel group Wednesday announced they have reached a final peace accord.

Brazil beat Colombia to progress to Olympic football semi-finals

Brazil have defeated Colombia 2-0 to progress to the semi-finals in Rio and keep their dream of an elusive first Olympic men's football gold medal alive.

Thousands of Venezuelans cross Colombian border for food, medicine

Thousands of Venezuelans crossed the border to Colombia on Saturday after the shared frontier was reopened partially for the first time in nearly a year.

Belgian customs finds 1.7 tons of cocaine under banana shipment

Belgian customs authorities found 1,500 packages containing 1.7 tons of cocaine hidden in a shipment of bananas, the Finance Ministry announced Wednesday, according to the Belga news agency. 

35,000 Venezuelans cross border to buy goods, medicine in Colombia

The border between economically crippled Venezuela and Colombia was opened Sunday for the first time in 11 months, and more than 35,000 Venezuelans crossed into the neighbouring country to buy groceries and medicine.

Colombia, rebels ink ceasefire: "May this be the last day of the war"

The Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) rebel group took a final step toward peace in their decades-long conflict Thursday, signing a cease-fire agreement at a ceremony in Havana.

Ceasefire marks "last day of the war" for Colombia and FARC rebels

The Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) guerrilla group on Wednesday announced a bilateral ceasefire, negotiators in the Cuban capital Havana said, in what is a last step towards a peace accord expected for next month.

FARC rebels, Colombia government announce ceasefire agreement

The Colombian government and FARC rebels announced Wednesday a bilateral ceasefire in a historic deal that marks a critical step toward the signing of an overall peace agreement.

EU hails release of journalists kidnapped by Colombian guerillas

The European Union hailed the release by Colombian Marxist rebels of three kidnapped journalists

Three kidnapped journalists released by Colombian guerillas

Three journalists recently captured by Marxist guerillas in remote northern Colombia were released Friday, news reports said.

Suspected Panama money-launderer arrested

Influential Panamanian businessman Nidal Waked has been arrested in Bogota on suspicion of money-laundering, local media reported Thursday.

UN welcomes Colombian request to monitor peace agreement with rebels

The UN welcomed Wednesday a joint request by the Colombian government and the leftist rebel Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) to deploy a UN political observer mission to monitor the implementation of a peace deal.