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Colombia maintains banana output despite coronavirus, Panama disease outbreaks

Jul 03 2020

BOGOTA Colombia, the world's fourth-largest banana exporter, has maintained production and exports of the yellow fruit to its largest buyers, despite the twin threats of coronavirus and dangerous fungus Fusarium R4T, an industry leader said Friday.

More than 100 Colombian soldiers implicated in sex abuse of minors, army says

Jul 01 2020

BOGOTA At least 118 members of the Colombian army have been investigated since 2016 for alleged involvement in sexual abuse against minors, the head of the army said on Wednesday, amid accusations of sexual violence by soldiers against young girls.

Venezuela is a health 'time bomb,' Colombian president says

Jun 26 2020

BOGOTA Colombian President Ivan Duque on Friday called Venezuela a public health "time bomb," and said the lack of reliable information about the status of its neighbor's coronavirus outbreak was a worry as his administration tries to control its own infections.

Colombia's beleaguered president gets approval bump during pandemic

Jun 16 2020

BOGOTA The coronavirus pandemic has battered the popularity of governments and leaders around the world, yet Colombia's Ivan Duque has actually received an unexpected boost in public opinion.

Private planes take to the sky to ferry coronavirus tests from isolated Colombia

Jun 09 2020

LA PRIMAVERA, Colombia "This is HK4679 G on a humanitarian flight between La Primavera and Cumaribo, transporting COVID-19 tests at 3,500 feet," Ernesto Perez radioed to a nearby military base as he piloted his twin-engine plane above Colombia's wide eastern plains. | Video

Colombia gov't to focus on economic recovery in next legislature-minister

Jun 03 2020

BOGOTA, June 3 Colombia's government will focus lawmaking efforts in the next legislative session on economic recovery, after months of coronavirus quarantine, the interior minister said, though it will push announced reforms to voting and the justice system.

Video calls connect anxious parents to hospitalized newborns in Colombia

Jun 02 2020

BOGOTA Deysi Silva cannot see, hug or kiss her infant daughter.

Colombia ELN rebels would back U.N. ceasefire, urge government to join

May 29 2020

BOGOTA Colombian rebel group the National Liberation Army (ELN) would be willing to participate in a global three-month ceasefire being discussed at the United Nations to contain the spread of coronavirus, the head of its negotiating team said.

Colombian businessman makes hospital bed-coffin combo to serve coronavirus dead

May 22 2020

BOGOTA Disturbing images of bodies of dozens of coronavirus victims awaiting burial on the streets of Ecuador's largest city Guayaquil has motivated a businessman in neighboring Colombia to design something he hopes would prevent a similar scenario in other countries: hospital beds that can be converted to coffins.

Colombia issues arrest warrants for 10 mayors for alleged graft

May 21 2020

BOGOTA Colombia's attorney general's office said on Thursday it will issue arrest warrants for 10 mayors for alleged acts of corruption during the country's two months of coronavirus lockdown.

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