The fight over who will profit from the San José shipwreck, sunk off the coast of Colombia by the British in 1708, has dragged on for almost four decades. At stake are billions worth of gold, silver and emeralds.
During a visit to the Colombian border town of Cucuta, USAID Administrator Mark Green said Washington is giving Colombia $6 million more to aid in the Venezuelan migrant crisis, which he said was man-made by the Maduro administration. The U.S. has pledged more than $56 million in total in response to the humanitarian crisis since 2017.
Jarred by reports of soaring coca harvests and cocaine output, President Juan Manuel Santos announced this week that Colombia security forces will begin using remote-controlled drone aircraft to spray the illicit crops with glyphosate, a powerful herbicide, to kill the crops.
Ivan Duque, a 41-year-old political newcomer, won Colombia’s presidency Sunday promising to revitalize the country’s economy and overhaul a historic peace deal with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC. He beat Gustavo Petro, the leftist former mayor of Bogotá.
As Colombia elects a new president on Sunday, the country's Venezuelan population favors Ivan Duque, a young former senator backed by popular ex-President Alvaro Uribe. Many fear that the other leading candidate, Gustavo Petro, the former mayor of Bogota, may lead the country down the same socialist path as Venezuela.
Colombians are voting for president on Sunday, a week after Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro secured a new six-year term. Polls say Iván Duque, a 41-year-old former senator and the handpicked successor of former President Alvaro Uribe, is leading a packed field. In a June runoff, it's unclear if he'll face former Bogota Mayor Gustavo Petro.
Colombia's former anti-corruption chief and a private attorney were extradited from Bogotá to Miami Thursday on charges of a foreign bribery scheme that U.S. authorities say unfolded at a Miami-Dade mall and other locales.
Trapped in an economic, social and political crisis, Venezuela will see “regime change” soon, predicted Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, saying the once-rich nation can no longer survive its corrupt leadership. The statement comes as Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro is hoping to win a new 6-year term on May 20.
Washington's war on drugs hasn't stopped the flow of Colombian cocaine, but has made Latin America one of the most violent parts of the planet. Gustavo Petro, a former Colombian M-19 guerrilla, wants to challenge drug policy from the presidency.
Ecuadorean President Lenín Moreno said Friday that three journalists kidnapped March 26 along the Colombian border had been executed. Critics said Colombia and Ecuador should have worked harder for the release of the three men, who worked for Ecuador’s El Comercio newspaper. A dissident faction of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, is thought to be responsible.
OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro said Latin American countries have the tools to pressure the Havana regime because OAS regulations can be applied to Cuba even though the hemispheric organization suspended the island's membership in 1962.
A declaration from former Latin America presidents to participants of the upcoming VIII Summit of the Americas in Lima, Peru, also demands an end to the Cuban government's repression of opponents and the release of political prisoners.