Texan John Poulos Arrested for Murder of Colombian DJ Found in Suitcase

CAUCA, Colombia—American citizen John Poulos, 35, was arrested by Interpol officers last week in Panama for the alleged murder of his fiancée, a celebrated DJ from Bogotá. The body of Valentina Trespalacios, 21, had been found in a dumpster on Jan. 22 in the Fontibón district of the Colombian capital, according to the public prosecutor’s … Read more

Why Colombia was forced to backtrack on a promising ceasefire announcement

CNN — What began as a hopeful announcement of a six-month ceasefire with the National Liberation Army (ELN) and other armed groups in Colombia, has ended in a political entanglement that casts doubts on the armed groups’ desire for peace – and raises questions about Colombian President Gustavo Petro’s future announcements regarding the ongoing peace … Read more

Colombia’s drug problem is worse than ever. But it has a radical solution

Bogota CNN — When Gustavo Petro, Colombia’s first progressive president, took office in August, he laid out an ambitious agenda. His administration would finally achieve a stable peace with Colombia’s multiple rebel organizations; it would fight inequality by taxing the top 1% and lifting millions out of poverty; and it would abandon a punitive approach … Read more

Ahead of Xi meeting, Biden calls out China – POLITICO

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia — US President Joe Biden offered a full-throated American commitment to the nations of Southeast Asia on Saturday, pledging at a Cambodia summit to help stand against China’s growing dominance in the region — without mentioning the other superpower by name. Chinese President Xi Jinping was not in the room at the … Read more

Colombia-Venezuela border reopening raises hopes, new questions | Border Disputes News

Bogota, Colombia – Residents on both sides of the Colombia-Venezuela border turned out en masse this week to welcome the reopening of the Simon Bolivar International Bridge. Two commercial trucks – covered in the two nations’ respective flags, along with phrases of friendship and balloons – rumbled across the key border point, as vendors stood … Read more

Mexico vs Colombia LIVE: Score Updates (1-0) | 09/27/2022

10:24 PM6 minutes ago 22′ Antuna’s diagonal, but the defense ends up clearing the ball and preventing Martin from shooting. 10:21 PM9 minutes ago 17′ The match is quite hard fought, both teams are pressing to reach the opponent’s goal. 10:12 PM18 minutes ago 10′ Antuna’s shot, but it goes over the goal. 10:08 PM22 … Read more

Colombians call for end to impunity as activist killings continue | Conflict News

Bogota, Colombia – Dora Munoz’s life was irreparably changed on March 14. That night, she received news nobody wants to hear: her husband, Miller Correa, had been found dead. His lifeless body was discovered strewn alongside a road near the small rural community of Las Chozas, on the outskirts of the southeastern Colombian city of … Read more

AP Exclusive: Venezuela jails 3 Americans amid US outreach

CLEVELAND (AP) – Three Americans were quietly jailed in Venezuela earlier this year for allegedly trying to enter the country illegally and now face long prison sentences in the politically turbulent nation. Two of the men – a lawyer from California and a computer programmer from Texas – were arrested in late March, just days … Read more

USWNT’s win over Colombia can’t mask struggles in front of goal before start of World Cup qualifying

Had there been actual stakes in Tuesday’s final tuneup match for the CONCACAF W Championship, the United States women’s national team’s 2-0 win against Colombia would have been ripe for dissection. The US controlled the game, as usual, but that didn’t translate into many good chances in what was a mostly underwhelming performance considering the … Read more

New Colombian president pledges to protect rainforest

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) – Gustavo Petro, Colombia’s first elected leftist president, will take office in August with ambitious proposals to halt the record-high rates of deforestation in the Amazon rainforest. Petro has promised to limit agribusiness expansion into the forest, and create reserves where Indigenous communities and others are allowed to harvest rubber, acai … Read more