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

Petro and Colombia’s Rule of Law

Former M-19 rebel Gustavo Petro won Colombia’s runoff presidential election Sunday with 50.5% of the vote. His opponent, businessman Rodolfo Hern├índez, received 47.3%. The rest of the votes were either left intentionally blank or annulled by electoral authorities. With nearly half of all voters declining to endorse Mr. Petro, there is no mandate for radical … Read more

Ex-guerilla rebel Gustavo Petro wins runoff to be Colombia’s 1st leftist president

Former rebel Gustavo Petro narrowly won a runoff election over a political outsider millionaire Sunday, ushering in a new era of politics for Colombia by becoming the country’s first leftist president. Petro, a senator in his third attempt to win the presidency, got 50.48% of the votes, while real estate magnate Rodolfo Hern├índez had 47.26%, … Read more

The controversial ‘Tik Tok King’ vying for Colombia’s presidency | Elections News

Bucaramanga, Colombia – Millions of Colombian voters are poised to take a step into the unknown this week, as they invest their hopes in a controversial figure who they believe will help the country reinvent itself politically. Rodolfo Hernandez shocked much of Colombia by producing a surprise, second-place result in the first round of the … Read more

Pair’s disappearance in Brazil’s Amazon tied to ‘fish mafia’

ATALAIA DO NORTE, Brazil (AP)-A main line of police investigation into the disappearance of a British journalist and an Indigenous official in the Amazon points to an international network that pays poor fishermen to fish illegally in Brazil’s second-largest Indigenous territory, authorities said. Freelance journalist Dom Phillips and Indigenous official Bruno Pereira were last seen … Read more

Police tortured suspect in Amazon disappearance, family says

ATALAIA DO NORTE, Brazil (AP) – Family members of the sole person to be arrested in the disappearance of a British journalist and Indigenous official in the Amazon said Friday that he was innocent and alleged that police were torturing him to try to force a confession . Freelance journalist Dom Phillips and Indigenous official … Read more

Populist millionaire faces ex-rebel for Colombia presidency

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) – Leftist Sen. Gustavo Petro celebrated his first-round lead in Colombia’s presidential election in the way most politicians would: in a conference room packed with hundreds of supporters as confetti rained down upon him. The man he’ll meet in a June 19 runoff had a different approach. Rodolfo Hernandez sat at his … Read more

Colombia presidential race to runoff; leftist vs businessman

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) – In a blow to Colombia’s political class, a leftist former rebel and a populist businessman took the top two spots among the six candidates in the country’s presidential election Sunday and headed to a runoff showdown in June. Leftist Sen. Gustavo Petro led the results with just over 40% of the … Read more

Ex-rebel frontrunner in Colombian vote, could shake US ties

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) – Fabian Espinel last year helped organize roadblocks where young people protested against police violence and government plans to increase taxes on lower income Colombians. Now, as his country heads into its presidential election Sunday, he walks the streets of the capital’s working-class sectors handing out flyers and painting murals in support … Read more