Colombian authorities conduct COVID-19 checks on Venezuela border | AFP

Colombia implements control and prevention measures at its border crossings with Venezuela to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus by migrants crossing the international bridges which divide the two countries.

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Colombia police raid coca field in Tumaco | AFP

Colombian police raid a coca field in Tumaco, Colombia, following the state’s Defense Minister’s statement that the military will step up an offensive against drug trafficking gangs responsible for clearing thousands of hectares of protected national parks for coca plantations. The South American country is the largest producer of cocaine in the world, much of it is destined for the US market.

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Protest against legalization of abortion in Colombia | AFP

Anti-abortion protesters gather in front of the Palace of Justice in Bogota to demonstrate against an expected debate in the country’s top court that would allow abortion in the first three months of pregnancy.

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Tough weather kills 48,000ha crops in central Colombia | AFP

A layer of frost covers dry crops in central Colombia, where worried farmers are lamenting this year’s particularly strong damage – one which experts say isn’t due to climate change.

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Authorities comb through debris after car bomb in Colombia kills 7 | AFP

Authorities comb through debris after an explosion of a public transport vehicle on a major highway in southwestern Colombia left at least seven people dead and 13 injured, officials said. Government official ruled out any terrorist action.

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New day of protest in Colombia against Duque’s government | AFP

Students take the streets of Bogota for a new day of protests against Ivan Duque’s government. Colombia’s unions have been calling for a national strike, marking two months of protest against country’s administration. IMAGES

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US’ Pompeo, Colombia’s Duque in head to head in Bogota | AFP

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo meets with Colombia’s President Ivan Duque in Bogota. IMAGES

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Pompeo urges end to ‘tyranny’ of Venezuela’s Maduro | AFP

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on visit in Colombia calls for cooperation in the struggle to remove Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro from office amid a long-running crisis in the South American country. SOUNDBITE

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Venezuela’s Guaido meets with Pompeo and Colombia’s Duque | AFP

Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido meets with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Colombian president Ivan Duque during an event to honour the victims of the bombing of a police academy in Bogota that killed 20 people as well as the attacker last year. IMAGES

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US State Secretary Pompeo holds presser with Colombia’s Ivan Duque | AFP

US State Secretary Mike Pompeo holds a press conference with Colombia’s president Ivan Duque. IMAGES

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Venezuelans migrants transform Colombia’s parks into open-air bedrooms | AFP

Bucaramanga, a Colombian city near the Venezuelan border, is known for its parks, which have become a refuge for the country’s many Venezuelan migrants. They have transformed the green spaces into open-air bedrooms from which they sleep, work and ask for help to survive.

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Thousands gather in Colombia for Blacks and Whites’ Carnival | AFP

Thousands of people watch performers, entertainers, and dancers on floats in the annual Blacks and Whites’ Carnival in the southern Colombian city of Pasto, one of the country’s largest festivals that has its origins in the Andean, Amazonian and Pacific cultural expressions.

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A biologist collects plants to preserve Colombia’s floral memory | AFP

Julio Betancur, a biologist and professor at the National University of Colombia, has collected more than 22,000 plants to document Colombia’s rich floral diversity, which is now disappearing due to climate change and deforestation.

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Today in History for December 17th

Wright brothers conduct the first successful manned, powered flight of the airplane. U.S. test-fires the Atlas intercontinental ballistic missile; Simon Bolivar dies in Colombia; television’s Tiny Tim marries his fiancee, Miss Vicky. (Dec. 17th)

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Medellin: how did the once-infamous Comuna 13 reinvent itself? | AFP

Once the epicenter of Colombia’s drug war, Medellin has reinvented itself. Now hailed as an example of innovation and sustainable development, the city has fought hard against the legacy left behind by the likes of Pablo Escobar. The late drug lord built in Medellin his cocaine trafficking empire, going so far as to finance the construction of an entire neighbourhood that still bears his name. The years of violence that ensued left their mark. Even after Escobar’s death, in many areas of the city the bloodshed continued. Comuna 13, known for years as one of the city’s most dangerous neighbourhoods, today has a very different reputation.

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Police clash with demonstrators near Colombia’s main university | AFP

Colombian police fire tear gas at demonstrators in Bogota as they try to occupy the National University, stopping traffic and disrupting public transportation. IMAGES

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In Colombia, musicians join anti-government protests | AFP

Thousands of Colombian protesters including dozens of musicians marched, sang and banged pots and pans on Sunday in a bold new show of discontent with President Ivan Duque’s administration.

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Tourism becomes weapon of choice for Colombia’s Comuna 13 to shed stigma of violence | AFP

Stricken relentlessly by violence, Comuna 13, a neighbourhood high up in the Colombian city of Medellín whose streets and terraces once ran bright with rivers of blood, resists remaining synonymous with danger thanks to the initiative of its residents to use tourism as its newest weapon.

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Protests continue in Colombia against Duque’s government | AFP

Colombians continue to protest in Bogota against the government of President Ivan Duque, with a third national strike marking fourteen days since the beginning of demonstrations. IMAGES

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