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    UAn extraordinary scientific (re)invention. mentioned as Guardian, an extremely rare hummingbird, has been rediscovered by an ornithologist in Colombia after more than a decade of disappearance. The species in question, the Santa Marta swordfish, was last seen in 2010 and scientists fear the species is extinct. In fact, this species lives mainly in the Colombian mountains of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, where most of the tropical forests have been largely cleared for agriculture in the last ten years. The moment he was able to capture a picture of the Santa Marta sword, ornithologist Jurgen Vega felt “overwhelmed” as he realized he was living a historic moment in his life. For good reason, after 1946 and 2010, when researchers took the first photographs of the species in the wild, this is the third time that evidence of the species’ existence has been officially established. Read moreDelhommais – Money falcon, an endangered species A very dangerous creature Its rare sightings have led John C. Mittermeyer has compared Its species is listed as critically endangered on the IUCN Red List...
    Florida Senator Marco Rubio (R) teamed up with other lawmakers to redefine the Revolutionary Forces of Colombia (FARC) as a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO). Last year, the Biden administration removed the group from terrorist lists, a move garnered backlash from Republicans and Democrats. “For decades, the Colombian people have been innocent targets of the FARC’s terrorist attacks,” Rubio said in a statement. “The Biden Administration’s decision to delist this guerilla group as a Foreign Terrorist organization, not only failed the Colombian-American community but also set back our region’s security. This bill will also ensure the State Department submits a report on seven individuals’ ties to the FARC, including Sandra Ramirez Lobo Silva and Piedad Córdoba. Since Córdoba’s ties to the FARC are well known, she can expect to be subject to U.S. sanctions if it is enacted.” When the Biden administration initially made the decision to pull the group off terrorist lists, Rubio initially called it “a step backwards for the stability and security of Colombia.” Many Colombian expatriates have resettled in Florida as a result of the instability in...
    NEW YORK (AP) — A Colombian soccer fan who came to the U.S. as a political refugee is creating a training camp for young people in New Mexico with former players from Colombia as the instructors. David Certain, who owns a coffee company, hopes one day to expand the program in the United States and also take it back to his home country. Former Philadelphia Union player Carlos Valdés and ex-Colombia midfielder Víctor Pacheco are among those teaching the skills and disciplines of soccer to young people in Albuquerque this week, along with former midfielder Jorge Bolaño and ex-goalkeeper Julián Viafara. Certain wants to create a physical but also emotional and mental training camp for young people who like to play soccer. “You see a lot of talent that looks very robotic. We want to focus a lot on the emotional part, so that they can control their emotions a little more and know that, when there are emotions, it is normal”, the 42-year-old Colombian said. “It is totally normal to feel failure when the goal is not scored,...
    Unfortunately, the world is not a very peaceful or safe place for many individuals. From conflict to abuse to exploitation, there is so much cruelty inflicted on both humans and animals. While this can get disheartening and difficult to hear about, petitions are a great way to use your voice for good. Just by signing one, you are a part of helping those who are not treated fairly. You can even share them with your friends and acquaintances to increase your impact. Through petitions, we can reach those in power and demand justice for others. They are valuable tools for making positive changes in the world. If you are looking for a way to help animals and humans, here are 16 petitions you should sign this week, including Urge Congress to Pass Immigration Reform, Help End Bullfighting in Colombia, Urge the EPA to Research Styrofoam-Eating Super Worm, and more! We want to thank you for being the change you wish to see in the world and giving a voice to the voiceless. 1. Urge Congress to Pass Immigration Reform...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — A veteran Afro-Colombian politician who studied in the Soviet Union and fled his homeland after being kidnapped by a paramilitary group has been tapped to become Colombia’s first Black ambassador to the United States. In a brief message posted on Twitter on Tuesday, leftist President elect Gustavo Petro wrote that Luis Gilberto Murillo would take Colombia’s most important diplomatic post when he’s sworn into office next month. Murillo, 55, has a long record maneuvering in Washington’s power circles, having established himself there more than two decades ago when fleeing death threats from right wing paramilitary groups. Among his powerful supporters is Rep. Gregory Meeks, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, who helped craft aid programs for the traditionally marginalized Afro-Colombian population as part of negotiations over a U.S.-Colombia free trade agreement. Murillo also has U.S. citizenship — something he’ll have to renounce to take up his diplomatic post. But as ambassador for Colombia’s first leftist government, he’ll need more than deep connections to stabilize a bilateral relationship in what some fear could be a...
    THE WORLD'S most dangerous cartel Clan del Golfo has transformed the world of cocaine - unleashing a "tsunami" of the dangerous drug into Europe and America. Working with the mafia, the clan is linking up with criminals across the world and is now churning out more of the drug than the infamous narcoterrorist Pablo Escobar. 9Darío Úsuga was the head of Clan Del Golfo - known as Otoniel 9Otoniel's wife Blanca Madrid and her sister Martha - both of whom he is said to have paid to have plastic surgery 9A handgun covered with gold and money seized from a member of the Clan Del GolfoCredit: AFP The Clan del Golfo is thought to smuggle 180 to 200 tonnes of cocaine out of Colombia every year - more than at the height of the Colombian kingpin's power. It commands an army of 1,800 foot soldiers, mainly recruited from paramilitary groups. Until recently, it was run by Dario Antonio Úsuga David - known as Otoniel. Among his long list of alleged crimes is forcing girls as young as 12...
    Carson Pickett's trail-blazing soccer career reached another milestone on Tuesday night in Utah, where she became the first player with a limb difference to play for the US National Team. Pickett, who also plays for the NWSL's North Carolina Courage, was born without a left hand and forearm, but that did not stop her from stepping up in Tuesday's 2-0 exhibition victory over Colombia when US coach Vlatko Andonovski wanted to give starter Emily Fox a night off. 'Carson did very well in training for us in last week and with the management of minutes for Emily Fox that we had, we felt like Carson would be a good replacement, and I'm happy that she was able to perform well for 90 minutes,' Andonovski told reporters after the win. Carson Pickett's trail-blazing soccer career reached another milestone on Tuesday night in Utah , where she became the first player with a limb difference to play for the National Team arson Pickett #26 of the United States celebrates during a game between Colombia and the United States at Rio Tinto Stadium...
    (CNN)Carson Pickett became the first player with a limb difference to play for the US Women's National Team (USWNT) on Tuesday as she helped her side to a 2-0 victory in a friendly against Colombia.The 28-year-old, who was born without part of her left arm, has played for the North Carolina Courage in the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) since February 2021 when she was traded from Orlando Pride. Pickett has become an integral part of her club; she was named to the 2021 NWSL First-Team Starting XI and was a finalist for 2021 Defender of the Year. This form was rewarded with a call up to the national squad. Pickett celebrates the USA's 2-0 victory against Colombia."Carson did very well in training for us in the last week and with the management of minutes for Emily Fox that we had, we felt like Carson would be a good replacement, and I'm happy that she was able to perform well for 90 minutes," US coach Vlatko Andonovski said, according to ESPN.The US' defense allowed Colombia just six shots -- two...
    Getty USWNT look forward to facing Colombia once again The United States Womens National Team will face Colombia at the DSG Park in Commerce City in an International Friendly 2022 on Saturday. The match (7:30 p.m. ET start time) will be televised on Fox Sports 1. But if you don’t have cable, here are some different ways you can watch a live stream of USA vs Colombia online:Note: Heavy may earn an affiliate commission if you sign up via a link on this pageDirecTV StreamDirecTV Stream has four different channel packages: “Entertainment,” “Choice,” “Ultimate” and “Premier.” Fox Sports 1 is included in all of them, and you can pick any package and any add-on you want with your free five-day trial: DirecTV Stream Free Trial Once signed up for DirecTV Stream, you can watch USA vs Colombia live on the DirecTV Stream app, which is available on your Roku, Roku TV, Amazon Fire TV or Fire Stick, Apple TV, Chromecast, Samsung TV, any device with Android TV (such as a Sony TV or Nvidia Shield), iPhone, Android phone,...
    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 and other non-timber forest products. He has also pledged income from carbon credits to finance replanting. “From Colombia, we will give humanity a reward, a remedy, a solution: not to burn the Amazon rainforest anymore, to recover it to its natural frontier, to give humanity the possibility of life on this planet,” Petro, wearing an Indigenous headdress, said to a crowd in the Amazon city of Leticia during his campaign. But to do that he first needs to establish reign over large, lawless areas. The task of stopping deforestation seems more challenging than ever. In 2021, the Colombian Amazon lost 98000 hectares (more than 240,000 acres) of pristine forest to deforestation and another 9,000 hectares (22,000 acres) to fire. Both were down from what they...
    When we cover “the Caribbean,” we often forget that there are nations on the South and Central American mainland that are also part of a geographical area often referred to as the Caribbean Basin. Colombia is one of them. There are historical ties forged via the Colombian coastal transatlantic slave port of Cartagena, and there are cultural links to the rest of the Caribbean in foods, music, and language between and among the African ancestored peoples who live there. Depending on what data one uses—and recent governmental census data has been questioned—Black or Afro-descended Colombians number anywhere from 4 to well over 11 million in number, and they were a major voting factor in this recent election. So it was a great joy to witness the election of the first Black vice president of their nation, Francia Elena Márquez Mina.  Caribbean Matters is a weekly series from Daily Kos. If you are unfamiliar with the region, check out Caribbean Matters: Getting to know the countries of the Caribbean. Julie Turkewitz, writing for The New York Times, reported on Márquez’s incredible journey: The rise of Ms. Márquez is...
    BOGOTÁ, Colombia (AP) — President-elect Gustavo Petro, who has vowed to lift up Colombia’s poor and disenfranchised, has won the support of an influential party of the establishment as he tries to build a majority coalition in Congress. Petro, a former Bogotá mayor and a member of the M-19 rebel group that demobilized in the 1980s, has won the support of the Liberal Party, which backed another candidate in the first round of Colombia’s presidential election. Petro won the second round on Sunday in a blow to political traditionalists who have presided for generations over Colombia, through violence and corruption, as well as economic growth and institutional stability. The decision by the Liberal Party, led by ex-president César Gaviria, to join Petro’s Historic Pact group shows the pragmatic side of the president-elect as he makes political deals aimed at executing an ambitious legislative agenda that includes fiscal, agrarian, pension and other changes. “We won’t be a party of opposition,” Gaviria said in a statement Wednesday. Details still have to be worked out regarding the Liberal’s Party role...
    The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), a communist narco-terror organization, issued a press release on Wednesday celebrating the election of former guerrilla member Gustavo Petro to the presidency of the country, its first leftist president in history. Petro narrowly won last week’s runoff election against non-ideological outsider Rodolfo Hernández after dismissing the other candidates, including conservative establishment choice Federico Gutiérrez, in May. Petro contested the election before it occurred, declaring it rigged and calling Colombia’s top election integrity official a “liar,” but has yet to challenge his alleged victory in the race despite hundreds of reports of election “irregularities.” Petro, a former member of the Marxist M19 guerrilla, ran an extreme socialist campaign – promising, among other things, that he would end Colombia’s drug war and attempt to replace coca crops with marijuana. The FARC is one of history’s deadliest terrorist organizations, over half a century old and engaging for decades in extreme human rights abuses such as the use of child soldiers, kidnapping, murder, rape, large-scale drug trafficking, and abortions of children conceived in sexual crimes against minors,...
    BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — It’s one of the United States’ few enduring alliances in an often-turbulent Latin America, one built around a decades-long partnership combating the nation’s drug cartels. But Gustavo Petro’s election as Colombia’s first leftist president is likely to test the U.S.’ special relationship with a major non-NATO ally like never before. During the hard fought contest, Petro, a former guerrilla, took aim at forced coca eradication and extradition — centerpieces of the U.S.-backed drug war — as well as a free trade agreement with the U.S. he blames for impoverishing Colombian farmers It remains to be seen whether he can implement his progressive agenda amid a fractured congress and opposition from powerful elites. But just his promise of sweeping change in a country that has long been a bulwark of regional stability has many in Washington on edge — even if tracks the left’s resurgence throughout Latin America and was embraced by millions of Colombians fed up with enormous inequality and social injustice. “Our combined efforts to combat transnational crime are over,” said Kevin Whitaker,...
    BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombia for the first time elected a leftist as its next president, but the narrow victory with only a three percentage point margin is a cue that a large portion of the South American country rejects the ambitious proposals of Gustavo Petro, who will have to consider their concerns and negotiate with a divided Congress to be able to govern, let alone deliver on promises. Petro, in his third attempt to win the presidency, on Sunday defeated another anti-establishment candidate, real estate tycoon Rodolfo Hernández, in a runoff election that became an indictment of the centrist and right-leaning politics that have long dominated the South American country. Now, the former rebel-turned-president-elect faces a steep battle to carry out the changes supporters want to see as the nation struggles with rising inequality, inflation and violence. “Petro has set very high expectations from his proposals, and when he delivered his victory speech, he sort of inflated those expectations,” said Silvana Amaya, a senior analyst with the firm Control Risks. “Therefore, there is a lot of room for...
    (CNN)Gustavo Petro's victory in Colombia's presidential elections on Sunday opens a new page in the history of the country's relations with the US.The nation -- which has never had a left-wing president -- has been Washington's closest ally in the region for decades. But the election of leftist former guerrilla Petro to the country's highest office could radically change that relationship.A man uses a chainsaw to clear trees in order to plant coca in the Guaviare department of Colombia.In an interview with CNN last week, Petro said he intends to renegotiate Colombia's trade deals with the US.He also plans to open dialogue around three main issues: protection for the Amazon rainforest; ending the war on drugs; and moving the Colombian economy away from extractive projects such as fossil fuels.His future conversations with US President Joe Biden are likely to be tough, with the two leaders diametrically opposed on issues such as relations with Venezuela.Read MoreLeft-wing candidate and former guerrilla Gustavo Petro wins Colombian presidential raceAlthough he tried to distance himself from the regime of Venezuelan strongman Nicolas Maduro on the...
    (CNN)Juneteenth -- the federal holiday which commemorates the end of slavery in the US -- was celebrated on Sunday, but will be observed in many places today, June 20. Non-essential federal, state and city government offices will be closed, along with most banks, schools, post offices, and stock markets.Here's what you need to know to Get Up to Speed and On with Your Day. (You can get "5 Things You Need to Know Today" delivered to your inbox daily. Sign up here.)1. Travel chaosA combination of rough weather, staff shortages and infrastructure challenges have the left major airlines struggling to keep up with the surge in travel. Between Friday and Sunday, more than 3,200 flights were canceled and about 9,000 flights were delayed, according to the data group FlightAware. The increase in delays and cancellations comes just days after Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg urged airline CEOs to improve their flight schedules and better respond to disruptions. This past Friday before Juneteenth clocked in as the most popular air travel day of 2022, statistics from the TSA show. Airports haven't been...
    MILAN (AP) — Italian agents on Tuesday confiscated 4.3 tons of cocaine with a street value of nearly a quarter-billion euros (dollars) in the northeastern port city of Trieste, dealing a blow to Colombia’s feared Gulf Clan in one of the largest drug busts ever in Europe. Arrest warrants were being executed for 38 people on suspicion of international drug trafficking in Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Bulgaria, the Netherlands and Colombia. The seizure was carried out by Italian financial police and coordinated by anti-mafia investigators, following a yearlong investigation that also involved U.S. Homeland Security. The undercover operation “took another strong tackle to one of the most important groups of Colombian narcos,” anti-mafia investigators said in a statement in English. Last month, the Gulf Clan’s alleged boss was extradited from Colombia to the United States. Dairo Antonio Úsuga David, better known by the alias Otoniel, faces U.S. indictments in three federal courts. Colombian President Iván Duque at the time of the extradition compared him to Pablo Escobar, the late former head of the Medellin drug cartel, calling him “the most...
    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s president has claimed the leftist candidate in Colombia’s presidential race faces “a dirty war” by “conservatives,” leading the Colombian government to tell President Andrés Manuel López Obrador Friday to stay out of its domestic politics. López Obrador makes a big point of saying he doesn’t interfere in other countries’ internal affairs, and has used that as an excuse to avoid criticizing non-democratic regimes like Nicaragua and Cuba. But on Friday López Obrador blasted the opposition to front-running presidential candidate, the leftist Gustavo Petro. López Obrador claimed Petro faces a scare campaign, trying to depict him as dangerous radical, something similar to a campaign used against López Obrador in a failed presidential bid in 2006. “I want to say I’m sending a hug to Petro,” López Obrador. “Why a hug? Because he is facing a dirty war of the most cowardly and undignified kind, everything we suffered in Mexico. All the conservatives are united, unethically.” Colombia’s foreign relations ministry shot back on its social media accounts, saying the Mexican president’s comments were “an...
    BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombian voters opted for a dramatic change in presidential politics, choosing a leftist former rebel and an outsider populist businessman to advance to a runoff election in June amid hopes a new face can pull them out of the economic damage from the pandemic. Leftist Sen. Gustavo Petro led the field of six candidates Sunday with just over 40% of the votes, while real estate tycoon Rodolfo Hernández, who has no close ties to any political parties, finished second with more than 28%, election officials reported. Both are far from the conservatives and moderates that have long governed the South American country. Petro, the front-runner throughout the campaign, could become Colombia’s first head of state from the left, which for years has been marginalized for its perceived association with the nation’s armed conflict. Hernández, whose showing surprised many, has been compared to former U.S. President Donald Trump for his anti-establishment rhetoric. They will face off June 19 amid the same polarized environment and growing discontent over increasing inequality and inflation that shadowed the...
    By ASTRID SUAREZ and REGINA GARCIA CANO BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — A leftist former rebel and a populist businessman took the top two spots among the six candidates in Colombia’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 votes, while independent real estate tycoon Rodolfo Hernández finished second with more than 28%, election authorities said Sunday evening. A candidate needed 50% of the total votes to win outright and the run-off election. Voters in the South American country went to the polls amid a polarized environment and growing discontent over increasing inequality and inflation. Petro has promised to make significant adjustments to the economy, including tax reform, and to change how Colombia fights drug cartels and other armed groups. Meanwhile, Hernández, whose spot in the runoff contest came as a suprise, has few connections to political parties and promises to reduce wasteful government spending and to offer rewards for people who report corrupt officials. There has been a series of leftist political victories in...
    By ASTRID SUAREZ and REGINA GARCIA CANO BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombians will make a choice for president between a leftist former rebel and a populist businessman in a runoff contest in June after none of the six candidates in Sunday’s first round got 50% of the vote. Leftist Sen. Gustavo Petro led Sunday’s results with just over 40% of the votes, while independent real estate tychoon Rodolfo Hernández finished second with more than 28%, election authorities said Sunday evening. A candidate needed 50% of the total votes to win outright and the run-off election. Voters in the South American country went to the polls amid a polarized environment and growing discontent over increasing inequality and inflation. Petro has promised to make significant adjustments to the economy, including tax reform, and to change how Colombia fights drug cartels and other armed groups. Hernández has few connections to political parties and promises to reduce wasteful government spending and to offer rewards for people who report corrupt officials. This was the second presidential election held since the government signed in 2016 a...
    BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombia presidential election heads to runoff, with leftist former rebel Petro, populist businessman Hernandez. Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    By ASTRID SUAREZ and REGINA GARCIA CANO BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — The early vote count in Sunday’s six-way presidential election in Colombia pointed toward a runoff in June, with leftist former rebel Gustavo Petro leading in a ballot held amid growing discontent over increasing inequality and inflation. Petro, a senator and front-runner throughout the campaign, had just under 41% of votes and was trailed by Rodolfo Hernandez, who had 28%, with two-thirds of ballots tallied, election authorities said Sunday evening. Petro needed 50% of the total votes to avoid a run-off election against the second-place finisher. The anti-establishment candidate has promised to make significant adjustments to the economy, including a tax reform, and to change how Colombia fights drug cartels and other armed groups. This was the second presidential election held since the government signed in 2016 a peace agreement with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, known as FARC for its initials in Spanish. But the divisive agreement was not a main issue during the campaign as challenges exacerbated by the pandemic, including poverty and inflation, garnered attention. Candidates...
    The last-minute surge of outsider candidate Rodolfo Hernández in the Colombian presidential race suggest he could leap into second place in Sunday’s election, guaranteeing a place in a runoff, likely against far-left candidate Gustavo Petro. Latest polls suggest Hernández could overtake conservative establishment candidate Federico “Fico” Gutierrez and would be technically tied in a hypothetical runoff scenario against Petro, a former member of the leftist M-19 guerrilla and ex-mayor of the nation’s capital, Bogotá. On May 29, more than 38 million Colombians will be able to cast their vote to determine who will succeed Iván Duque as Colombia’s president for the next four years. Only six of the original ten candidates remain in the race, of which three have a chance at winning the election, according to most polls. The National Consulting Center’s poll dated May 20 has Petro leading with 35.8 percent against Gutiérrez’s 20.8 percent and Hernández’s 19.1 percent. Another poll conducted by the Colombian firm Invamer on May 20 shows Petro leading with 40.6 percent support against Gutiérrez’s 27.1 percent and Hernández’s 20.9 percent. Presidential candidate Gustavo...
    BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombians emerging from the coronavirus pandemic will vote for their next president Sunday, choosing from six candidates who all promise various degrees of change amid rising inequality, inflation, violence and a discontent with the status quo. The ballot includes former rebel Gustavo Petro, who could become Colombia’s first leftist president Sunday if he can get the 50% of the votes needed to win in the first round. If no one gets more than half the votes a runoff between the two top vote-getters will be held. Pre-vote polls show Petro ahead but failing to get 50%. Behind him are a populist real estate tycoon promising monetary rewards for tips on corrupt officials and a right-wing candidate who has tried to distance himself from the widely disliked conservative current president, Iván Duque. This is the second presidential election since the government signed a peace agreement with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, known as FARC, but the divisive agreement was not a central campaign issue as matters like poverty and corruption garnered attention. It...
    LIVERPOOL star Luis Diaz almost died as a child due to illness which caused him to lose a dangerous amount of weight, his father has revealed. Diaz is Colombia's biggest star and is set to contest the Champions League final against Real Madrid on May 28. 3Diaz suffered from an illness which caused him to lose weightCredit: INSTAGRAM 3A mural of Diaz in his home townCredit: AFP 3The Liverpool star is set to contest the Champions League final on SaturdayCredit: GETTY But life to the top of football wasn't easy for the 25-year-old. Diaz's father, Luis Manuel, has revealed the Liverpool ace suffered from an illness which caused him to lose a dangerous amount of weight. The tricky winger went from "chubby" to extremely skinny which could've cost him his life. Father Manuel told Noticias RCN chain in Colombia: "When he was little, 2 or 3-years-old, he was chubby, he was very chubby. READ MORE IN FOOTBALLTransfer news live Mbappe was 'in talks' with Liverpool, Mane reaches Bayern 'breakthrough' "He had a disease process, it gave him...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- An accused Colombian drug lord considered as big as El Chapo is in now in the custody of American law enforcement.Dairo Usuga is accused of overseeing a cocaine trafficking organization from Colombia to the U.S.READ MORE | Federal indictment of alleged Colombian drug lord Dairo UsagaHe uses the alias Otoniel, and according to U.S. law enforcement, his modus operandi is that people are expendable.Drug agents say his product is much of the wholesale cocaine that is supplied to Mexican cartels and then ends up in Chicago and elsewhere.With an army thousands strong and an arsenal of rifles and rockets, Dairo Usuga is considered one of the world's most dangerous drug traffickers in U.S. custody.He's the accused leader of the Clan del Golfo cartel and a murderer of police and social leaders, according to authorities in Colombia where he has overseen a multi-billion dollar cocaine network.The 50-year-old Usuga was taken into custody by Colombian authorities last fall. Late Thursday afternoon, Usuga pleaded not guilty in federal court in New York.His removal to New York on Thursday is considered...
    BOGOTA, Colombia -- Colombia extradited the alleged head of the feared Gulf Clan, who had been the country's most wanted drug lord before his capture, to the United States Wednesday where he faces indictments in three federal courts.Colombian President Iván Duque said Dairo Antonio Úsuga David is "comparable only to Pablo Escobar," referring to the late former head of the Medellin drug cartel."He is not only the most dangerous drug trafficker in the world, but he is murderer of social leaders, abuser of boys, girls and adolescents, a murderer of policemen," Duque said accompanied by Colombia's military leaders whom he congratulated for guarding Úsuga David and capturing him in October 2021.The former rural warlord, better known by his alias Otoniel, had stayed on the run for more than a decade by corrupting state officials and aligning himself with combatants on the left and right. He was transferred Wednesday in handcuffs and wearing a helmet and a bulletproof vest from a prison in Bogotá to a heavily guarded military transport air field.He's long been a fixture on the U.S. Drug Enforcement...
    BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — As women in the United States find themselves on the verge of possibly losing the constitutional right to abortion, courts in many other parts of the world have been moving in the opposite direction. That includes in a number of traditionally conservative societies — such as recently in Colombia, where the Constitutional Court in February legalized the procedure until the 24th week of pregnancy, part of a broader trend seen in parts of heavily Catholic Latin America. It’s not yet clear what impact there will be outside the United States from the leaked draft opinion suggesting the U.S. Supreme Court could overturn the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision. But for women’s activists who for years have led grinding campaigns demanding open access to abortion, often looking to the United States as a model, it’s a discouraging sign and a reminder that hard-won gains can be impermanent. “It is an awful precedent for the coming years for the region and the world,” said Colombian Catalina Martínez Coral, Latin America and Caribbean director...
    The U.S. women’s national team will host a pair of matches against Colombia in June as it prepares for World Cup qualifying. The games will be held in Commerce City, Colorado, on June 25 and Sandy, Utah, on June 28, U.S. Soccer announced Thursday. The U.S. will then head to Monterrey, Mexico, in July for the CONCACAF W Championship tournament. The top four finishers in the tournament will earn spots in the 2023 Women’s World Cup cohosted by Australia and New Zealand. The winner in Mexico will also secure a berth at the 2024 Olympics. The United States is the top-ranked women’s team in the world and the defending World Cup champion. Colombia, ranked No. 26, is preparing for the 2022 Copa America Femenina, which will determine three World Cup berths. “Colombia has a good chance to make it to the World Cup and both teams will be in our final preparations for our qualifying tournaments, so I expect some highly competitive matches between players who are competing to represent their countries in some really...
    FREDDY RINCON'S emotional wake attracted thousands of mourners after the former Real Madrid ace's tragic death. Rincon died in hospital at the age of 55 three days after a horrific car crash with a bus, which required a three-hour operation in the Colombian city of Cali. 6Freddy Rincon died after a horrific car accident in the Colombian city of CaliCredit: Getty 6Freddy Rincon's wake attracted many mourners, including fans and ex-team-matesCredit: Reuters 6A number of former team-mates attended the wake, including Rene HiguitaCredit: Getty The Colombian legend suffered severe head injuries and had been in “critical” condition in intensive care until his death just before midnight last night local time. The former midfielder's wake was held at the Pascual Guerrero Stadium in Cali by his family and was flooded by relatives, friends and of course his fans. Some of football's most esteemed personalities attended, such as ex-Colombia manager Juan Carlos Osorio, former goalkeeper Rene Higuita and others Rincon enjoyed such a successful career between 1986 and 2004 that he even got to captain the Colombian national team. Read More on...
    The former owner of popular North Jersey restaurant chain Noches de Colombia is bringing a new concept to the area. Colombia Kaliente, helmed by Sebastian Colorado, is expected to open this summer in Englewood, NorthJersey.com reports.  The city's Planning Board approved the 4,497-square-foot, 192-seat restaurant last March. Colombia Kaliente will be located at 30 East Palisade Ave. Click here for more from NorthJersey.com.
    Taylor Hawkins, for 25 years the drummer for Foo Fighters and best friend of frontman Dave Grohl, has died during a South American tour with the rock band. He was 50.There were few immediate details on how Hawkins died, although the band said in a statement Friday that his death was a "tragic and untimely loss."Foo Fighters had been scheduled to play at a festival in Bogota, Colombia, on Friday night. Hawkins' final concert was Sunday at another festival in San Isidro, Argentina."His musical spirit and infectious laughter will live on with all of us forever," said a message on the band's official Twitter account that was also emailed to reporters. "Our hearts go out to his wife, children and family."The Bogota municipal government issued a statement Saturday that the city's emergency center had received a report of a patient with "chest pain" and sent an ambulance, though a private ambulance had already arrived at the hotel in northern Bogota.Health workers tried to revive him, but were unable to do so. It said the cause of death was under investigation."It...
    New Liverpool sensation Luis Diaz was the last player to score for Colombia. The problem is that since he found the back of the net, seven games have gone by. Diaz shot past Claudio Bravo to clinch a 3-1 win at home to Chile in a World Cup qualifier back in early September. 2Luis Diaz will have to be Colombia's talisman if they want to qualify for the World CupCredit: Getty In the subsequent qualifiers Colombia have ground out four goalless draws and suffered three 1-0 defeats. Diaz has played in all of them. The last two, in late January, came just as he was finalising his move to Liverpool from Porto in Portugal. He had his moments in the last game - a 1-0 defeat away to Argentina, although based on that performance former Argentina boss Alfio Basile was amazed that Liverpool were paying so much for him. The previous game was the lowpoint - a 1-0 loss at home to Peru which may well ensure that Colombia cannot make it to a third consecutive World Cup. Read more Tim...
    BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Jennifer Pedraza has been spending a great deal of time in the streets recently — leading protests that stopped Colombia’s government from raising taxes on the middle class and marches that prevented President Ivan Duque from changing the country’s labor laws. Now the student leader is running for a seat in Colombia’s Congress. Pedraza is hoping to promote legislation that will shift Colombia away from its conservative economic model, including a bill that will ensure free tuition at public universities and another law to provide lower income households with a guaranteed monthly income. “Marches have helped us to stop the government’s plans” said Pedraza, who is currently 25 and just meets the minimum age required to run for Congress in Colombia. “But if we are just protesting, it’s harder for us to score goals. Now we want to set the agenda in this country.” In the spring of 2021, Colombia experienced the largest protests in decades as hundreds of thousands took to the streets to march against economic inequality, police violence and plans by the country’s...
    A 'drug lord' dubbed 'Don Carlos' who was linked to the feared Colombian Cali and Medellin cartels has been arrested in Spain after police tracked a 130lb haul of cocaine hidden inside flower boxes. Florentino Fernández, who was said to have been involved in the smuggling of drugs in Colombia for 30 years, was detained while he was drinking coffee in Marbella on the Costa del Sol. Policia Nacional, the national police force of Spain, said the arrest came following a joint investigation with Colombian authorities which traced 130lb of cocaine hidden in boxes of flowers from Colombia. A video posted on Policia Nacional's official Twitter account showed the arrested being made as well as officers on the outskirts of Seville searching a vehicle which had been used to move drugs from Seville to Malaga.  Two people were arrested at the scene after the drugs were found hidden in a compartment in the boot.
    RENO, Nev. (AP) — Sebastian Korda won his Davis Cup debut by outlasting scrappy Nicolas Mejia 6-4, 1-6, 6-4 on Friday to help give the United States a 2-0 lead in its qualifier against Colombia. Taylor Fritz, the No. 1 American in this qualifier, had a much easier time in the second singles match, overwhelming Alejandro Gonzalez 6-1, 6-0 on a hard indoor court at the Reno Events Center. Fritz, ranked No. 20 in the world, won the final 11 games and clinched the match on his serve. Korda, 21, is the son of former tennis pro Petr Korda. Ranked No. 40, Korda used 12 aces to help overcome some serving woes and a few calls that didn’t go his way. Mejia, ranked No. 265, made it interesting in the second set by winning six straight games after Korda opened it by breaking serve. Mejia showed plenty of emotion in the match, pumping his fists and at one point tapping his chest with his racket. Mostly stoic throughout the match, Korda showed some emotion in the third...
    THE COLOMBIAN government has fired a legal claim on treasure found aboard a sunken Spanish ship worth $17 Billion. In 2015, researchers uncovered a sunken Spanish galleon (designated San José) carrying treasure worth billions of dollars, according to a new report by Live Science. 3The Colombian government has fired a legal claim on treasure found aboard a sunken Spanish ship worth $17 Billion The shipwreck, along with the treasure, was uncovered by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) almost 2,000 feet below sea level off the Colombian coast – just outside of the Barú Peninsula, south of Cartagena. Now, the Colombian government is calling dibs on the valuables, adding that the researchers must reveal details about everything they uncovered in the shipwreck. However, Colombia isn't the only nation trying to get its hands on the valuables, comprising roughly 200 tons (180 metric tons) of gold, silver, and precious gemstones. Spain, citing international conventions, says that they are the rightful owners of the treasure due to San José being a Spanish ship of state when it was sunk. Furthermore,...
    Bogota, Colombia (CNN)Colombia became the latest country in Latin America to partially decriminalize abortion on Monday, marking a major victory for the nation's feminist movements and reflecting a wider shift in views toward the procedure across the region. The country's Constitutional Court ruled in favor of legalizing abortion up until 24 weeks of a pregnancy, the supreme tribunal announced in a statement.Abortion rights advocates reacted on Monday with marches in Bogota, the capital, and other major cities, having campaigned for two decades to remove abortion from the country's criminal code. "We knew this was not an easy fight, but at some point it had to happen," said Mariana Ardila, a women's rights activist and lawyer who signed the petition to decriminalize abortion. "Of course, while we were hoping for full decriminalization, and we will keep fighting for it, this is an important step forward for us," Ardila told CNN, surrounded by women's rights activists outside the court on Monday evening. Abortion rights activists celebrate the court's decision in Bogota on Monday.The Colombian Supreme Court's ruling follows recent decisions by Mexico's...
    BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombia’s Constitutional Court issued an order Monday decriminalizing abortion, making the country fourth in Latin America to do so. Under the ruling, abortions will be allowed up to 24 weeks of pregnancy in Colombia, a widely Roman Catholic country. The decision was announced in a press release by the court following a debate among the justices. Before the ruling, Colombia allowed abortions only when a woman’s life was in danger, a fetus had malformations or a pregnancy resulted from rape. Colombia’s court decision was called historic by activists in the country. Elsewhere in Latin America, Argentina, Uruguay and Cuba also allow abortions without restrictions. Latin America is also a region where some countries prohibit the termination of pregnancy without exception, like in El Salvador, Nicaragua, Honduras and the Dominican Republic. Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombia’s highest court issues order decriminalizing abortion, making country the fourth in Latin America to do so. Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    By Marko Alvarez and Astrid Suarez | Associated Press PUERTO TRIUNFO, Colombia — Álvaro Molina has had his run-ins with the burly bunch of neighbors with disreputable contacts who showed up about a decade ago along the river in front of his house in Colombia’s Antioquia province. But he’s learned to live with them and says he is worried about a government plan he fears could harm them. People around Puerto Triunfo have grown accustomed to the herd of hippopotamuses descended from a few that were imported illegally from Africa in the 1980s by flamboyant drug lord Pablo Escobar, whose former ranch is nearby. Molina, 57, says he supports the hippos even though he is one of the few Colombians to have been attacked by one. He was out fishing one day when he felt a movement beneath his canoe that spilled him into the water. “The female attacked me once — the first pair that arrived — because she had recently given birth,” he said. Within weeks, Colombia’s government plans to sign a document declaring the...
    PUERTO TRIUNFO, Colombia (AP) — Álvaro Molina has had his run-ins with the burly bunch of neighbors with disreputable contacts who showed up about a decade ago along the river in front of his house in Colombia’s Antioquia province. But he’s learned to live with them and says he is worried about a government plan he fears could harm them. People around Puerto Triunfo have grown accustomed to the herd of hippopotamuses descended from a few that were imported illegally from Africa in the 1980s by flamboyant drug lord Pablo Escobar, whose former ranch is nearby. Molina, 57, says he supports the hippos even though he is one of the few Colombians to have been attacked by one. He was out fishing one day when he felt a movement beneath his canoe that spilled him into the water. “The female attacked me once — the first pair that arrived — because she had recently given birth,” he said. Within weeks, Colombia’s government plans to sign a document declaring the hippos an exotic invasive species, according to Environment...
    The Colombian military made its biggest cocaine bust in two years when it seized four tons of cocaine from a million dollar submarine in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of the department of Nariño. The drug shipment, with an estimated street value of $145 million, was reportedly bound for Central America, a spokesperson for the Armed Forces of Colombia told reporters on Tuesday. Four men were taken into custody, including an Ecuadoran national identified as Jorge P.B., who is wanted by a United States federal court on drug trafficking charges.
    A US marine was stripped and strapped to wire mesh connected to a car battery then shocked twice and threatened with rape when he was stopped and tortured by Venezuela's counter intelligence, a court has heard.  Matthew Heath, 40, was arrested at a roadblock in Venezuela on September 10, 2020, and charged in an alleged terrorist plot to sabotage oil refineries and electrical service in order to stir unrest in the socialist country.  He told a court on Monday that within hours of his arrest he was forced to strip naked and locked inside a dark room before being subject to electric shocks and blows throughout the night.  The court heard Heath was later transferred to a clandestine torture center in the Venezuelan capital Caracas where his fellow inmate was ordered to rape him, but refused, and that he was threatened with rape by the officer's safety baton.  Heath detailed the alleged torture on the stand after identifying one of the alleged perpetrators, named as Reynaldo Hernández, an agent of the Directorate General of Military Counterintelligence (DGCIM), while in court on Monday.  His lawyer Guillermo Heredia...