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Venezuela soldiers abandon posts at Colombia border

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionVenezuela-Colombia border turns violent Soldiers from the Venezuelan national guard have left their posts ahead of an opposition-led effort to to bring aid into the country, Colombia’s migration agency said. In a separate development, Venezuelan troops fired tear gas at people looking to cross into Colombia to work, the Reuters news agency reported. Tensions have been rising over a row about the delivery of humanitarian aid. President Nicolás Maduro said the border with Colombia is partly closed. But self-declared interim president Juan…

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Venezuela crisis: Colombia border points closed amid aid stand-off

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionBattle of the concerts Venezuela has said that its border with Colombia has been partially closed, shortly after opposition leader Juan Guaidó defied a travel ban to cross it. Vice President Delcy Rodriguez tweeted to say the “total, temporary closure” was due to serious threats against the country’s sovereignty and security. Tensions have been rising over a row about the delivery of humanitarian aid. Two people were killed by Venezuelan security forces on Saturday near the border with Brazil. The violence has…

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Venezuela crisis: US planes carrying aid arrive in Colombia

Image copyright AFP Image caption The first of several US military transport planes carrying humanitarian aid arrived in Cucuta on the Colombian border with Venezuela US military planes carrying humanitarian aid for Venezuela have arrived in the Colombian border town of Cucuta. The aid is being stockpiled at the request of the Venezuelan opposition leader, Juan Guaidó, who declared himself interim president last month. President Nicolás Maduro has alleged the aid is part of a US plot. Mr Guaidó says Venezuelan volunteers will carry it across the border on 23…

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Colombia: Man jailed for sexual abuse of 276 children

A Colombian man who admitted sexually abusing nearly 300 children has been sentenced to 60 years in prison. Juan Carlos Sánchez Latorre committed the crimes in 2007-08, a court in the city of Barranquilla ruled. Sánchez Latorre, in his late 30s, used the alias Big Bad Wolf to share images and videos of the abuse online. He was arrested in Venezuela a year ago with a fake identity card after five years on the run. During the trial, Sánchez Latorre pleaded guilty to sexually abusing 276 boys and girls. Prosecutors…

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2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ – News – Carlos Queiroz announced as new Colombia manager

The 65-year-old Portuguese coach replaces Jose Pekerman Spent 11 years prior managing IR Iran, which included two World Cup appearances Will make his debut in March during the FIFA window for friendlies The Colombian Football Federation officially announced the appointment of Carlos Queiroz as men’s national team manager on Thursday. The presentation took place at the federation’s headquarters and included a press conference. “For me it’s an honour, and I’m happy to have the trust of the federation,” Queiroz said. “First off, I intend to take care of the great…

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Colombia coca production: US ‘deeply concerned’ by rise

Image copyright EPA Image caption President Ivan Duque (L) and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met in the coastal city of Cartagena US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says he is “deeply concerned” about the increased production of coca leaf, the raw material for cocaine, in Colombia. At a meeting with Colombian President Ivan Duque, Mr Pompeo said the two countries would try to reduce coca production by 50% by 2023. Colombia has already vowed to step up its coca eradication programme. A recent UN report said the amount…

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Soccer: Colombia crush U.S. 4-2 in friendly

(Reuters) – Colombia crushed a shorthanded and overmatched United States 4-2 in a friendly in Tampa on Thursday in the latest reminder the Americans are far from threatening the world’s best. Oct 11, 2018; Tampa, FL, USA; United States forward Bobby Wood (7) scores a goal in the second half against Columbia during an international friendly soccer match at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports James Rodriguez scored Colombia’s first goal in the 36th minute and set up their last as the South Americans stormed back after…

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2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ – News – Pekerman steps down as Colombia coach

Jose Pekerman has stepped down as Colombia coach after six-and-a-half years in charge, the Colombian Football Federation (FCF) confirmed on Tuesday. The 69-year-old, who led Los Cafeteros to two FIFA World Cup™ finals, opted not to extend his contract with the South Americans. ”My Colombian daughter must be sad, but I leave with happiness for having people’s support,” Pekerman said. “I said it when I arrived, we need to work together, support the national team to achieve great things. There is a hard path that has been walked and we…

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Drones hunt cocaine farms in Colombia

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Coca cultivation in Colombia has surged in recent years, and the US government has urged the country to eradicate production of the plant. The Colombian government has started to use drones to destroy the plants that produce cocaine. Small aircraft loaded with herbicide are being sent to search for illegal fields of coca. President Iván Duque has favoured the use of the unmanned aircraft to ensure that damage to neighbouring crops is kept to a minimum. Critics have warned that the approach may be…

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