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Country in the northwestern part of South America

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Colombia: Country in the northwestern part of South America
Colombia, officially the Republic of Colombia, is a country largely in the north of South America, with territories in North America. Colombia is bounded on the north by the Caribbean Sea, the northwest by Panama, the south by Ecuador and Peru, the east by Venezuela, the southeast by Brazil, and the west by the Pacific Ocean. It comprises 32 departments and the Capital District of Bogotá, the country's largest city. With an area of 1,141,748 square kilometers, Colombia is the fourth-largest country in South America, after Brazil, Argentina and Peru. It is also the 25th-largest country in the world, the fifth-largest country in Latin America, and the fourth-largest Spanish-speaking country.

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Colombia: Gang rape of Indigenous girl sparks national outrage [Video]

Colombia: Gang rape of Indigenous girl sparks national outrage

The fallout grows for Colombia's military over a gang rape that has turned the spotlight on the military’s record of violence and abuses.

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Venezuelan migrants stranded after border with Colombia closed [Video]

Venezuelan migrants stranded after border with Colombia closed

With the spread of the coronavirus worsening across Latin America, thousands of Venezuelan migrants in Colombia, Ecuador and elsewhere are trying to return home.

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COVID-19 surges in Colombia, doctors fear deaths underreported [Video]

COVID-19 surges in Colombia, doctors fear deaths underreported

Colombia is reporting a surge in COVID-19 cases and deaths along its Caribbean coast.

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Latin America Is Losing The Battle Against COVID-19 [Video]

Latin America Is Losing The Battle Against COVID-19

Latin America has seen an explosive spread of the coronavirus, with no end in sight. According to CNN, roughly half of all new COVID-19 cases originate in Latin America as a whole. However, individual..

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Latin America and the Caribbean surpass Europe's number of coronavirus cases [Video]

Latin America and the Caribbean surpass Europe's number of coronavirus cases

A skyrocketing case count in Brazil and heavy outbreaks in Peru, Chile and Colombia have been the main contributors.View on euronews

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Quintana escapes serious injury after being hit by car [Video]

Quintana escapes serious injury after being hit by car

Former Giro d'Italia winner Nairo Quintana says he is OK after being hit by a car during training in Colombia.

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Woman gives birth while battling coronavirus in a coma [Video]

Woman gives birth while battling coronavirus in a coma

Diana Angola gave birth to her son in Colombia as she battled against coronavirus in a coma.

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Venezuelans returning home after Colombia economic lockdown [Video]

Venezuelans returning home after Colombia economic lockdown

Venezuelans who fled an economic collapse in their country have begun returning home as neighbouring Colombia restricts economic activity to prevent COVID-19.

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Colombia women protest against rising femicide [Video]

Colombia women protest against rising femicide

Protests are held against femicide in Colombia after the brutal killing of a mother and her daughter.

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Lin-Manuel Miranda Reveals New Animated Project With Disney | THR News [Video]

Lin-Manuel Miranda Reveals New Animated Project With Disney | THR News

Lin-Manuel Miranda and Disney are cooking up a new animated project set in Colombia, the 'Hamilton' creator revealed on Monday.

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Colombia violence: Killings continue during lockdown [Video]

Colombia violence: Killings continue during lockdown

Civil society organisations say that since the start of the quarantine a local leader has been killed every other day.

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Puppets bring purpose to puppeteer in lockdown [Video]

Puppets bring purpose to puppeteer in lockdown

Two months after moving to Madrid from Colombia, Spain went into lockdown. Finding herself stuck at home with no work, actress and puppeteer Yohana Yara started a YouTube channel for children with her..

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Real Madrid return to competition at Di Stefano stadium after COVID lockdown [Video]

Real Madrid return to competition at Di Stefano stadium after COVID lockdown

Real Madrid take on Eibar in their first match since returning following a three-month coronavirus hiatus.

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Cycling star Uran stunned when farmhand keeps pace on Colombia’s back roads [Video]

Cycling star Uran stunned when farmhand keeps pace on Colombia’s back roads

Colombian cyclist Rigoberto Uran is used to stiff competition from fellow road racers, but he was shocked recently when a humble Colombian farm worker came right up on his tail while he was out..

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Colombia's Uran facing competition from unlikely source [Video]

Colombia's Uran facing competition from unlikely source

Colombian cyclist Rigoberto Uran is used to stiff competition from fellow road racers, but he was shocked recently when a humble Colombian farm worker came right up on his tail while he was out..

Credit: Reuters - Sports     Duration: 02:27Published
Rural Colombia gets help from above on testing [Video]

Rural Colombia gets help from above on testing

Some of Colombia's private aircraft pilots have answered the call from government officials to help shepherd urgently needed COVID-19 tests to rural towns. Gavino Garay has more.

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COVID-19: Google Maps rolls out new features to avoid crowds when using public transit [Video]

COVID-19: Google Maps rolls out new features to avoid crowds when using public transit

Google on Monday introduced new features to Google Maps that aim to inform users better about how their trip may be impacted due to the coronavirus. When a user will look up public transit directions..

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Hugs and tears as family reunites at airport after months separated [Video]

Hugs and tears as family reunites at airport after months separated

Tears outside Rome's Fiumicino airport as a multinational family are reunited after months apart.

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Colombia: Bogota keeping coronavirus lockdown measures [Video]

Colombia: Bogota keeping coronavirus lockdown measures

The mayor of the country's capital has reimposed a total lockdown in a working-class area of more than a million people over the novel coronavirus.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:33Published
LATAM becomes biggest airline victim of crisis [Video]

LATAM becomes biggest airline victim of crisis

LATAM Airlines Group, the continent's largest carrier, filed for U.S. bankruptcy protection on Tuesday (May 26), becoming the world's largest carrier so far to seek an emergency reorganization due to..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:34Published
Dairy-rich diet may lower risks of diabetes, high blood pressure [Video]

Dairy-rich diet may lower risks of diabetes, high blood pressure

A recent study links eating at least two daily servings of dairy to lower cluster of factors that heighten cardiovascular disease risk (metabolic syndrome).The observed associations were strongest for..

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Colombian soldiers have freed two foreign nationals who were being held hostage by FARC rebel dissidents in the country's southwestern Cauca province, the government said on Thursday.
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U.S. offers $10 million reward for capture of former Colombian rebels

The United States on Thursday said it was offering rewards of up to $10 million each for information leading to the arrest or conviction of two former leaders of Colombia's FARC rebel group.
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Colombia's potential cocaine output up 1.5% in 2019, says U.N. drug agency

Potential production of pure cocaine hydrochloride in Colombia was up by 1.5% last year to 1,137 metric tonnes, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) said on Wednesday, even as the areas..
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Colombia's beleaguered president gets approval bump during pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic has battered the popularity of governments and leaders around the world, yet Colombia's Ivan Duque has actually received an unexpected boost in public opinion.
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Colombia's confirmed coronavirus cases rise above 50,000

Reported coronavirus cases in Colombia have risen to over 50,000, the country's health ministry said on Sunday, as neighboring Ecuador approaches the same milestone.
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Colombia guerrilla group the ELN releases six prisoners

Colombia's biggest active guerrilla group, the National Liberation Army (ELN), released six hostages on Sunday in the north east of the country, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)..
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As quarantine wanes, Bogota's medics brace for a spike in COVID cases

A COVID patient lies shirtless on a gurney in a chill corridor of a hospital in Colombia's capital Bogota, oxygen tubes coiled on his chest. It takes five staff - in scrubs, masks and face shields - to..
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Colombian businessman close to Venezuela's Maduro arrested

Authorities in Cape Verde have arrested Alex Saab, a Colombian businessman close to socialist Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro who was charged by the United States with alleged money laundering, the..
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Colombia seizes $265 million worth of cocaine in shipping containers

Colombian police on Tuesday seized cocaine with an estimated value of $265 million in shipping containers at the Pacific port of Buenaventura, a city on the Andean country's Pacific coast, a senior..
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Hundreds of Venezuelans camp in northern Bogota, await return home

Hundreds of Venezuelan migrants are camping in an array of tents along a major Bogota highway as they wait to make their way back home, even as tightening border restrictions strand returnees fleeing..
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Private planes take to the sky to ferry coronavirus tests from isolated Colombia

"This is HK4679 G on a humanitarian flight between La Primavera and Cumaribo, transporting COVID-19 tests at 3,500 feet," Ernesto Perez radioed to a nearby military base as he piloted his twin-engine..
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Colombia arrests 50 for plant and animal trafficking

Colombia has captured 50 people and charged them with illegally trafficking plants and animals as part of efforts by authorities to protect the environment, the government said in a statement on..
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Stranded in Central America, migrants demand passage to U.S. border

Panama has stepped up border controls in the vast and wild Darien Province that neighbors Colombia, authorities said on Thursday, after some members of a group of 1,900 migrants from as far afield as..
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For Colombia's quarantined poor, lunch is served - by trendy restaurants

In the bustling kitchen of one of Bogota's trendiest restaurants, a team of chefs that usually caters to the Colombian capital's well-heeled citizens is preparing meals for a community of people cut..
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Colombia court to investigate ex-President Uribe's alleged ties to hacking

Colombia's Supreme Court said on Tuesday it would investigate former President Alvaro Uribe's possible connections to a scandal involving alleged military spying on journalists, politicians and judges.
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Video calls connect anxious parents to hospitalized newborns in Colombia

Deysi Silva cannot see, hug or kiss her infant daughter.
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Colombia will not ease quarantine in capital, cities hit hard by coronavirus

Colombia issued new measures to control the spread of the novel coronavirus in three of its most affected cities on Saturday, including the capital Bogota, as the rest of the country prepares for..
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International naval operation nets 50 tonnes of cocaine in 45 days

A multilateral naval anti-drug operation confiscated 50 tonnes of cocaine in 45 days, Colombia President Ivan Duque said on Friday.
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Colombia ELN rebels would back U.N. ceasefire, urge government to join

Colombian rebel group the National Liberation Army (ELN) would be willing to participate in a global three-month ceasefire being discussed at the United Nations to contain the spread of coronavirus,..
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Colombia extends national quarantine until July

Colombia on Thursday extended a nationwide quarantine to contain the spread of the coronavirus until July 1, while allowing more freedom of movement in some parts of the country.
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Bogota quarantine to continue for additional two weeks

A coronavirus quarantine will continue in Colombia's capital Bogota until at least June 15, the mayor said on Thursday, even as other parts of the country begin re-opening.
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U.S. unit to arrive in Colombia to help fight drug trafficking

A U.S. army unit will arrive in Colombia in the coming days to help the Andean country's armed forces fight against drug trafficking for a four-month period, the U.S. embassy in Bogota said on..
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Colombia to begin easing restrictions from the start of June

Colombia will begin easing restrictions put in place to control the spread of the coronavirus starting from June, President Ivan Duque said Wednesday, though he asked the public to continue isolating..
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Colombia inter-city bus drivers demand to return to work

Drivers of inter-city bus services in Colombia protested on Wednesday to demand the government let them return to work after two months of quarantine aimed at stopping the spread of the novel..
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Special Report - U.S. takes aim at the power behind Venezuela's Maduro: his first lady

Four years ago, a bit player in the Venezuelan leadership was arrested in Colombia and extradited to the United States to face drug charges. He proved to be an important catch.
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Colombian factory adds bedrooms for workers as economy slowly reopens

Colombian seamstress Nazly Penagos got an unusual offer from her boss: come live inside the Bogota factory to reduce the chance of getting sick with the novel coronavirus.
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Colombian businessman makes hospital bed-coffin combo to serve coronavirus dead

Disturbing images of bodies of dozens of coronavirus victims awaiting burial on the streets of Ecuador's largest city Guayaquil has motivated a businessman in neighboring Colombia to design something..
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Colombia issues arrest warrants for 10 mayors for alleged graft

Colombia's attorney general's office said on Thursday it will issue arrest warrants for 10 mayors for alleged acts of corruption during the country's two months of coronavirus lockdown.
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Colombian police use drones to detect high body temperatures

It is not a bird, a plane or Superman: the aircraft humming in the skies above Colombia's capital Bogota are instead police drones that are meant to detect people with high temperatures or those..
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Colombia follows Argentina in banning all international flights through August 31

Colombia on Wednesday followed Argentina's footsteps and imposed one of the toughest travel bans in the world to fight coronavirus, saying no international passenger flights will be allowed until Aug...
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Venezuela announces border curfews as coronavirus cases jump

Venezuela imposed new curfews in a handful of towns along its borders with Colombia and Brazil in response to a jump in coronavirus cases which officials attributed mainly to returning migrants,..
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Colombia coronavirus quarantine extended through end of May

Colombia's mandatory quarantine has been extended by a further week until May 31, President Ivan Duque said on Tuesday, the fourth extension to a lockdown intended to curb the spread of the..
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Regional health body warns of COVID-19 spread in Amazon tri-border area

The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) warned on Tuesday that new coronavirus is spreading rapidly in the tri-border area of the Amazon between Brazil, Colombia and Peru and threatens to infect..
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Colombia to work together with hard-hit Brazil to fight coronavirus on border: Duque

Colombia will work with hard-hit Brazil to increase the military presence along their Amazonian border and share information in an effort to fight an increasing number of coronavirus cases in the area,..
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Residents of Bogota slum facing eviction despite quarantine

Hundreds of people expected to be evicted from their hillside homes in a slum of Colombia's capital Bogota on Friday, despite having nowhere to go during the country's coronavirus lockdown.
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Colombia bombing kills ELN rebel commander, three others

A commander from Colombia's National Liberation Army (ELN) rebels known for his management of illicit finances has been killed along with three others in a military bombing, the Defense Ministry said..
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Colombia says over 52,000 Venezuelans return home, cites lockdown

More than 52,000 Venezuelans have voluntarily returned to their country from Colombia during the coronavirus lockdown, Colombia's migration agency said on Tuesday.
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Venezuela says troops seize abandoned Colombian combat boats, weapons

Venezuela's military said it seized three abandoned Colombian light combat vessels that soldiers found on Saturday while patrolling the Orinoco river, several days after the government accused its..
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Colombian capital to lift gendered shopping rules

Colombia's capital, Bogota, will lift rules that required men and women to shop on different days during the country's coronavirus quarantine, the city's mayor said on Friday.
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Coronavirus outbreak in Colombia prison sparks fear among officials, families

A coronavirus outbreak that has infected more than 30% of inmates at the prison in Villavicencio, in central Colombia, has sparked fear among local officials, neighbors and prisoners' families that the..
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Colombian President Duque declares new state of emergency to ease pain of virus lockdown

Colombia has declared a second state of emergency to support sectors of the economy that will remain shut down for an extended period to reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus, President Ivan Duque..
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Colombia extends COVID-19 lockdown to May 25, additional sectors to start re-opening

Colombia's mandatory quarantine will be extended by a further two weeks as it tries to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus, President Ivan Duque said on Tuesday, although additional sectors..
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Colombia's military chief vows to root out army officials linked to spy scandal

The chief of Colombia's armed forces vowed on Sunday to get to the bottom of an ongoing scandal over spying on journalists, politicians and judges by what he described as rogue elements within the..
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Venezuela government says eight killed in foiled mercenary 'incursion'

Venezuela's government said it foiled a marine incursion on Sunday by "terrorist mercenaries" who attempted to enter the country on speedboats from neighboring Colombia, adding security forces killed..
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Colombia ousts 11 military officials in spying investigation

Colombia's defense ministry on Friday announced the ouster of 11 military officials and the resignation of a general related to an ongoing probe into allegations the army spied on journalists,..
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Coronavirus response boosts approval for Colombia's Duque

President Ivan Duque's response to the coronavirus has earned him a rare boost in approval ratings, a survey showed, as Colombia's long nationwide quarantine stretches on.
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Venezuelan migrants block Bogota road, demand to travel home

A large crowd of Venezuelan migrants held up traffic on a Bogota highway on Wednesday, demanding to be allowed to leave Colombia and return to Venezuela.
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