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Messi Exits, Argentina Wins Copa America Anyway

Team beats Colombia 1-0

(Newser) - Lionel Messi pumped his arms. The trophy bounced up and down in his grasp. Tears of frustration from an hour or so earlier had turned to laughs and hugs for the two-time Copa America champion and World Cup winner. Messi was forced to watch much of the match because of...

Banana Giant Chiquita Must Pay Over 8 Murders

Families sued in Florida court over killings by Colombian paramilitary funded by company

(Newser) - The banana conglomerate Chiquita has lost a civil case in Florida, and the stakes are unusually chilling: The company has been found liable for eight murders carried out by a paramilitary group in Colombia, reports the BBC . Chiquita Brands International says it will appeal the verdict, in which it has...

Exploration Has Begun on 'Holy Grail of Shipwrecks'
Deep in the Caribbean,
an 'Unprecedented'
Mission Is Underway

Deep in the Caribbean, an 'Unprecedented' Mission Is Underway

Colombian government begins exploring Spain's San Jose galleon, the 'holy grail of shipwrecks'

(Newser) - In June of 1708, the Spanish galleon San Jose was attacked by the British Royal Navy and sank in the Caribbean off the coast of Cartagena, resting on the ocean floor with a reputed $20 billion in treasure on board. Only a handful of the 600 or so men on...

Boat Chase Leads to Biggest Cocaine Seizure 'of the Year'

Value of shipment seized off Colombian island estimated at $113M

(Newser) - A high-speed boat chase ended with Colombia's "largest cocaine shipment seizure of the year," per CBS News . The Colombian navy and air force worked with the US Southern Command's Joint Interagency Task Force to chase down the speedboat found to hold nearly 4 tons of cocaine,...

Colombia's Going After 'Holy Grail' of Shipwrecks

It will spend millions to raise treasure-filled Spanish galleon San Jose, put it in a museum

(Newser) - After years of controversy, Colombia says it will begin raising the " holy grail of shipwrecks " within days. The Spanish galleon, San Jose, was sunk by the British off the coast of Cartagena in 1708 while transporting treasure from Spain's colonies in South America to Europe, killing 600...

US Sends Colombian Warlord Home After Years in Limbo

Salvatore Mancuso was repatriated Tuesday after serving a drug trafficking sentence

(Newser) - Colombian warlord Salvatore Mancuso was repatriated Tuesday after serving a drug trafficking sentence in the United States and being denied several requests to be sent to Italy, where he also has citizenship. Mancuso arrived in Bogota's El Dorado Airport on a charter flight and was quickly taken into police...

8 'Suspicious' Tourist Deaths Prompt Dating App Warning

US Embassy says the Americans died after meeting someone online in Colombia

(Newser) - Using a dating app in Colombia could be fatal, the US Embassy has warned Americans. In November and December, eight tourists from the US had what the embassy in Bogota called "suspicious deaths," the BBC reports. The alert posted by the embassy on Wednesday said criminals are using...

Cargo Recovery Won't Be About Treasure, Colombia Promises

San Jose cargo could be worth billions, but UN agency asks for scientific approach

(Newser) - The Colombian government said Thursday it will try to raise objects from the 1708 shipwreck of the galleon San José, which is believed to contain a cargo worth billions of dollars. The 300-year-old wreck, often called the "holy grail of shipwrecks," has been contentious, because it is both...

Pablo Escobar's Hippos' Descendants Being Sterilized

Colombia fears without action, the animals could number 1K by 2035

(Newser) - Colombia on Tuesday began the sterilization of hippopotamuses, descendants of animals illegally brought to the country by late drug kingpin Pablo Escobar in the 1980s, the AP reports. Two male hippos and one female underwent surgical sterilization, environmental authorities said. It is part of a larger government effort to control...

Soccer Star's Kidnapped Father Is Released

Members of Colombian guerrilla group had abducted father of Liverpool striker Luis Diaz

(Newser) - The father of a prominent pro soccer player has been released by kidnappers 12 days after his abduction in Colombia by members of the guerrilla group National Liberation Army. The Colombian government announced the news about the father of Liverpool striker Luis Diaz on Thursday, per the AP . The kidnapping...

After Latest Airstrike, Calls for End to Israeli 'War Crimes'

Arab nations condemn Israeli strike on refugee camp as groups claim use of white phosphorus

(Newser) - Dozens of people entered the Rafah crossing from Gaza to Egypt on Wednesday in what appeared to be the first time foreign passport holders have been allowed to leave the besieged territory since the start of the Israel-Hamas war more than three weeks ago, the AP reports. Egyptian state-run media...

Inmate Who Admitted Killing 190 Colombian Children Dies

Luis Alfredo Garavito confessed to being a serial killer in the 1990s

(Newser) - A Colombian serial killer who confessed to murdering more than 190 children during the 1990s died Thursday in a hospital, prison authorities said. He was 66. Luis Alfredo Garavito, nicknamed "the Beast," confessed to having murdered children between the ages of 8 and 16—mostly from low-income families—...

Renowned Colombian Artist Botero Is Dead
Renowned Colombian
Artist Botero Is Dead

Renowned Colombian Artist Botero Is Dead

Painter and sculptor's distinctive works were known around the world

(Newser) - Renowned Colombian painter and sculptor Fernando Botero, whose depictions of people and objects in plump, exaggerated forms became emblems of Colombian art around the world, has died at age 91. Lina Botero told the Colombian radio station Caracol that her father died Friday morning in Monaco of pneumonia complications, per...

Ecuador Busts 6 Foreigners in Assassination; 7th Is Killed

6 Colombian nationals arrested in murder of presidential candidate Fernando Villavicencio

(Newser) - Six people have been arrested in connection with the assassination of Fernando Villavicencio , the Ecuadorian presidential candidate gunned down Wednesday, and they're all Colombia nationals. Citing a police report, the AP reports the men were found hiding in a home in Quito, Ecuador's capital, and that cops also...

Colombia's President Says He'll Stay Out of Son's Arrest

Nicolas Petro is being held in money laundering investigation

(Newser) - Colombian police arrested the president's son Saturday as part of a high-profile money laundering probe involving funds he's accused of collecting from convicted drug traffickers during last year's presidential campaign. President Gustavo Petro, a former rebel who rose through Colombia's political ranks as an anti-corruption crusader,...

Irish Team Decides Soccer Friendly Wasn't

After shortened match, Colombia player mocks complainers over 'one little foul'

(Newser) - A soccer friendly between the Colombia and Republic of Ireland women's teams was called after 20 minutes when the Irish side said its players "feared for their bodies." Denise O'Sullivan, an Irish midfielder, was taken to a hospital after a violent challenge, the Guardian reports; X-rays showed...

Colombia Credits Military Tech, Indigenous Potions With Rescue

President bestows 86 medals on Amazon searchers who found children

(Newser) - Colombia's president handed out 86 medals Monday to soldiers, Indigenous volunteers, and government officials who helped in the rescue of four children who spent 40 days on their own in the jungle after a plane crash. President Gustvao Petro described the search that captivated world attention as an example...

Dog Led Rescuers to Missing Kids. Now They Search for Him

If Wilson is still alive in Amazon, Colombian soldiers hope to lure him with female dogs, food

(Newser) - With his powerful snout and his pointy ears, Wilson became a national hero in Colombia when he helped the military find four Indigenous children who survived a plane crash and were lost in the Amazon jungle for 40 days. Paw prints from the military-trained search dog led trackers to the...

Corrupt Cop Chokes on Cash
Corrupt Cop
Chokes on Cash

Corrupt Cop Chokes on Cash

Colombian authorities say officer tried to eat extortion payment to destroy evidence

(Newser) - A Colombian police officer caught taking a bribe tried to eat the evidence and continued to deny wrongdoing even as he was choking on the cash, authorities say. The Guardian reports that the officer and a colleague tried to extort payments of 500,000 pesos a week—around $120—from...

4 Kids Stranded in Jungle Had Been Fleeing for Their Lives

According to the father of the two youngest, who says armed group threatened their safety

(Newser) - The four children who survived 40 days in the Amazon rainforest after their plane crashed in the Colombian jungle were fleeing their home region in southern Colombia at the time. That's according to Manuel Ranoque, the father of the two youngest children, who are ages 5 and 1, the...

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