Nelson Bocanegra

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26 Feb 2019 | 4:37 AM

Venezuelan military deserters willing to return to fight Maduro

CUCUTA, Colombia (Reuters) - Sergeant Javier Gonzalez knew he would be killed if caught deserting Venezuela's military to flee to Colombia, but the thought of his nine-month-old son suffering the lack of milk and diapers in his economically devastated country steeled his resolve.

23 Feb 2019 | 11:07 AM

As tensions over aid rise, Venezuelan troops fire on villagers, kill two

KUMARAKAPAY, Venezuela/CUCUTA, Colombia (Reuters) - Venezuelan soldiers opened fire on indigenous people near the border with Brazil on Friday, killing two, as President Nicolas Maduro sought to block U.S.-backed efforts to bring aid into his economically devastated nation.

22 Feb 2019 | 7:13 PM

Battle of the bands: Dueling concerts as aid for Venezuelans in limbo

CUCUTA, Colombia (Reuters) - Tensions along the Colombia-Venezuela border over the entry of aid meant to alleviate widespread food and medicine shortages in the socialist country will be accompanied by music on Friday, as rival concerts kick off on both sides of the boundary.

7 Feb 2019 | 4:08 PM

Venezuela aid trucks arrive in Colombia as EU calls for dialogue

CUCUTA, Colombia/TIENDITAS, Venezuela (Reuters) - Trucks carrying humanitarian aid for crisis-stricken Venezuela arrived in the Colombian border city of Cucuta on Thursday as diplomatically-isolated President Nicolas Maduro appeared set to block its entry amid an escalating political crisis.

7 Feb 2019 | 6:20 AM

With border blocked, desperate Venezuelans ask how U.S. aid will arrive

URENA, Venezuela/CUCUTA, Colombia (Reuters) - Desperate Venezuelans asked on Wednesday how they would gain access to U.S. food and medicine aid due to arrive via the Colombia border after President Nicolas Maduro's government blocked the frontier crossing to any humanitarian shipments.

17 Jan 2019 | 11:52 PM

Car bomber kills 10 in Colombia police academy attack

BOGOTA (Reuters) - A car bomb exploded at a police academy in Colombia's capital Bogota on Thursday, killing at least 10 people and wounding over 50 in an attack that prompted fears of a return to the country's violent past.

4 May 2018 | 5:05 AM

Colombia sees billion-dollar bonanza from legacy of marijuana trade

CORINTO/RIONEGRO, Colombia (Reuters) - Tired of living in fear of arrest or running afoul of drug traffickers, Romairo Aguirre is ready to destroy his illegal plantation of 1,500 marijuana bushes in the mountainous Cauca region of southwest Colombia and become legitimate.

10 Feb 2018 | 4:02 AM

Fleeing Venezuelans find work cutting Valentine roses in Colombia

CHIA, Colombia (Reuters) - As millions of Americans prepare to celebrate Valentine's Day with flowers, many of those blooms will be picked and packaged by Venezuelan migrants working for a minimum wage after fleeing violence and economic collapse in their South American homeland.

8 Sep 2017 | 1:12 PM

Pope Francis to bless Colombia's war victims

VILLAVICENCIO/BOGOTA, Colombia (Reuters) - Thousands of victims of Colombia's five-decade war will seek blessings, guidance and a path to forgiveness from Pope Francis on Friday, during his visit to a region that for years has been known as an epicentre of violence.

8 Sep 2017 | 5:22 AM

Victims of Colombia's civil war seek healing from pope

VILLAVICENCIO (Reuters) - Blanca Real travelled 17 hours by canoe and bus from Colombia's eastern plains to listen to a message of peace by Pope Francis, in the hope he can heal her pain decades after she and her family survived a massacre.