Steven Grattan

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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.

18 Feb 2019 | 8:16 AM

U.S. Sen. Rubio warns Venezuela's Maduro not to act against opposition

CUCUTA, Colombia (Reuters) - U.S. Senator Marco Rubio, visiting the Colombia-Venezuela border on Sunday, warned Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro of severe consequences if he takes action against the country's opposition leader and self-declared president or U.S. citizens.

16 Feb 2019 | 11:45 PM

More U.S. aid for Venezuela touches down amid distribution uncertainty

CUCUTA, Colombia (Reuters) - A U.S. military transport plane carrying humanitarian aid meant for Venezuelans landed on Saturday in the Colombian border city of Cucuta, where food and medicine is being stored amid uncertainty over how and where aid will be distributed.

21 Jan 2019 | 2:41 AM

Thousands of Colombians march against violence after deadly car bomb

BOGOTA (Reuters) - White flags and balloons filled streets nationwide as thousands of Colombians marched on Sunday to express outrage at violence after a car bomb blamed by the government on ELN rebels killed 20 police cadets and injured dozens.

16 Jan 2019 | 6:52 AM

Colombia clears migrant camp as Venezuela exodus continues

BOGOTA (Reuters) - Colombian authorities evacuated a camp that housed Venezuelan immigrants in the capital of Bogota on Tuesday, dismantling a temporary shelter even as the flow of refugees from the crisis-stricken neighbouring nation is expected to continue unabated.

22 Aug 2018 | 1:09 AM

Venezuelans flood into Ecuador, defying passport rules

IPIALES, Colombia (Reuters) - More than 200 Venezuelans crossed the border illegally into Ecuador on Tuesday, fleeing a deepening economic and political crisis at home in a desperate race to get to Peru before new entry restrictions kick in on Saturday.

20 Aug 2018 | 4:20 AM

Desperate Venezuelans defy Ecuador's passport rules and cross border

IPIALES, Colombia (Reuters) - Dozens of furious Venezuelan migrants fleeing economic misery in Venezuela for a new life elsewhere on Sunday defied rules requiring they hold a valid passport to cross the border from Colombia into Ecuador, and authorities appeared to be allowing it.

19 Aug 2018 | 4:06 AM

Venezuelan migrants' dreams of new life dashed by Ecuador passport rule

IPIALES, Colombia (Reuters) - Tears welled up in Gabriel Malavolta's eyes on Saturday as he realized his dream of a new life in Peru was over, at least for now.

4 Jul 2018 | 6:59 AM

Colombia fans mourn World Cup shootout loss to England

BOGOTA (Reuters) - The piercing sound of horns and cheers of Colombia's football fans fell silent after their World Cup dreams were shattered in a nail-biting last-16 loss on penalties to England on Tuesday.

17 Jun 2018 | 10:41 PM

Colombia president-elect vows to unite nation, alter peace deal

BOGOTA (Reuters) - Colombia's President-elect Ivan Duque, who swept aside leftist Gustavo Petro in Sunday's election, pledged to unite his South American nation after a divisive campaign but insisted he would change a landmark peace accord with leftist rebels.