A Venezuelan military plane crashed on the border with Colombia during an operation to intercept an "illicit aircraft," with the fate of the two pilots unknown, the government said Friday.
The two countries have been locked in a border conflict for a month, after Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro ordered the closure of part of the frontier, saying some of his military were attacked during an anti-smuggling operation by Colombian paramilitaries.Full Story
Two people died when a plane carrying crew members from a film starring Tom Cruise crashed in Colombia, aviation authorities and Universal Pictures said.
The crew had just wrapped up production on the upcoming Doug Liman film "Mena," when it went down on Friday while returning to Enrique Olaya Herrera Airport in Medellin.Full Story
Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro late Monday said he had ordered more of his country's vast border with Colombia closed amid a diplomatic crisis over deportations and smuggling.
"I have decided to close the border crossing at Paraguachon, Zulia state," Maduro said in a televised address. He said he would send an additional 3,000 troops to the area.Full Story
The Colombian army said Saturday four FARC rebels were killed and three others wounded in a clash with troops conducting an operation in the central department of Meta.
The army said that among the dead was the head of finances for a FARC unit active in the area.Full Story
Colombia has issued arrest warrants for 22 active and retired army officers and two civilians for their alleged involvement in an extrajudicial execution of 18 people, prosecutors said.
Sixteen of the killings occurred in 2007 during a military campaign in the Cesar department, with the victims initially recorded as combatants, they said late on Wednesday.Full Story
Venezuela has arrested 32 alleged paramilitaries leading smuggling rings since it closed part of its border with Colombia, a top official said Tuesday.
They were captured after intelligence was gathered on such rings, Diosdado Cabello, the national assembly speaker and the country's de facto number two official after President Nicolas Maduro, told official media.Full Story
Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos visited a tense border city Saturday amid an escalating row with neighboring Venezuela that triggered deportations and the exodus of thousands of Colombians back home.
"I am here to make sure our fellow Colombians get the services they need," Santos said as he began the tour of Cucuta, a far northeastern city of about 700,00 with close business ties to Venezuela and which has been on edge.Full Story
The United States on Thursday sanctioned four members of a Colombian rebel group for their alleged role in narcotics trafficking and money laundering in Switzerland.
The sanctions freeze any assets of the four may have under U.S. jurisdiction, and prohibits Americans or U.S. entities from engaging in transactions with them.Full Story
Colombia's FARC guerrillas admitted Monday to killing a black community leader in the country's southwest in early August, a crime they had strongly condemned.
After initially rejecting any link to the August 3 shooting of Genaro Garcia, an activist for those forced to flee their homes by Colombia's five-decade guerrilla war, leaders of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) admitted one of their units killed him.Full Story
Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro indefinitely closed his country's border with Colombia and declared a state of emergency in part of the frontier region Friday, following an earlier attack that wounded four people.
Tensions run high along the 2,200-kilometer (1,400-mile) porous border, rife with guerrilla and smuggling activity, and the two countries almost went to war in 2008.Full Story