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Families Blame Tom Cruise for Deadly Plane Crash

They're suing over American Made crash

(Newser) - Tom Cruise and American Made director Doug Liman are partly to blame for a plane crash that killed two pilots during filming in Colombia, according to a lawsuit from the pilots' families. The families blame Cruise and Liman for deciding to make a "high-risk, action-packed motion picture" and say... More »

Pope Laughs Off Popemobile Mishap

'I was punched, I'm fine'

(Newser) - Pope Francis laughed off an accident in the Popemobile on Sunday that left him with a bruised eye and a bloodstained cassock. The 80-year-old quipped: "I was punched. I'm fine," as he continued his tour of Cartagena, Colombia, the Telegraph reports. The Vatican said Francis received ice... More »

Colombia OKs What May Be World's First Legal 'Throuple'

'We wanted to validate our household,' says one of the 3 men in relationship

(Newser) - "We want to make what's intimate, public." So says 23-year-old Victor Hugo Prada, who is gearing up to marry the two loves of his life after Colombia agreed to legalize a three-way union between Prada and his two boyfriends—perhaps the first such legalized "throuples" union... More »

Report: Pilot Chose Not to Refuel Doomed Plane

Air traffic controller is getting death threats

(Newser) - The pilot of the plane that crashed in Colombia on Monday while carrying a Brazilian soccer team made a fateful decision not to stop to refuel the aircraft, according to a report in a Brazilian newspaper. The account in O Globo says pilot Miguel Quiroga chose not to stop en... More »

Pilot Before Crash: We're Out of Fuel

A final recording sheds light on plane crashed that killed 71

(Newser) - A recording of the final moments of a doomed flight carrying a Brazilian soccer team appears to confirm reports that the plane ran out of fuel before crashing Monday in Colombia, the AP reports. In the recording, the plane's pilot can be heard telling air traffic controllers that he... More »

Opponent Wants Soccer Team Killed in Crash Made Champion

76 people died when Chapecoense's plane crashed Tuesday

(Newser) - After Brazilian soccer team Chapecoense lost most of its players in a plane crash Tuesday, the team it was on its way to play for the South American championship has requested Chapecoense be awarded the trophy, the AP reports. According to the Telegraph , Colombia's Atletico Nacional says naming Chapecoense... More »

Nobel Peace Prize Goes to Man Helping End 52-Year War

Colombian president won despite voter rejection of deal with rebels

(Newser) - Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos has won this year's Nobel Peace Prize for what the Nobel Committee calls "his resolute efforts to bring the country's more than 50-year-long civil war to an end," the AP reports. Santos and Rodrigo Londono, leader of the Revolutionary Armed Forces... More »

His Girlfriend's Dad Gave Him a Gift—One Lost for Decades

Sculpture went missing from a Colombian museum sometimes after 1939

(Newser) - There's a 1939 record of a small figurine being part of Colombia's National Museum's catalogue. From there, nothing: The sculpture vanished from the Cartagena museum, but there is no documentation regarding how or when. It's now been recovered, thanks to a conscientious art historian and the... More »

Colombia Ushers in Ceasefire That Was 52 Years in Coming

FARC-government peace took hold at 12:01am

(Newser) - The stroke of 12:01am on Monday brought a nascent peace to Colombia that was more than a half-century in the making . A bloody war between Bogota and the FARC rebels claimed more than 220,000 lives, reports the AP , but "never again will parents be burying their sons... More »

Peace in Colombia Could Be Trouble for American Partiers

FARC responsible for 60% of cocaine coming to US

(Newser) - Now that Colombia has ended its 52-year war with rebel group FARC, what happens to Americans who like to party? The New York Times reports FARC controls most of Colombia's cocaine network and in 2006 was said to be responsible for 60% of the cocaine shipped to the US.... More »

Deal Will End 52-Year War, but Hurdles Remain

FARC, Colombian government made major announcement Wednesday

(Newser) - Its 52-year span makes it the Americas' "longest-running war," reports the New York Times , and after four years of negotiations, it will come to an end, at least assuming all goes according to plan. Colombia's government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or the FARC, on... More »

This Jungle Is Notoriously Dangerous. Why People Enter It Anyway

Welcome to the Darien Gap, lure to migrants bound for US

(Newser) - The Pan-American Highway runs about 19,000 miles from Alaska to Argentina and manages to connect the Americas in remarkable fashion through a network of roads. Well, almost: Even this highway can't penetrate the Darien Gap, a dangerous stretch of rainforest on the border of Panama and Colombia. As... More »

Hit Man Who Killed Hundreds Has New Career on YouTube

'Remorseful Popeye' killed hundreds in Colombia

(Newser) - A Colombian hit man who has admitted murdering around 300 people and playing a role in the killings of thousands more is now making what he calls "clean money from honest work"—as a YouTube star. Jhon Jairo Velasquez, former chief enforcer for Pablo Escobar's Medellin cartel,... More »

US Firm Plans Expedition to Disputed Shipwreck

Even though Colombia says the San Jose galleon is all theirs

(Newser) - An American company isn't backing down on its claim that it's entitled to half the haul from the San Jose galleon, a treasure-laden Spanish ship sunk by the British in 1708 off the coast of Colombia. Sea Search Armada, which is based in Washington state, plans to head... More »

8 Tons of Coke Seized in Colombia's Biggest Bust Ever

'A hit against criminals,' country's president triumphantly tweets

(Newser) - Colombia's Defense Ministry has announced what it says is the country's biggest cocaine bust ever, with 17,500 pounds of coke seized from the nation's most notorious trafficking gang, CNN reports. The multiday operation targeted Clan Usuga, which has been described by the US Justice Department as... More »

2.1K Pregnant Colombians Infected With Zika

Country now has 21K cases, as virus spreads wildly

(Newser) - Just days after American scientists warned that the Zika virus was poised to become an "explosive pandemic," the CBC reports that the number of cases in Latin America are soaring into the thousands, with 2,100 pregnant women diagnosed among the 20,000-plus cases reported in Colombia alone.... More »

Answer to a Whole Nation's Poverty? Its Richest Person

Top billionaire could end poverty in 3 countries, make inroads in others

(Newser) - As the world's richest and most powerful people leave the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, there was growing discussion about the impact the world's wealthiest could have, single-handedly, on the poverty rates of entire nations. One analyst at the Brookings Institution crunched some numbers and found that,... More »

Is This Mystery Woman the DEA's New El Chapo?

Well, maybe...

(Newser) - With El Chapo currently in custody (thanks, Sean Penn!), the DEA has a new most wanted fugitive. Maybe. The Houston Chronicle —citing a BBC Mundo story —claims a "mysterious" Colombian woman named Maria Teresa Osorio de Serna now tops the DEA's list of wanted fugitives.... More »

Battle Brews Over Who Owns 'Holy Grail of Shipwrecks'

US company says it's owed 50%; Spain may want it all

(Newser) - The " holy grail of shipwrecks " has been found, but the rightful owner of its treasure—including gold, silver, and jewels worth up to $17 billion—has yet to be determined. US company Sea Search Armada claims to have discovered the area of the San Jose wreck back in... More »

Colombia Finds 'Holy Grail of Shipwrecks'

The sunken treasure could be worth up to $17B

(Newser) - "The holy grail of shipwrecks" has finally been found off the coast of Colombia, Mashable reports. "Great news! We have found the San Jose galleon," Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos tweeted Friday. The gold, silver, gems, and jewelry carried by the Spanish galleon—which was sunk by... More »

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