John Otis

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Border Dispute Divides Remote Colombian States

Monday, July 24, 2017

Two Colombian states fight over impoverished town that's divided down the middle — and the town has suffered as a result.


In Venezuela, Some Government Loyalists Split With President Maduro

Friday, July 14, 2017

Life in Venezuela is getting increasingly difficult under the heavy handed rule of President Nicolas Maduro. Some government loyalists are suffering a change of heart and are splitting with Maduro, but the consequences can be tough.


Venezuelan President Announces Plan To Rewrite Its Constitution

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

After more than 100 days of often-violent street protests, there's little sign of peace returning to Venezuela, as President Nicolas Maduro prepares a plan that critics call a power grab.


Venezuelan Opposition Leader Released From Prison, Placed Under House Arrest

Saturday, July 08, 2017

Prominent Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez has been released from prison and put on house arrest after spending three years behind bars for leading anti-government protests.


Morning News Brief: Trump In Poland, Final Battles For Mosul, Venezuela Violence

Thursday, July 06, 2017

President Trump is getting a warm welcome in Poland. Also, the last battles of Mosul are down to street fighting, and pro-government groups attacked lawmakers in Venezuela.


Venezuela's Opposition Plans Referendum

Thursday, July 06, 2017

Opposition leaders in Venezuela plan to hold an unofficial plebiscite July 16 over President Maduro's designs for a constitutional rewrite.


Faced With Peace, Former Rebels In Colombia Find New Ways To Survive

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Rebel fighters in Colombia have laid down their arms ending a more than 50-year conflict. But now comes the tough part: Former guerrillas have to figure out how to make a living.


Colombia's FARC Rebels Officially Disarm

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

After more than 50 years of conflict, Colombia's largest guerrilla group officially disarmed and is transitioning into a political party.


Bike Race Symbolizes Colombia's Transition From War To Peace

Friday, June 23, 2017

As the South American nation of Colombia transitions from war to peace, it is trying to lure visitors to places once rendered off limits by conflict. One village is trying to market its natural beauty through a bike race.


Colombia's FARC Guerrillas Are Set To Miss Disarmament Deadline

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Colombia's FARC guerrillas are disarming, but it's taking longer than planned. Under a peace deal signed with the government late last year, the rebels are supposed to turn in all arms by May 31.


Trump To Meet Colombian President Santos At The White House

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Amid a huge boom in cocaine production, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos meets with President Trump. Santos will try to convince the U.S. to maintain its support for Colombia's peace process.


Dissident Rebels In Colombia Ignore Peace Treaty And Continue Extortion

Thursday, May 11, 2017

A peace treaty in 2016 largely ended a half-century war waged by the guerrilla group FARC against Colombia's government. But a handful of FARC dissidents extort business owners and refuse to disarm.


After Peace Agreement, A Baby Boom Among Colombia's FARC Guerrillas

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

During 50 years of guerrilla war, FARC women rarely gave birth. Babies were considered a liability. Now rebels are becoming parents. "Many couples are very hopeful about the future," says a commander.


In Colombia, Residents Push Back Against Gold Mining Plans

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Colombia wants to get at billions of dollars worth of gold in territory once made off limits by a guerrilla war. But locals are having none of it. They fear their bucolic life could be destroyed.


Opposition Parties In Venezuela Prepare For Elections, Hoping They Will Come

Saturday, April 08, 2017

Venezuela's ruling party is threatened by an opposition fueled by an economic crisis and related public anger over fuel and food shortages. It's kept power in part by stalling all manner of elections.


Venezuela's Bread Wars: With Food Scarce, Government Accuses Bakers Of Hoarding

Friday, April 07, 2017

Authorities control flour, and bakers say there isn't enough. But officials say bakers are diverting flour to more profitable brownies and trying to bring down the government.


Rescuers In Colombian Town Of Mocoa Search For Flood Survivors

Monday, April 03, 2017

In Mocoa, Colombia, entire neighborhoods were wiped out over the weekend by flooding and landslides. Colombia's president says more than 200 people have been killed.


At Least 193 Killed In Colombian Avalanche Of Mud And Water

Sunday, April 02, 2017

At least 193 people were killed after floods tore through a small city in Colombia. President Juan Manuel Santos has declared a state of emergency.


Venezuela's Supreme Court Takes Over Opposition-Controlled Congress

Thursday, March 30, 2017

In a move critics are calling the point of no return toward a dictatorship, Venezuela's Supreme Court took over the opposition-controlled Congress. The court ruled Congress "in contempt' and said it would take over all "parliamentary capacities."


For Utah Newlywed, An 'Egregious' Prison Stint In Venezuela

Monday, March 27, 2017

Joshua Holt, a Mormon, was on his honeymoon in Venezuela last year when he was arrested in an anti-gang operation. He's been in jail since. The U.S. has called for his release on humanitarian grounds.