John Otis

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He's never won a major race, but he's Colombia's best known cyclist

Thursday, December 28, 2023

The tale of cycling mad Colombia's best known cyclist — he may never have won a major race — but he's a social media sensation in a country that takes cycling very, very seriously.


Venezuelan voters approve referendum that would take over disputed area with Guyana

Monday, December 04, 2023

Venezuela's election board says voters on Sunday approved a referendum called for by the government to claim sovereignty over an oil- and mineral-rich piece of neighboring Guyana.


Venezuela to hold referendum upholding its claim on what Guyana says is its territory

Sunday, December 03, 2023

Venezuela and neighboring Guyana are at loggerheads over Venezuela staking a claim on more than half of Guyana's oil-rich territory. On Sunday, Venezuela will hold a referendum to uphold its claim.


Armed with barriers made of human hair, Venezuelans take on massive oil slicks

Tuesday, November 28, 2023

Venezuelans attempt to tackle the massive oil slicks that are clogging up one of South America's largest bodies of inland water — by using human hair.


A popular oppositional candidate in Venezuela has been banned from upcoming elections

Friday, November 17, 2023

Venezuela's authoritarian regime has just banned the most popular opposition candidate of standing in next year's election. As recent history has shown, that might not work in their favor.


Kidnap of Liverpool soccer star puts harsh light on Colombia peace talks with rebels

Saturday, November 11, 2023

The father of Colombian soccer star Luis Diaz was freed earlier this week, after he was abducted by a guerrilla group.


Why one family is joining a historic wave of Venezuelans migrating to the U.S.

Tuesday, October 31, 2023

Millions of Venezuelans have migrated to escape authoritarian rule and their country's worst economic crisis. For the first time, they're the largest group detained for entering the U.S. irregularly.


To foster a free election in Venezuela, the U.S. is offering the Maduro regime a deal

Thursday, October 26, 2023

In an effort to promote a free election in Venezuela, the U.S. government is offering the autocratic government of Nicolas Maduro a deal. But already it's facing challenges.


A family in Venezuela prepares to leave for the U.S.

Saturday, October 21, 2023

Millions of Venezuelans have left their country to escape authoritarian rule and economic collapse. We tell the story of one family headed to the U.S.


The Maduro regime is disrupting the opposition's efforts before Venezuela's election

Monday, October 16, 2023

Venezuela's opposition are holding a primary to elect the candidate who will take on President Nicolas Maduro in next year's elections. The Maduro government is not making campaigning or voting easy.


Venezuelans continue to flee the country as the economy shows no signs of recovery

Saturday, September 30, 2023

Venezuelans continue to leave their homeland in record numbers. It is the largest refugee exodus ever recorded in the Western Hemisphere.


Bogotá has some of the worst traffic. It's finally getting a metro, with China's help

Saturday, September 23, 2023

Colombia's capital is home to 11 million people — and to some of the worst traffic jams in the world. Now Chinese companies are building its first metro line.


Facing death threats, a Colombian mayor makes a daring visit to the town he runs

Friday, September 22, 2023

Mayor Edilberto Molina relocated to a nearby town last year after drug-trafficking guerrillas threatened to kill him. He's not the only Colombian politician forced away by threats from criminal gangs.


How a Colombian mayor governs his town from exile

Friday, September 22, 2023

Reporter John Otis catches up with one Colombian mayor who faces so many threats from criminal groups — that he's been forced to govern — largely from exile.


A rapid transit system is finally being built in the Colombian capital Bogotá

Tuesday, September 19, 2023

When you're stuck in the traffic, think of Bogotá. One study claims the Colombian capital has the world's worst rush-hour traffic. After more than 80 years of vacillating, Bogotá is getting a metro.


Fernando Botero, Colombian artist famous for rotund and oversize figures, dies at 91

Friday, September 15, 2023

Colombian artist Fernando Botero has died at the age of 91. "I don't paint fat women," he once told Spain's El Mundo newspaper, "I am interested in volume, the sensuality of the form."


In Peru, discovery of ancient ruins outpaces authorities' ability to care for them

Saturday, July 29, 2023

"Everywhere you dig, you will find something — because Lima was home to great civilizations," says a museum director in the capital. "But it's impossible to save everything in a poor country."


Many ancient ruins in Peru's capital of Lima are falling into disrepair

Friday, July 28, 2023

The top tourist destination in Peru is the Incan citadel of Machu Picchu. Not so well known is that the capital Lima also holds many ancient ruins — so many that that they can't all be taken care of.


Venezuela's opposition is preparing for next year's general election

Sunday, July 23, 2023

After years of political gridlock, Venezuela's opposition is coming together ahead of next year's general election to try to defeat the country's authoritarian leader.


All the prison's presidents: Peru's special jail for ex-leaders is all full up

Sunday, July 09, 2023

In Peru, so many former leaders have been accused of crimes that the country has designated a small prison specifically to house them. It's a symbol of corruption, but also of political dysfunction.