(Diosdado Cabello speaking, Rafaelsigala12, CC BY SA 4.0)

Top Story — U.S. authorities are investigating several top Venezuelan officials for drug trafficking, according to a report published Monday by The Wall Street Journal, which sides with prior accounts linking a top Venezuelan lawmaker to the narcotics trade. Diosdado Cabello, the head of Venezuela’s National Assembly, is reportedly a main target of the investigation…

Antanas Mockus, the former mayor of Bogota, Colombia.

Antanas Mockus is one of the most influential figures in Colombian politics. He has been mayor of Bogotá twice, and a presidential candidate three times. He is mostly remembered for promoting art as a way to change cultural values in Colombian society. Or, in his words, to reinforce a “citizenship culture” to reach peace. He…

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Top Story — Eight Venezuelan military officers have been imprisoned after being convicted of plotting to overthrow the government, Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino López announced Wednesday. The group of mostly air force officers were convicted of, among other charges, plotting to hijack a military jet in order to bomb the presidential palace and kill President…

(National Police of Colombia, CC BY-SA 2.0)

Top Story — The rate of coca cultivation for cocaine production has increased in Colombia for the first time in seven years, according to a new White House report that the U.S. Drug Czar’s office partially released on Monday, a fact that some are saying could bolster support for an increasingly controversial U.S. aerial fumigation…

DEA Administrator Michele Leonhart at a recent congressional hearing on agent misconduct in Colombia. (YouTube, screenshot)

Top Story — Michelle Leonhart, the head of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, will soon resign, Attorney General Eric Holder announced Tuesday, as controversy endures over her handling of a scandal involving DEA agents’ conduct in Colombia. According to an investigation by the Investigator of the Justice Department, the DEA’s parent agency, agents in Colombia…

Photojournalist Stephen Ferry, who has covered Colombia's internal conflict for twelve years.

Stephen Ferry is an American photographer who has captured dangerous and tragic scenes of the Colombian armed conflict for twelve years. Ferry published a collection of his and his Colombian colleagues’ photos in a book titled “Violentology: A Manual of the Colombian Conflict.” Latin America News Dispatch interviewed Ferry at the International Center for Photography…

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos visits soldiers injured in a FARC attack in the Cauca region.(Photo: Effraín Herrera)

Top Story — At least 10 Colombian soldiers were killed and 17 injured Wednesday in an attack carried out by FARC rebels, which prompted President Juan Manuel Santos to reinstate air raids against the guerrilla group that had been halted in March. Santos declared the attack an explicit breach of the unilateral ceasefire the FARC…

U.S. troops at Colombia's Tolemaida military base.

Top Story — The U.S. Army may investigate accusations of sexual assault against its soldiers and contractors in Colombia, a spokesman said Friday, the military’s first response to claims published by a joint project of Colombia’s government and the guerrillas of the FARC. Army investigators are working with Colombia’s government to decide whether to launch…

Bolivian President Evo Morales, whose MAS party suffered losses in regional elections.

Top Story — The political party of Bolivia’s President Evo Morales lost several key seats in legislative and gubernatorial elections on Sunday, reports suggest, following Morales’ re-election last year to a third term with 61 percent of the vote. The Associated Press called the loss the greatest electoral setback faced by the Movement Toward Socialism…