As Colombia death toll mounts, desperate quest for survivors

In this handout photo released by the Colombian National Army, soldiers rescue a child in Mocoa, Colombia, Saturday, April 1, 2017, after an avalanche of water from an overflowing river swept through the city as people slept. The incident triggered by intense rains left at least 100 people dead in Mocoa, located near Colombia’s border with Ecuador. (Colombian Army Photo via AP)

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Right to die: Colombian man ends life with government backup

In this June 19, 2015 photo, Dr. Gustavo Quintana, who helps people with terminal illnesses end their lives, speaks during an interview in Bogota, Colombia. Most of the procedures he performs are in people’s home, with the patient surrounded by loved ones. Sometimes music is played. During the nine minutes the procedure typically lasts he whispers the same soothing mantra while injecting a cocktail of lethal drugs: “Rest, you’re going to sleep for the last time, a restorative sleep.” (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

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High Colombian official urges courts to OK same-sex marriage

A gay pride parade participant poses for a photo in Bogota, Colombia, Sunday, June 28, 2015. Thousands paraded through the streets of Bogota and called for a law granting social security and matrimonial rights for gay couples. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

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At Least 40 Killed in Colombia Landslide

Images taken by the Colombian Air Force show some of the destruction caused by the landslide, May 18, 2015.

Images taken by the Colombian Air Force show some of the destruction caused by the landslide, May 18, 2015.    | Photo: @FuerzaAereaCol


With many reported missing, the death toll is expected to rise

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Colombia halts peace talks after general is taken

This Aug. 15, 2014 photo released by Colombia’s Army press office shows Colombian Army Gen. Ruben Dario Alzate in Colombia. Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos suspended peace talks with the South American nation’s largest rebel group after Alzate was taken captive on Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014. The U.S.-education soldier and two others were intercepted while traveling by motor boat along a remote river in western Colombia. A fourth soldier managed to flee and reported that the captors were members of the 34th front of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC. (AP Photo/Colombian Army press office)

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At Least 31 Children And 1 Adult Killed In Colombia Church Bus Fire

Colombia bus tragedy

The charred remains of a bus, in which children died in, is seen in Fundacion, northern Colombia, May 18, 2014. As many as 32 people, most believed to be children, were killed and others injured in northern Colombia when fire broke out on a bus taking them to a church event, local media reported.   Reuters/Stringer

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Death toll rises to 10 in Colombia mine collapse

Illegal gold mine in Colombia collapses killing at least three

Rescuers work on the removal of sludge during the rescue of a group of miners in a gold mine that collapsed in San Antonio, Colombia Photo: GETTY IMAGES

More bodies pulled out of collapsed illegal gold mine in Colombia with at least six more people feared to have perished in the disaster

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Drug Flight Down In Colombia, 3 Americans Killed

by The Associated Press

October 05, 2013 7:31 PM

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — A small plane on a U.S. counter-drug mission crashed Saturday in a remote, jungle region of northern Colombia, killing three Americans and a Panamanian National Guardsman and seriously injuring the other two Americans aboard.

The Havilland Dash 8 was flying over the western Caribbean when it lost radio contact with the U.S.-sponsored multinational task force in Key West, Florida that runs drug interdiction in region, the U.S. military said.

Such planes typically track speedboats that smuggle cocaine from Colombia north into Central America and the Caribbean but U.S. Southern Command spokesman Lt. Cmdr. Ron Flanders said he did not have details on the mission.

It was not immediately clear if the Americans aboard were all military contractors, although Southcom did say that plane was contracted by the U.S. government.

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