The vast majority of Colombia's soaring cocaine production has apparently passed through a single municipality, Tumaco, over the first few months of year. What makes this region so strategic, and who has the biggest stake in its criminal bounty?
A ruling by Colombia's Constitutional Court has created an opportunity for opponents of the country's peace process with the FARC to sabotage the implementation of the accords, potentially fueling dissent among the guerrilla ranks as well as violence and uncertainty in the underworld.
The governor of a Venezuela border state who frequently pointed out criminal activity by Colombia's rebel armies on his part of the frontier has been banned from public office for 15 years by the government of President Nicolás Maduro.
Dissident elements of Colombia's FARC rebel group reportedly kidnapped a member of a United Nations delegation, signaling the breakaway faction's intention to continue its armed struggle even as the guerrilla demobilization moves forward.