• Ramiro Ramirez pushes a shopping cart as he shops for food with his wife Tebie Gonzalez in Cucuta, Colombia, Sunday, July 17, 2016, during the temporary opening of the long-closed border with Colombia. "This is money we had been saving for an emergency, and this is an emergency," Ramirez said. "It's scary to spend it, but we're finding less food each day and we need to prepare for what's coming." (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

    Middle-class Venezuelans liquidate savings to stockpile food

    SAN CRISTOBAL, Venezuela (AP) — Tebie Gonzalez and Ramiro Ramirez still have their sleek apartment, a fridge covered with souvenir magnets from vacations aboard, and closets full of name brand clothes. But they feel hunger drawing close.

  • In this May 10, 2016 photo, a police officer holds up a marker that identifies a variety of coca called "Boliviana Rosa" in an experimental coca field at Los Pijaos police training base in San Luis, Colombia, where procedures and equipment are tested against coca growers’ ever-changing techniques. Amid rising cocaine production, Colombia is being forced to rethink its anti-drug strategy again, taking into account the possibility of a more stable future now that the government has reached a cease-fire deal with rebels that will take effect once a final accord is signed, probably in the coming weeks. If and when that happens, the military is hopeful it will be able to shift its energy and resources from fighting rebels to pursuing top drug traffickers. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

    Coca’s comeback forces Colombia to rethink drug war

    ESPINAL, Colombia (AP) — Explosives experts wearing heavy body armor light a fuse and take cover behind a concrete-reinforced trench. “Fire in the area!” a commando shouts before a deafening blast ricochets across the Andean foothills and sends a plume of brown smoke 30 meters (100 feet) high.

  • Colombia’s Jarlinson Pantano crosses the finish line to win the fifteenth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 160 kilometers (99.4 miles) with start in Bourg-en-Bresse and finish in Culoz, France, Sunday, July 17, 2016. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

    ‘Hola presidente’: Pantano’s win celebrated in Colombia

    CULOZ, France (AP) — Jarlinson Pantano had just gotten off the podium after his stage victory award in the Tour de France on Sunday when he was handed an audio connection to Colombia President Juan Manuel Santos.