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bogota explosion: police officer killed near bullring


image copyrightepaimage caption the mayor's office said 30 people were injured in the explosion a police officer has been killed and dozens of people injured in an explosion in the colombian capital bogota.the explosion happened near the bullring, where animal rights activists were preparing to hold a march.the mayor's office said 30 people were injured, many of them believed to be officers deployed ahead of the protest.the bullring has been the scene of weekly protests following the decision to reinstate bullfighting in the city.






bullfighting's return sparks protests in bogota | colombia news


hundreds of people have taken to the streets of the colombian capital for the second successive week, protesting against the return of bullfighting in the city. bogota hosted its first bullfight in four years last sunday, with animal-rights protests ending in violence.some 3,000 policemen have now been deployed and barricades set up outside the bullring to separate protesters from spectators."we are talking about peace in the country and in the meantime, there are people who get together to slowly kill an animal as we are still in the 18th century," natalia parra, a protester, told al jazeera, referring to reconciliation efforts between the government and the country's farc rebels. bogota's previous mayor outlawed bullfighting in 2012. but the constitutional court later overturned the ban,






bullfighting's return sparks protests in bogota | colombia news


hundreds of people have taken to the streets of the colombian capital for the second successive week, protesting against the return of bullfighting to the city. bogota hosted its first bullfight in four years last sunday, with animal-rights protests ending in violence.some 3,000 policemen have now been deployed and barricades set up outside the bullring to separate protesters from spectators."we are talking about peace in the country and in the meantime, there are people who get together to slowly kill an animal as if we are still in the 18th century," natalia parra, a protester, told al jazeera, referring to reconciliation efforts between the government and the country's farc rebels. bogota's previous mayor outlawed bullfighting in 2012. but the constitutional court later overturned the b






bomb explodes by colombia bull ring, killing 1 policeman


bogota, colombia — a homemade bomb exploded near bogota's bullring on sunday, killing a police officer and injuring as many as 31 bystanders.the artefact, whose loud explosion shattered windows in nearby apartment buildings, appears to have been left in a sewer outside a new youth hostel popular with foreign backpackers. it was detonated just a few hours before a scheduled bullfight, as police in riot gear were congregating ahead of a demonstration by animal rights activists.last month, police fired tear gas and arrested scores of youth demonstrators to control mobs that physically attacked spectators attending the first bullfight in the capital in four years. but more recent bullfights since have gone off without a hitch and sunday's spectacle at bogota's 1930s-era brick bull ring was the






bomb explodes by colombia bull ring, killing 1 policeman


bogota, colombia — a homemade bomb exploded near bogota's bullring on sunday, killing a police officer and injuring as many as 31 bystanders.the artefact, whose loud explosion shattered windows in nearby apartment buildings, appears to have been left in a sewer outside a new youth hostel popular with foreign backpackers. it was detonated just a few hours before a scheduled bullfight, as police in riot gear were congregating ahead of a demonstration by animal rights activists.authorities did not give a motive for the blast and said they had no evidence it had anything to do with the resumption of bullfighting at the ring.last month, police fired tear gas and arrested scores of youth demonstrators to control mobs that physically attacked spectators attending the first bullfight in the capita






bogota explosion: many injured in blast near bullring


image copyrightgareth lewisimage caption the mayor's office said 30 people were injured in the explosion dozens of people have been injured in an explosion in the colombian capital bogota, the mayor's office has said.the explosion happened near the bullring, where animal rights activists were preparing to hold a march.the mayor's office said 30 people were injured, many of them believed to be officers deployed ahead of the protest.the bullring has been the scene of weekly protests following the decision to reinstate bullfighting in the city.gareth lewis, a british traveller staying in a hostel in la macarena, on the corner where the explosion took place, told the bbc: "i was sitting in my room in the hostel, the windows just came in, there was glass everywhere."quite a few police have been






a gang of police officers injured in bogota explosion


at least 26 people were injured in the explosion near a bullring in bogota, colombia. police officers, who were prepping for anti-bullfighting protests in the country’s capital on sunday, made up a majority of the victims. no one was killed, reports reuters.“the national police rejects and condemns these acts of barbarism that affect the integrity of our police and other citizens, as well as the tranquility and coexistence of the country’s capital,” the police said in statement.read: colombia president pledges nobel peace prize money to communities affected by farccitizens have gathered en masse weekly to protest bullfighting in bogota, which resumed last month for the first time in four years when the ban was lifted by the constitutional court—prompting weekly clashes with law enforcement






a gang of police officers injured in bogota explosion


at least 26 people were injured after an explosion near a bullring in the south american city of bogota, colombia. police officers, who were prepping for anti-bullfighting protests in the country’s capital on sunday (february 19), made up a majority of the victims. no one was killed, reports reuters.“the national police rejects and condemns these acts of barbarism that affect the integrity of our police and other citizens, as well as the tranquility and coexistence of the country’s capital,” the police said in statement.read: colombia president pledges nobel peace prize money to communities affected by farccitizens have gathered en masse weekly to protest bullfighting in bogota, which resumed last month for the first time in four years when the ban was lifted by the constitutional court—pr






bomb explodes by colombia bull ring, injuring 26


bogota, colombia — a homemade bomb exploded near bogota's bullring on sunday, injuring two dozen police officers and two civilians, colombian authorities said.the explosive device, which shattered windows in nearby apartment buildings, appeared to have been left in a sewer outside a new youth hostel popular with foreign backpackers. it was detonated just a few hours before a scheduled bullfight as police in riot gear were gathering ahead of a demonstration by animal rights activists.authorities did not give a motive for the blast and said they had no evidence it had anything to do with the resumption of bullfighting at the ring. some local media speculated the bomb might have been placed by members of the national liberation army, the country's second-largest rebel movement, which in recen






bomb explodes by colombia bull ring, injuring 26 – the denver post


bogota, colombia (ap) — a homemade bomb exploded near bogota’s bullring on sunday, injuring two dozen police officers and two civilians, colombian authorities said.the explosive device, which shattered windows in nearby apartment buildings, appeared to have been left in a sewer outside a new youth hostel popular with foreign backpackers. it was detonated just a few hours before a scheduled bullfight as police in riot gear were gathering ahead of a demonstration by animal rights activists.authorities did not give a motive for the blast and said they had no evidence it had anything to do with the resumption of bullfighting at the ring. some local media speculated the bomb might have been placed by members of the national liberation army, the country’s second-largest rebel movement, which in






bogota explosion: many injured in blast near bullring


media captionbogota explosion: footage shows police clean-updozens of people have been injured in an explosion in the colombian capital bogota, the mayor's office has said.the explosion happened near the bullring, where animal rights activists were preparing to hold a march.bogota authorities said at least 40 people were injured, including 28 men and 12 women. many are believed to be officers deployed ahead of the protest. it is unclear if the blast was linked to the protests, which began after the city reinstated bullfighting this year.gareth lewis, a british traveller staying in a hostel in la macarena, on the corner where the explosion took place, told the bbc: "i was sitting in my room in the hostel, the windows just came in, there was glass everywhere."quite a few police have been hur






bogota explosion: many injured in blast near bullring


media captionbogota explosion: footage shows police clean-updozens of people have been injured in an explosion in the colombian capital bogota, the mayor's office has said.the explosion happened near the bullring, where animal rights activists were preparing to hold a march.up to 30 people were injured, with many believed to be officers deployed ahead of the protest. it is not yet clear if the blast was linked.the bullring has been the scene of weekly protests following the decision to reinstate bullfighting in the city.gareth lewis, a british traveller staying in a hostel in la macarena, on the corner where the explosion took place, told the bbc: "i was sitting in my room in the hostel, the windows just came in, there was glass everywhere."quite a few police have been hurt, they're now sw






bomb explodes by colombia bull ring, injuring 26


bogota, colombia — a homemade bomb exploded near bogota's bullring on sunday, injuring two dozen police officers and two civilians, colombian authorities said.the explosive device, which shattered windows in nearby apartment buildings, appeared to have been left in a sewer outside a new youth hostel popular with foreign backpackers. it was detonated just a few hours before a scheduled bullfight as police in riot gear were gathering ahead of a demonstration by animal rights activists.authorities did not give a motive for the blast and said they had no evidence it had anything to do with the resumption of bullfighting at the ring. some local media speculated the bomb might have been placed by members of the national liberation army, the country's second-largest rebel movement, which in recen






bomb explodes near colombia bull ring, injuries reported


bogota, colombia — a homemade bomb has exploded near bogota's bull ring where police and animal rights activists have clashed in recent weeks.media reports said as many as 20 people had to be evacuated to local hospitals with injuries although authorities had yet to provide an official count.the explosion a few hours before sunday's scheduled bullfight shattered glass windows in nearby apartment buildings.police last month fired tear gas and made scores of arrests to control mostly youth demonstrators protesting the return of bullfighting to colombia's capital for the first time in four years.






in colombia, chaotic capital gets lesson in ‘coexistence’


bogota, colombia (ap) — colombians are getting a lesson in manners in the form of a strict 120-page civil code, and nowhere is it causing more angst than in the country’s frenetic capital where jugglers and soda vendors snake through traffic, party buses throb into the night and street chaos reigns.playing loud music late at night is now punishable with a $125 fine. not picking up dog poop: $30. turnstile jumpers on public buses are being sent to a “coexistence course.”“the code is a confirmation of the failure of family and school in the correct education of colombians,” writer alonso sanchez opined in semana, the country’s most prominent newsweekly.the new rules, which are being applied across colombia, are stringent enough that the mayor of barranquilla recently filed a decree seeking t






strong 5.6 magnitude earthquake rattles parts of colombia


bogota, colombia — a shallow, 5.6-magnitude earthquake rattled residents of colombia's largest city on monday, leading office workers to evacuate buildings and forcing the city's airport to temporarily close.the earthquake struck shortly after 8 a.m. local time and was centered in the department of huila, about 185 miles (300 kilometers) southwest of the capital. it had a depth of 23 miles (37 kilometers), according to the u.s. geological survey.there are no immediate reports of damage.it was the biggest earthquake to hit colombia since a 5.9-magnitude tremor last september.local media reported that bogota's airport suspended flights to determine whether the runway was damaged.colombia is a seismically active country with a large potential for damage owing to its mountainous terrain and lo






colombian church officials: pope francis to visit in sept.


bogota, colombia — pope francis will visit colombia in september as part of a trip to celebrate the south american nation's steps toward ending five decades of armed conflict.it will be the first papal visit to the staunchly roman catholic country in 31 years.vatican envoy ettore balestrero made the announcement in bogota on friday alongside president juan manuel santos. the trip was simultaneously announced by the vatican in a brief statement.the first latin american pope will arrive in bogota on sept. 6 and visit three other cities — medellin, cartagena and villavicencio — before returning to rome on sept. 11.his visit to medellin will come nearly 50 years after the landmark 1968 meeting by latin american clergy in the city, where bishops endorsed liberation theology.the length and itine






will hillary clinton run for mayor?


new york city was well on its way this week to having another liberal mayor. a quinnipiac university poll released tuesday showed incumbent mayor bill de blasio, a democrat whose term ends in 2018, was favored 59-25 over republican challenger paul massey. another 47 percent of respondents said de blasio should be re-elected, a departure from…






prosecutors: nyc mayor bill de blasio’s fundraising will not result in criminal


share storyby the associated pressthe associated pressnew york (ap) — prosecutors: nyc mayor bill de blasio’s fundraising will not result in criminal charges for mayor, others.the associated presscustom-curated news highlights, delivered weekday mornings.thanks for signing up!






more than 190 dead in colombian landslides


bogotá—a mudslide caused by heavy rains killed at least 193 people in colombia’s southern province of putumayo, authorities said saturday.the red cross reported there were also more than 200 missing and 400 injured after a ... of water surged through the small city of mocoa, located along the country’s southern border with ecuador. ...






seattle mayor faces sexual abuse allegations in lawsuit


seattle mayor ed murray has been accused of child sexual abuse of a teenager in the 1980s, according to a new lawsuit filed thursday by a 46-year-old kent man. the lawsuit also includes complaints by two other men who accused the mayor of sexual abuse during their teenage. the mayor has denied all allegations, according to…






san jose mayor in testy twitter exchange


san jose mayor sam liccardo got into a twitter tiff with a critic over attacks on donald trump supporters after a campaign rally at the city convention center last summer that’s been the subject of an ongoing lawsuit.san jose resident ryan mcgovern asked liccardo on twitter:“mayor @sliccardo: do you 100% deny having anything to do with the @sanjosepd leading trump fans into an angry mob?” mcgovern tweeted.mcgovern kept prodding until the mayor replied with a jab, noting that he has since been dropped as a defendant from the negligence lawsuit against the city.mcgovern continued pushing for a reply. “you did not answer the question, mayor,” he tweeted. then another: “this tweet has 300 views right now. 300 folks reading mayor’s response saying he “doesn’t respond” but not answering a very e






north chicago mayor's luxury car raises questions about wasteful spending


the city of north chicago will have a quiet primary season in 2017, as the three incumbent candidates for mayor, city clerk and treasurer are all democrats running unopposed.mayor leon rockingham jr. is uncontested so far in his bid for a fourth elected term in the now-closed partisan candidate...






almost half a million bucks worth of cocaine stuffed up nose of american airline


authorities say tulsa maintenance base workers workers for american airlines found seven bricks of cocaine weighing 31 pounds with a street value of about a half a million dollars hidden in the nose of an aa aircraft. an investigation into the mysterious heap of coke has since been taken over by a dea team based out of miami, florida, where the plane stopped from bogota en route tulsa for maintenance. tulsa county sheriff's office spokesman justin green says the plane arrived in miami from bogota, colombia, on sunday. it was flagged for maintenance and sent later that day to tulsa international airport, where american airlines has a maintenance base. while working on the nose gear, an airline employee noticed what looked like a clump of insulation or a brick-like object and called the sher






l.a. voter turnout at 11.45%


voter turnout for los angeles' elections was pushing up slightly this evening and stood at 11.45%. how does this compare? turnout in l.a. peaked at 76% in a 1969 runoff, when tom bradley was running to become the city’s first black mayor. he lost, but unseated mayor sam yorty four years later in a rematch. turnout spiked again when richard riordan was elected mayor in a 1993 runoff, reaching 45% in the aftermath of riots sparked by the acquittal of white police officers for the beating of rodney king, an african american. the record low of 18% in 2009 came when mayor antonio villaraigosa won reelection after a somnolent race against largely unknown challengers. four years ago, even after a hard-fought and well-publicized race between garcetti and several well-known rivals, just 21% of regi






colombia and eln in talks to end 52 years of war | news


colombia's government and the country's second biggest rebel group have started talks to end a five decade-long conflict that has killed hundreds of thousands of people and forced millions from their homes.the government and the national liberation army (eln) began peace talks on tuesday in neighbouring ecuador after more than three years of failed attempts. the eln hopes to clinch an agreement similar to that negotiated last year with the revolutionary armed forces of colombia (farc), which allows the rebels to form a political party in exchange for laying down their arms. in november of last year, president juan manuel santos' government managed to seal an agreement with the farc after an often difficult almost four-year process. experts, though, have warned that the eln will be a toughe






us president’s son faces backlash after criticizing london mayor


donald trump jr. has been facing flak for mocking and criticizing the london mayor sadiq khan wednesday, hours after the westminster terror attack. trump jr. took to twitter and slammed the city’s mayor citing lines from a september 2016 report in the independent, which quoted him saying that terror attacks were “part and parcel of living…






hundreds dead, missing in colombian landslide


bogotá—a mudslide caused by heavy rains early saturday killed at least 200 people in colombia’s southern province of putumayo, authorities said.the national disaster agency said another 200 were wounded and that the toll could easily go higher because many people were still unaccounted for as of sunday morning.a ... of water surged through the small city of mocoa, located along the country’s southern border with...






syrian immigrant mayor’s nj town won’t be sanctuary city


montvale, n.j. (ap) — a syrian immigrant mayor says his new jersey town will not be a sanctuary city for immigrants illegally living in the united states.montvale mayor michael ghassali posted on facebook that a mayor should not advocate defying federal laws and he will not sign any executive orders asking the town’s employees to do so.the republican who ran for mayor as an independent tells the record (http://bit.ly/2lytsji ) he hopes his position is not misconstrued as being against diversity.the trump administration announced tuesday that any immigrant in the country illegally who is charged with or convicted of any offense, or even suspected of a crime, will now be an immigration enforcement priority.ghassali became a citizen in 1987 and is married to an iraqi immigrant.___information






nyc mayor meets with campaign corruption probe investigators


new york — new york city's mayor is meeting with federal authorities looking into allegations that donors to his mayoral campaign were promised favors.mayor bill de blasio went to his lawyers' offices friday to meet investigators. among those seen entering the building were andrew goldstein, the head of u.s. attorney preet bharara's public corruption unit, and federal prosecutor russell capone.a lawyer for the democratic mayor did not immediately comment. a prosecutors' spokesman declined comment.two people with knowledge of the probe told the associated press that the mayor had been expected to face questions about whether people were promised favors in return for donations to his 2013 mayoral campaign. the individuals spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to sp






former wwe star kane planning to run for mayor


glenn jacobs, better known as the towering wwe villain kane, is stepping into the political ring with a bid for mayor in tennessee.jacobs has filed paperwork naming a campaign treasurer, the first step needed to raise or spend money in an effort to succeed term-limited knox county mayor tim burchett in 2018.tea party groups urged jacobs to challenge u.s. sen. lamar alexander in the republican primary in 2014, but he ended up deciding against a run.jacobs isn't the first professional wrestling star to try his hand at politics in tennessee. jerry “the king” lawler, who is known for his feud with comedian andy kaufman in the early 1980s, has made unsuccessful bids to be elected mayor of memphis.






judge dismisses proposal to put naperville annexation question on april ballot


mayors from lisle, warrenville and woodridge on monday morning filed formal objections to an effort to ask voters in their communities if they want to be annexed by the city of naperville.warrenville mayor david brummel, lisle mayor joe broda and woodridge mayor gina cunningham filed the objections... (erin hegarty)






monee mayor accused of attacking umpire ousted in bid for re-election


umpire says monee mayor, while coach, broke his jaw at gametim nelson, a youth baseball umpire, said the mayor of south suburban monee broke his jaw in two places and called him a drunk during a dispute at a game while the mayor was serving as a coach. (zbigniew bzdak / chicago tribune)tim nelson, a youth baseball umpire, said the mayor of south suburban monee broke his jaw in two places and called him a drunk during a dispute at a game while the mayor was serving as a coach. (zbigniew bzdak / chicago tribune)see more videos






monee voters oust mayor accused of attacking umpire during youth ballgame


umpire says monee mayor, while coach, broke his jaw at gametim nelson, a youth baseball umpire, said the mayor of south suburban monee broke his jaw in two places and called him a drunk during a dispute at a game while the mayor was serving as a coach. (zbigniew bzdak / chicago tribune)tim nelson, a youth baseball umpire, said the mayor of south suburban monee broke his jaw in two places and called him a drunk during a dispute at a game while the mayor was serving as a coach. (zbigniew bzdak / chicago tribune)see more videos






london mayor sadiq khan calls for cancellation of trump visit


sadiq khan, the mayor of london, has condemned donald trump’s travel ban and refugee freeze and called for the president’s state visit to britain to be cancelled. khan, who last june be e the first muslim mayor of a major western capital, said in an opinion piece for london’s evening standard newspaper that he had “done [his]…






small-town mayor sets tone for marine le pen’s french presidential run


fréjus, france—since taking office three years ago, the 29-year-old mayor of this seaside mediterranean resort has taken down european union flags and flies only the french tricolor. he has celebrated the town’s christian heritage, sought to shut down the local mosque and tried to ban muslim swimwear known as burkinis—a move rejected by the courts.now the far-right national front is trumpeting mayor david rachline’s record running this town of 53,000 as evidence it is ready to govern france. opinion polls show party...






morning spin: rauner makes political prediction on 2-term emanuel: no 4th term


welcome to clout street: morning spin, our weekday feature to catch you up with what's going on in government and politics from chicago to springfield. subscribe here.topspinmayor rahm emanuel hasn't even said for sure that he'll seek a third term in 2019, but gov. bruce rauner predicted monday the mayor won't be around for a fourth.the governor’s prognostication that “the current mayor is not going to be mayor in 2023” came at an event about the stalled effort to create a toll lane on the stevenson expressway, as rauner talked about his veto last week of emanuel’s proposed changes to the city’s pension funds for municipal workers and laborers.the mayor's plan calls for a 3-percentage-point hike in what new city employees pay toward their retirement benefits, as well as ramped-up pension c






morning spin: rauner makes prediction on emanuel's political future: no 4th term


welcome to clout street: morning spin, our weekday feature to catch you up with what's going on in government and politics from chicago to springfield. subscribe here.topspinmayor rahm emanuel hasn't even said for sure that he'll seek a third term in 2019, but gov. bruce rauner predicted monday the mayor won't be around for a fourth.the governor’s prognostication that “the current mayor is not going to be mayor in 2023” came at an event about the stalled effort to create a toll lane on the stevenson expressway, as rauner talked about his veto last week of emanuel’s proposed changes to the city’s pension funds for municipal workers and laborers.the mayor's plan calls for a 3-percentage-point hike in what new city employees pay toward their retirement benefits, as well as ramped-up pension c






the latest: new jersey mayor is charged in overtime scheme


paterson, n.j. — the latest on charges against the mayor of paterson, new jersey, (all times local):4:35 p.m.the mayor of paterson, new jersey, and three public works employees have been charged with conspiring to have city employees work overtime at a private warehouse leased by the mayor's family.an indictment unsealed tuesday charges mayor jose "joey" torres and the three supervisors with conspiracy, official misconduct, theft, tampering with public records or information, and falsifying or tampering with records.the warehouse was leased by torres' daughter and nephew.torres' office says a statement may be issued later.torres is the first hispanic mayor of paterson. he won his first term in 2002 as a democrat and was re-elected in 2006. he lost another re-election bid in 2010 but won th






mayor resigns after death threats over plan to stop prayer


carey, ohio — an ohio mayor says he has resigned after receiving threats over a plan to stop reciting the pledge of allegiance and the lord's prayer at village council meetings.carey mayor armand getz says he made the decision to end the pledge and prayer to avoid potential lawsuits. the air force veteran also says he didn't want people at the meetings to feel forced to say the pledge or prayer if it went against their personal beliefs.the courier newspaper in findlay reports residents in the northwestern ohio village spoke out against the idea, calling it disrespectful.the village council on monday passed a resolution signaling it wants to restore the pledge and add a moment of silence before meetings. the mayor then announced he was stepping down.