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  • FILE - In this June 11, 2013, file photo, Colombia's Teofilo Gutierrez, celebrates after scoring against Peru during a World Cup qualifying soccer match in Barranquilla, Colombia. The "Coffee Growers" ripped through qualification, hammering Uruguay 4-0 on their way to earning 30 points from 16 matches. Falcao sealed qualification with two late goals against Chile, coming from behind for a 3-3 home draw.  (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara, File)

    5 Colombia players to watch at the World Cup

    Colombia is still hoping it will be able to count on striker Radamel Falcao when it plays in the World Cup for the first time in 16 years.

  • FILE - In this Feb. 6, 2013, file photo, Costa Rica's coach Jorge Luis Pinto, from Colombia, gestures during a 2014 World Cup qualifying soccer match against Panama in Panama City. The Costa Rican squad will face Uruguay, England and Italy in the northeastern Brazilian city of Fortaleza. (AP Photo/Arnulfo Franco, File)

    Costa Rica coach Pinto is a student of the game

    Costa Rica coach Jorge Luis Pinto will need every bit of his tactical know-how if he is to lead the Central American nation out of Group D at the World Cup, where the team will play Italy, England and Uruguay.

  • FILE - In this Oct. 15, 2013, file photo, Colombia's Mario Yepes celebrates after scoring his second goal against Paraguay during a 2014 World Cup qualifying soccer match  in Asuncion, Paraguay. The "Coffee Growers" ripped through qualification, hammering Uruguay 4-0 on their way to earning 30 points from 16 matches. Falcao sealed qualification with two late goals against Chile, coming from behind for a 3-3 home draw. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano, File)

    Colombia's World Cup hopes hinge on Falcao

    There is one important question in the minds of Colombian fans as the nation prepares for its first World Cup in 16 years: Will Radamel Falcao be ready to play?

  • Pekerman returns to World Cup with Colombia

    Jose Pekerman didn't have many friends or supporters in Colombia when he accepted the job as national coach in 2012.

  • Heavy Price: Relatives mourn Maj. German Mendez, one of two Colombian police officers killed last month by rebels in the port town of Tumaco. Guerrillas pay $1,000 to anyone who kills a cop, police say. (REUTERS)

    U.S. helping Colombia quell Marxist guerrilla group

    This impoverished port town on the Pacific coast has become ground zero for the Colombian government's U.S.-funded efforts to quell a Marxist guerrilla rebellion and eradicate the drug trade, which serves as the group's main source of financing.

  • Colombian paramilitaries set for release

    One veteran of Colombia's disbanded far-right militias admitted to ordering or taking part in at least 3,000 killings, mostly targeting leftists , and incinerating many of the corpses to destroy evidence.

  • Colombia's Juan Cuadrado, right, duels for the ball against Tunisia' s Ammar Jemal during an international friendly soccer match at Cornella-El Prat stadium in Cornella Llobregat, Spain, Wednesday, March 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

    World Cup-bound Colombia draws with Tunisia 1-1

    With its injured striker Radamel Falcao watching from the stands, World Cup-bound Colombia drew 1-1 Wednesday in a friendly international against Tunisia in Barcelona.

  • Objects placed by opposition protesters block a road in the Altamira neighborhood of Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014. Violence is heating up in Venezuela as an opposition leader faces criminal charges for organizing a rally that set off escalating turmoil in the oil-rich, but economically struggling country. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

    Paratroopers to join Venezuela crackdown on unrest

    Paratroopers are heading to a Venezuelan border area torn by fierce clashes between police and anti-government protesters, while security forces are being accused of turning many parts of the country into free-fire zones in their bid to silence a rejuvenated movement challenging socialist rule.

  • In this Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014, photo, Colombia's armed forces chiefs, from left, Air Force commander Guillermo Leon, Navy Commander Vice Admiral Hernando Wills,  Military's Chief of Staff Gen. Hugo Acosta, Defense Minister Juan Carlos Pinzon, President Juan Manuel Santos, Commander of Army Forces Gen. Leonardo Barrero, Army Commander Gen. Juan Pablo Rodriguez, and Police chief Rodolfo Palomino, review the troops during a military ceremony in  Bogota, Colombia, Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014.  Santos announced that changes on the military chain of command will be decided Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, after the country's leading newsmagazine, Semana, reported on what it called widespread kickbacks in multimillion-dollar military contracts, and the publication online of an audio recording in which Gen. Leonardo Barrero, the armed forces chief, is heard verbally maligning prosecutors' investigations into the extrajudicial killings that have brought Colombia international reproach. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

    Colombia's military chief fired in scandal

    Colombia's president fired his armed forces chief Tuesday for verbally maligning and suggesting action be taken against prosecutors investigating military officers accused in extrajudicial killings of civilians.

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