A second-place finish could prove to be a blessing in disguise for England who are on the relatively easier side of the draw in the knockout stages.
Colombia's Yerry Mina thumped home a second-half header to secure a dramatic 1-0 victory over Senegal on Thursday that catapulted the South Americans into the World Cup last 16 and dumped their African opponents out of tournament.
Colombia will next week formally become NATO's first Latin American "global partner," President Juan Manuel Santos announced Friday.
Colombians went to the polls Sunday to elect a new Congress with a resurgent right, bitterly opposed to a peace deal that allows leftist former rebels to participate, expected to poll strongly.
At least three police officers were killed and 14 wounded on Saturday by an early morning bomb attack outside a police station in Colombia's coastal city of Barranquilla, authorities said.
Talks to end a strike by the largest pilots' union at Colombia's flagship airline Avianca were suspended after failure to reach agreement on wages and benefits, the two sides said on Wednesday, extending an indefinite walkout that has left travelers grounded.
Pope Francis got a cut on his brow and blood on his white cape on Sunday when he bumped into the window of his Popemobile while waving to admirers in Colombia.
At least eight miners at an underground coal mine in Colombia have died and five more are missing after an explosion caused by methane gas, the national mining agency said on Saturday.
Rebels with Colombia's National Liberation Army (ELN) group have freed two Dutch journalists snatched days ago in the country's northeast, officials said Saturday.