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Colombia to get UN peace monitors, possible referendum

Estanzuela - Some 400 UN personnel will monitor a disarmament deal ending Colombia's civil war and courts will rule in July whether a referendum can be held to endorse the ceasefire, officials said Friday.

Colombia at 'point of no return' on path to peace

Estanzuela - A historic ceasefire between the Colombian government and FARC rebels marks a "point of no return" on the road to peace but risks still lie ahead, analysts say.- What is the agreement's scope?

Santos and Timochenko: Colombia foes turn peacemakers

Estanzuela - A conservative politician from a rich family and a rural Marxist guerrilla were the lead players in the landmark Colombian ceasefire agreement signed Thursday.

As Colombia peace looms, crossfire town mourns dead

Granada - Amanda Suarez weeps as she remembers her husband, one of hundreds of Colombians killed in a crossfire when right-wing paramilitaries battled leftist rebels for the green valley where they lived.

Colombia top ex-rebel commander preaches peace

Carepa - She was one of the most-wanted FARC guerrilla commanders, but these days she sews uniforms for the very Colombian army soldiers she used to fight.

U.S.-bound migrants take the long way through Latin America

Turbo - Mohamud Warfa Hirsi is a long way from home. From a dusty Kenyan refugee camp, he has reached the sticky heat of the Caribbean, and his journey is not over.The 27-year-old Somali has traveled nearly 13,000 kilometers (8,000 miles) from East Africa.

Colombia president eyes full ceasefire this week

Estanzuela - Colombia's president said Tuesday he hoped this week to seal a permanent ceasefire that would clear the way for a peace deal ending a half-century conflict with leftist rebels.

Photographer Tunick plans nude demo against Trump's 'hate'

Estanzuela - American photographer Spencer Tunick, famous for his pictures of huge crowds of naked people, is not a fan of Donald Trump.

Pre-Hispanic tombs found in Colombia are over 2,000 years old

Estanzuela - Colombian archaeologists have identified three tombs dating back more than 2,000 years, pinpointed while working squarely in metropolitan Medellin, officials said Friday.

Two die, dozens injured in Colombia farmer protests

Estanzuela - Two people were killed and dozens injured Thursday in Colombia as more than 30,000 farmers joined a growing anti-government protest, blocking roads and clashing with police, officials said.

200 captive women, girls freed from Colombia sex ring

Estanzuela - Police in Bogota on Saturday rescued some 200 young women and girls who were being held against their will and sexually exploited, city officials said.

Colombia rebels free three journalists

Estanzuela - The Colombian rebel group ELN freed a prominent Spanish-Colombian journalist and two local TV reporters Friday after holding them for days.

Colombia seeks green light for peace referendum

Estanzuela - Colombia's government Thursday urged the courts to authorize a referendum it hopes will seal a peace deal to end a half-century conflict with leftist rebels.

Colombia blames guerrillas for missing journalists

Estanzuela - The Red Cross said Thursday it will help search for three journalists missing in Colombia whose disappearance the government blamed on a leftist rebel group.

Two more journalists go missing in northeast Colombia

Estanzuela - Five journalists covering a colleague's suspected kidnapping by leftist guerrillas in northeast Colombia were attacked and detained by unknown assailants, and two of them are still missing, officials said Tuesday.

Colombia peace could reveal jungle species' secrets

Estanzuela - Countless rare insects and flowers are said to inhabit the jungles of Colombia, but decades of war have stopped naturalists from discovering them -- until now.

Spanish journalist feared kidnapped by Colombia rebels

Estanzuela - Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said Monday his security forces had launched a sweeping operation to find a Spanish-Colombian journalist feared kidnapped by a leftist guerrilla group.

Colombia: Cartagena lays to rest Garcia Marquez's ashes

Cartagena - The ashes of Nobel literature laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez were laid to rest in Cartagena, the jewel of colonial architecture on Colombia's Caribbean coast, following a tribute to the author.

Colombia nabs record-breaking eight tons of cocaine

Estanzuela - Colombian police have seized eight tons of cocaine from the country's main organized crime ring, the largest ever haul in the nation's history, the president said Sunday.

Colombia to extradite Panama drug-money suspect to US

Estanzuela - Colombia will extradite a leader of a prominent Panamanian business family to the United States, where he is charged with laundering money for ruthless drug gangs, authorities said Friday.
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