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Santos says referendum will be held on peace deal regardless of FARC

Estanzuela - President Juan Manuel Santos on Monday said a referendum would be held on a possible peace deal with Marxist FARC fighters, whether the rebels want a vote or not.The FARC and the government have said they aim to sign a peace deal by March 23.

Rebel attack ups tension in Colombia peace drive

Estanzuela - Colombia vowed Monday to step up the fight against the country's second-biggest rebel group, despite claims it was ready to join in a peace drive to end decades of conflict.

Colombia sees Guillain-Barre syndrome spike amid Zika cases

Estanzuela - More than 22,600 cases of the Zika virus have been confirmed in Colombia, which is seeing a sharp increase in a rare neurological disorder linked to the disease, authorities said Saturday.

First Zika-linked deaths reported in Colombia

Estanzuela - The mosquito-borne Zika virus sweeping through Latin America has claimed three lives in Colombia, as the United Nations urged increased access to abortion because of fears of severe birth defects.

Colombia blames 3 deaths on Zika, nerve disorder

Estanzuela - Colombia said Friday that three people had died after contracting the Zika virus and developing a rare nerve disorder called Guillain-Barre, the first time health officials have directly blamed the mosquito-borne disease for causing deaths.

Colombia reports more than 2,000 Zika cases in pregnant women

Estanzuela - Colombia announced Saturday that more than 2,000 pregnant women have been infected with Zika, amid growing concern about the spread of the virus suspected of causing irreversible brain damage in newborns.

FARC will be 'ally' in Colombia war on drugs: president

Estanzuela - FARC rebels will be an "ally" of the Colombian government in the war on drug trafficking once they strike a peace deal to end a half century of conflict, President Juan Manuel Santos said Thursday.

Colombian street artists graffiti for peace

Estanzuela - A pineapple that looks strikingly like a grenade is spray-painted on one wall, while another is splashed with carnations sprouting from rifle barrels.

Colombia frees first FARC rebels under peace process

Estanzuela - Colombia released 16 FARC guerrillas Thursday, the first to walk free under a pardon issued in peace negotiations that appear to be closing in on a deal to end a half-century conflict.

Colombian air assault frees 15 fishermen held by ELN

Estanzuela - Fifteen fishermen who had been abducted by Colombia's ELN guerrilla group were freed Sunday in a dramatic operation involving 200 commandos and six helicopters, the government announced.The operation took place in the northern town of Morales.

Virus linked to newborn brain shrinkage rampages beyond Brazil

Until this year, Brazil had few cases of microcephaly, a debilitating and ultimately deadly disorder in which newborns are born with abnormally small brains. Then the country recorded almost 3,000 cases after reporting less than 200 cases in 2014.

Op-Ed: 2015 — What a year for amazing animal and plant discoveries

Nature is definitely amazing, and no matter how much we think we know about the beautiful world around us, we still continue to make even more fascinating plant and animal discoveries every year. 2015 is no different.

Uprooted by war, Colombian indigenous people doubt peace

Estanzuela - When Delfina Wazorna thinks back on the home she left behind, she remembers machine guns, armed men and death threats.

Demining Colombia will take 'a generation'

Estanzuela - Clearing the landmines from the half-century conflict in Colombia, which has the most mines of any country outside Afghanistan, will take a generation, Defense Minister Luis Carlos Villegas says.

Photo Essay: The magic of Christmas in Bogotá, Colombia Special

Bogot - The city of Bogotá, Colombia, is having a wonderful Christmas this year. The program of Christmas-related activities in the city began in late November and will run throughout December, until January 4.

Colombia legalizes medical marijuana

Estanzuela - Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos signed a decree Tuesday legalizing and regulating medical marijuana, the latest softening of the country's hardline tactics in the war on drugs.

'Our queen still Miss Universe': Colombian president

Estanzuela - Colombia's president said Monday he was shocked when Miss Colombia won and then immediately lost the Miss Universe crown, and said as far as he was concerned she remained the winner."I was watching Miss Universe with my family.

Video: Philippines' Pia Wurtzbach was crowned Miss Universe

Pia Wurtzbach, a Filipino-German contestant in the Miss Universe Beauty Pageant won the the Miss Universe 2015 title Sunday night at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Remains of Colombia 'disappeared' returned to families

Villavicencio - The remains of 29 people who disappeared during the half-century conflict in Colombia were handed over to their families Thursday under a deal between the FARC rebels and the government.

Colombia confirms capture of alleged rebel 'abortion doctor'

Estanzuela - A man who allegedly forced female FARC guerrilla fighters to have abortions was arrested in Spain, Colombian authorities said on Saturday.
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