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FARC says 'deserter' killed activist sister

Estanzuela - Colombia's FARC rebel group, which is poised to demobilize under a peace deal, said Saturday a "deserter" from its ranks murdered his activist sister and her husband a week ago.

Colombia warned over violence during peace process

Estanzuela - Colombia's state ombudsman Friday urged authorities to protect civilians from violence between FARC rebels and renegade fighters deserting the force in protest at its peace accord with the government.

Renegade Colombia rebel killed in clash: FARC

Estanzuela - Colombia's FARC rebels on Wednesday said one person was believed killed in fighting last week between their forces and renegade members opposed to a historic peace deal with the government.

Colombia to resume peace talks with ELN

Estanzuela - Peace talks between Colombia and the ELN rebels will resume next week after the group asked to postpone them in November, the government said Sunday.

More UN observers face probe over dancing with Colombian rebels

Estanzuela - The United Nations is investigating more observers for taking part in a New Year's Eve party at which leftist FARC rebels were present, a UN source said Saturday.

Scars haunt Colombian rebels as they disarm

Urrao - Jair's missing right leg reminds him of many things: the heavy price he paid for fighting in the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia and the pain he inflicted on others.

Colombia's war traumas leave deep mental scars

Estanzuela - Colombian rebels may be preparing to lay down their guns, but the nation faces a deeper challenge to heal itself: treating mental illnesses stemming from the trauma of a half-century war.

FARC rebels look to New Year to consolidate peace

Urrao - Like many Colombians, Johana Martinez and Fabio Grinon are hoping peace will finally take hold in 2017. But for the couple -- both FARC rebels -- it will mean an unfamiliar civilian life with their son."We are so happy to have him here with us.

Colombia's ELN rebels free captive businessman

Estanzuela - Colombia's National Liberation Army, which has been fighting the government for more than five decades, on Saturday freed a businessman it had held since March.The ELN released Octavio Figueroa in a rural part of eastern Colombia.

ELN rebels kill cop, wound five: Colombian govt

Estanzuela - Colombia accused the ELN rebels Thursday of killing a Bogota policeman, then hiding explosives by his body and detonating them when colleagues rushed to his side, wounding five.

Colombia lawmakers pass FARC rebel amnesty law

Estanzuela - Colombia's Congress has passed a law granting amnesty to Marxist FARC rebels as part of the country's peace deal, a development the government hailed as "historic.

Colombia kidnappings down 92% since 2000

Estanzuela - Kidnappings in Colombia have fallen 92 percent since 2000, a "historic" change, the authorities said Tuesday as the government and FARC rebels implement a peace deal meant to end a half-century conflict.

Colombia confirms crashed plane was out of fuel

Estanzuela - Preliminary investigations have confirmed that a plane that crashed in the Colombian mountains last month killing 71 people including most of a Brazilian football team was out of fuel, officials said Monday.

Pope invites Colombia's Santos and Uribe to Vatican

Estanzuela - Pope Francis has invited President Juan Manuel Santos and his predecessor Alvaro Uribe to the Vatican on Friday, Colombian officials said, in an apparent bid to strengthen the government's peace accord with FARC rebels.

Colombian rebels get a voice as Congress debates peace laws

Estanzuela - Six Colombians who will represent the FARC rebels in Congress as it implements a historic peace deal presented their new political party Thursday.

Colombia pardons 110 FARC rebels

Estanzuela - The Colombian government has pardoned at least 110 FARC rebels as part of a peace deal to end a 52-year conflict, the justice minister said Wednesday.

Colombia court approves fast-track peace reforms

Estanzuela - Colombian judges Tuesday approved special fast-track procedures to implement the government's contested peace accord with leftist FARC rebels which aims to end half a century of conflict.

Colombian suggests rebels declare Christmas truce

Estanzuela - Colombia's government suggested Sunday to a leftist rebel group that it declare a Christmas and New Year's truce as a way to free up stalled peace talks.

Bodies of Colombia plane crash victims flown home

Medell - The bodies of the 71 victims killed in a plane crash in Colombia that wiped out a Brazilian football team returned home, as mourners prepared a massive funeral.

Colombia faces challenge to implement peace

Estanzuela - After pushing a revised peace deal with the FARC rebels through Congress, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos got down to a far bigger challenge Thursday: implementing it.
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