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Paying for household staples with cocaine paste in Colombia

La Paz - Customers in Lorena's shop place innocuous white pebbles on an electronic scale. In exchange they take away staples like cooking oil and eggs - in the depths of the Colombian jungle, you pay with cocaine base paste.

A taste of freedom in a Colombian women's prison

Cartagena - Arleth Martinez smooths her clothes, kisses a photo of her twins and leaves for work. It's only a few meters from her Colombian cell to her unusually fragrant workplace, South America's first gastronomic prison restaurant.

A dissident FARC leader says 'war goes on'

Puerto Gait - A dissident guerrilla leader points his assault rifle into the air and fires, shouting "FARC is alive, the war goes on." Peace is a long way from this part of the Colombian jungle.

Colombia's last rebel group begins truce amid hopes of lasting peace

Bogota - After a half-century of armed struggle, the Colombian armed forces and the country's last guerrilla group, the ELN, began on Sunday a historic, if possibly temporary, truce.

Colombia and last rebel group to begin a truce on Sunday

Bogota - After a half-century of armed struggle, Colombia's ELN rebels are poised to usher in a historic, if possibly temporary, truce starting early Sunday.

Colombia captures 28 members of feared drug gang: Santos

Bogota - Colombian security forces have captured 28 members of the country's most-feared drug gang, President Juan Manuel Santos said Tuesday.

FARC pays controversial tribute to ex-guerrilla leader

Bogota - The remains of a feared ex-guerrilla chief killed in a bombing raid seven years ago were laid to rest in Colombia Friday, with tributes led by the new Common Alternative Revolutionary Force (FARC) political party.

Pope leaves Colombia with prayers for peace

Cartagena - Pope Francis left Colombia on Sunday with calls for reconciliation after its half-century civil war and a peaceful end to the deadly crisis in neighboring Venezuela.

Drug gangs included in beneficiaries of Colombia peace deal: report

Bogota - Colombian media reported Sunday that 25 drug traffickers wanted by US authorities had tried to slip through the hands of the courts under a peace accord with FARC rebels.

Pope prays for Venezuela, blesses poor in Colombia

Cartagena - Pope Francis prayed Sunday for a peaceful end to Venezuela's "grave crisis" which has left scores dead, as he wrapped up a tour to support peace in neighboring Colombia.

Pope vies with narco for reverence in Colombian city

Medell - In her hair salon, Yamile Zapata is taking advantage of Pope Francis's visit to sell key rings with his face on it. But that's not where the real money is in Medellin.

1.3 mn join pope's mass in Colombia's ex-'narco city'

Medell - Nearly 1.3 million worshippers flocked to a mass by Pope Francis on Saturday in the Colombian city known as the stronghold of the late drug lord Pablo Escobar.

Pope prays for truth, reconciliation with Colombia war victims

Villavicencio - Pope Francis presided over a tearful act of reconciliation Friday between ex-fighters and victims of Colombia's civil war, urging "truth" and "justice" for victims of the half-century conflict.

Colombia peace will 'fail' without reconciliation: pope

Villavicencio - Pope Francis warned Friday that Colombia's efforts to permanently end its civil conflict will "fail" if the country's people do not seek "reconciliation" after decades of suffering.

Pope to bless maimed Christ, symbol of Colombia war

Villavicencio - Like others receiving papal blessings this week, he has lost limbs and is scarred by shrapnel. But this figure is made of plaster -- a unique symbol of Colombia's civil conflict.

Pope urges peace, forgiveness in divided Colombia

Bogota - Pope Francis held an open-air mass Thursday for hundreds of thousands of worshippers in Colombia, urging forgiveness as they seek a lasting end to half a century of civil war.

Pope urges Colombia to avoid 'vengeance' in peace drive

Bogota - Pope Francis urged Colombians on Wednesday to avoid seeking "vengeance" for the sufferings of their country's half-century civil conflict as they work towards a lasting peace.

Pope rallies Colombian leaders, youth for peace

Bogota - Pope Francis holds an open-air mass Thursday in Colombia and meets with its Nobel Peace Prize-winning president to cheer the country on its march towards reconciliation after a half-century war.

Hardline Colombia Catholics shun 'false prophet' pope

Bogota - Though millions may turn out to wave at Pope Francis when his popemobile rolls through Colombia's streets this week, one group of people will not be smiling -- or even watching.

Pope prays for peace in Colombia, Venezuela

Bogota - Pope Francis landed in Colombia on Wednesday to plead for lasting peace in a country moving towards the end of a half-century war, and praying for stability in its crisis-stricken neighbor Venezuela.
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