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For FARC moms, peace in Colombia marks new beginning

San Diego - Josleidy Ramirez, a FARC guerrilla, never had a chance to raise the son she gave birth to 15 years ago in the middle of Colombia's civil war.

Colombia's Santos apologizes over Odebrecht campaign funds

Estanzuela - Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos apologized Tuesday over funding for his 2010 election campaign from scandal-plagued Brazilian construction firm Odebrecht, saying he had been unaware of the payments at the time.

Colombia to set up special war crimes courts

Estanzuela - Colombia's senate late Monday approved a constitutional reform to set up special war crimes courts, a key component of the historic peace agreement with FARC guerrillas that ended five decades of war.

Colombia atrocities ongoing despite peace deal: report

Estanzuela - Thousands of Colombians are still suffering rapes, killings and torture and the country will take decades to recover from civil war despite recent peace accords, the Red Cross said Thursday.

Rapes of girls, women leave scars from Colombia war

Quibd - Like thousands of women, Zoraya suffered sexual abuse by fighters in Colombia's civil war. But that horror is secondary to the memory of what was done to her toddler daughter.

Colombia FARC women rebels plan for life after war

San Diego - With their rifles, green fatigues and black rubber boots, the women fighters of the FARC rebel force have become one of the international faces of Colombia's civil war.Soon the photographs that have fascinated world media will be for the history books....

Colombia's 'drug triangle' puts hope in chocolate

Codazzi - Isidro Montiel arrived in Colombia's lawless "drug triangle" in 1982 hoping to get rich farming coca, the raw ingredient for cocaine.

Colombia: 120 civil leaders killed in just over year

Estanzuela - A total of 120 civil leaders have been killed in Colombia in the past 14 months, the state human rights watchdog said Friday, fueling concerns for a delicate peace process.

Colombia's FARC demobilizes child soldiers

Estanzuela - Colombia's FARC rebels have begun removing child soldiers from their ranks as part of a landmark peace deal, the Red Cross said Friday.

FARC fighters bid fond farewell to arms

San Diego - For 17 years in the hot green jungles of Colombia, a gun has been Emiro Suarez's constant companion.It has made him feel safe. Now, like thousands of other FARC rebel fighters, he must learn to live without the reassuring feel of it in his hand.

Colombia's FARC rebels begin disarming

San Diego - Colombia's FARC rebels began disarming Wednesday under a historic peace deal, beginning the delicate transition from guerrilla army to political party after more than half a century at war.

New threat to Colombia peace talks as ELN claims bombing

Estanzuela - Clouds gathered Monday over peace talks aimed at ending Colombia's half-century conflict after the ELN rebels claimed responsibility for a deadly bombing at a bullring in Bogota.

ELN rebels claim responsibility for deadly Bogota bombing

Estanzuela - Colombian ELN rebels claimed responsibility late Sunday on Twitter for a February 19 bombing in Bogota that killed a police officer and seriously wounded several others.

Colombia freezes FARC assets under peace deal

Estanzuela - Colombian prosecutors seized $98 million worth of buildings, land and assets belonging to the leftist FARC force as it disbands under a peace deal, an official said Thursday.

FARC disarmament dates delay is likely

Estanzuela - FARC rebels need the United Nations to reschedule the dates for Colombia's historic disarmament process, as the country readies to implement a peace deal to end Latin America's last major armed conflict, they said.

Colombia suspects ELN of bombing despite peace talks

Estanzuela - Colombian authorities suspect the rebel group ELN of carrying out a bombing at a bullring despite peace talks between the leftist force and the government, an official said Monday.

Explosion at Colombia bullring injures dozens

Estanzuela - An explosion injured at least 26 people in the Colombian capital Sunday, most of them police guarding a bullring that had been targeted by protests on reopening last month, officials said."We condemn the attack with explosives.

Colombia's ELN commits new 'terrorist' kidnapping: army

Estanzuela - Colombia's ELN guerrillas have kidnapped a mayor's father, the army said Friday, calling it an act of terrorism that damages peace talks with the country's last active rebel group.

Scared jungle children starve in Colombia's 'peace'

Quibd - The cries of hungry babies pierce the quiet of dawn in the green jungles of northwestern Colombia.For thousands of indigenous families displaced by war, recent peace efforts have brought no relief.Sordid fighting over drugs and land continues.

Victim of Colombia's ELN rebels paints his pain

Cali - Juan Daniel Otoya was 10 years old when ELN guerrillas burst into the church in western Colombia where he was attending mass with his family and kidnapped 180 people.
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