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Fugitive ex-spy chief surrenders to Colombia

Estanzuela - Colombia's former spy chief Maria del Pilar Hurtado was taken into custody Saturday after her forced return from Panama to face charges for illegal wiretapping and other crimes."She has been at the headquarters of the prosecutor's office since 5 a.m.

Crisis-hit Venezuela bars ex-presidents from talks with opposition

Caracas - Venezuela, which has accused a pair of Latin American ex-presidents of trying to spark a coup, on Sunday denied them permission to speak to jailed opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez.

FARC demands Colombia stop ceasefire 'abuse'

Havana - The communist FARC guerrillas demanded on Tuesday that Colombia's government do more to respect a unilateral ceasefire begun last month, as the sides work to end a half-century of civil war.

Ex-dictator Hoxha's nephew held in Albania drug bust

Tirana - The nephew of Albania's former dictator Enver Hoxha was on Thursday arrested on suspicion of running a cocaine laboratory.

Facebook founder in Colombia to promote affordable Internet

Estanzuela - Improved Internet access can be a force for peace, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg said during a trip to Colombia to promote his project to boost web availability for two-thirds of the world not yet connected.The project "Internet.

Colombian army denies FARC claim of eight dead

Estanzuela - Colombia's military denied a claim by the FARC rebel group that eight soldiers were killed this week in a counter-insurgency operation.

FARC says will stick to Colombia truce

Estanzuela - A top FARC negotiator Tuesday reaffirmed the Colombian rebel group's intention to observe a unilateral ceasefire so long as its forces do not come under attack.

Colombia's number two rebel group agrees to peace talks

Estanzuela - Colombia's second largest leftist guerrilla group announced Wednesday it is prepared to hold formal peace negotiations with the government aimed at ending a half century old insurgency.

FARC frees Colombian soldier

Estanzuela - Leftist FARC rebels released a Colombian soldier Friday, nearly a week after beginning a unilateral ceasefire aimed at ending Latin America's longest-running conflict.

FARC says to free captured Colombian soldier

Havana - Colombia's FARC guerrillas on Thursday announced that they would release a soldier they captured last week "in the coming days," calling the move a humanitarian gesture.

Colombia rebels begin indefinite, unilateral ceasefire

Estanzuela - Leftist rebels in Colombia began a unilateral ceasefire Saturday hailed as a key step in peace negotiations -- but uncertainty marred the truce, which the guerrillas threatened to break if attacked by the army.

AirBnB flat owner in Spain jailed for raping two US renters

Barcelona - A Colombian national was convicted Friday by a court in Spain to nearly 12 years in prison for raping two American tourists who rented his room through the flat-sharing website AirBnB.

Colombia's FARC kills 5 soldiers on eve of truce: army

Estanzuela - Colombia's FARC guerrillas killed five soldiers Friday in an attack that came on the eve of a unilateral ceasefire hailed as a key step in peace negotiations, the army said.

Colombia rebuffs FARC's 'thorny' ceasefire

Estanzuela - Colombia's president on Thursday rebuffed a ceasefire by the FARC guerrillas, calling it a gift with "thorns," as an attack by rival rebel group ELN dashed hopes of a respite from the conflict.

Colombia's FARC rebels declare unilateral ceasefire

Havana - Colombia's FARC guerrillas declared an indefinite, unilateral ceasefire on Wednesday in the 50-year conflict, saying they would only use weapons if they came under attack by the army.

Colombia peace talks resume after FARC free general

Havana - Peace talks between the Colombian government and leftist FARC guerrillas resumed Wednesday after a crisis sparked by the rebels' capture of an army general."We are beginning a new cycle of talks today.

Colombian president eyes 'happy ending' in peace talks

Veracruz - Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos called Tuesday for serious peace talks when negotiations between his government and Marxist FARC guerrillas resume this week to ensure a "happy ending.

FARC and Colombian government resume peace talks

Havana - The FARC guerrillas and the Colombian government agreed Wednesday to resume peace talks that stalled over the kidnap of an army general, vowing to "de-escalate" the 50-year conflict.

FARC, government meet on reviving Colombia peace talks

Havana - Negotiators from Colombia's government and Marxist FARC rebels met Tuesday on resuming peace talks in which the balance of power likely has shifted after rebels freed five army captives.

FARC, Colombian peace negotiators to meet Tuesday

Estanzuela - Delegates from the Colombian government and leftist guerrilla group FARC will meet Tuesday in Cuba to discuss resuming peace talks after the rebels released five army captives, President Juan Manuel Santos said.

Colombia rebels free captured general, two others

Estanzuela - Colombia's leftist FARC guerrillas freed an army general Sunday in a concession to revive peace talks, but the president refused to budge on their calls for a ceasefire.

Colombia rebels free captured general, two others

Estanzuela - Colombia's leftist FARC guerrillas freed an army general Sunday in a concession to revive suspended peace talks, but the president still refused to budge on their calls for a ceasefire.

Twenty-five years on, Colombia mourns Escobar plane bombing

Estanzuela - Twenty-five years after late Colombian druglord Pablo Escobar ordered the bombing of a Boeing 727 to kill an enemy who turned out not to be on board, victims' families are still demanding justice.

Captive Colombia general's release delayed to Sunday

Havana - Colombia's FARC guerrillas said Thursday they will free a general whose capture has derailed peace negotiations a day later than announced, delaying efforts to get the talks back on track.

FARC to free captive Colombia general Saturday

Estanzuela - Colombia's FARC guerrillas will on Saturday release a general whose capture derailed peace negotiations, President Juan Manuel Santos said, reviving hopes that the talks can be salvaged.

FARC frees soldiers, demands Colombia halt army ops

Estanzuela - Colombia's FARC guerrillas freed two captive soldiers Tuesday but demanded the army halt operations to avoid jeopardizing the separate release of a general whose capture has derailed peace talks.

FARC to free Colombia soldiers, sends warning to army

Estanzuela - Colombia's FARC guerrillas confirmed they will release two soldiers Tuesday in a deal to revive peace talks, warning the army not to jeopardize the separate release of a captive general.

FARC warns army actions threaten general's release

Havana - FARC guerrillas warned Sunday that increased military activity was jeopardising the release of a Colombian general and other captives they have taken.

FARC to free Colombian general, others next week

Estanzuela - FARC guerrillas who captured a Colombian general and four others will release them next week, president Juan Manuel Santos said Saturday, paving the way for a return to peace talks.

Shrouded in secrecy, Colombia works to free hostages

Quibd - Colombia worked Friday to free five hostages whose capture by the leftist FARC guerrillas has derailed peace talks, but kept the highly anticipated handover shrouded in secrecy.
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Monseñor José Figueroa Gómez at the Berlin's Heinrich-Böll Foundation on May 18, 2010.
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