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Colombia to exhume Medellin graves: Official

Estanzuela - Colombian authorities will this month begin the grisly task of carrying out what could be the largest exhumation of unmarked graves in the conflict-torn country's history, local media reported Sunday.

Colombian president blames ELN rebels for Bogota blasts

Estanzuela - Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos on Friday blamed leftist ELN guerrillas for two explosions that rocked Bogota and left 10 people slightly injured a day earlier.

Two blasts hit Colombian capital, 10 hurt

Estanzuela - Two minor blasts have rattled the Colombian capital Bogota and injured at least 10 people, amid an uptick in violence and strains in negotiations to end the country's internal conflict.

Colombia's ELN rebels claim to down army helicopter

Estanzuela - Leftist rebels with the National Liberation Army (ELN) claimed responsibility Saturday for this week's attack on a Colombian army helicopter in which eight troops were killed.

Colombia 'miracle' mom's fight to save baby after plane crash

Estanzuela - The memory of Maria Nelly Murillo's mother and her own maternal instinct kept her going for five days as she fought to save her baby after their plane crashed in the Colombian jungle.

'Miracle' mom and baby survive Colombia jungle plane crash

Estanzuela - A mother and her infant son who disappeared in a plane crash in the dense jungles of northwestern Colombia several days ago were found alive and well in what authorities called a "miracle".

Colombian generals implicated in civilian killings: HRW

Estanzuela - Human Rights Watch accused some of Colombia's top generals Wednesday of links to the "generalized and systematic" execution of civilians, who were then presented as felled FARC guerrillas.

FARC rebels kill four and rupture Colombian pipeline

Estanzuela - Colombia's FARC rebels killed four soldiers and wounded six by setting a landmine that exploded when an army helicopter landed on it, officials said.

FARC attack major Colombian oil pipeline

Estanzuela - Experts were battling Wednesday to prevent environmental damage after suspected FARC rebels blew up a stretch of Colombia's second-biggest oil pipeline, authorities said.

Colombian army kills two FARC rebels

Estanzuela - Colombian troops have killed the commander of a FARC guerrilla unit and another rebel in an operation near the Venezuelan border, the army said Tuesday.

Rebel front leader killed in Colombia

Estanzuela - A National Liberation Army (ELN) front leader, also wanted in the 1999 hijacking of an Avianca passenger jet, has been killed in northern Colombia, authorities said.

FARC kill three police, cut power to 500,000 in Colombia

Estanzuela - Colombia's FARC rebels killed three police officers Thursday and left nearly half a million people without electricity in two separate attacks, authorities said, in the latest blow to peace talks.

Colombia accuses FARC rebels of oil spill

Estanzuela - Colombian authorities accused the leftist FARC guerrillas Monday of forcing 19 oil tanker drivers to dump their cargo of crude on the ground, raising fears it could contaminate water supplies.

Latest FARC attack leaves Colombia town without water

Estanzuela - FARC rebels blew up a water plant in southwestern Colombia, military officials said, in the latest alleged attack by the guerrilla movement on the nation's infrastructure.

Colombian anti-kidnap chief's daughter released

Estanzuela - The daughter of the head of Colombia's National Protection Unit, the force charged with guarding potential kidnap and assassination victims, has been released by her abductors, President Juan Manuel Santos said on Saturday.

Colombian anti-kidnap chief's daughter abducted

Estanzuela - Unknown assailants have abducted the daughter of the director of Colombia's National Protection Unit (UNP), the force charged with guarding people at risk of kidnapping or assassination, officials said Friday.

Colombia's Santos welcomes pressure on peace talks

Estanzuela - Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said he welcomes international pressure to accelerate peace talks with the FARC guerrillas, which has mounted in recent weeks as fighting has intensified.

Colombia limits presidents to single term

Estanzuela - Colombia's Congress has voted to bar presidents from seeking re-election, a move backed by President Juan Manuel Santos that undoes a law passed by his predecessor and rival Alvaro Uribe.

Colombian govt, FARC rebels to create truth commission

Havana - The Colombian government and FARC guerrillas said Thursday they have agreed at peace talks to set up a truth commission to probe crimes committed during the country's half-century conflict.

Colombia to release reporter's self-confessed torturer

Estanzuela - Colombian prosecutors have ordered the release of a former paramilitary fighter who admitted to taking part in the torture and rape of a journalist but then retracted his confession, officials said Wednesday.

No jail time for rebels: Colombia's FARC

Havana - Colombian leftist rebels holding peace talks with the government insisted Wednesday that none of their people should end up in jail for fighting in the five-decade-old war.

Colombian army says dismantles huge FARC drug lab

Estanzuela - The Colombian army said Tuesday it dismantled a large synthetic drug laboratory it alleges was used by the FARC guerrillas to fund their insurgency against the government.

FARC attack leaves Colombia port city without power: Military

Estanzuela - Some 400,000 people in Colombia's bustling port city of Buenaventura lost power Sunday after a key electrical tower was destroyed -- an act military officials blamed on FARC rebels.

Colombian govt, FARC rebels begin clearing landmines

Havana - The Colombian government and FARC guerrillas have begun working together on clearing the country's landmines, officials said Friday, but their peace talks remain fragile amid a surge in fighting.

Illegal baby sale, abortion ring dismantled in Colombia

Estanzuela - Colombian authorities have dismantled a trafficking ring involving illegal abortions and stolen babies, arresting five suspects, police said Thursday.

FARC peace negotiator killed in Colombia strike: rebels

Havana - Colombia's FARC guerrillas said Wednesday that one of their peace negotiators was killed in an air strike last week that has threatened to derail their talks with the government on ending the five-decade conflict.

Colombian military kills 5 FARC rebels in strike

Estanzuela - The Colombian military killed at least five FARC guerrillas in the northwest of the country Monday, part of a new offensive that has challenged ongoing peace talks with the rebel group.

Last bodies recovered after Colombia mine tragedy that killed 15

Estanzuela - Emergency workers have recovered the final bodies of people killed in a collapsed, unlicensed gold mine on an indigenous reservation in central Colombia, bringing the official toll to 15 dead, authorities said Monday.

Colombian government, FARC rebels resume peace talks

Havana - The Colombian government and FARC guerrillas resumed peace talks Monday in Havana amid heightened tensions following air strikes that killed dozens of rebels.

Colombia's Santos to visit Pope Francis in June: report

Estanzuela - President Juan Manuel Santos will meet Pope Francis in mid-June as part of a European tour, Colombia's foreign minister said in comments reported Sunday.
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