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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.

Handover of kidnapped Colombian general begins

Quibd - The highly anticipated handover of a general and four other hostages captured by FARC guerrillas got underway Thursday, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said, paving the way for the resumption of peace talks.

Colombia launches operation to free kidnapped general

Estanzuela - Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said Thursday that he has ordered an operation to free a general and four other hostages from leftist FARC guerrillas.

Colombian government and FARC in deal to free general

Havana - The Colombian government and the FARC struck a deal to free "as soon as possible" a general and several others the guerrillas are holding captive, suggesting the faltering peace process is back on track.

Colombia in massive search for kidnapped general

Quibd - The Colombian army has mounted a massive search for a general captured by leftist FARC guerrillas, a kidnapping that has derailed peace talks as they hit the two-year mark Wednesday.

FARC holding Colombia general, talks hang in balance

Havana - Colombia's FARC guerrillas confirmed Tuesday that they are holding a missing general whose kidnapping caused the government to suspend peace talks aimed at ending the country's 50-year-old conflict.

Fate of peace talks in FARC hands: Colombian president

Estanzuela - The fate of Colombia's peace talks is in the hands of the FARC rebels, the president has warned, after halting negotiations designed to end Latin America's longest-running conflict.

General's abduction throws Colombia talks into crisis

Estanzuela - Colombia's FARC rebels came under heavy pressure Monday to free a general whose kidnapping prompted the government to suspend peace talks, throwing the two-year-old negotiations into crisis.

High price of keeping Colombians alive

Estanzuela - Wilson Borja has 13 bodyguards to protect him from people like the paramilitaries who once tried to kill him, an intimidating security detail funded at great expense by violence-wracked Colombia's government.

FARC rebels get heavy jail time for killing tribe members

Torib - An indigenous court convicted seven FARC guerrillas of murdering two leaders of the Nasa tribe in western Colombia on Sunday, sentencing them to between 40 and 60 years in jail and 20 lashes.

EU ready to help Colombia peace efforts

Brussels - The European Union said Tuesday it is ready to provide "concrete assistance" to Colombia to help implement any peace accord it can reach with FARC rebels after 50 years of bloody conflict.
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A National Police OV-10 plane sprays herbicides over a coca field in Colombia.
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The Nukak have been decimated by diseases since contact © G Politis/ Survival
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A march in Bogota, Colombia to protest a recent shocking rape case
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Typical street in the Old Colonial City Centre of Zipaquirá, Colombia
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The Cathedral of the Holy Trinity and St. Anthony of Padua at Zipaquirá, Colombia.
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Zipaquirá, Colombia. The streets around the central square are dedicated (mostly) to pedestrial traffic.
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The Nukak need 'special attention' to survive, according to the report. ©D Hill/ Survival