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Colombia ceasefire ends half-century war with FARC

Estanzuela - Colombia on Monday began its first day of peace with the country's largest insurgency after a ceasefire between the FARC and the government went into effect, ending 52 years of warfare.

Colombia readies for conflict-ending cease-fire

Estanzuela - A historic midnight ceasefire on Sunday is set to end a 52-year-old war between the Colombian state and rebels of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).

Rebels, Colombia eye peace deal strides

Havana - Colombia and Marxist FARC rebels will ink their landmark peace deal officially late next month, authorities said.

FARC rebels to meet in September to ratify peace deal

Havana - FARC rebel leaders will convene in mid-September to ratify the historic peace agreement signed with the Colombian government this week, the guerrilla group announced Saturday.

Colombia ceasefire 'will not stop govt fighting crime'

Estanzuela - Colombia's defense minister has insisted the historic ceasefire with FARC rebels will not end the country's commitment to fight crime, as a judge on Friday issued arrest warrants for leaders of another group also pushing for a peace deal.

UN ready to help Colombia peace deal

New York - The UN Security Council on Friday warmly welcomed the historic peace deal reached between Colombia's government and FARC rebels, and pledged to help ensure the agreement takes hold.

Five decades of conflict in Colombia in five points

Estanzuela - Here are five key points on Colombia's five-decade conflict, after the FARC rebels and the government reached a historic peace accord.- Disputed origins -There is disagreement on when and why war broke out.

Santos orders ceasefire after Colombia seals peace deal

Estanzuela - Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos ordered a definitive ceasefire with the FARC rebels Thursday after the two sides reached a historic deal to end their half-century conflict.

Santos and Timochenko: Colombia foes turn peacemakers

Estanzuela - A conservative politician from a rich family and a rural Marxist guerrilla are the lead players in Colombia's peace process, which has now produced a final deal to end five decades of conflict.

Colombia peace deal: key points

Havana - Here are key points of the peace deal announced Wednesday to end five decades of conflict between the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and the Colombian government.

Colombia, FARC rebels reach historic peace deal

Havana - Colombia's government and FARC rebels announced Wednesday that they have reached a historic peace deal to end their half-century civil war, the last major armed conflict in the Americas.

Peace deal in hand, Colombia heads toward high-stakes referendum

Estanzuela - After sealing a historic peace accord with the FARC rebels, the Colombian government launched a campaign Thursday to persuade voters to adopt it in a referendum on October 2.

Colombia urges UN to supervise ceasefire with rebels

New York - Bogota pushed Friday for the United Nations to supervise Colombia's ceasefire with the FARC rebels, even before the country votes on a peace deal to end the long-running civil war.

Colombia wages 'historic' crackdown on rebel mines

Guapi - Colombian authorities said Tuesday they have dealt a major blow to leftist guerrilla army ELN's finances with a "historic" military operation against illegal gold mines.

Venezuela and Colombia reopen border crossings

San Antonio Del T - Venezuela and Colombia are gradually reopening several "provisional" border crossing points for pedestrians for the first time in nearly a year, marking a turning point after long-running enmity.

Venezuela and Colombia reopen border crossings without incident

San Antonio Del T - Venezuela and Colombia on Saturday opened several "provisional" border crossing points for pedestrians for the first time in nearly a year as part of a progressive reopening agreed this week, AFP journalists confirmed.

Colombia asks Pope, UN to help form post-conflict court

Havana - Colombian leaders and rebels seeking a historic peace accord sought Pope Francis and UN chief Ban Ki-moon's help Friday in setting up a court to prosecute atrocities committed during the conflict.

Colombia, Venezuela to reopen border: presidents

Puerto Ordaz - Venezuela and Colombia agree to reopen pedestrian border crossings between their countries, a year after Venezuela closed the frontier in a dispute over security and smuggling.

Colombians turn against peace deal: poll

Estanzuela - A poll published Sunday indicated that Colombians would reject a peace deal to end the country's half-century civil war in a planned referendum.

Colombia launches big demining brigade

Estanzuela - Colombia has launched what it says is the world's biggest operation for clearing unexploded mines as it closes in on an end to its half-century civil conflict.

Hundreds of Cuban migrants in Colombia await deportation

Turbo - Hundreds of Cubans stranded in northwest Colombia have been left facing deportation after the government adopted emergency measures against illegal migration following a massive US-bound influx.

Colombia, FARC to sign peace deal after rebels' conference

Estanzuela - The Colombian government and FARC rebel group will sign a peace agreement after the guerrillas hold a final internal conference to approve the historic deal, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said Wednesday.

Colombia conflict victims seek land, reconciliation

Trujillo - Ferney Santa knows how hard it is to start over. He was forced to flee his home twice by fighters in Colombia's long civil war.

Colombia adopts measures to battle migrant crisis

Estanzuela - Colombia will undertake emergency measures against illegal migration, including deporting thousands of Cuban and other migrants and reinforcing its borders following a massive influx of people bound for the United States, the government said late on Tu...

Colombian women, LGBT victims stand to get equal 'peace rights'

Havana - If Colombia signs its landmark peace deal to end a half century of civil war, the pact will offer equal social rights for women and LGBT victims, a draft inked Sunday in Havana showed.

Venezuelans fleeing crisis flood into Colombia: UN

Estanzuela - Venezuela's economic crisis has sent a huge but largely ignored wave of people into Colombia, and many more could be on the way, a senior UN refugee official said.

Colombian court backs referendum on peace deal with FARC rebels

Estanzuela - Colombia's constititutional court gave its approval for a popular referendum on a historic peace deal being negotiated with FARC rebels.

Venezuelans pour into Colombia again as border reopens

San Antonio Del T - Tens of thousands of Venezuelans again streamed into the Colombian city of Cucuta, taking advantage of the temporary reopening of a long-closed border to buy food and medicine due to shortages at home.

Venezuelans pour into Colombia again as border briefly reopens

San Antonio Del T - Thousands of Venezuelans again poured into the Colombian city of Cucuta on Sunday, profiting from the brief reopening of a long-closed border to buy food and medicine.

Venezuelans pour into Colombia to buy basic goods

C - Thousands of Venezuelans crossed Saturday into the Colombian city of Cucuta to buy food and medicine, taking advantage of another brief opening in the border that's been closed nearly a year.
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