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Santos says referendum will be held on peace deal regardless of FARC

Estanzuela - President Juan Manuel Santos on Monday said a referendum would be held on a possible peace deal with Marxist FARC fighters, whether the rebels want a vote or not.The FARC and the government have said they aim to sign a peace deal by March 23.

Rebel attack ups tension in Colombia peace drive

Estanzuela - Colombia vowed Monday to step up the fight against the country's second-biggest rebel group, despite claims it was ready to join in a peace drive to end decades of conflict.

Colombia sees Guillain-Barre syndrome spike amid Zika cases

Estanzuela - More than 22,600 cases of the Zika virus have been confirmed in Colombia, which is seeing a sharp increase in a rare neurological disorder linked to the disease, authorities said Saturday.

Colombia blames 3 deaths on Zika, nerve disorder

Estanzuela - Colombia said Friday that three people had died after contracting the Zika virus and developing a rare nerve disorder called Guillain-Barre, the first time health officials have directly blamed the mosquito-borne disease for causing deaths.

Obama presents $450 mn plan to fund Colombia peace

Washington - US President Barack Obama announced a $450 million plan to fund Colombia's peace process on Thursday, shaking up a controversial military aid program that defined relations for 15 years.

History weighs as Obama, Santos plot Colombia peace

Washington - The United States has plowed billions in military aid to conflict-torn Colombia over the past decade and a half and on Thursday, President Barack Obama will be asked to fund the peace.

Maduro's critics want to know: Is he actually Colombian?

Caracas - A high-profile group of Venezuelans has called on the opposition-controlled National Assembly to investigate persistent rumors that President Nicolas Maduro is in fact Colombian, disqualifying him from holding the office.

Colombia reports more than 2,000 Zika cases in pregnant women

Estanzuela - Colombia announced Saturday that more than 2,000 pregnant women have been infected with Zika, amid growing concern about the spread of the virus suspected of causing irreversible brain damage in newborns.

FARC will be 'ally' in Colombia war on drugs: president

Estanzuela - FARC rebels will be an "ally" of the Colombian government in the war on drug trafficking once they strike a peace deal to end a half century of conflict, President Juan Manuel Santos said Thursday.

LatAm states ready to oversee Colombia peace

Quito - Colombia's regional neighbors are willing to send representatives for a UN mission to monitor the end of the country's half-century conflict under a hoped-for peace deal with FARC rebels, leaders said Wednesday.

Colombian street artists graffiti for peace

Estanzuela - A pineapple that looks strikingly like a grenade is spray-painted on one wall, while another is splashed with carnations sprouting from rifle barrels.

UN to monitor end of Colombia-FARC conflict

New York - The United Nations agreed Monday to monitor the expected end of a half-century conflict between the Colombian government and FARC rebels, in a move hailed as an important step towards peace.

UN Security Council to take up Colombia resolution

New York - The UN Security Council is set to adopt a resolution next week to establish a mission to monitor the end of the lengthy conflict between the Colombian government and leftist rebels.

Colombia frees first FARC rebels under peace process

Estanzuela - Colombia released 16 FARC guerrillas Thursday, the first to walk free under a pardon issued in peace negotiations that appear to be closing in on a deal to end a half-century conflict.

Colombian govt, FARC rebels ask UN to monitor peace

Havana - Colombia's government and FARC rebels said they have asked the United Nations to monitor the eventual end of their five-decade conflict, raising hopes they are close to a peace deal.

Colombian air assault frees 15 fishermen held by ELN

Estanzuela - Fifteen fishermen who had been abducted by Colombia's ELN guerrilla group were freed Sunday in a dramatic operation involving 200 commandos and six helicopters, the government announced.The operation took place in the northern town of Morales.

Colombia's FARC casts doubt on March peace deal target

Havana - Colombia's FARC guerrilla force warned Wednesday "substantial hurdles" in negotiations could prevent it signing a long-sought peace deal with the country's government by March 23 as they had hoped.

Pablo Escobar is back, at a theater near you

Los Angeles - Pablo Escobar may have died more than 20 years ago but you'd think the Colombian drug lord synonymous with power, violence and money is back, what with all the TV shows and movies about him.

Virus linked to newborn brain shrinkage rampages beyond Brazil

Until this year, Brazil had few cases of microcephaly, a debilitating and ultimately deadly disorder in which newborns are born with abnormally small brains. Then the country recorded almost 3,000 cases after reporting less than 200 cases in 2014.

Uprooted by war, Colombian indigenous people doubt peace

Estanzuela - When Delfina Wazorna thinks back on the home she left behind, she remembers machine guns, armed men and death threats.

FARC media team swap jungle, fatigues for YouTube, heels

Havana - Until recently, Milena Reyes spent her days slogging around the jungle, dressed in combat fatigues and carrying an assault rifle.

Demining Colombia will take 'a generation'

Estanzuela - Clearing the landmines from the half-century conflict in Colombia, which has the most mines of any country outside Afghanistan, will take a generation, Defense Minister Luis Carlos Villegas says.

Photo Essay: The magic of Christmas in Bogotá, Colombia Special

Bogot - The city of Bogotá, Colombia, is having a wonderful Christmas this year. The program of Christmas-related activities in the city began in late November and will run throughout December, until January 4.

Colombia legalizes medical marijuana

Estanzuela - Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos signed a decree Tuesday legalizing and regulating medical marijuana, the latest softening of the country's hardline tactics in the war on drugs.

'Our queen still Miss Universe': Colombian president

Estanzuela - Colombia's president said Monday he was shocked when Miss Colombia won and then immediately lost the Miss Universe crown, and said as far as he was concerned she remained the winner."I was watching Miss Universe with my family.

Remains of Colombia 'disappeared' returned to families

Villavicencio - The remains of 29 people who disappeared during the half-century conflict in Colombia were handed over to their families Thursday under a deal between the FARC rebels and the government.

Colombia, FARC rebels sign key deal on victims

Havana - Colombia's government and FARC guerrillas signed an agreement Tuesday on paying reparations and providing justice for victims of their half-century conflict, a key breakthrough after three years of peace talks.

Colombia, FARC rebels reach deal on victims

Havana - Colombia's government and FARC guerrillas said Monday they have reached agreement on reparations and justice for victims of their half-century conflict, a key breakthrough in peace talks.

Colombia confirms capture of alleged rebel 'abortion doctor'

Estanzuela - A man who allegedly forced female FARC guerrilla fighters to have abortions was arrested in Spain, Colombian authorities said on Saturday.

Pallets made of 'wood-lookalike' cocaine seized in Spanish port

Madrid - Spanish police said Friday they have seized 40 pallets made out of 1.4 tonnes of compressed cocaine that was made to look like wood that arrived on a shipping container from Colombia.
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