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FARC demands Colombia government release classified files

Havana - Colombia's FARC rebels called on the government Wednesday to release classified military and intelligence files about the half-century old civil war, saying full disclosure is key to any future reconciliation between the two sides.

Colombia's FARC rebels say no peace without immunity

Havana - Colombia's leftist FARC guerrillas said Tuesday they will not sign any peace deal that allows their members to be tried and jailed.

Colombia's ELN rebels release kidnapped mayor

Estanzuela - Colombia's ELN guerrillas have released a mayor they kidnapped in December amid preliminary talks between the rebels and government on opening a peace process, officials said Sunday.

Former top Colombian officials convicted in domestic spying scandal

Estanzuela - Colombia's Supreme Court has convicted the country's former intelligence boss and a presidential chief of staff of spying on judges, journalists and politicians during the presidency of Alvaro Uribe.

Kofi Annan in Cuba to boost Colombia-FARC peace talks

Havana - Former UN secretary-general Kofi Annan arrived in Cuba on Thursday to prod negotiators from the Colombian government and leftist FARC guerrillas to clinch a dragging peace agreement.

Colombia, FARC rebels resume peace talks in Havana

Havana - Colombia's government and leftist rebels launched a new round of peace talks Wednesday, one day ahead of the arrival of former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan to help facilitate negotiations.

Colombia court puts restrictions on adoptions by gays

Estanzuela - Colombia's Constitutional Court has put stringent limits on adoption by gay couples, saying it would be allowed only if one partner is already the child's biological parent.

Colombia's FARC raises minimum recruitment age

Havana - Colombia's FARC guerrillas pledged not to recruit fighters aged under 17, but the country's President Juan Manuel Santos said the move did not go far enough.

Colombia's FARC vows to stop recruiting child soldiers

Havana - Colombia's FARC guerrillas pledged Thursday to stop recruiting child soldiers, as the leftist rebels and government attempt to thrash out a peace deal to end five decades of conflict.

ELN guerrillas say they abducted Colombia mayor

Estanzuela - Colombia's ELN fighters, currently in exploratory peace talks with the government, has claimed responsibility for abducting a mayor, saying he was corrupt.

Colombia's FARC seeks reinvention as political party

Havana - Leftist FARC guerrillas on Saturday vowed to lay down their weapons and reinvent themselves as a political party, if the Colombian government follows through with the reforms under discussion in peace talks.

Colombian government, rebels clash over demining

Havana - The Colombian government lashed out at leftist FARC guerrillas Tuesday for failing to actively work to dismantle minefields present in half the country's municipalities.

Colombian guerrillas, government resume talks

Havana - Leftist FARC guerrillas resumed peace talks with the Colombian government Monday in Cuba, after a year-end break.

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.
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