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FARC rebel pleas guilty to taking U.S. hostages in 2003

Washington - A former FARC rebel pleaded guilty Wednesday in US court to taking three US citizens hostage in Colombia in 2003.

Colombians flee Venezuela after mass deportations

C - Hundreds of Colombians fled Venezuela Tuesday, opting to leave the country with their belongings rather than be deported empty-handed like more than 1,000 people sent home in an escalating border crisis.

Colombia says Venezuela deportations caused border 'tragedy'

Estanzuela - Colombia complained Monday that Venezuela's mass deportation of its citizens during a crackdown on smuggling has created a "humanitarian tragedy" on part of their border.

Colombia rebels admit killing community leader

Havana - Colombia's FARC rebels admitted Monday to killing a black community leader in the country's southwest in early August, a crime they had strongly condemned.

Colombia urges Venezuela to reopen border

Estanzuela - Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos urged Venezuela on Saturday to reconsider its decision to close its border in response to an attack by unidentified assailants on a military patrol.

Venezuela closes Colombia border indefinitely

Caracas - Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro indefinitely closed his country's border with Colombia and declared a state of emergency in part of the frontier region, following an earlier attack that wounded four people.

Colombia rebels extend unilateral ceasefire

Havana - Colombian rebels holding peace talks with the government have extended a unilateral ceasefire, one of their commanders said Thursday.

69 activists killed in Colombia in 2015: UN

Estanzuela - Sixty-nine human rights activists, community leaders and politicians have been killed in Colombia this year, despite efforts to stop decades of violence wracking the country, the UN said Wednesday."We have registered 69 murders so far this year.

Pope not planning meet with Colombia rebels: Vatican

Vatican City - Pope Francis is not planning to meet with Colombia's FARC rebels when he visits Cuba in September, the Vatican said Wednesday.

Colombia's FARC rebels request meeting with pope

Havana - Colombia's FARC rebels said Tuesday they have asked to meet with Pope Francis when he visits Cuba in September.The guerrillas have been holding peace talks with a Colombian government delegation in Havana since November 2012.

Some see sexism, xenophobia in reaction to Mexico murders

- The reaction by Mexican prosecutors and the media to the brutal killing of five people, including a prominent photojournalist, has drawn criticism from some quarters as slanted, sexist and xenophobic.

Garcia Marquez's ashes to be returned to his native Colombia

Estanzuela - The ashes of literary giant Gabriel Garcia Marquez will be returned from Mexico to his native Colombia in December, officials said Tuesday.

Spain detains 34 suspected members of Colombian drug ring

Madrid - Police in Spain have arrested 34 suspected members of a gang based in Colombia that smuggled drugs between the two countries, police said Saturday.

Jailed FARC rebels call for amnesty in Colombia

Estanzuela - Any peace deal to end Colombia's five-decade guerrilla war must include an amnesty for imprisoned FARC rebels, two of them told AFP in a rare interview from jail.

Helicopter crash kills 16 Colombian police

Estanzuela - At least 16 police were killed Tuesday in Colombia when a helicopter taking part in an anti-drug trafficking operation crashed in a remote jungle-covered region, officials said.

Colombia rebels want meeting with pope during Cuba visit

Havana - Colombia's Marxist FARC rebels, now negotiating a peace deal in Havana, said Sunday they hope to meet with Pope Francis on his upcoming Cuba visit.

Colombia to buy land for poor in post-war period

Estanzuela - Colombia aims to buy land from private owners and redistribute it among the poor after its 50-year-old war ends, the government said Sunday, addressing the root cause of the conflict.

11 killed in Colombia military plane crash

Estanzuela - The crash on Friday of a Colombian airforce plane has killed 11 people officials said, blaming the accident on mechanical problems.

Colombia-Venezuela border closed after deadly clash

Estanzuela - A man was shot and killed during clashes between the Venezuelan national guard and merchants moving goods into Colombia, prompting authorities to shutter the main border crossing between the two countries.

FARC praises Colombia's Santos for halting air strikes

Havana - Colombia's FARC guerrillas on Tuesday praised President Juan Manuel Santos' decision to suspend air strikes against rebel forces, but urged further steps to de-escalate the half-century-old conflict.

Volcanic ash forces airport closures in Colombia

Estanzuela - Colombia's Nevado del Ruiz volcano erupted in an ash cloud on Sunday, prompting authorities to temporarily close two airports in the area.

Colombia suspends bombing raids on FARC

Estanzuela - Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos on Saturday ordered a halt to air strikes against the Marxist-inspired FARC rebels, giving a major boost to stop-start peace talks.

Colombia's FARC denies seeking impunity for suspected war criminals

Havana - Colombia's FARC guerrillas on Friday said they were not seeking impunity for members accused of war crimes in the decades-long conflict, Latin America's longest running insurgency.

Colombian soldier killed in fresh FARC clash: Army

Estanzuela - A Colombian soldier died during a clash with FARC guerillas, the army said Thursday, as peace talks aimed at ending the decades-long conflict resumed in Cuba.

Colombia and FARC rebels resume peace talks

Estanzuela - Colombia and FARC rebels resumed peace talks Thursday with a new commitment to make progress after months of stagnation at the negotiating table and fighting on the battlefield.

Colombia celebrates FARC rebel ceasefire

Estanzuela - War-weary Colombia celebrated the start of a FARC rebel ceasefire after a half-century of hostilities, with hopes still high that its fragile peace process can hold.

Colombia rebels free soldier ahead of ceasefire

Estanzuela - Colombia's FARC guerrillas freed a captive soldier Sunday in an apparent good will gesture hours before they start observing a unilateral ceasefire.

Colombia, FARC rebels reach major de-escalation deal

Havana - The Colombian government reached a major de-escalation agreement with leftist FARC guerrillas, agreeing for the first time to reduce anti-rebel operations in the decades-long armed conflict, diplomats in Havana said.

Two Colombian soldiers dead in latest FARC clashes

Estanzuela - Fighting between Colombian troops and leftist FARC guerrillas left two soldiers dead and three wounded, the latest casualties in an uptick in violence, officials said Friday.

Colombia's FARC rebels announce one-month ceasefire

Estanzuela - Colombia's leftist FARC rebels announced Wednesday they will observe a one-month unilateral ceasefire in response to an international appeal for an urgent de-escalation in the country's decades-old conflict.
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