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FARC says 'deserter' killed activist sister

Estanzuela - Colombia's FARC rebel group, which is poised to demobilize under a peace deal, said Saturday a "deserter" from its ranks murdered his activist sister and her husband a week ago.

Colombia warned over violence during peace process

Estanzuela - Colombia's state ombudsman Friday urged authorities to protect civilians from violence between FARC rebels and renegade fighters deserting the force in protest at its peace accord with the government.

Colombia warned over violence during peace process

Estanzuela - Colombia's state ombudsman Friday urged authorities to protect civilians from violence between FARC rebels and renegade fighters deserting the force in protest at its peace accord with the government.

Colombia warned over violence during peace process

Estanzuela - Colombia's state ombudsman Friday urged authorities to protect civilians from violence between FARC rebels and renegade fighters deserting the force in protest at its peace accord with the government.

Colombia to hold peace talks with last rebel group

Quito - Colombia announced a deal Wednesday to hold peace talks with its last active rebel group, the ELN.The move aims to seal "complete peace" after the signing of a historic deal with the bigger FARC guerrilla force, President Juan Manuel Santos said.

Renegade Colombia rebel killed in clash: FARC

Estanzuela - Colombia's FARC rebels on Wednesday said one person was believed killed in fighting last week between their forces and renegade members opposed to a historic peace deal with the government.

Colombia rebels could begin disarming in coming weeks: UN envoy

New York - After some delays, Colombia's FARC rebels could begin disarming in the coming weeks and the laying down of weapons under the historic peace deal could be completed by early June, a UN envoy said Wednesday.

Colombia to resume peace talks with ELN

Estanzuela - Peace talks between Colombia and the ELN rebels will resume next week after the group asked to postpone them in November, the government said Sunday.

More UN observers face probe over dancing with Colombian rebels

Estanzuela - The United Nations is investigating more observers for taking part in a New Year's Eve party at which leftist FARC rebels were present, a UN source said Saturday.

Scars haunt Colombian rebels as they disarm

Urrao - Jair's missing right leg reminds him of many things: the heavy price he paid for fighting in the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia and the pain he inflicted on others.

Colombia's war traumas leave deep mental scars

Estanzuela - Colombian rebels may be preparing to lay down their guns, but the nation faces a deeper challenge to heal itself: treating mental illnesses stemming from the trauma of a half-century war.

FARC rebels look to New Year to consolidate peace

Urrao - Like many Colombians, Johana Martinez and Fabio Grinon are hoping peace will finally take hold in 2017. But for the couple -- both FARC rebels -- it will mean an unfamiliar civilian life with their son."We are so happy to have him here with us.

Colombia's ELN rebels free captive businessman

Estanzuela - Colombia's National Liberation Army, which has been fighting the government for more than five decades, on Saturday freed a businessman it had held since March.The ELN released Octavio Figueroa in a rural part of eastern Colombia.

ELN rebels kill cop, wound five: Colombian govt

Estanzuela - Colombia accused the ELN rebels Thursday of killing a Bogota policeman, then hiding explosives by his body and detonating them when colleagues rushed to his side, wounding five.

Colombia lawmakers pass FARC rebel amnesty law

Estanzuela - Colombia's Congress has passed a law granting amnesty to Marxist FARC rebels as part of the country's peace deal, a development the government hailed as "historic.

Colombia kidnappings down 92% since 2000

Estanzuela - Kidnappings in Colombia have fallen 92 percent since 2000, a "historic" change, the authorities said Tuesday as the government and FARC rebels implement a peace deal meant to end a half-century conflict.

Colombia confirms crashed plane was out of fuel

Estanzuela - Preliminary investigations have confirmed that a plane that crashed in the Colombian mountains last month killing 71 people including most of a Brazilian football team was out of fuel, officials said Monday.

Bolivia blames airline for footballers' plane crash

La Paz - The Bolivian airline that owned the airplane that crashed in Colombia, killing 71 people including most of a Brazilian football team, is fully responsible for the accident, an official said Tuesday.

Pilot in footballers' crash in Colombia 'not trained properly'

La Paz - The pilot in the plane crash that killed 71 people traveling to Colombia on a Bolivian charter including footballers from Brazil had not flown enough hours to pilot commercial flights, a copilot's attorney said Saturday.

Colombian president receives 'Catholic Nobel' for FARC deal

Rome - Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos on Saturday received the Lampara peace prize, the "Catholic Nobel", for his efforts to reach a deal with his country's Marxist FARC rebels.

Pope seeks common ground on Colombia peace deal with Santos, Uribe

Vatican City - Pope Francis brought together Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and his predecessor Alvaro Uribe at the Vatican Friday, without managing to persuade them to overcome their differences over an historic peace accord with FARC rebels.

Pope invites Colombia's Santos and Uribe to Vatican

Estanzuela - Pope Francis has invited President Juan Manuel Santos and his predecessor Alvaro Uribe to the Vatican on Friday, Colombian officials said, in an apparent bid to strengthen the government's peace accord with FARC rebels.

Colombian rebels get a voice as Congress debates peace laws

Estanzuela - Six Colombians who will represent the FARC rebels in Congress as it implements a historic peace deal presented their new political party Thursday.

Colombia pardons 110 FARC rebels

Estanzuela - The Colombian government has pardoned at least 110 FARC rebels as part of a peace deal to end a 52-year conflict, the justice minister said Wednesday.

Colombia court approves fast-track peace reforms

Estanzuela - Colombian judges Tuesday approved special fast-track procedures to implement the government's contested peace accord with leftist FARC rebels which aims to end half a century of conflict.

Maduro seals Venezuela-Colombia border, alleging plot

Caracas - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Monday ordered the border with Colombia sealed for 72 hours, accusing US-backed "mafias" of conspiring to destabilize his country's economy by hoarding bank notes.

Colombian suggests rebels declare Christmas truce

Estanzuela - Colombia's government suggested Sunday to a leftist rebel group that it declare a Christmas and New Year's truce as a way to free up stalled peace talks.

Santos: no guarantee of peace with ELN rebels by end of mandate

Oslo - Hours before accepting the Nobel Peace Prize on Saturday, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said he could offer no guarantees there would be a peace deal in place with ELN rebels before the end of his mandate in 2018.

Nobel fetes Colombia peace deal but Dylan no-show

Oslo - Colombia's peace deal is a model for countries at war like Syria, President Juan Manuel Santos said Saturday as he accepted his Nobel Peace Prize, though a ceremony for other laureates was marked by Bob Dylan's no-show.

Colombia plane crash was 'murder': Bolivian minister

La Paz - Bolivia's defense minister said Friday a plane crash that killed 71 people traveling to Colombia aboard a Bolivian-registered charter plane was "murder," accusing the pilot of flying with insufficient fuel."This was definitely no accident.
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