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Colombia to seek new ceasefire with ELN guerrilla group

Bogota - Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said Sunday he would seek a new truce with the ELN group in a bid to salvage peace talks that had been set back after a recent offensive by the rebel group.The ELN indicated a willingness to resume negotiations.

More than half a million Venezuelans have fled to Colombia

Bogota - More than half a million Venezuelans have taken refuge in Colombia to escape the crippling economic crisis in their country, Bogota's migration authority said Friday.

UN's Guterres hails Colombia peace effort as rebels bomb pipeline

Mesetas - UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Sunday praised the "total commitment" of Colombia's government and former FARC rebels to peace-building, as the military blamed a smaller rebel group for bombing an oil pipeline.

Women of Colombia's emerald mines shine after smashing taboo

Coper - For decades, women like Rosalba Canon were banned from Colombia's emerald mines: men said they brought bad luck.

Alleged Colombian ELN rebels kidnap oil engineer

Bogota - Gunmen claiming to belong to Colombia's last rebel group kidnapped an engineer in the country's east, police said Saturday, after peace talks broke down between the ELN rebels and Bogota.

UN chief to visit Colombia to shore up peace

New York - UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will travel to Colombia at the weekend as peace efforts in the South American country come under strain from fresh ELN attacks and a faltering drive to reintegrate FARC rebels.

ELN rebels say Colombia ceasefire to end, but can be extended

Quito - Colombia's National Liberation Army (ELN) guerrillas are to end their 101-day ceasefire at midnight Tuesday, but the rebels' leader says there is a "consensus" on the need to extend it.

Colombia ships 50 tonnes of holiday ham to Venezuela

Bogota - Colombia has shipped around 50 tonnes (55 tons) of ham to Venezuela after protests broke out over shortages of the traditional holiday staple, an official said Saturday.

ELN pledges to keep up Colombia peace talks even if ceasefire ends

Bogota - Colombia's last rebel group, the ELN, promised Friday it would continue negotiating a peace deal with the government even beyond a temporary ceasefire due to end January 9.

Colombian paramilitary chief deported from US to face charges

Bogota - A former paramilitary chief accused of 3,000 crimes was Tuesday returned to his native Colombia to face justice after being deported from the United States, where he had been incarcerated on drug charges.

Colombia records lowest murder rate in four decades

Bogota - Colombia recorded its lowest murder rate in four decades this year in the wake of a peace deal with the leftwing FARC rebel group, the government said Tuesday.

New series of Narcos moves to Mexico

Los Angeles - The new series of the hit Netflix series Narcos will move to Mexico after the demise of Colombian kingpin Pablo Escobar and the Cali cartel, a trailer released on Tuesday showed.

Santos names ex-VP as chief negotiator with Colombia rebels

Bogota - Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos on Tuesday named a former vice president as chief negotiator in peace talks with rebels from the National Liberation Army (ELN).

Colombia's biggest drug gang announces ceasefire

Bogota - Colombia's biggest narcotics gang, the paramilitary Clan del Golfo, has announced it has stopped armed actions to support peace efforts aimed at burying a half a century of conflict between the government and rebel forces.

Blind Colombian women 'seeing' cancer with their fingertips

Cali - Leidy Garcia awoke one morning in 2011 to discover she could no longer see. By then, Francia Papamija was already blind.

Colombia's chief negotiator with rebels steps down

Bogota - The Colombian government's chief peace negotiator with the country's last rebel group said Monday he will step down in January when a ceasefire with ELN guerrillas comes to an end.

Two suspects charged over France theft of Botero statue

Paris - Two suspects have been charged in an investigation into the theft within yards of the presidential palace in Paris of a bronze sculpture by Colombian artist Fernando Botero, a judicial source said Saturday.

Colombia marks anniversary of FARC deal as optimism wanes

Bogota - Colombia on Friday marked a year since the signing of a landmark peace deal with Marxist FARC rebels, which President Juan Manuel Santos said had saved thousands of lives.

Colombia's minorities still face armed conflict: Amnesty

Bogota - Colombia's landmark peace deal with Marxist FARC rebels was supposed to mean peace for all -- but it has made little difference to indigenous and Afro-Colombian minorities, Amnesty International said Wednesday.

Colombians displaced by civil war now in crossfire of drugs gangs

Tumaco - In the port city of Tumaco, the bullets are still flying a year after a peace deal ended Colombia's half-century civil war.

Colombian military seizes more than two tonnes of cocaine

Bogota - Colombian authorities have seized more than two tonnes of cocaine belonging to a splinter group from the now-disarmed FARC guerrilla organization, the military said Saturday.

Ousted Caracas mayor flees house arrest, heads to Madrid

Bogota - Fugitive Caracas mayor Antonio Ledezma, a key opponent of President Nicolas Maduro, traveled to Madrid on Friday after escaping house arrest in the Venezuelan capital.

EU removes Colombia's FARC from terror blacklist

Brussels - The EU on Monday removed Colombia's FARC from its list of terrorist organisations, an official told AFP, after the former guerilla movement disarmed as part of a peace deal and relaunched itself as a political party.

Peace brings hope for Colombia's biodiversity: Santos

London - Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos on Friday hailed his country's peace deal with the FARC guerrilla group as a chance to preserve his country's biodiversity after decades of violence.

UN, Colombia sign key anti-cocaine pact

Vienna - The United Nations and Bogota signed a major pact Friday to uproot Colombia's booming cocaine business, as part of peace efforts between the government and drug trade-controlling rebels.

Colombia's FARC fields ex-rebel chief as presidential candidate

Bogota - Colombia's FARC -- a political party formed from a former rebel group following a historic peace deal -- said Wednesday it was fielding its leader as a candidate in next year's presidential elections.

Workers flock to coffee harvest in Colombia

Ciudad Bol - The coffee crop splashes the green mountains of Colombia with red, attracting a floating workforce of indigenous people in the fields of South America's second-largest producer after Brazil.

Santos condemns killing of indigenous leader

Ottawa - Visiting Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos on Monday condemned the killing of an indigenous leader last week by the ELN guerrillas in violation of its ceasefire with Bogota.

Fighting to farming: New life for Colombia's ex-rebels

El Paujil - Felix Salcedo lost an arm fighting during Colombia's half-century civil war which ended in August. Today, he uses his remaining arm to grow pineapples.

Colombia hosting 470,000 Venezuelans: Santos

Bogota - Colombia is bearing the brunt of Venezuela's economic and political chaos, President Juan Manuel Santos said Friday, hosting nearly 470,000 people who have fled the crisis.
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