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Leader of Colombian rebel splinter group killed in clash

Apo - A top leader of a splinter group of Colombia's FARC rebels was killed Monday in a clash with security forces in the south, the army said.

ELN guerrillas kidnap teen girl in Colombia

Apo - Leftist ELN guerrillas have kidnapped a 15-year-old girl in northwestern Colombia, officials said Saturday, even as peace talks with the government of President Ivan Duque are on hold until all rebel hostages are released.

Colombia kills 'most dangerous' FARC dissident

Apo - Colombian armed forces killed "the most dangerous" dissident guerrilla from now-disbanded Marxist rebels FARC on Saturday in the drug violence-infested jungle area on the border with Ecuador, the government said.

11 FARC dissidents killed in Colombian military operation

Apo - Colombian troops killed 11 dissidents of the disbanded FARC guerrilla group, officials said Monday, as a fight looms over the future of a 2016 peace agreement in runoff presidential elections.

11 FARC dissidents killed in Colombian military operation

Apo - Eleven dissidents of the disbanded FARC guerrilla group were killed in a Colombian military operation in the south of the country, Defense Minister Luis Carlos Villegas said Monday.

FARC withdrawing from Colombian presidential race

Apo - Colombia's FARC said Thursday it is pulling out of the country's presidential race after its candidate, 59-year-old ex-guerrilla leader Rodrigo "Timochenko" Londono, suffered a heart attack.

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.

Colombia declares FARC war over as last guns roll away

Bogota - President Juan Manuel Santos declared Colombia's 50-year conflict with FARC guerrillas finally over on Tuesday, as the last truckloads of decommissioned weapons rolled away to be melted down.

Colombia declares FARC war over as last guns roll away

Bogota - Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos declared the country's 50-year conflict with FARC guerrillas "truly over" Tuesday, as the last truckloads of decommissioned weapons rolled away to be melted down.

Colombia's FARC rebels to launch as political party on September 1

Estanzuela - Colombia's leftist FARC rebels said Monday they will officially transform into a political party on September 1, a major step in reintegrating into civilian life as part of a historic peace deal.

Colombia's FARC rebels will launch as political party on September 1

Estanzuela - Colombia's leftist FARC rebels announced Monday they will launch as a political party on September 1, a major step as the group transitions into civilian life as part of a historic peace agreement.

Colombia's rebel leader released from hospital after mild stroke

Estanzuela - The leader of Colombia's FARC rebels was released Tuesday from a hospital where he was treated after suffering a mild stroke, the government said Tuesday.

Rebel leader recovering well from stroke: doctors in Colombia

Estanzuela - The leader of Colombia's FARC rebel group, Rodrigo Londono, is recovering well from a slight stroke and the speech difficulty he initially suffered is gone, doctors said Monday.

FARC leader being treated for stroke: Colombia hospital

Estanzuela - The leader of Colombia's FARC rebel group, Rodrigo Londono, was hospitalized Sunday after having a stroke, and is in "satisfactory" condition, doctors at the clinic said.

Colombia FARC rebels seal historic disarmament

Mesetas - The leader of Colombia's leftist FARC rebels formally declared the force's historic disarmament complete on Tuesday at a ceremony to mark the end of the UN-supervised process."Today, we are not letting Colombia down.

Colombia FARC rebels seal historic disarmament

Mesetas - Colombia's leftist FARC rebel force declared its disarmament complete on Tuesday after half a century of war against the state, bringing an end to Latin America's oldest armed guerrilla force."Farewell to war. Farewell to arms, welcome to peace!

Colombia FARC rebels complete disarmament: UN

Estanzuela - Colombia's leftist FARC rebel force formally completed its disarmament process on Monday to end half a century of war against the state, the United Nations said.

Colombia's FARC to finish disarming on Friday: president

Paris - Colombia's FARC rebels will complete their historic disarmament on Friday, ending half a century of war, President Juan Manuel Santos said during an official visit to France.

Brazil's Odebrecht paid Colombian rebels protection money: report

Rio De Janeiro - Brazil's scandal-ridden construction giant Odebrecht paid FARC guerrillas hundreds of thousands of dollars to refrain from attacking their Colombian construction sites, the weekly Veja reported Saturday.

FARC fighters bid fond farewell to arms

San Diego - For 17 years in the hot green jungles of Colombia, a gun has been Emiro Suarez's constant companion.It has made him feel safe. Now, like thousands of other FARC rebel fighters, he must learn to live without the reassuring feel of it in his hand.

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.

FARC wants 'peace alliance' for Colombia 2018 vote

Estanzuela - Colombia's FARC rebels called Friday for proponents of a controversial peace deal to support a single presidential candidate for elections in 2018, as the guerrillas prepare to turn to politics.

Colombia's Santos to visit N. Ireland to study peace process

London - Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, winner of this year's Nobel Peace Prize, will visit Northern Ireland in November to learn about its peace process, the Colombian embassy said on Thursday.

Colombia's Santos extends ceasefire with FARC to December 31

Estanzuela - Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said a ceasefire with the country's FARC guerillas has been extended until December 31 but that he hopes to have "a new agreement" for peace before that date.

Colombia peace accord's defeat may be for the best: rebel leader

Estanzuela - The leader of Colombia's FARC said Wednesday it may have been for the best that the peace accord negotiated with the government was rejected in a national referendum.

Colombian govt, FARC rebels agree to revisit peace deal

Havana - The Colombian government and FARC rebels said Friday they have agreed to discuss "adjustments" to a contested peace deal and continue a bilateral ceasefire.

Tearful reunions as Colombia rebels embrace peace

Valpara - Miriam Vanegas had not seen her son for 10 years after FARC rebels took him away into the Colombian wilderness. Now the fighters have signed a peace deal, and she has him back.

FARC ratifies Colombia peace deal, declares war over

Valpara - The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia declared the end of its 52-year war Friday as it ratified a historic peace deal with the government.

Colombia's FARC rebels to keep leader Timochenko: commander

Valpara - Colombia's FARC rebels will keep Timoleon "Timochenko" Jimenez as their leader when they relaunch as a political party under a historic peace deal, a commander said Thursday.

French, Dutch FARC rebels push for peace in Colombia

Valpara - Young and idealistic, Natalie left her native France to join the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) because she dreamed of a better world.Tanja, her Dutch comrade in arms, landed in the Marxist guerrilla army by an accident of fate.
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Monseñor José Figueroa Gómez at the Berlin's Heinrich-Böll Foundation on May 18, 2010.