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EU to 'suspend' Colombia's FARC from terror list: official

Brussels - The European Union has decided to "suspend" Colombia's FARC rebel group from its terror group list, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said.

EU to halt sanctions against Colombia's FARC: sources

Brussels - The EU is preparing to suspend sanctions against Colombia's FARC rebel group as soon as it signs a historic peace deal with the government later Monday, European sources said.

Colombia peace deal: key points

Cartagena - Here are key points of the peace deal that will be signed Monday to end five decades of conflict between the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and the government.

Colombian, FARC leaders to sign historic peace deal

Cartagena - Colombia's government and the leftist FARC rebels prepared to sign a historic peace accord Monday to end a half-century civil war that has killed hundreds of thousands.

Colombia set to sign historic peace deal

Estanzuela - Colombia will turn the page on a half-century conflict that has stained its modern history with blood when the FARC rebels and the government sign a peace deal on Monday.

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.

Syria meeting breaks up without plan to restore truce

New York - A high-level international meeting on the crisis in Syria broke up Thursday without agreement on a way to revive a collapsed US and Russian-brokered truce.

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.

UN hopes Syria talks could resume in a 'few weeks'

Geneva - The UN's deputy envoy for Syria said Thursday that he hoped peace talks could resume in the coming weeks, despite "grim" events on the ground.

Ukraine, rebels agree troop pullbacks in three areas: OSCE

Minsk - Negotiators sent by Kiev and pro-Russian rebels on Wednesday for the first time agreed to pull back troops from three areas along the battered frontline in east Ukraine.

'World thirsts for peace', pope tells religious leaders

Assisi - Pope Francis said Tuesday the world "thirsts for peace" after praying with faith leaders for an end to religious fanaticism and indifference to the plight of war victims.

Bitter Syrian opposition says world ignoring plight

New York - Leaders of Syria's embattled opposition reacted with bitter scorn Monday, accusing the world of ignoring their people's plight as a week-long truce in their country's civil war collapsed.

US refuses to throw in towel on Syria ceasefire

New York - Even as a new barrage of bombs and shells pummeled besieged Aleppo once again on Monday, the United States refused to abandon efforts to broker a ceasefire.

FARC rebels fear paramilitary reprisals if they disarm

Puerto Gait - Colombia's FARC rebels fear reprisals by right-wing paramilitaries if they ratify a peace deal with the government, a commander said Monday, underscoring the trauma left by a bloody history of assassinations.

FARC rebels opposed to peace descend on Amazon gold

Puerto Gait - As Colombia's FARC rebels prepare to sign a historic peace deal with the government, dissident guerrillas are reportedly clinging to their guns deep in the Amazon rainforest, targeting its gold.

Colombia peace deal has FARC's 'total support': leader

Puerto Gait - The leader of Colombia's FARC rebels said Sunday a historic peace accord with the government has received the guerrillas' "total support" at a conference where they will vote on the deal.

Colombia FARC rebels meet to vote on peace deal

Puerto Gait - Marxist FARC rebels opened a conference Saturday in remote southeastern Colombia, where they will vote on a historic peace deal reached with the government of President Juan Manuel Santos.

FARC victims' children say 'yes' to peace in Colombia

Estanzuela - Sebastian Echeverry was four years old when the FARC rebels kidnapped his father in western Colombia. Five years later, they killed him.Today, the 19-year-old student says he has forgiven the people who took his dad.

FARC opens what Colombia hopes is last wartime conference

Puerto Rico - After 52 years of conflict, Colombia's FARC rebels open what leaders hope will be their last wartime conference Saturday, where they will vote on a historic peace deal with the government.

Colombia's FARC rebel leaders set to ratify peace deal

Estanzuela - Colombia's FARC rebels are set to vote on a historic peace agreement with the government to end more than a half-century of conflict before giving up their armed struggle in favor of politics.

German, French FMs push peace bid in war-torn Ukraine

Slavyansk-na-kubani - The German and French foreign ministers made their first visit to Ukraine's war-torn east on Thursday, saying they wanted to push a new bid for peace after a recent surge in violence.

UN Syria envoy hails 'significant drop in violence'

Geneva - The UN's Syria envoy on Tuesday applauded a fall in violence through the first 24 hours of a fragile ceasefire but said security concerns meant aid convoys had not yet deployed.

UN council approves Colombia mission

New York - The UN Security Council on Tuesday gave the formal go-ahead for a new mission to help the historic peace deal reached between Colombia's government and FARC rebels take hold.

Colombia 'on alert' after new activist killing

Estanzuela - Colombia is on alert after the killing of five human rights activists in recent days, the government said Monday, warning of potential attempts to destabilize a delicate peace process with the FARC rebels.

Afghanistan close to peace deal with notorious warlord

Kabul - Afghanistan is close to signing a peace agreement with Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, President Ashraf Ghani said Monday, in a landmark accord that could pave the way for the notorious warlord's political return after years in hiding.

Syria: five years of efforts to end the conflict

Birut - A ceasefire brokered by Moscow and Washington is due to take effect in Syria at sundown on Monday, the latest bid to end fighting between government forces and non-jihadist rebels.

Iran welcomes Syria truce plan, calls for 'comprehensive monitoring'

Tehran - Iran on Sunday welcomed the proposed ceasefire in Syria brokered by Russia and the United States, but said a monitoring system was needed to stop it being exploited by "terrorists".

In peace step, children leave rebel camps in Colombia

Estanzuela - Eight youths left FARC rebel camps in Colombia on Saturday, as the insurgents began relocating children and teenagers as part of a historic peace agreement, the Red Cross said Saturday.

'Yes' camp leads ahead of Colombia peace vote

Estanzuela - A historic peace deal between the Colombian government and FARC rebels is poised to be ratified in a decisive referendum on October 2, according to two opinion polls published Friday.
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