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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.

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 rebels extend unilateral ceasefire

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

Peru finds Shining Path-era graves with remains of 50 people

- Peruvian authorities said Wednesday they have found the remains of some 50 people, including women, children and elderly, killed 30 years ago, allegedly by police during the war against Shining Path rebels.

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.

Freed Shining Path captives recount Peru enslavement

Satipo - He doesn't know exactly how much time has passed since Shining Path guerrillas kidnapped him and put him to work on a slave-labor farm deep in the Peruvian jungle.

Peru dismantles Shining Path rebel column: Officials

- Peru has dismantled a column of Maoist guerrilla group Shining Path by capturing two of its leaders, the government said Monday.

Syria rebels fire 1,000 missiles at Shiite towns: Monitor

Birut - Syrian rebels fired around 1,000 rockets, mortar shells and homemade projectiles at two besieged Shiite towns in Idlib province, a monitor said Monday.

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.

U.S. uses air power to support beleaguered Syrian allies

Washington - The United States said it has used air power in Syria in defense of allied rebel groups, signaling deeper involvement in the country's brutal four-year civil war.

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.

Syria Qaeda branch posts video of U.S.-trained rebels' 'capture'

Birut - Al-Qaeda's Syria branch has posted a video purportedly showing its capture last week of members of a US-trained rebel force it accuses of aiding US-led air strikes against its fighters.

Peru rescues 15 people, including children, held by rebels

- Peruvian troops rescued seven children and eight adults that were kidnapped by Shining Path rebels, an official said Saturday.The children, aged four to 13, were malnourished and had skin diseases, said Deputy Defense Minister Ivan Vega.

Al-Qaeda in Syria attacks U.S.-trained rebel base

Birut - Al-Qaeda's Syria affiliate launched a fierce assault on the headquarters of a US-trained rebel group Friday, while claiming responsibility for capturing members of the "moderate" force earlier this week.

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.

Peru frees 39 people held by Shining Path rebels

- Authorities in Peru rescued 39 people, including 26 children, whom Maoist Shining Path rebels were raising in bondage as future rebel troops, the government said Monday.

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.

Mediators want 'urgent de-escalation' in Colombia

Havana - Four countries supporting peace talks between the Colombian government and FARC rebels called Tuesday for an "urgent de-escalation" of armed conflict, as 1,200 terrified indigenous people fled more heavy fighting.

Colombia president replaces top military leaders

Estanzuela - President Juan Manuel Santos has replaced Colombia's top military leaders, days after the release of a Human Rights Watch report alleging complicity by the country's top brass in extrajudicial killings of civilians.

FARC negotiator demands strong gestures from Colombia president

Havana - Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos must make strong gestures to avoid another half-century of conflict in the South American nation, a commander for the FARC rebel group told AFP.

Colombian president blames ELN rebels for Bogota blasts

Estanzuela - Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos on Friday blamed leftist ELN guerrillas for two explosions that rocked Bogota and left 10 people slightly injured a day earlier.

Ukraine rebels announce disputed elections in October

Kiev - A top pro-Russian rebel announced plans Thursday to hold local elections in October that would cement the separatists' semi-autonomous status within a united Ukraine.
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Al-Qaida-fighter Abdul Hakim Belhadj is now Military Commander of Tripoli.
Al-Qaida-fighter Abdul Hakim Belhadj is now Military Commander of Tripoli.
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Al-Qaida-fighter Abdul Hakim Belhadj is now Military Commander of Tripoli.
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NERVE CENTER: U.S. President Barack Obama and then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton meet in the Oval Office in 2009.
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Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos (right) speaks informally with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry at Casa de Narino in Bogota in 2013.
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Slovyansk residents block Ukrainian soldiers from entering the city at the height of the insurgency in April.
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Seleka presidential guard soldiers drive on pickups in Miskine district in Bangui
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A protester raising Libya's Independence flag above the Libyan Embassy in Zamalek,Cairo
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A rebel soldier in the northern part of Central African republic.
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A Free Syrian Army fighter holds his weapon as he peeks out from a balcony in the Harasta area in eastern al-Ghouta, near Damascus
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Residents inspect a huge hole in the ground at a site hit by what activists say was a Scud missile from forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in Raqqa, eastern Syria
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Rebels celebrate inside the 'Bab Al Aziziya' compound in Tripoli, Libya
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NEGOTIATION: Talks between Ukraine and the Russian Federation are scheduled to begin Wednesday in Minsk, Belarus, shown above.
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A silent memorial. This rebel fighter was shot by a sniper. They were able to recover his body but his boots got left behind. Now they sit in the middle of a very dangerous road as a silent reminder of a life lost.
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RUINS: The ancient city of Palmyra, Syria, is believed to be threatened by Islamic militants who have seized the area from the government and appear to be destroying relics that predate Islam, which dates back to the 7th century.
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