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Colombia readies for conflict-ending cease-fire

Estanzuela - A historic midnight ceasefire on Sunday is set to end a 52-year-old war between the Colombian state and rebels of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).

Rebels, Colombia eye peace deal strides

Havana - Colombia and Marxist FARC rebels will ink their landmark peace deal officially late next month, authorities said.

FARC rebels to meet in September to ratify peace deal

Havana - FARC rebel leaders will convene in mid-September to ratify the historic peace agreement signed with the Colombian government this week, the guerrilla group announced Saturday.

Erdogan says Syria operation aimed at IS jihadists, Kurdish PYD

Istanbul - The Turkish operation inside Syrian territory is aimed not just against jihadists but also Kurdish militia and should permanently put an end to problems on the border, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Wednesday.

Sudan rebels sign AU-brokered peace roadmap

Khartoum - Prominent Sudanese rebel groups said Tuesday they have signed a roadmap brokered by African Union mediators to end deadly conflicts in Sudan's strife-torn Darfur, Blue Nile and South Kordofan regions.

Colombia, FARC to sign peace deal after rebels' conference

Estanzuela - The Colombian government and FARC rebel group will sign a peace agreement after the guerrillas hold a final internal conference to approve the historic deal, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said Wednesday.

Yemen government says peace talks 'ended' after rebels form council

Aden - Yemen's government said Thursday that peace talks underway since April had ended without agreement after Shiite rebels and their allies formed a 10-member "supreme council" to run the war-torn nation.

Colombian women, LGBT victims stand to get equal 'peace rights'

Havana - If Colombia signs its landmark peace deal to end a half century of civil war, the pact will offer equal social rights for women and LGBT victims, a draft inked Sunday in Havana showed.

Colombian court backs referendum on peace deal with FARC rebels

Estanzuela - Colombia's constititutional court gave its approval for a popular referendum on a historic peace deal being negotiated with FARC rebels.

FARC peace deal success hangs on referendum: Colombia negotiator

Estanzuela - A peace deal being negotiated with FARC rebels will ultimately be determined by a referendum previously mooted by the Colombian government, the official leading negotiations with the insurgents said Monday.

Clash with rebels was FARC 'error': Colombia government

Estanzuela - A clash between FARC guerrillas and Colombian government forces last week stemmed from an insurgent "error," the official leading peace negotiations with the rebels said Monday.

FARC rebels injured in 'combat' with Colombian army: minister

Estanzuela - FARC rebels in Colombia have clashed with government forces in the center of the country, Defense Minister Luis Carlos Villegas said, as the two sides push to finalize a historic peace deal."This took place 48 hours ago in La Uribe.

Colombia president eyes full ceasefire this week

Estanzuela - Colombia's president said Tuesday he hoped this week to seal a permanent ceasefire that would clear the way for a peace deal ending a half-century conflict with leftist rebels.

Syrian rebels re-open key northern supply route after ousting IS

Birut - Syrian rebels ousted the Islamic State group from two villages near the Turkish border on Wednesday, re-opening a key supply route for opposition forces in northern Aleppo, a monitor said.

Syria rebel clashes 'leave 52 dead' in Eastern Ghouta

Birut - At least 50 fighters and two civilians were killed Tuesday in clashes between rival anti-regime groups east of Syria's capital, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

Rebel infighting near Syria capital kills hundreds: Monitor

Birut - Fighting raging between rival Islamist rebel factions to control a key opposition stronghold near Damascus since late last month has killed more than 300 fighters, a monitor said on Sunday.

As Colombia peace nears, wounded rebels cope in the jungle

Puerto Gait - Sofia writhed from the pain of her first combat wound -- a mortar blast in mid-February had pierced the 18-year-old guerrilla with shrapnel.

In jungle camps, Colombia rebels take peace lessons

Puerto Gait - In their secret jungle camps, Colombia's Marxist rebels used to learn how to fight. Now their leaders are trying to teach them how not to.

Colombian army kills seven guerrillas amid rising tension

Estanzuela - The Colombian military has killed seven leftist guerrillas and captured an eighth in an operation near the Venezuelan border, President Juan Manuel Santos said Saturday amid a sharpening conflict with the country's second-largest guerrilla group.

Colombia halts FARC negotiator visits

Estanzuela - President Juan Manuel Santos has suspended visits to Colombia by FARC negotiators saying they breached an agreement that allowed them in to explain to their fighters agreements reached during peace talks in Cuba.

Syria rebels cross from Turkey to join Aleppo battles

Birut - Hundreds of Syrian rebels prepared to head to frontlines in northern Aleppo province on Thursday, after crossing from Turkey to reinforce fighters battling Kurdish militia.

500 rebels cross Turkish border towards Syrian town of Azaz: Observatory

Birut - At least 500 rebels on Wednesday crossed the Turkish border heading for the Syrian town of Azaz in northern Aleppo province, a monitor said, where opposition forces have suffered setbacks at the hands of Kurdish forces.

Santos says referendum will be held on peace deal regardless of FARC

Estanzuela - President Juan Manuel Santos on Monday said a referendum would be held on a possible peace deal with Marxist FARC fighters, whether the rebels want a vote or not.The FARC and the government have said they aim to sign a peace deal by March 23.

Rebel attack ups tension in Colombia peace drive

Estanzuela - Colombia vowed Monday to step up the fight against the country's second-biggest rebel group, despite claims it was ready to join in a peace drive to end decades of conflict.

Syria regime forces cut rebel supply route in Aleppo: Source

Aleppo - The Syrian army on Wednesday cut the last supply route linking opposition forces in the northern city of Aleppo to the Turkish border, a military source said, in a major blow to the rebels.

Syrian opposition lead negotiator 'not optimistic' on peace talks

Ginebra - The Syrian opposition's chief negotiator in peace talks in Geneva said on Wednesday he was "not optimistic" about strained efforts to end the nearly five-year war ravaging his country.

Colombia frees first FARC rebels under peace process

Estanzuela - Colombia released 16 FARC guerrillas Thursday, the first to walk free under a pardon issued in peace negotiations that appear to be closing in on a deal to end a half-century conflict.

Colombian air assault frees 15 fishermen held by ELN

Estanzuela - Fifteen fishermen who had been abducted by Colombia's ELN guerrilla group were freed Sunday in a dramatic operation involving 200 commandos and six helicopters, the government announced.The operation took place in the northern town of Morales.

FARC media team swap jungle, fatigues for YouTube, heels

Havana - Until recently, Milena Reyes spent her days slogging around the jungle, dressed in combat fatigues and carrying an assault rifle.

Evacuees arrive in Damascus in rare Syria deal

Damascus - A group of several hundred Syrians from two besieged towns arrived outside Damascus Tuesday after passing through Turkey and Lebanon as part of a rare UN-backed deal to evacuate people from flashpoint areas.
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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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Seleka presidential guard soldiers drive on pickups in Miskine district in Bangui
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