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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.

Convoy of evacuated Syria rebels crosses into Lebanon: AFP

Al Masna` - A convoy of more than 120 rebels and wounded from the flashpoint Syrian border town of Zabadani crossed into Lebanon on Monday as part of a UN-backed truce, an AFP journalist said.

Rebel chief death may hurt Syria talks, boost IS: Analysts

Birut - The killing of Syrian rebel chief Zahran Alloush, fiercely opposed to both the regime and the Islamic State group, has eliminated a key bulwark against the jihadists and could derail UN-brokered peace talks, analysts say.

Deadly strike on key rebel group leadership near Damascus: Monitor

Birut - Several leading members of a powerful Syrian rebel group were killed Friday in an air strike on a high-level meeting east of Damascus, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

Yemen rebel chief urges supporters to 'resist'

Sanaa - Fighting persisted between Saudi-backed loyalists and Iran-backed Huthi rebels in Yemen on Thursday after the rebel leader urged supporters to resist pro-government forces intent on recapturing the capital.

Syria rebels begin evacuating last Homs district under deal

Homs - Hundreds of civilians and Syrian rebels began evacuating the last opposition-held district in the central city of Homs early Wednesday under a deal with the regime, the provincial governor said.

Syria deal for rebels to leave last Homs district

Damascus - Syria's government and opposition forces have reached a deal for rebels to leave the last part of Homs city under their control, the provincial governor told AFP on Tuesday.

Fierce clashes between UN peacekeepers, Uganda rebels in DR Congo

Kinshasa - Fierce fighting between UN peacekeepers and Ugandan rebels raged in the restive east of the Democratic Republic of Congo on Tuesday, a day after a deadly attack by the rebel group.

UN peacekeeper among 24 dead in Ugandan rebel attack in DR Congo

Goma - An attack by Ugandan rebels in the restive east of the Democratic Republic of Congo has left at least 24 people dead, including a United Nations peacekeeper, the UN said Monday.

At least 12 killed in attack by Ugandan rebels in eastern DR Congo

Goma - At least 12 people have been killed in an overnight attack blamed on Ugandan rebels in the restive east of the Democratic Republic of Congo, a witness and local NGO said Monday."I saw four civilians killed by bullets...

Colombian FARC rebels demand UN monitors for ceasefire

Havana - Colombia's FARC rebels called on the United Nations and other international bodies Thursday to monitor proposed safe zones aimed at ending half a century of conflict.

Rebels kill Russia pilot, down chopper: Syria opposition, monitor

Birut - One Russian pilot of a warplane downed by Turkey in Syria on Tuesday was killed by rebels and the second is missing after they both parachuted, rebel and opposition sources said.

One Russian pilot of downed jet dead, second missing: sources

Birut - One Russian pilot of a plane downed by Turkey over northern Syria on Tuesday is dead and a second is missing, rebel and opposition activist sources told AFP.

Colombia pardons 30 jailed FARC guerrillas

Estanzuela - Colombia's government announced Sunday it is pardoning 30 jailed members of the FARC in what it called a confidence-building measure as it pursues peace talks with the leftist guerrilla group.

Colombian paramilitaries could derail peace deal: FARC

Havana - Colombia's FARC rebels, who are negotiating a peace accord with the government, said Saturday they will not disarm or sign a deal unless rightwing paramilitary groups are eliminated.

Peace closer than ever, say Colombian govt, rebels

Havana - The Colombian government and FARC rebels said Thursday they are closer than ever to ending their half-century-old conflict as peace talks entered their third year.

Colombian rebels offer to release two captured soldiers

Estanzuela - Colombia's second largest guerrilla group said Monday it was prepared to release two captured soldiers as soon as possible if the government agreed to safe passage for the handover.

Iran-backed rebels retake positions in south Yemen

Aden - Iran-backed rebels retook positions in southern Yemen in a bid to advance on second city Aden, military sources said Sunday as a landmine blast killed 16 soldiers east of Sanaa.

Colombia's FARC rebels say peace deadline not definite

Havana - Colombia's FARC rebels warned Tuesday they may not reach a peace accord with the government by the March 23 deadline the two sides set in September.

Syria Kurdish-Arab alliance launches first anti-IS attack: Spokesman

Birut - A coalition of US-backed Kurdish militia and rebel groups has launched its first operation against territory controlled by the Islamic State jihadist group in northeast Syria, a spokesman said Saturday.

Colombia killing rebels despite truce offer: FARC

Estanzuela - The leader of Colombia's FARC guerrillas, Timoleon Jimenez, accused the government Thursday of escalating its campaign against the rebels even as it proposes a bilateral ceasefire to advance peace talks.

Colombian president offers truce with FARC from Jan. 1

Estanzuela - Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos offered Wednesday to enter into a bilateral ceasefire with FARC guerrillas from January 1, which would mark a major breakthrough in peace talks.

ELN rebels holding two Colombian soldiers after attack

Estanzuela - Colombian rebel group the National Liberation Army (ELN) is holding two soldiers hostage after capturing them in an attack that killed 12 troops and police, officials said.
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