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Colombia to deploy elite forces after killing of indigenous leader

Torib - Colombia's government on Wednesday ordered the deployment of 2,500 elite troops to combat dissident FARC guerillas after an attack that killed an indigenous leader and four guards.

Colombian ELN rebels announce Christmas ceasefire

Apo - Colombia's ELN Marxist guerrilla group announced Monday a Christmas ceasefire as peace talks with the country's government have been on hold since August.

UN rapporteur slams killings of Colombian rights defenders

Apo - A UN official called on the Colombian government to step up measures to protect human rights defenders following an upsurge in the number murdered since the signing of a peace agreement with former FARC guerrillas.

Two Colombian soldiers killed in bomb attack blamed on ELN

Apo - Two Colombian soldiers were killed and another two wounded Friday along the country's border with Venezuela in a bomb attack blamed by the military on rebels from the National Liberation Army.

FARC official makes contact with Colombia special court

Apo - The man who negotiated FARC's peace agreement with the Colombian government emerged from hiding Wednesday to comply with a demand that former guerrilla leaders reaffirm their commitment to the 2016 peace agreement that ended decades of conflict.

Colombia arrests eight soldiers over farmer killing

Apo - Colombian authorities have arrested eight soldiers over the murder of a farmer earlier this year, one of thousands of such cases involving security forces under investigation in the conflict-worn South American country.

Dissident Colombian rebels murder three geologists, army says

Apo - Suspected dissident FARC guerrillas murdered three geologists working for a Canadian gold mining company in northwestern Colombia, the army said on Thursday.

Colombia guerillas release kidnapped minor

Apo - Leftist ELN guerillas freed a teenager on Wednesday who was kidnapped two weeks before in northwestern Colombia, the country's ombudsman said.

Colombia's ELN says will free hostages after pressure from president

Apo - Colombia's ELN guerrilla force announced Tuesday it would release nine hostages to comply with a demand by new President Ivan Duque in order to continue peace talks with his government.

Watchdog adjusts Colombian conflict death toll to 260,000

Apo - Colombia's six-decade long conflict has left more than 260,000 people dead, mostly civilians, according to an official government update on Thursday.

Venezuela's Maduro will fall, says Colombia's Santos

Apo - Nicolas Maduro's days as president of crisis-ravaged Venezuela are numbered, his outgoing Colombian counterpart Juan Manuel Santos told AFP.

Ex-Colombian rebels take up seats in congress hostile to them

Apo - Former leftist guerrillas in Colombia took up seats Friday in a congress dominated by conservatives opposed to a peace accord that ended a 50 year war and provided for the ex-guerrillas' representation in the legislature.

'We apologize': former Colombia FARC rebels seek forgiveness at tribunal

Apo - Former rebel FARC commanders in Colombia have appeared at a historic tribunal where for the first time they were made to answer for kidnappings and forced disappearances under the terms of a peace deal.

Colombian president vows to improve protection of rights activists

Apo - Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos on Tuesday announced new measures to protect human rights activists, a week after the ombudsman revealed shocking murder statistics.

Colombian rights activist killed every three days, says ombudsman

Apo - A human rights activist is killed every three days in Colombia despite the peace accord signed with FARC rebels, the country's ombudsman has said.

Colombia's FARC says 24 ex-combatants killed this year

Apo - Colombian former rebel movement FARC said 24 of its ex-combatants had been killed since the beginning of the year, sounding a warning over continued violence threatening Colombia's fragile peace agreement.

FARC leader wanted in US suspends hunger strike

Apo - Former FARC leader Jesus Santrich said Saturday he has halted a 41-day-old hunger strike, two days after a Colombian court suspended his extradition to the United States.

Colombia government and ELN rebels pursue peace talks in Cuba

Havana - Colombia's government said it hopes to reach agreement on a new ceasefire with National Liberation Army guerrillas before the May 27 presidential election as long-running peace talks resumed Thursday in Havana.

Colombia truth commission to 'heal wounds' of war, president says

Apo - Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos installed a truth commission on Tuesday to shed light on crimes committed during the country's lengthy civil war, as agreed upon in a peace deal with the FARC guerrillas.

Colombian rebels holding abducted journalists: Ecuador military

Apo - Dissident Colombian rebels are believed to be holding hostage two Ecuadoran journalists and their driver who were abducted this week, the head of Ecuador's armed forces said Wednesday.

Nine suspected FARC dissidents killed in Colombia military operation

Apo - Nine suspected FARC dissidents were killed Monday in a military operation in southern Colombia, the defense ministry said.

Three Venezuelans killed in suspected rebel attack

Bogota - Three Venezuelans were shot dead in northeastern Colombia Sunday in an attack blamed on the National Liberation Army (ELN) guerilla group, official sources said.

Colombia to seek new ceasefire with ELN guerrilla group

Bogota - Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said Sunday he would seek a new truce with the ELN group in a bid to salvage peace talks that had been set back after a recent offensive by the rebel group.The ELN indicated a willingness to resume negotiations.

UN's Guterres hails Colombia peace effort as rebels bomb pipeline

Mesetas - UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Sunday praised the "total commitment" of Colombia's government and former FARC rebels to peace-building, as the military blamed a smaller rebel group for bombing an oil pipeline.

Guatemala legal challenge to moving embassy to Jerusalem

Guatemala City - A Guatemalan lawyer is challenging his country's controversial decision to move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, arguing it violates international law.

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