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Leftist rebels deny plot to attack Colombian capital

Apo - National Liberation Army (ELN) rebels on Thursday denied planning an attack on Colombia's capital Bogota, despite a warning from Cuba.But the leftist guerrillas insisted they would not renounce "military action" against the state.

Bogota taking rebel attack threat 'very seriously': mayor

Apo - Bogota's mayor said Wednesday that she is taking "very seriously" an alleged plan by left-wing guerrillas to carry out an attack on the Colombian capital.

HRW blasts Colombian govt over rights activists' murders

Apo - Human Rights Watch on Wednesday hit out at Colombia's government over the rising number of human rights defenders and activists being murdered in the South American country.

Colombia's Duque holds talks with ex-FARC leaders

Apo - Colombia's President Ivan Duque held talks with former FARC guerrilla leaders Friday, pledging to speed up the integration of ex-combatants following the 2016 peace agreement, a top advisor said.

Former FARC rebels march on Colombian capital to demand protection

Apo - Former left-wing FARC guerrillas began a 10-day march in Colombia on Wednesday to protest the murder of 234 ex-rebels who laid down their arms under the historic 2016 peace accord that ended a half century of conflict.

Indigenous Colombians protest violence with mock trial for president

Apo - Thousands of indigenous Colombians staged a symbolic trial of President Ivan Duque in the country's capital on Monday to demand an end to growing violence on their land.

Colombia arrests ex-paramilitary chief after US deportation

Apo - Colombian authorities on Monday arrested former right-wing paramilitary leader Rodrigo Tovar on his arrival in the country after he was deported from the United States.

Violence forces exodus of former FARC guerrillas

Ituango - Yerlis Ballesteros has been here before, fleeing for her life.

Colombia launches military push against narco gangs slashing forests for coca plants

Apo - Colombia's Defense Minister said Monday the military will step up an offensive against drug trafficking gangs responsible for clearing thousands of hectares of protected national parks for coca plantations.

Colombia puts military on alert after guerrilla threat

Apo - Colombia has put its armed forces on maximum alert following the announcement of a nationwide three-day "armed strike" by left-wing guerrillas, the government said on Monday.

Colombian ex-rebels leave danger zone following murders

Medell - More than 100 Colombian former left-wing guerrillas and their family members have left an area designated for them following the murder of 12 fellow ex-rebels elsewhere in the country, the FARC said Friday.

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.
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