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Colombia government, rebels hail pope-backed ceasefire

Bogota - Colombia's government and the country's last active guerrilla group, the ELN, announced a ceasefire Monday, a key step toward sealing a "complete peace" to end Latin America's longest civil war.

Colombia govt, rebel ELN eye ceasefire before pope visit

Quito - The Colombian government and the country's last active rebel force, the ELN, said Monday they hope to agree on a ceasefire before Pope Francis's visit to the nation next week.

Last Colombia rebels eye ceasefire before Pope visit

Quito - Colombia's last rebel force said Friday it is making progress towards a possible ceasefire, which the government hopes will definitively end half a century of civil conflict.

Colombia rebel commander speaks as peace talks loom

Estanzuela - Colombia's last active rebel force, the leftist National Liberation Army (ELN), promises to release a hostage Thursday to clear the way for peace talks with the government.

Colombia to resume peace talks with ELN

Estanzuela - Peace talks between Colombia and the ELN rebels will resume next week after the group asked to postpone them in November, the government said Sunday.

Colombia's ELN rebels free captive businessman

Estanzuela - Colombia's National Liberation Army, which has been fighting the government for more than five decades, on Saturday freed a businessman it had held since March.The ELN released Octavio Figueroa in a rural part of eastern Colombia.

ELN rebels say Colombian army ops threaten talks

Quito - Colombia's ELN rebels said Friday that military operations in one of their strongholds were endangering the life of a hostage and the prospects for stalled peace talks.

Colombia's ELN rebels hope to free hostage next week

Estanzuela - Colombian rebel group ELN said Friday it hopes to free hostage ex-congressman Odin Sanchez next week, clearing the way to begin peace talks with the government.

Colombia's ELN rebels releasing hostage: government

Estanzuela - Colombia's ELN rebels have begun the process of releasing a hostage at the center of a dispute threatening planned peace talks with the government, a top official said Thursday.

Colombia postpones ELN talks over hostage dispute

Estanzuela - Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos postponed peace talks with the ELN rebels just hours before they were due to open, insisting they first release an ex-lawmaker being held hostage.

Colombia in suspense over peace talks with ELN rebels

Quito - Peace talks between Colombia's government and leftist ELN rebels hung in suspense Thursday, hours before their scheduled launch, as leaders complained the insurgents had not released a key hostage.

Colombia eyes new front in peace talks

Estanzuela - Colombia's government hopes to open a new front Thursday in efforts to bury a half-century armed conflict, starting talks with the country's second-biggest rebel force.

Colombia 'torpedoing' peace talks, say ELN rebels

Estanzuela - Colombia's ELN rebels accused the government Monday of "torpedoing" peace talks due to open this week by insisting the leftist guerrillas free their last remaining hostage.

Colombian army op kills ELN rebel 10 days from peace talks

Estanzuela - The Colombian army said Monday it had killed an ELN rebel and captured four others in an operation days before peace talks between the leftist guerrillas and the government are set to open.

Colombia to free ELN fighters for peace talks

Estanzuela - Colombia will free some imprisoned ELN guerrillas so they can take part in peace talks due to open on October 27, a facilitator said Tuesday.

Rebels in new Colombia peace talks hold 'unknown' number of hostages

Estanzuela - New talks to end Colombia's half-century conflict depend on a rebel force releasing hostages, the government said Thursday, but admitted it does not know how many the group is holding.

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.

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.

ELN rebels in Colombia kill 12 security forces

Estanzuela - Leftist National Liberation Army rebels killed 12 security officials Monday even as the government pushes for a peace deal with the larger FARC guerrilla force, President Juan Manuel Santos said.

Colombia president calls on ELN rebels to jump on peace bandwagon

Estanzuela - Colombia's president, fresh off an announcement that the government and FARC rebels aim to sign a definitive peace deal within six months, encouraged the country's other remaining rebel group Sunday to follow suit.

Colombia's number two rebel group agrees to peace talks

Estanzuela - Colombia's second largest leftist guerrilla group announced Wednesday it is prepared to hold formal peace negotiations with the government aimed at ending a half century old insurgency.

Voters in Colombia voters back peace talks, re-elect president

Bogot - Colombia's voters gave President Juan Manuel Santos a second term Sunday in a closely fought election that could mark a turning point in the country's decades-long struggle with Marxist guerrillas.
 

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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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