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ELN say will keep fighting in Colombia's out-of-sight war

Alegr - As night blankets a makeshift camp in the Colombian jungle, amid the rain tarps comes the dull gleam of automatic rifles, kept close at hand. Latin America's last active rebels travel light and often. It's how they survive.

Colombia's ELN rebels want government return 'guarantees'

Havana - Colombia's ELN rebels demanded government guarantees Monday that their peace delegation could return to the country from Cuba within 15 days due to the failure of talks, after a bombing killed 20 people in Bogota.

Colombia's ELN rebels claim police academy attack

Havana - Colombia's leftist ELN rebels claimed responsibility on Monday for the bombing of a police academy in Bogota that killed 20 people as well as the attacker, and also called on the government to resume stalled peace talks.

Colombia's ELN rebels claim police academy attack

Havana - Colombia's leftist ELN rebels claimed responsibility on Monday for the bombing of a police academy in Bogota that killed 20 people as well as the attacker, and derailed peace talks being held in Havana.

Colombian Marxist guerrillas release hostage after almost a year

Apo - Colombia's last remaining Marxist rebel group, the ELN on Thursday released a hostage held for almost a year, the country's ombudsman's office said on Twitter.

ELN guerrillas kidnap teen girl in Colombia

Apo - Leftist ELN guerrillas have kidnapped a 15-year-old girl in northwestern Colombia, officials said Saturday, even as peace talks with the government of President Ivan Duque are on hold until all rebel hostages are released.

Colombian rebel group ELN releases six hostages, says ICRC

Apo - Colombia's ELN rebels Wednesday freed six people they kidnapped in August, a government precondition for returning to peace talks, the International Committee of the Red Cross said.

Rebels reject Colombia govt peace talk terms

Havana - ELN guerrillas on Monday branded as "unacceptable" conditions set by Colombian President Ivan Duque to restart peace talks in Cuba aimed at ending their insurgency.

Colombia kills 'most dangerous' FARC dissident

Apo - Colombian armed forces killed "the most dangerous" dissident guerrilla from now-disbanded Marxist rebels FARC on Saturday in the drug violence-infested jungle area on the border with Ecuador, the government said.

Colombia's Duque waiting until last moment for ELN peace decision

Apo - Colombia is waiting until the last minute to see if ELN Marxist rebels release their remaining hostages before deciding whether or not to restart stalled peace talks, President Ivan Duque said on Friday.

Colombia's Duque again orders ELN rebels to release hostages

Apo - Colombia President Ivan Duque reiterated on Thursday his call for ELN Marxist rebels to release hostages as a prerequisite to restarting suspended Cuban-hosted peace talks.

Colombia president Duque warns ELN rebels over hostages

Apo - Colombia President Ivan Duque warned ELN guerrillas on Friday they must release nine hostages taken over the previous 10 days if they want to continue peace talks initiated by his predecessor Juan Manuel Santos.

Colombian government opens ceasefire talks with ELN rebels

Havana - A Colombian government delegation began talks with ELN guerrillas in the Cuban capital on Friday hoping to build on a temporary ceasefire put in place for the May 27 presidential election.

Colombia's chief negotiator with rebels steps down

Bogota - The Colombian government's chief peace negotiator with the country's last rebel group said Monday he will step down in January when a ceasefire with ELN guerrillas comes to an end.

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.
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