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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.

Violence forces exodus of former FARC guerrillas

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

Colombia's ELN rebels propose ceasefire during pandemic

Apo - Colombia's leftist National Liberation Army (ELN) rebels have proposed a three-month ceasefire to the government of right-wing President Ivan Duque.

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.

Colombian FARC leader wants peace deal respected to undercut dissidents

Apo - An ex-FARC guerrilla leader is calling on the Colombian government to fully implement its 2016 peace plan to undercut rebel dissidents who have again taken up arms against the government of President Ivan Duque.

Tailoring peace: Colombian ex-rebels turn to fashion

Apo - Once dressed to kill as they stalked the Colombian jungle, a group of young former FARC rebels have shed their camouflage fatigues, boots and guns to help ease their way back into society following a 2016 peace deal.

Colombia's FARC rebels announce political movement

Apo - The former second-in-command of the FARC rebels announced Wednesday the creation of a political movement, a week after announcing he was taking up arms once more.

Wanted former FARC leader could have fled to Venezuela, says Duque

Apo - A former left-wing guerrilla leader, now a Colombian senator but wanted by the United States for alleged drug trafficking, has probably fled to neighboring Venezuela, Colombia's President Ivan Duque said on Thursday.

Colombian high court withdraws ex-rebel's parliament seat

Apo - A Colombian high court on Friday withdrew the parliament seat for a former left-wing guerrilla leader who never assumed office after negotiating the country's historic peace deal.

UN pushes back against Duque's challenge to Colombia peace deal

Apo - The UN warned the Colombian government Thursday that "there can be no going back" on the landmark peace agreement with FARC guerrillas, despite President Ivan Duque's plans to modify the deal he sees as too lenient.

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.

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.

Ex-FARC chiefs warn of Colombia peace deal 'betrayal'

Apo - The man who negotiated FARC's peace agreement with the Colombian government said Tuesday the rebel movement had been naive to lay down its weapons before the deal was implemented.

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 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 new leader plans changes to FARC peace deal

Apo - Colombia's new President Ivan Duque took office Tuesday, with no shortage of tough issues to tackle, from heightened tensions with neighboring Venezuela to the lingering difficulties of peace-building with the nation's rebel groups.

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.

Former FARC leader accuses government of 'betrayal', declines Senate seat

Apo - Former FARC rebel leader Ivan Marquez announced on Monday that he won't take his seat in Colombia's Senate despite the historic peace deal ending decades of armed conflict, accusing the government of "betrayal.

'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.

Colombia confirms identity of murdered Ecuadoran couple

Pasto - Two bodies found in the thick jungle of southwestern Colombia are those of an Ecuadorian couple kidnapped by a dissident FARC rebel group, officials confirmed Wednesday.

Colombia's ELN rebels ready for talks with next president

Havana - The chief negotiator of Colombia's ELN guerrillas said Tuesday he is ready to continue talks with the government even if the hardline rightist candidate wins next month's runoff presidential election.

Colombia suspends extradition of FARC leader to US

Apo - A Colombian court set up to try crimes committed by former leftist rebels during decades of conflict on Thursday suspended the extradition of a former FARC leader wanted in the United States.

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.

Colombia's ELN rebels eye US guarantees ahead of new peace talks

Quito - Colombia's last rebel group is seeking US guarantees that Washington will not seek the extradition of its negotiators in future peace talks, after Ecuador's surprise decision not to host the negotiations.

Ecuador will no longer host Colombia peace talks: minister

Apo - Ecuador will no longer host peace talks between Colombia and that country's last rebel group, Bogota's foreign minister said on Wednesday after recent attacks on the border between the neighbors.

Ecuador suspends role as guarantor of Colombia peace talks

Quito - Ecuador on Wednesday said it was suspending its role as guarantor of the peace talks between Colombia's government and ELN guerrillas which have been hosted in Quito since early 2017.

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.
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