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Colombia ready to resume peace negotiations after Santos wins re-election

After Santos election victory, Colombia resumes peace bid (via AFP) Colombia resumed its path toward peace with leftist rebels, bolstered by President Juan Manuel Santos’ victory in elections seen as a referendum on his bid to end the 50-year-old conflict. Santos picked up 50.95 percent in Sunday’s runoff against the……

Armed troops, tanks and riot police sent into streets to crush Colombia farmers’ strike before presidential election

Rural workers say Juan Manuel Santos has failed to deliver on reform as armed troops, tanks and riot police sent into streets The Colombian government is deploying tanks, troops and riot police to counter a farmers’ strike that aims to choke food supplies before the upcoming presidential election on 25…

Colombian president threatens to end peace talks with rebels

President Juan Manuel Santos, frustrated over a lack of progress in peace negotiations with leftist FARC rebels, threatened Saturday to abandon bilateral talks to end their nearly 50-year old conflict. “As long as we make progress we’ll be satisfied, but if we do not make progress we’ll leave the negotiating…

Summit of the Americas ends with U.S. still blocking Cuba

By Gerard Aziakou CARTAGENA, Colombia — Leaders from across the Americas ended a two-day summit here Sunday with no final statement, failing to agree on Cuba’s inclusion at future summits in the face of US and Canadian opposition. The vast majority of the region’s democratically elected leaders attending the talks…

Colombian gov’t: FARC rebels have executed 4 military hostages

BOGOTA (Reuters) – Colombian FARC rebels executed four members of the security forces during a botched mission to free them from a decade as hostages, the most violent act by the group since troops killed its leader Alfonso Cano this month. The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, which has a…

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