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Colombia's new leader plans changes to FARC peace deal

Aug 08, 2018 - 9:58 AM

In his inaugural address, President Ivan Duque says he will take steps to fix 'structural flaws' in the deal with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia

NEW PRESIDENT. Colombia's Ivan Duque gives his thumb up during his inauguration ceremony at Bolivar Square in Bogota, on August 7, 2018. Photo by Raul Arboleda/AFP

Venezuela vows to eradicate plots after Maduro 'assassination' bid

Aug 07, 2018 - 8:46 AM

(UPDATED) In a video posted on Twitter shortly before midnight, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro says police and the military have captured some of the conspirators and are now hunting the masterminds

MADURO. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro (C) attends a ceremony to celebrate the 81st anniversary of the National Guard in Caracas on August 4, 2018. Photo by Juan Barreto/AFP

Colombian ELN rebels vow ceasefire for presidential vote

Jun 11, 2018 - 3:25 PM

The halt in military operations runs from Friday, June 15 to midnight Tuesday, June 19, the National Liberation Army said in its online publication 'Insurrection'

Anti-FARC conservative wins in Colombia, faces leftist in runoff

May 28, 2018 - 10:39 AM

Ivan Duque will face former guerrilla Gustavo Petro on June 17, the first leftist candidate to contest a runoff in Colombia.

IVAN DUQUE. Colombian presidential candidate Ivan Duque (L), for the Democratic Centre party celebrates with supporters next to his running mate Marta Lucia Ramirez, after winning the first round of the Colombian presidential election, in Bogota on May 27, 2018. Photo by John Vizcaino/AFP

Colombia truth commission to 'heal wounds' of war, president says

May 09, 2018 - 2:07 PM

The members include sociologists, journalists, doctors, economists, attorneys and clerics. The commission is headed by a Jesuit priest, Francisco de Roux, known for his human rights work.

TRUTH COMMISSION. Colombian President, Juan Manuel Santos Calderon speaks during the 72nd High-level Meeting on Peacebuilding and Sustaining Peace at United Nations Headquarters in New York, on April 24, 2018. Photo byHector Retamal/AFP

Colombia government and ELN rebels resume peace talks in Ecuador

Mar 16, 2018 - 11:14 AM

The latest round of talks, being held in a hacienda run by the Jesuit religious community outside Quito, are aimed at agreeing a new ceasefire that would pave the way for a final peace agreement

PEACE TALKS. In this file photo taken on March 09, 2018 is seen a symbolic round table placed at Bolivar square in Bogota, during a demonstration asking for the reactivation of the peace talks, between the Colombian government and the ELN guerrilla, which were suspended after a string of deadly attacks in the country. File photo by Raul Arboleda/AFP

Colombia's Santos orders resumption of talks with ELN rebels

Mar 13, 2018 - 8:53 AM

Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos' announcement came in response to a unilateral ceasefire by the ELN for Sunday's legislative elections, seen as a test of the group's willingness to get back to negotiations

PEACE TALKS. In this file photo, a man arranges a symbol of peace in the press center in Cartagena, Colombia, on September 24, 2016. Luis Robayo/AFP

Colombia marks anniversary of FARC deal as optimism wanes

Nov 25, 2017 - 11:55 AM

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and FARC leader Rodrigo Londono returns to the same Bogota theater where they signed the deal a year ago to end Latin America's longest war

ONE YEAR. Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos delivers a speech, during the ceremony marking one-year anniversary of the peace agreement between the Colombian government and the FARC, at the Colon theater in Bogota on November 24, 2017. Photo by Raul Arboleda/AFP

The week in photos: September 2-8, 2017

Sep 09, 2017 - 12:36 PM

This week s selection of photo highlights here and around the world

BORDER ART. An artwork by French artist JR on the US-Mexico border in Tecate, California, United States on September 6, 2017. Photo by Guillermo Arias/AFP

Colombia government, rebels hail pope-backed ceasefire

Sep 05, 2017 - 8:21 AM

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and National Liberation Army ELN negotiators announce a ceasefire two days before a visit to Colombia by Pope Francis

STEP TOWARDS PEACE. Ecuadorean Foreign Minister Maria Fernanda Espinoza (C) raises the hands of chief negotiators Juan Camilo Restrepo (L-for the Colombian government) and Pablo Beltran (for the ELN guerrilla) in Quito on September 4, 2017. Rodrigo Buendia/AFP

Colombia offers asylum to Venezuela prosecutor

Aug 22, 2017 - 8:15 AM

The move by Colombia s Juan Manuel Santos risks raising tensions with Nicolas Maduro under pressure from regional and international powers who accuse him of repressing his opponents

In this file photo, then-Attorney General Luisa Ortega, the most high-profile official to break ranks with Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, speaks at during a session of the National Assembly in Caracas, on July 3, 2017. Federico Parra/AFP

FARC slams Colombian government for 'repeatedly breaking' peace pact terms

Jun 05, 2017 - 10:39 AM

Rebel leader Rodrigo Londono: After the government s repeated non compliance with the Peace Agreement signed in November the FARC is going to seek international monitoring

In this file photo, a man arranges a symbol of peace in the press center in Cartagena, Colombia, on September 24, 2016. Luis Robayo/AFP

Toll from deadly Colombia mudslide hovers at 200 amid frantic rescue efforts

Apr 02, 2017 - 12:18 AM

4th UPDATE Whole neighborhoods are wiped out following the massive mudslide that hit Mocoa a town of 40 000

MUDSLIDES. Handout picture released by the Colombian Army press office showing soldiers carrying a corpse following mudslides caused by heavy rains, in Mocoa, Putumayo department, on April 1, 2017. Handout/Ejercito de Colombia/AFP

New threat to Colombia peace talks as ELN claims bombing

Feb 28, 2017 - 7:45 AM

The leftist rebels claim of responsibility pollutes the air at the peace talks as President Juan Manuel Santos seeks a deal with Colombia s last active rebel group

IN PERIL? In this photo, Colombia's ELN guerrilla member Pablo Beltran (L) speaks next to Ecuadorean government representative Juan Meriguet (C) and Colombia'a government representative Juan Camilo Restrepo, during a press conference in Quito on February 16, 2017. Juan Ruiz/AFP

Nobel fetes Colombia peace deal but Dylan no-show

Dec 10, 2016 - 10:45 PM

UPDATED The Colombian peace agreement is a ray of hope in a world troubled by so many conflicts and so much intolerance Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos says

Nobel Peace Prize laureate Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos poses with the medal and diploma during the Peace Prize awarding ceremony at the City Hall in Oslo on December 10, 2016. NTB Scanpix / Lise Aserud / AFP

Dylan snubs Nobel, Santos to accept Peace Prize in Oslo

Dec 08, 2016 - 10:57 AM

The Nobel prizes are traditionally awarded every December 10th the anniversary of the death of prize creator Alfred Nobel a Swedish inventor philanthropist and industrialist

This picture taken on December 10, 2010 shows the front of the Nobel medal awarded to the Nobel Peace Prize laureate for 2010, jailed Chinese dissident Liu Xiabo. Berit Roald/Scanpix/AFP

Colombia embarks on challenge to implement peace

Dec 02, 2016 - 7:21 PM

After pushing a revised peace deal with the FARC rebel group through Congress Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos gets down to a far bigger challenge: implementing it

A man holds a Colombian national flag with white stripes during a demo to demand the immediate endorsement of the new peace agreement between the Colombian government and the FARC guerrilla outside the Colombian Congress in Bogota, on November 30, 2016. Guillermo Legaria/AFP

Colombia signs contested new peace deal

Nov 24, 2016 - 12:45 PM

UPDATED The document is expected to pass Congress after being debated next week since President Juan Manuel Santos and his allies hold a majority in the legislature

Handout picture released by Colombia's Presidency showing Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos at Narino Palace in Bogota, on November 12, 2016. Colombian Presidency/Handout/AFP

FARC, Colombian gov't strike new peace deal

Nov 13, 2016 - 8:59 AM

3rd UPDATE A suggestion seeking to bar rebel leaders involved in serious crimes from elections is not part of the agreement

This file photo taken on June 22, 2016 shows a man passing by a graffiti reading 'Peace for the people' in Cali, Colombia, on June 22, 2016. Luis Robayo/AFP

Colombia rebels vow to free hostage during peace talks

Oct 28, 2016 - 11:59 PM

The Colombian government on Thursday postpones the official start of talks complaining that the National Liberation Army ELN had not released former congressman Odin Sanchez

COLOMBIA PEACE TALKS. TV grab on October 26, 2016 from Colombia's RCN Channel showing the National Liberation Army (ELN) hostage ex-lawmaker Odin Sanchez. Handout by RCN / AFP

Colombia, rebels in talks to try to save peace process

Oct 23, 2016 - 10:53 AM

FARC negotiator: It s an optimistic atmosphere Let s get peace

This file photo taken on June 22, 2016 shows a man passing by a graffiti reading 'Peace for the people' in Cali, Colombia, on June 22, 2016. Luis Robayo/AFP

Colombia to launch peace talks with ELN rebels

Oct 11, 2016 - 9:35 AM

The Colombian government and the country s second largest rebel group the ELN announce they will launch negotiations on October 27 in Ecuador s capital

JOINT ANNOUNCEMENT. The head of the delegation of the Colombian government Mauricio Rodriguez (L) and Colombia's left-wing guerrilla National Liberation Army (ELN) delegate Pablo Beltran attend a joint press conference at the Foreign Ministry in Caracas, on October 10, 2016. Federico Parra/AFP

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Oct 07, 2016 - 9:43 PM

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Juan Manuel Santos: Colombia rebels' archenemy turned peacemaker

Oct 07, 2016 - 5:50 PM

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos recipient of the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize is a wealthy businessman who staked his political legacy on making peace with the FARC rebels

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos speaks during a media conference in Manila, November 17, 2015. Photo by Mark Saludes/Rappler

Colombia's Juan Manuel Santos awarded 2016 Nobel Peace Prize

Oct 07, 2016 - 4:30 PM

UPDATED The 2016 Nobel Peace Prize is awarded to Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos for his efforts in the Colombian peace process the Norwegian Nobel Committee announces

Handout picture released by the Colombian Presidency showing Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos speaking during a press conference at Narino Palace in Bogota on October 5, 2016. Cesar Carrion/Colombian Presidency/AFP

Colombia ceasefire with FARC to end October 31 – Santos

Oct 05, 2016 - 12:48 PM

Both sides scramble to find a solution to the half century conflict after voters rejected a peace deal

Handout picture released by the Colombian Presidency showing Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos speaking at Narino Palace in Bogota on October 4, 2016. Colombian Presidency / Cesar Carrion/AFP

Colombian government, FARC rebels scramble to save peace deal

Oct 04, 2016 - 9:06 AM

Commentators compare the result s effect to June s surprise Brexit vote for Britain to leave the European Union

This file photo taken on June 22, 2016 shows a man passing by a graffiti reading 'Peace for the people' in Cali, Colombia, on June 22, 2016. Luis Robayo/AFP

Colombia voters reject FARC peace plan – results

Oct 03, 2016 - 6:48 AM

UPDATED Reversing the trend of earlier opinion polls voters appear to have narrowly defied the government s pleas to ratify its plan to put 52 years of bloody conflict behind them within months

Electoral officials count votes at a polling station after a referendum on whether to ratify a historic peace accord to end Colombia's 52-year war between the state and the communist FARC rebels, in Cali, Colombia, on October 2, 2016. Luis Robayo/AFP

Colombia, FARC rebels sign historic peace deal

Sep 27, 2016 - 8:28 AM

Colombia s leftist FARC rebel force signs a historic peace accord with the government and apologizes to the countless victims of the country s half century civil war

PEACE AT LAST. Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos (L at center) and the head of the FARC guerrilla Timoleon Jimenez, aka Timochenko, shake hands during the signing of the historic peace agreement between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), in Cartagena, Colombia, on September 26, 2016. Luis Acosta/AFP

Colombian gov't, FARC leaders to sign historic peace deal

Sep 26, 2016 - 10:30 AM

The Colombian government and FARC rebels are set to sign a historic peace deal to end a 5 decade war

READY FOR PEACE. A man arranges a symbol of peace in the press center in Cartagena, Colombia, on September 24, 2016. Luis Robayo/AFP

Colombia to sign historic peace deal

Sep 24, 2016 - 4:30 PM

FARC delegates have unanimously ratified the deal Friday September 23 at a national conference in El Diamante a remote and sweltering site deep in the rebels traditional stronghold in southeastern Colombia

PEACE. Members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) attend the announcement of the approval of the peace deal with the government during the closing ceremony of the 10th National Guerrilla Conference in Llanos del Yari, Caqueta department, Colombia, on September 23, 2016. Photo by Luis Acosta/AFP

Colombia peace deal to be signed September 26

Sep 03, 2016 - 7:15 PM

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos announces the signing date and describes it as perhaps the most important announcement of his life

Humberto Pecupaque, from the Nasa Wes'x indigenous community of Gaitania, who in July 1996 staged the signing of a peace agreement with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), after 30 years of confrontation, speaks in front of La Palmera school in Gaitania, Tolima department, Colombia, on August 25, 2016.  The Nasa indigenous people of Gaitania, in central Colombia, built trenches and raised a generation of orphans because of the confrontation with the FARC, until 20 years ago they decided to negotiate with the guerrillas, becoming an example that peace was possible. / AFP PHOTO / GUILLERMO LEGARIA

Historic Colombia ceasefire ends half-century war

Aug 29, 2016 - 8:24 AM

UPDATED President Juan Manuel Santos: This August 29 a new phase of history begins for Colombia We silenced the guns THE WAR WITH THE FARC IS OVER

A woman with her son walks past a mural that reads 'Bilateral ceasefire' on a street in El Palo, department of Cauca, Colombia, on August 28, 2016. Luis Robayo/AFP

Colombia to plant 8 million trees for conflict victims

Aug 20, 2016 - 11:47 AM

We will plant more than 8 million trees in memory of the victims so that we will never again reproduce the atrocities of armed conflict that this war has brought to us says President Juan Manuel Santos

TREE-PLANTING. Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos presents the programme 'Forest of Peace' in Mitu, Colombia, August 19, 2016. Photo by Mauricio Duenas Castaneda/EPA

Colombia, Venezuela to reopen border – presidents

Aug 12, 2016 - 9:00 AM

UPDATED Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos says he and his Venezuelan counterpart Nicolas Maduro has agreed to open 5 pedestrian crossings for 15 hours a day from Saturday August 13

REOPENING BORDER. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro (R) and his Colombian counterpart Juan Manuel Santos (L) during a joint press conference after a meeting in Puerto Ordaz, Venezuela, August 11, 2016. Photo by Miguel Gutierrez/EPA

Colombia to get UN peace monitors, possible referendum

Jun 25, 2016 - 12:30 PM

Foreign Minister Maria Angela Holguin says at least 400 UN observers would come to monitor the process of demobilization and disarmament She expects the United Nations to fund the operation

CEASEFIRE. A statue of Venezuelan national hero Simon Bolivar in front of the Colombian National Capitol as people celebrate the signing of the ceasefire agreement between the Colombian government and the FARC guerrilla group, on Bolivar Square, in Bogota, Colombia, June 23, 2016. Photo by Leonardo Munoz/EPA

Colombia, FARC rebels sign historic ceasefire

Jun 24, 2016 - 9:45 AM

The deal puts a definitive end to fighting in Latin America s longest civil war which has torn the country apart with shootings and bombardments in its coca rich jungles and hills

CEASEFIRE. FARC delegate in Cuba, Londono Echeverri 'Timochenko' (R) and Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos (L) shake hands before Cuban President Raul Castro (C) after signing the bilateral ceasefire agreement between the Colombian Government and the FARC guerrilla group in Havana, Cuba, June 23, 2016. Photo by Alejandro Ernesto/EPA

Colombia government, rebels agree to full ceasefire

Jun 22, 2016 - 11:59 PM

The announcement heralds an end to a half century conflict that has seen hundreds of thousands of people killed in the jungles of the major cocaine producing country

Colombians protest peace process with FARC rebels

Apr 03, 2016 - 5:15 PM

Tens of thousands of people protested in more than 20 cities across Colombia against President Juan Manuel Santos and his government s peace process with the FARC guerrillas

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Colombia to start peace talks with ELN rebels – government

Mar 30, 2016 - 10:18 PM

The Colombian presidency s High Commission for Peace says the government and the left wing National Liberation Army ELN will make a joint announcement in the Venezuelan capital Caracas on Wednesday

Colombia demands FARC rebels set disarmament date

Mar 29, 2016 - 9:13 AM

President Juan Manuel Santos: The government demands a set precise and clear date to finish the disarmament process

In this file photo, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos speaks during a media conference in Manila, November 17, 2015. Photo by Mark Saludes/Rappler

No peace deal yet for FARC, Colombia

Mar 24, 2016 - 12:59 PM

To be perfectly frank we do have to tell the public that at this time there are still some differences with the FARC on significant issues says government s lead negotiator Humberto de la Calle

NO PEACE DEAL YET. The head of the Colombian Government peace delegation Humberto de la Calle (3-R) makes a statement at the Palace of Conventions in Havana, Cuba, March 23, 2016. Negotiators from both the Colombian government and FARC rebel group missed the deadline to establish a final accord to end Colombia's civil war on March 23, but have indicated that they will continue to settle all issues that impede the establishment of a peace deal. Photo by Alejandro Ernesto/EPA

Colombia's FARC vow full end to use of child soldiers

Feb 11, 2016 - 12:53 AM

The two sides vow to sign a peace deal by March 23 to end 5 decades of conflict that have left 220 000 people dead

NO MORE CHILD SOLDIERS. Victoria Sandino, member of Farc, reads a press release at the Palacio de Convenciones in Havana, Cuba, on February 10, 2016, where the guerrilla group announced that they do not recruit into their ranks people under age 18. Photo by Ernesto Mastrascusa/EPA

Obama presents $450M plan to fund Colombia peace

Feb 05, 2016 - 8:08 AM

UPDATED A March 23 deadline has been set for the peace talks to conclude designed to bring to an end a conflict which has killed more than 220 000 people and displaced 6 million

PEACE COLOMBIA. US President Barack Obama (R) listens as Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos (L) delivers remarks at a reception for for Plan Colombia in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC, USA, February 4, 2016. Photo by Shawn Thew/EPA

Colombia frees first FARC rebels under peace process

Jan 22, 2016 - 12:17 AM

The jailed rebels the first out of a group of 30 to be pardoned are released in a goodwill gesture to reciprocate for a unilateral ceasefire declared by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia FARC in July

Colombia legalizes medical marijuana

Dec 23, 2015 - 7:32 AM

In a nationally televised address President Juan Manuel Santos announces it will be fully legal to grow process import and export cannabis and its derivatives for medical and scientific use

A marijuana plant. File photo by Abir Sultan/EPA

APEC led to losses for hotels, airlines

Nov 23, 2015 - 7:23 PM

Local airlines suffer millions of dollars in foregone revenues while some hotels went on lockdown during APEC

LOCKDOWN. The Ninoy Aquino International Airport and some Metro Manila hotels are on a lockdown last week due to the APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting. Photo by Jedwin M Llobrera / Rappler

Colombia: 'Big potential' for trade with PH

Nov 18, 2015 - 6:47 PM

Quite frankly there is very little trade between the Philippines and Colombia says President Juan Manuel Santos

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos speaks during a media conference in Manila, November 17, 2015. Photo by Mark Saludes/Rappler

PH offers to help Colombia in peace process, disaster resilience

Nov 17, 2015 - 3:26 PM

President Benigno Aquino III extends the help to Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos The Colombian leader in turn offers his country s experience in fighting the illegal drug trade

SHARED HISTORY. Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos pays a courtesy call on President Benigno S. Aquino III inthe Malacañan Palace on November 17, 2015. Photo by Benhur Arcayan/Malacañang Photo Bureau

Colombian leader vows peace with FARC 'within 6 months'

Sep 24, 2015 - 9:33 AM

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and FARC leader Timoleon Jimenez preside over a ceremony where the government and rebel leaders sign a deal on justice for crimes committed during the conflict

Cuban President Raul Castro (C) holds the hands of Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos (L) and top leader of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) Rodrigo Londono 'Timochenko' Echeverri (R) during a press conference announcing the reaching of an agreement between the two parts after nearly three years of peace negotiations, in Havana, Cuba, 23 September 2015. Photo by Alejandro Ernesto/EPA