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Colombia says rebels must free 19 captives for peace talks to resume

Aug 31 2018

BOGOTA Colombia's Marxist ELN rebels must free all 19 hostages it holds before President Ivan Duque, who is evaluating peace talks with the group, will resume dialogue, a senior government official said on Friday.

Spain's Sanchez offers Colombia help to reach peace with ELN rebels

Aug 30 2018

BOGOTA Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, on his first tour of Latin America since taking office in June, on Thursday offered any necessary support to push forward a peace deal between Colombia and ELN rebels.

Duque becomes Colombia's president, promising to unite divided nation

Aug 07 2018

BOGOTA Colombia's President-elect Ivan Duque was sworn in to office on Tuesday, pledging to unite a divided nation behind his plan to toughen a peace accord with Marxist rebels and rekindle economic growth. | Video

Colombia's Santos set to leave office proud yet frustrated

Jul 31 2018

BOGOTA Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, who staked his legacy on ending a five-decade war with Marxist rebels, leaves office next week satisfied he oversaw a historic peace deal but frustrated he could not do more to unite the nation and reduce inequality.

Colombia's Uribe says Britain's MI6 part of 'ruse' against him

Jul 25 2018

BOGOTA Colombia's former President Alvaro Uribe on Wednesday accused President Juan Manuel Santos and Britain's MI6 spy agency of participating in a plot against him, a day after resigning his Senate seat to face a bribery and fraud investigation by the Supreme Court.

Colombia's President-elect names Maria Fernanda Suarez energy minister

Jul 18 2018

BOGOTA Colombia's President-elect Ivan Duque on Wednesday named Maria Fernanda Suarez as mining and energy minister when he takes office next month, a role that will require her to bolster oil output to help a weak economy and settle messy mining disputes.

Colombia seeks to heal war wounds as FARC commanders appear before tribunal

Jul 13 2018

BOGOTA Former Marxist FARC rebel commanders in Colombia, headed by their leader Rodrigo Londono, appeared before a tribunal on Friday that will try crimes allegedly committed during the country's five-decade civil war.

Colombia president-elect vows to unite nation, alter peace deal

Jun 18 2018

BOGOTA Colombia's President-elect Ivan Duque, who swept aside leftist Gustavo Petro in Sunday's election, pledged to unite his South American nation after a divisive campaign but insisted he would change a landmark peace accord with leftist rebels. | Video

Colombia votes in polarized election putting peace, economy at stake

Jun 17 2018

BOGOTA, June 17 Colombians vote on Sunday in a deeply divisive presidential runoff that pits candidates offering polar opposite views and has stirred fears the winner will upset a fragile peace process or derail the economy.

Former guerrilla Petro fights to become Colombia's first leftist president

Jun 15 2018

BOGOTA Gustavo Petro, a former insurgent turned rabble-rousing mayor, is fighting to become Colombia's first leftist president, turning his humble beginnings and revolutionary past into a rallying cry for millions of the nation's youth and poor.

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