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  1. News - World - COLOMBIA

    CIA secretly helping to kill Farc rebel leaders, US newspaper report says

    Posted Dec 23rd 2013, 05:04am by AP

    ... to Colombia, mostly in military assistance. It was authorised by President George W Bush and has continued under President Barack Obama, the newspaper reported. Colombia's government and Farc have ... that killed nine people, including civilians, military and a police officer. The Farc rebels took up arms in 1964. The US-backed military build-up has reduced Farc's ranks to about 9,000 fighters ...

  2. News - World - COLOMBIA

    Colombian president vows revenge on Farc after rebels kill 19 soldiers

    Posted Jul 23rd 2013, 12:00am by AP

    ... 19 soldiers in a single day in the biggest blow to the military since peace talks began in November. Santos travelled to Arauca state on the Venezuelan border, where 15 members of an army ... the government granted the Farc a Switzerland-sized safe haven in the south for peace talks that failed. In a visit to Arauca on Sunday, Santos ordered the military high command to put "the entire ...

  3. News - World - COLOMBIA

    Colombia says ready to negotiate peace with ELN rebels

    Posted Aug 29th 2013, 11:07am by Agence France-Presse in Bogota

    ... of Colombia, or Farc. The talks have taken place in Cuba. Before the negotiations started, the Farc renounced kidnappings and freed its last police and military hostages in April of last year. ...

  4. News - World - COLOMBIA

    Starbucks to sell only home-grown coffee to Colombians

    Posted Aug 28th 2013, 12:00am by Reuters

    ... to open up in Colombia," said Starbucks chief executive Howard Schultz, adding that he hoped to open at least six stores in the first year. A military crackdown on drug-funded insurgent ...

  5. News - World - COLOMBIA

    Farc rebels declare ceasefire as talks begin with Colombian government

    Posted Nov 20th 2012, 12:02am by Agence France-Presse in Havana

    ... Agence France-Presse in Havana Colombia’s leftist Farc rebels on Monday declared a unilateral two-month ceasefire, at the start of talks in Cuba with the Bogota government on ending Latin America’s longest-running insurgency. “The leadership has ordered that all military operations against government forces come to a halt,” the head of the delegation for the Revolutionary Armed ...

  6. News - World - COLOMBIA

    Colombian president to have surgery for prostate cancer

    Posted Oct 02nd 2012, 01:10pm by Reuters in Bogota

    ... the last few years as a US-backed military offensive against drug traffickers and Farc rebels improved business confidence. Santos, who as Uribe’s defence minister dealt some of the harshest blows ... Colombians’ hopes of an end to the war. Santos, who appeared alongside his soldier son earlier on Monday at a military event, seemed in good spirits and said that he had sought medical advice last ...

  7. News - World - COLOMBIA

    Farc rebel chief confirms Colombia peace talks

    Posted Sep 04th 2012, 02:44pm by Agence France-Presse in Bogota

    ... and reincorporating guerrilla leaders into everyday life – a sensitive point, as many of them have been convicted of crimes against humanity. Santos said a week ago that Bogota would not cease military ... The Farc have some 9,200 fighters, down by half over the past decade after a series of military defeats, and have been largely corralled in rural areas. Colombia has seen peace talks come and go ...

  8. News - World - COLOMBIA

    Ex-hostage of Colombian rebels sceptical peace talks will bear fruit

    Posted Nov 26th 2012, 12:00am by MCT

    ... increasingly turned to drug trafficking, extortion and kidnapping to fund itself. Gonsalves fell into Farc's hands on February 13, 2003, when he and four crewmates were on a military surveillance ...

  9. News - World - COLOMBIA

    Colombia president rejects Farc proposal for truce

    Posted Sep 07th 2012, 12:56pm by Associated Press in Tolemaida

    ... would be to propose a truce in the half-century of fighting that has killed tens of thousands. Santos said that would not happen. He said the Colombian military and police had been instructed ... told reporters at a military base in central Colombia. Santos, who spoke after meeting with more than 100 generals and colonels, did not respond to questions. There was no immediate comment ...

  10. News - World - COLOMBIA

    Colombia to hold peace talks with FARC

    Posted Sep 05th 2012, 09:24am by Reuters in Bogota

    ... the FARC joins talks this time from a severely weakened position. Battered by a decade-long US-backed Colombian military offensive, the rebels have lost as much as half their fighting force, ...



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