Colombia, Farc reach agreement on rebels’ future if peace signed

Colombia's Farc lead negotiator Ivan Marquez (right) speaks to reporters in Havana. Photo: Reuters

Colombia’s government and Marxist Farc rebels reached a “fundamental agreement” on the guerrillas’ future in politics, one of the thorniest issues addressed in peace talks in Cuba, according to a joint statement on Wednesday.

Thursday, 7 November, 2013, 10:45am

Riot police crack down on Colombian protesters

Demonstrators converged on the city after 11 days of increasingly violent protests. Photo: AP

A riot policeman raises his baton over a protester falling to the ground in Bogota as thousands of farmers and state workers marched through the Colombian capital.

The demonstrators converged on the city after 11 days of increasingly violent protests against agricultural and trade policies that they say have left them impoverished.

31 Aug 2013 - 3:23am

Colombia says ready to negotiate peace with ELN rebels

Colombian troops after clashes with ELN rebels in La Calera, near Bogota. Colombia's government says it is ready to negotiate with the rebels. Photo: AFP

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said on Wednesday he was ready to start negotiating peace with the country’s second-largest rebel group, the National Liberation Army (ELN), “as soon as possible”.

29 Aug 2013 - 11:21am

Venezuela, Colombia strain to patch over tensions

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro (left) listens to his Colombian counterpart Juan Manuel Santos during a joint press conference in Puerto Ayacucho, Amazona state. Photo: AFP

The presidents of Venezuela and Colombia on Monday strained to paper over tensions laid bare by the disputed election of Hugo Chavez’s handpicked successor earlier this year.

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos infuriated Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro when he hosted the opposition candidate who had challenged Maduro’s electoral victory in April.

23 Jul 2013 - 12:11pm

Colombia hold Argentina to draw in World Cup qualifier

Colombia's Cristian Zapata (2) is shown the red card during the 1-1 draw with Argentina. Photo: AP

Colombia's goal difference puts them above Ecuador, who lost 1-0 to Peru in Lima, while Chile hold fourth spot after beating Paraguay 2-1. Venezuela clung to fifth despite giving away a late equaliser for a 1-1 draw against Bolivia at high altitude in La Paz.

9 Jun 2013 - 5:39am

Colombia kidnappings seen as bid for peace talks

olombia's President Juan Manuel Santos. Photo: Reuters

The recent kidnapping of several foreigners by Colombia’s leftist ELN guerrilla group may, paradoxically, be aimed at prodding the government into peace talks, analysts say.

7 Feb 2013 - 5:44pm

Briefs, January 21, 2013

Ivan Marquez, chief negotiator for FARC. Photo: AP

Protesters call for president to resign

21 Jan 2013 - 6:18am

Honduran ambassador forced to quit over embassy orgy scandal

The Honduran ambassador to Colombia was forced to resign Saturday after his bodyguard reportedly held a Christmas party with prostitutes at the mission, the foreign ministry in Tegucigalpa said.

6 Jan 2013 - 12:31pm

No ransom paid for freed Chinese hostages, says oil company

No ransom was paid to secure the release of four Chinese oil workers freed last month after being held hostage for more than a year, the company said Friday, rejecting allegations to the contrary.

15 Dec 2012 - 1:14pm

Four Chinese oil workers freed in Colombia

An air ambulance transporting the four Chinese oil workers \released from their Farc captors lands at the airport in Bogota.  Photo: AFP

Four Chinese oil company employees held hostage since June last year, allegedly by Colombia’s Farc rebels, have been freed in southern Colombia, the Chinese embassy said Thursday.

“They released the four last night in the department of Caqueta. They are in good spirits,” said the embassy's spokesperson in Bogota.

23 Nov 2012 - 3:27am

Briefs, November 23, 2012

Chinese oil workers freed in Colombia

23 Nov 2012 - 2:56am

Colombia says Farc releases 4 Chinese oil workers

Ivan Marquez chief negotiator for Colombia's Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia arrives for the third day of peace talks between the Farc and Colombia's government in Havana, Cuba, on Wednesday. Photo: AP

Colombian police say the country’s main leftist rebel group has freed four Chinese oil workers it kidnapped more than a year ago.

Caqueta state police chief Colonel Carlos Vargas told reporters the four men were released to the International Committee of Red Cross around midnight on Wednesday in a rural area of the southern town of San Vicente del Caguan.

22 Nov 2012 - 9:18pm

Colombia gets islands' sovereignty; Nicaragua wins fight for oil reserves

Boundaries as ruled by the ICJ

Nicaragua claimed victory in a battle over sovereignty of tiny islands in the western Caribbean, despite the International Court of Justice's ruling that the islands belong to Colombia.

21 Nov 2012 - 3:21am

Farc rebels declare ceasefire as talks begin with Colombian government

Chief government negotiator Humberto de la Calle makes a speech before boarding a plane to Havana at a military airport in Bogota. Photo: Xinhua

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.

20 Nov 2012 - 12:02am

Gerardo Reichel-Dolmatoff's secret Nazi past

The recent revelation of the secret Nazi past of one of Colombia's best-known anthropologists, and a former visiting professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, has shaken academic circles to their core.

19 Nov 2012 - 3:39am