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U.N. Chief: Colombia Peace Bid 'Too Far to Turn Back' after Nobel

U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon hailed the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos on Friday, saying it shows the country has come "too far to turn back now."

The decision comes "at a critical moment when this special acknowledgement provides needed hope and encouragement to the Colombian people," the United Nations secretary general said about Santos's efforts to bring the country's half-century-long civil war with the FARC rebels to an end, despite voters' rejection of a historic peace deal.

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Colombian President Wins Nobel Prize for Peace Efforts

Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for his efforts to end the half-century war with FARC rebels, sparking a new pledge to salvage a peace deal rejected by the people.

The award was a surprise, coming just five days after Colombian voters shot down the historic accord Santos signed last month with FARC leader Rodrigo Londono, alias Timoleon "Timochenko" Jimenez.

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Colombia President Says Peace with FARC is 'Close'

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said Wednesday peace with the FARC rebels is "close," but his top opponent demanded an overhaul of a "weak" deal rejected by voters in a referendum.

Seeking to salvage the peace process on which he has staked his legacy, Santos held a meeting with his predecessor and former boss, Alvaro Uribe, who has branded him a traitor for negotiating with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).

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Colombia President Says Truce with FARC to End October 31

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said Tuesday that a ceasefire with FARC rebels will end on October 31, as both sides scramble to find a solution to the half-century conflict after voters rejected a peace deal.

The chief of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) Rodrigo Londono, better known as Timoleon "Timochenko" Jimenez, promptly took to Twitter to ask "And after that, the war continues?"

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Colombia Govt., FARC Scramble to Save Peace Deal after 'No' Vote

The Colombian government and FARC rebels scrambled Monday to save a peace deal after voters narrowly rejected it in a referendum, throwing the four-year-old peace process into uncertainty.

President Juan Manuel Santos, who has staked his legacy on ending the 52-year-old conflict, called an emergency meeting with leaders of the country's political parties to try to chart a way forward after the shock referendum defeat Sunday.

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Colombians to Vote on Historic Peace Deal

Colombians vote in a referendum Sunday on whether to ratify a historic peace accord to end a 52-year war between the state and the communist FARC rebels.

The accord will effectively end what is seen as the last major armed conflict in the Western Hemisphere. The war has killed hundreds of thousands of people and displaced millions.

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Colombian Rebels Confirm They Will Pay Reparations to Victims

Colombia's FARC rebels have said they would pay reparations to victims of the country's long war under a recent peace accord.

Until now, the guerrillas had said they did not have money to pay damages because everything went to their war effort.

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In Peace Step, Children Leave Rebel Camps in Colombia

Eight youths left FARC rebel camps in Colombia on Saturday, as the insurgents began relocating children and teenagers as part of a historic peace agreement, the Red Cross said Saturday.

The government of President Juan Manuel Santos and the Marxist guerrillas of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), the country's largest rebel group, concluded a final peace accord last month to end a 52-year war. 

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500 U.N. Observers to Verify Colombia Ceasefire

The United Nations will coordinate some 500 international observers to verify that FARC rebels comply with a ceasefire and surrender weapons once a peace deal is signed, Colombia's Congress said Wednesday.

The Colombian government and the Marxist Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) are in the final phase of four years of talks that it is hoped will result in a peace deal putting to an end a half-a-century of conflict.

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Venezuela Will Temporarily Re-Open Border Crossing

Venezuela will temporarily re-open its border with Colombia on Sunday, a state governor said, a move that will allow desperate Venezuelans to stock up on food, medicine and other basics sorely lacking in their country.

"We will not put up any obstacle... whoever wants to cross can cross," Jose Vielma Mora, governor of the border state of Tachira, told reporters Thursday.

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