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Colombia Rebels Free Ex-Governor Held since 2013

Colombia's second-largest guerrilla group, the National Liberation Army (ELN), freed an ex-governor on Sunday held captive since 2013, in a new boost to peace efforts.

"Pleased by the release of (Choco department) ex governor Patrocinio Sanchez Montes de Oca. Much support to him and family. #welcometofreedom," the Choco governor's office said on Twitter.

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Rebels Free Colombian Policeman Held for 13 Days

Colombia's second-largest guerrilla group, the National Liberation Army (ELN), freed a policeman on Saturday after holding him captive for 13 days, in a boost to peace efforts.

The government launched peace negotiations on Wednesday with the ELN, setting its sights on a total end to a bloody half-century conflict.

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Tens of Thousands Protest across Colombia against Government

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

The demonstrations come just days after Bogota launched peace talks with the country's second-biggest guerrilla group, the National Liberation Army (ELN), setting its sights on a total end to a bloody half-century conflict.

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Colombia's FARC Rebels Say Talks Stalled over Truce

Colombia's FARC rebels said Monday peace talks with the government are stalled over the issue of a bilateral ceasefire, the latest snag in a bid to end five decades of conflict.

Speaking after both sides acknowledged that a March 23 deadline they had set themselves would likely pass without the signing of a final accord, FARC negotiator Carlos Lozada said the talks were stumbling over the details of an eventual truce.

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In Jungle Camps, Colombia Rebels Take Peace Lessons

In their secret jungle camps, Colombia's Marxist rebels used to learn how to fight. Now their leaders are trying to teach them how not to.

They still carry the rifles and machetes they have used for half a century in their war against the Colombian government.

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Colombia Police Chief Resigns amid Gay Sex Scandal

Colombia's national police chief resigned on Wednesday, caught up in a male prostitution scandal that has also seen the country's deputy interior minister quit his post.

The latest resignation came a day after prosecutors launched a probe into allegations that police officials ran a male prostitution network from 2004 to 2008.

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Colombia's FARC Vow Full End to Use of Child Soldiers

Colombia's FARC rebel force promised Wednesday to end recruitment of all child soldiers to its ranks, in a further bid to seal a peace deal ending a half-century conflict.

At peace talks in Cuba, the leftist guerilla group had already pledged to stop recruiting fighters under 17, but the Colombian government said that did not go far enough.

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Official: Colombia has More than 2,000 Zika Cases in Pregnant Women

Colombia announced Saturday that more than 2,000 pregnant women in the South American country have been infected with the Zika virus, which is suspected of causing brain damage in newborns.

The National Health Institute reported that Colombia now has 20,297 cases of Zika infection, including 2,116 in pregnant women.

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Latin American Leaders Meet on Colombia Peace Process

Latin American leaders gathered Wednesday for a summit focused on Colombia's request for personnel for a U.N. mission to oversee what the region hopes is an imminent peace deal with the FARC rebels.

The request from the Colombian government and the leftist guerrilla group for unarmed observers to monitor the eventual end of their half-century conflict tops the agenda as leaders from the 33-member Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) meet in the Ecuadoran capital Quito.

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Colombia Frees First FARC Rebels under Peace Process

Colombia said Thursday it has freed 16 FARC guerrillas pardoned in peace negotiations with the leftist rebels, as the two sides move toward a deal to end their half-century conflict.

The jailed rebels, the first out of a group of 30 to be pardoned, were released in a goodwill gesture to reciprocate for a unilateral ceasefire declared by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) in July, said the office of the government's high commissioner for peace.

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