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Colombia FARC Rebels in Rare Plea for Hostages

Colombia's FARC guerrillas urged another rebel force to release a missing journalist, a rare gesture of support for the government over the sensitive issue of kidnappings as a peace deal nears.

The leader of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), Timoleon Jimenez, called on the rival leftist National Liberation Army to free Salud Hernandez, a Spanish-Colombian reporter.

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Spanish Journalist Believed Held by Colombia Guerrilla Group

A journalist who has been missing in northeast Colombia appears to have been kidnapped by a leftist guerrilla group, the Spanish foreign minister and newspaper for which she works said Monday.

"The Spanish journalist and El Mundo correspondent in Colombia, Salud Hernandez-Mora, has been detained by guerrillas," the Spanish daily announced online, citing Colombian military sources and saying she disappeared in the Catatumbo region. She was last seen on Saturday.

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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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