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Honduras Leader Regrets Embassy Orgy

Honduran President Porfirio Lobo said Monday that a pre-Christmas party at the country's embassy in Colombia that included prostitutes was a "sad incident."

At the foreign minister's request, ambassador Carlos Rodriguez resigned Saturday after his bodyguard hosted a bash at the Bogota mission on December 20 with prostitutes and alcohol. The diplomat said he was not at the party.

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Ex-Honduran Envoy to Colombia Takes Blame for Party

The former Honduran ambassador to Colombia accepted blame Sunday for a party held at his embassy that reportedly involved prostitutes, but said he was away on vacation when it took place.

"Yes, a party was organized at the mission on December 20 and I take full responsibility," Carlos Rodriguez Andino said in an interview published on the website of the La Tribuna newspaper.

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Anguished Notes Left at Colombian 'Wailing Wall'

Hundreds of visitors have tucked handwritten notes into the enormous stone slab at the new center adjacent to Bogota's main cemetery, which many think of as Colombia's "Wailing Wall."

The structure is the centerpiece of Colombia's new Center for Remembrance, Peace and Reconciliation where visitors can pay their respects to victims of the armed conflict that has torn the country apart for nearly a half-century.

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EU Nobel Cash to Kids from Syria, Colombia, Congo, Pakistan

The European Union on Tuesday donated its 2012 Nobel peace prize cash, plus a one million-euro top-up, to thousands of children impacted by war in Syria, Colombia, Congo and Pakistan.

"In situations of conflict, children are often the most vulnerable," said EU president Herman Van Rompuy. "So it is only right that this award should benefit young victims of armed conflicts."

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Bus Crash in Colombia Kills 27

A bus swerved off a road in central Colombia and flipped over, killing 27 passengers and injuring 15, an official said.

A total of 24 people died on the scene and three more later in hospital, said Alvaro Escobar, a spokesman for the prosecutor's office in Cundinmarca department.

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Two Happy Campers in a Sewer in Colombia

Stick your head in a sewer in the Colombian city of Medellin and you'll find the cozy home of Miguel Restrepo and his wife, two happy underground squatters, and their dog Blackie.

Their digs are too small to stand up in, and it measures just three by two meters (10 by 7 feet). But somehow they have fitted it with a kitchen, a TV and a tile floor.

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At Least 20 FARC Rebels Killed in Colombia Army Strike

At least 20 leftist rebels were killed in Colombia after the military launched bombing strikes against their camp in Narino province, near the border with Ecuador, the army announced late Sunday.

The rebels belonged to the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), the country's largest guerrilla group, according to General Leonardo Barrero, a local military commander.

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Colombia, Farc Rebels Ready for Cuba Peace Talks

Negotiators for the Colombian government of President Juan Manuel Santos and leftist FARC rebels meet in Havana Monday for talks aimed at ending Latin America's longest-running insurgency.

Chief government negotiator Humberto de la Calle said he believed this is "the defining moment" to reach a peace deal with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia guerrillas, as both sides have agreed that talks "must end with a final agreement on the conflict."

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Six Colombian Police Killed in Rebel Attack

Six Colombian police officers were killed Monday in an attack blamed on leftist FARC guerrillas, regional police sources told AFP.

The officers were gunned down in the southwestern department of Cauca between the towns of Puerto Tejada and Villarrica, according to local police, who blamed the assault on the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia.

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Colombian Government, FARC Launch Peace Talks

Colombia's government and leftist FARC rebels Thursday formally launched peace talks in Norway aimed at ending nearly five decades of a conflict that has claimed hundreds of thousands of lives.

Norway, followed by Cuba, is hosting the first direct talks between the two sides in 10 years.

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