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Earthquake Rocks Colombia Near Panama Border

A powerful earthquake with a magnitude of 6.1 rocked northern Colombia near its border with Panama on Tuesday, authorities said, though there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.

The quake struck at 7:10 pm (0010 GMT Wednesday) at a depth of 30 kilometers (18 miles) in Choco department.

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FARC Praises Colombia's Santos for Halting Air Strikes

Colombia's FARC guerrillas on Tuesday praised President Juan Manuel Santos' decision to suspend air strikes against rebel forces, but urged further steps to de-escalate the half-century-old conflict.

Santos ordered the stand-down on Saturday, five days after the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC by its Spanish acronym, resumed a unilateral ceasefire.

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Volcanic Ash Forces Airport Closures in Colombia

Colombia's Nevado del Ruiz volcano erupted in an ash cloud on Sunday, prompting authorities to temporarily close two airports in the area.

The civil aeronautics agency said it closed airports at Manizales and Pereira as a precaution after the 8:30 am (1330 GMT) eruption.

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Colombia Suspends Bombing Raids on FARC

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos on Saturday ordered a halt to air strikes against the Marxist-inspired FARC rebels, giving a major boost to stop-start peace talks.

It comes just two days after the Colombian government and the FARC resumed talks following months of stagnation at the negotiating table and fighting on the battlefield.

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Colombia and FARC Rebels Resume Peace Talks

Colombia and FARC rebels resumed peace talks Thursday with a new commitment to make progress after months of stagnation at the negotiating table and fighting on the battlefield.

The talks designed to end a 50-year-old conflict that includes Latin America's last and oldest insurgency have been dragging on since November 2012.

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Colombia Celebrates FARC Rebel Ceasefire

War-weary Colombia celebrated Monday the start of a FARC rebel ceasefire after a half-century of hostilities, with hopes still high that its fragile peace process can hold.

Marxist FARC guerrillas freed a captive soldier Sunday in an apparent goodwill gesture hours before they started observing the unilateral ceasefire.

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FARC Free Abducted Colombian Soldier

FARC guerrillas on Sunday freed a Colombian soldier after holding him for nearly two weeks, the president said, on the eve of a unilateral rebel ceasefire.

Lieutenant Cristian Moscoso "is free and in good condition," President Juan Manuel Santos wrote on Twitter, following an International Committee of the Red Cross humanitarian operation.

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Colombia, FARC Reach Agreement on De-escalating Conflict

The Colombian government reached a historic agreement Sunday with leftist FARC guerrillas to de-escalate the decades-long armed conflict, diplomats in Havana said.

The move marks a significant step in peace talks between the two sides that began in November 2012 but have been hampered in recent months by an uptick in violence.

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Two Colombian Soldiers Dead in Latest FARC Clashes

Fighting between Colombian troops and leftist FARC guerrillas left two soldiers dead and three wounded, the latest casualties in an uptick in violence, officials said Friday.

The skirmish erupted in the western Cauca department when the FARC, who are holding captive a wounded military officer, detonated an explosive device.

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Colombia's FARC Rebels Announce One-Month Ceasefire

Colombia's leftist FARC rebels announced Wednesday they will observe a one-month unilateral ceasefire in response to an international appeal for an urgent de-escalation in the country's decades-old conflict.

The truce will start July 20, said Ivan Marquez, chief rebel negotiator at long-running peace talks in Havana.

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