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Colombia
Thursday, April 28th 2016 - 06:49 UTC

Foreign Secretary Hammond in Colombia to highlight UK's support for the peace process

Visiting Colombia for the first time as Foreign Secretary, Mr Hammond is on the first stop of a tour of Latin America that will include Cuba and Mexico.

UK Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond has arrived in Colombia to highlight the UK’s support for the country’s peace process and fight against narcotics during visits to Bogota and Cartagena.

Monday, April 18th 2016 - 12:28 UTC

Colombia's FARC guerrillas appeal to Pope Francis to help ensure the peace deal

Timoleon Jiménez called on the Catholic Church to take a “leading role” and asked Francis to openly support efforts to seal a peace deal.

Colombia's FARC guerrilla organization called on Sunday for Pope Francis's support to prevent other armed groups from disrupting its efforts to seal a peace deal with the government. The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia and the country's government say they are close to a deal to end a half-century conflict.

Thursday, February 4th 2016 - 07:59 UTC

Santos at the White House will ask for help to implement Colombia's peace accord

“Part of the conversation with President Obama is how can they help us in the post-conflict,” Colombian president Santos told a BBC interview.

Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos has said he will ask President Obama to help implement a peace accord that his government expects to sign with the Farc rebel group next month. The two presidents will meet at the White House on Thursday.

Tuesday, February 2nd 2016 - 05:49 UTC

FARC will enter politics once peace deal is signed, announces top guerrilla leader

“We will be in politics without arms,” FARC leader Rodrigo Londoño , known by his nom de guerre “Timochenko” or “Timoleón Jiménez,” said in a rare interview

Colombia’s FARC rebel guerrillas will enter politics and seek alliances with other parties after it signs a peace deal with the government, its secretive leader said, despite rebel fears they may be targeted by right-wing armed groups..

Friday, January 22nd 2016 - 06:58 UTC

Zika virus epidemic spreads in the region; women advised to delay pregnancy

“We expect an expansion similar to what we had with the chikungunya virus last year, to finish with between 600,000 to 700,000 cases,” Gaviria said.

The mosquito-borne Zika virus has already infected more than 13,500 people in Colombia and could hit as many as 700,000, the health minister said on Wednesday. According to Pan-American Health Organization figures, the country is second only to Brazil in infection rates, health minister Alejandro Gaviria told journalists.

Thursday, January 21st 2016 - 07:52 UTC

Colombia's peace deal to end war almost there; joint request to UN Security Council

“We think this is good news today, transcendental news,” said Humberto de la Calle, the government’s chief negotiator. “It’s the end of the war”

Colombia’s government and rebel guerrillas Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) agreed to jointly ask the United Nations Security Council to help monitor and verify a future rebel disarmament, should the two sides reach a final peace deal to end their 50-year-old war, crossing a major stepping stone on the road to ending Latin America’s longest-running conflict.

Friday, November 20th 2015 - 07:10 UTC

Chile's football association chief turns in to US authorities as part of the ongoing FIFA probe

Chilean police had served Jadue a subpoena as part of what ANFP said was an investigation into how it allocates salaries

The president of Chile's ANFP national football association Sergio Jadue has gone to the United States to talk to the FBI as part of its ongoing probe into corruption at soccer governing body FIFA, Santiago media reported.

Saturday, October 3rd 2015 - 06:57 UTC

President Santos confirms Colombian drug lord killed in military operation

“Megateo killed. HUGE BLOW. Congratulations! Criminals are either brought to justice or end up buried,” Santos wrote on his Twitter account.

A wanted Colombian drug lord who had a $5-million price on his head from the United States has been killed in a military operation, authorities said Friday. Victor “Megateo” Navarro, a former guerrilla fighter accused of running a cocaine supply route along the Colombian-Venezuelan border, was first reported killed in August.

Thursday, September 24th 2015 - 08:27 UTC

Colombia and FARC put a date to end Latam's deadliest conflict, 23 March 2016

President Santos and Timochenko greeted each other with a handshake. Cuban President Raul Castro, who hosted the meeting, joined his hands to theirs.

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and the top FARC rebel commander pledged on Wednesday to end Latin America's longest war within six months and sealed their pact with a handshake likely to stand as a lasting image.

Tuesday, September 22nd 2015 - 10:14 UTC

With mediation of Uruguay and Ecuador border Colombia / Venezuela reopens

The talks -- facilitated by Correa and Uruguayan President Tabare Vazquez -- lasted five hours and also saw an agreement of “the situation on the border”

Colombia and Venezuela have agreed to restore diplomatic dialogue and oversee “progressive normalization” of their border, after a meeting between Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and his counterpart Nicolas Maduro.

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