FARC

Arrest of Farc negotiator casts shadow over Colombian polls

In a high-security Bogotá prison, a former Marxist guerrilla records poetic messages for relatives and writes cryptic tales based on pre-Columbian …

South America

Ecuador to stop hosting Colombia-ELN peace talks - Xinhua

QUITO, April 18 (Xinhua) -- Ecuador said on Wednesday it will stop hosting peace talks between Colombia's government and the National Liberation Army …

News (China)

Ecuador to suspend mediation of Colombia peace talks

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Ecuador said Wednesday that it is suspending its role as a mediator in peace talks between the Colombian government and that nation's last major rebel army.<p>The decision appeared to have caught off guard Colombia's government, which initially denied having been informed of the …

South America

The battle over Colombia's coca fields

Despite the 2016 peace deal in Colombia, the country's cocaine trade is still flourishing.<p>Some blame the government for concentrating too hard on peace, others say that by going clean the Farc rebels have left a vacuum in the trade they once ruled.<p>Katy Watson visited Colombia's coca fields to hear …

South America

The Colombian guerrillas who won’t give up their guns

JUAN MANUEL SANTOS chose his words carefully after signing a peace deal with Colombia’s FARC guerrillas in 2016, officially ending a 50-year-long …

South America

Political Integration as a Strategy of Conflict Resolution: The FARC in Colombian Elections

The FARC, or Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia) as they were originally called, have functioned as …

South America

Despite Recent Challenges, Colombia Represents Pinnacle of Success in Fostering Peace, Security Council Hears at Briefing on New Developments | Meetings Coverage and Press Releases

While circumstances had tested commitment to the peace agreement in Colombia, a united Council had helped to sustain resolve, demonstrating how it …

Africa

Ecuador will no longer host Colombia peace talks: minister

BOGOTA (AFP) -<p>Ecuador will no longer host peace talks between Colombia and that country's last rebel group, Bogota's foreign minister said on Wednesday after recent attacks on the border between the neighbors.<p>The talks between Colombia's government and guerrillas of the ELN, the National Liberation …

Latin America

As Colombia's FARC Disarms, Rebels Begin Fight to Prevent Deforestation

<b>Caqueta, Colombia:</b> Seen from the air, muddy rivers snake through rolling forested hills stretching to the horizon in Colombia’s southern province of …

Forests

Dissident rebels kidnap two more people along Ecuador-Colombia border

Ecuadorean authorities said Tuesday that a dissident rebel group has kidnapped two more people in the same conflictive border area where three press workers taken hostage by the group were killed last week.<p>Authorities showed a proof-of-life video in which a man and woman tied at their necks with …

Latin America

Ecuador, Colombia planning joint military operation against rebels after journalist killings

Ecuador and Colombia are preparing a joint manhunt and military operation in the border region where two journalists and their driver were killed by a dissident faction of Colombian rebels last week. Ecuadoreans angry at their government for its failure to do more to save the team from national …

Latin America

US gains key witness in drug case against Colombian rebel

BOGOTA, Colombia — U.S. prosecutors have apparently won the cooperation of a key witness in the case of a top rebel ideologue arrested last week on charges of trying to import 10 metric tons of cocaine into the U.S.<p>An official from Colombia’s chief prosecutor’s office said Marlon Marin was flown …

Latin America

Kidnapped journalists were 'killed in Colombia': Ecuador

QUITO (ECUADOR) (AFP) -<p>Two journalists and their driver kidnapped on March 26 in Ecuador by dissident FARC rebels were killed on the Colombian side of the border, Interior Minister Cesar Navas said Sunday.<p>Navas told news channel NTN24 in an interview that the bodies are still there.<p>"They were in …

Latin America

ECUADOR: President Leaves Summit After FARC Dissenters Kidnap Journalists

(RTTNews) - The president of Ecuador, Lenin Moreno, decided to suspend his presence at the Summit of the Americas in Peru and return to his country following the kidnapping of several journalists by dissidents of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) former guerrilla group.<p>Recently, …

Journalism

Ecuadorean journalists held by Colombian rebels confirmed dead | Reuters

QUITO (Reuters) - Two Ecuadorean journalists and their driver, who were kidnapped last month by Colombian insurgents, have been killed, the leaders of both nations said on Friday, vowing justice.<p>Ecuador's President Lenin Moreno gives a news conference after two Ecuadorean journalists and their …

Latin America

Ecuador’s president confirms 2 abducted journalists killed in border region

President Lenin Moreno confirmed the deaths when the deadline ended after the kidnappers failed to show the press workers were still alive. The …

World

Another Reason to Learn Morse Code: Kidnapping

Morse code — that series of dots and dashes — can be useful in the strangest situations. As a kid I remember an original Star Trek episode where an …

New Albums

Colombia's Political Problems Are an Opportunity for America

Continued U.S. investment in Colombian national security is not a threat to regional peace, but rather, its guarantor.In order to better coordinate …

South America

Colombia's FARC says peace deal might fail after member accused of cocaine deal

Colombia’s former FARC guerillas said the country’s historic peace deal is at risk of “truly failing” if the nation goes ahead with plans to …

South America

FARC Negotiator Faces Extradition to U.S. for Cocaine Conspiracy

Colombian authorities arrested the former guerrilla commander known as “Jesus Santrich” at the request of the U.S., potentially throwing the nation’s …

South America

Colombia Detains a Leader of Former Rebel Group FARC on Drug Charges

Police allege role in plot to smuggle cocaine into U.S.; FARC leaders say arrest will hurt peace process<p>BOGOTÁ, Colombia—Police arrested a top leader of the FARC, the guerrilla group turned political party, on charges of conspiring to smuggle 10 tons of cocaine to the U.S. in violation of a peace …

Latin America

Four arrested in Colombia on U.S. drug trafficking charges: U.S. prosecutors

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Four associates of the former Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) were arrested in Colombia on U.S. drug trafficking charges, federal prosecutors in New York announced Tuesday.<p>Prosecutors said that one of the defendants, Seuxis Paucias Hernandez-Solarte, was a …

World

Colombia: ex-FARC politician arrested for drug trafficking

Seuxis Hernandez Solarte, a key FARC rebel group negotiator in the Colombian peace agreement of 2016, was set to become a member of the country's …

South America

Can football heal old wounds in Colombia?

As former FARC rebels try to reintegrate into society, will the country's most popular sport help ease the transition?<p><i>Editor's Note: This article forms part of a series of content being produced for Al Jazeera in association with the launch of its new football podcast, Game of Our Lives.</i><p><i>--</i><p>After …

South America

Colombia says it fired head of post-conflict fund

BOGOTA (Reuters) - Colombia has fired the head of a $500 million fund meant to finance post-conflict programs tied to the country's peace deal with Marxist FARC rebels, after donor countries complained of irregularities and possible corruption.<p>The decision came after the ambassadors of Norway, …

World

Solving Colombia’s Drug Violence Dilemma: Legalize Drugs and Guns

With the 2018 Colombian presidential elections rapidly approaching, presidential front-runners Iván Duque and Gustavo Petro face numerous challenges …

Austrian Economics

Colombia’s Imperiled Transition

Washington — A nation’s transition from conflict to peace is something to celebrate, but it’s also an uncertain process that requires diligence and commitment. In Colombia, where a November 2016 agreement ended 52 years of bloody internal conflict, the stress is mounting.<p>It’s affecting the whole …

South America

Colombian air force chief pushes for more Black Hawks

The Colombian air force s appetite for the Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk has not waned five months after the government in Bogota signed an agreement …

Military

The Birds of Peace

Two identical statues by Fernando Botero, one blown to pieces in a terrorist bombing, the other donated as a gift for peace.<p>Medellin is chockablock …

South America

Three journalists are kidnapped in Ecuador, signaling the violence spilling over from Colombia

QUITO, Ecuador — Every night since March 26, when three Ecuadoran journalists were kidnapped near their country’s border with Colombia, their colleagues have gathered to demand their rescue.<p>“We’re missing three! We want them back alive!” they have shouted while protesting in front of the …

Latin America