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Colombia voters give lukewarm support for peace process

Columbian voters showed lukewarm support for peace talks with guerrillas Sunday by giving the country's president a majority in Congress, but also electing his conservative rival, ex-president Alvaro Uribe, to the senate. President Juan Manuel Santos, who took office in 2010 after serving as the popular Uribe's defense minister, is engaged in talks with Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) rebels aimed at ending their half-century insurgency.

Colombia vote seen as referendum on rebel peace talks

Colombians went to the polls on Sunday to elect new legislators, in a vote seen as a referendum on peace talks with leftist guerrillas and a bellwether for May's presidential election. The voting, which got under way at 1300 GMT, comes with the government locked in talks with Marxist rebels which have dominated political life in Colombia since the negotiations opened in late 2012.

Colombia vote seen as referendum on rebel peace talks

Colombians went to the polls on Sunday to elect new legislators, in a vote seen as a referendum on peace talks with leftist guerrillas and a bellwether for May's presidential election. The voting, which got under way at 1300 GMT, comes with the government locked in talks with Marxist rebels which have dominated political life in Colombia since the negotiations opened in late 2012.

Colombia vote seen as referendum on rebel peace talks

Colombians head to the polls Sunday to elect new legislators in a vote seen as a referendum on peace talks with leftist guerrillas and a bellwether for May's presidential election. Peace talks that President Jose Manuel Santos has held with the Marxist rebels have dominated political life in Colombia since they opened in late 2012 in Cuba. The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), Latin America's oldest insurgency, have been at war with the Colombian state for 50 years.

Colombian election seen as referendum on peace talks

Colombia holds legislative elections Sunday that are seen as a referendum on peace talks with FARC leftist guerrillas and a trial run for a presidential vote in May. Since they opened in late 2012 in Cuba, the talks that President Jose Manuel Santos has held with the Marxist rebels have dominated political life in Colombia. The FARC, or Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, have been fighting successive governments for 50 years and are Latin America's oldest insurgency.

Colombian rebels free police officer

Bogota, Mar 6 (EFE).- Colombia's ELN rebel group on Thursday freed an auxiliary police officer taken prisoner Feb. 17 in the northwestern province of Antioquia, the International Committee of the Red Cross said. Rafael Eduardo Sierra Acosta, 19, was handed over to a delegation that included ICRC representatives and Cali Archbishop Dario de Jesus Monsalve. When he was freed, Sierra "was in proper shape to travel" and was transported in a helicopter to the airport in Caucasia, Antioquia, according to an ICRC communique.

Colombia rejects rebel safe conduct request

The FARC guerrilla group said Tuesday Colombia's government has turned down its request to send representatives to Bogota to argue in court against a referendum on a future peace accord. The chief rebel negotiator in peace talks in Havana said the group had asked for safe conduct so it could send "two or three" people to present their case before the country's constitutional court. "We had an exchange on the issue with the government's delegation to the peace talks and they told us definitively ... there would be no safe conduct," the FARC negotiator Ivan Marquez said.

Colombia rebels deny deadly supermarket blast

Colombia's FARC rebels on Saturday denied responsibility for a supermarket bombing that left four people dead. A member of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) delegation attending peace talks in Havana said the group had no involvement in Wednesday's bombing in the town of Quibdo, which also injured 10. FARC negotiator Marcos Calarca said the group was habitually accused of violence by authorities in Colombia.

Canadians to see Canada-EU free trade pact legal text soon, says Fast

OTTAWA - The legal text of the Canada-European Union free trade agreement will be ready for Canadians to examine soon, possibly in the next month or two, federal Trade Minister Ed Fast said Friday. The agreement was signed amidst much fanfare in mid-October, but finalizing the text and putting it into legal language has taken time. Fast said the delay is not unusual given the complexities of the agreement.

Colombian rebels want U.S. to participate in peace talks

By Rosa Tania Valdés HAVANA (Reuters) - Colombia's FARC rebels asked for the United States to join its peace talks with the Colombian government, saying on Friday it would speed up the process because Washington was making all the important decisions anyway. The U.S. State Department said it disagreed with FARC's assessment and was unaware of any effort to join the talks. Colombia did not respond to the request, which it would likely reject on grounds of national sovereignty.
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