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Colombia probes alleged army spying on peace talks

Colombian authorities are investigating allegations that an army intelligence unit spied on Bogota's delegation to peace talks with FARC rebels, a government source said Tuesday. The magazine Semana reported that the army set up the unit in 2012 to illegally intercept the communications of members of the government's negotiating team. An official in the Colombian attorney general's office told AFP that an investigation into the alleged illegal eavesdropping has been underway for several weeks.

FARC urges pact on 'humanitarian' norms with Colombia

The FARC rebel group called Monday for a pact with the Colombian government on humanitarian conduct, as the two sides pursue an end to their half-century conflict. A negotiator for the leftist guerrilla group, Pablo Catatumbo, aired the proposal as peace talks resumed in the Cuban capital Havana. Reading from a statement, Catatumbo said the FARC proposed that in lieu of a ceasefire the sides establish norms for the conduct of their forces including "humanitarian minimums."

FARC urges pact on 'humanitarian' norms with Colombia

The FARC rebel group called Monday for a pact with the Colombian government on humanitarian conduct, as the two sides pursue an end to their half-century conflict. A negotiator for the leftist guerrilla group, Pablo Catatumbo, aired the proposal as peace talks resumed in the Cuban capital Havana. Reading from a statement, Catatumbo said the FARC proposed that in lieu of a ceasefire the sides establish norms for the conduct of their forces including "humanitarian minimums."

Colombia president leads candidates but protest vote high: poll

BOGOTA (Reuters) - Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos would win more support than any other candidate in the first round vote for president, but the share of the electorate who will not pick any candidate on the ballot remains the biggest block of voters.

Colombian negotiators reach Cuba for peace talks with rebels

Negotiators for the government of Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos arrived in communist Cuba Sunday to resume peace talks with their country's leftist rebels. The team, led by former vice president Humberto de la Calle, is scheduled to sit down with representatives of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) for talks starting Monday following an 11-day recess. De la Calle did not talk to reporters upon arrival.

Three FARC rebels killed in Colombia

Colombia's military said Sunday three FARC guerrillas were killed in two separate operations, capping a week of combat that has left 29 rebels dead. Among the latest FARC casualties was a rebel the army said was behind a bombing January 16 outside a police station in the town of Pradera that killed one person and injured 25 people. Two other alleged FARC accomplices in the bombing were also captured in the military operation, in the southwest department of Valle del Cauca.

Divisions erupt as Columbia rebels criticize their own

In the latest sign of division amongst Colombia's FARC rebels as peace talks continue, the group's leadership on Friday made a rare condemnation of an attack by some of its own guerillas. The group's central command, in a stern message on its website, "repudiated and condemned" some fighters from within the group's own ranks following a car bomb attack last week. A civilian died and more than 20 people were injured when the bomb was detonated in front of a police station in Pradera, a town in the western Valle de Cauca region.

Divisions erupt as Colombia rebels criticize their own

In the latest sign of division amongst Colombia's FARC rebels as peace talks continue, the group's leadership made a rare condemnation Friday of an attack by some of its own guerrillas. The group's central command, in a stern message on its website, "repudiated and condemned" some fighters from within its own ranks following a car bomb attack last week. A civilian died and more than 20 people were injured when the bomb was detonated in front of a police station in Pradera, a town in the western Valle de Cauca region.

2 Colombian police killed in rebel attacks

Bogota, Jan 24 (EFE).- Two police officers were killed and another wounded in separate attacks by FARC rebels in southern Colombia, authorities said Friday. In Milan, Caqueta province, patrolman Jhon Freddy Alvarez Hernandez died when rebels opened fire on a police station. The attack, which police attribute to the 15th Front of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, was launched Friday before dawn. The other attack occurred in Cauca province, where suspected guerrillas shot bursts of rifle fire at cops who were keeping watch on an important highway.

2 Colombian police killed in rebel attacks

Bogota, Jan 24 (EFE).- Two police officers were killed and another wounded in separate attacks by FARC rebels in southern Colombia, authorities said Friday. In Milan, Caqueta province, patrolman Jhon Freddy Alvarez Hernandez died when rebels opened fire on a police station. The attack, which police attribute to the 15th Front of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, was launched Friday before dawn. The other attack occurred in Cauca province, where suspected guerrillas shot bursts of rifle fire at cops who were keeping watch on an important highway.
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