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Six FARC guerrillas killed, 8 captured: Colombia army

Colombia's army said it killed six FARC rebels and captured eight on Tuesday in a fierce and prolonged clash that came against the backdrop of ongoing peace talks. The incident took place in Tumaco, southern Colombia, in Narino department, the army reported. "Pegasus Task Force troops killed in combat six guerrillas," an army statement said. A military source told AFP the fighting dragged on for 24 hours. Meanwhile authorities blamed the FARC on a strike on the Pan-American highway Tuesday between Cali and Popayan.

FARC rebels blow up highway in Colombia

Bogota, Apr 1 (EFE).- Suspected FARC guerrillas used 100 kilos (more than 200 lbs.) of dynamite to blast a hole in a stretch of the Pan-American Highway in southwestern Colombia, authorities said Tuesday. The attack targeted a part of the road between the municipalities of Santander de Quilichao and Mondomo in Cauca province, officials said, blaming the explosion on the Jacobo Arenas Front of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC.

Colombia wants truth commission after FARC peace deal

A truth commission to probe abuses in Colombia's half-century-old conflict should be held after, not before, peace is reached with leftist rebels, Bogota's top negotiator said Sunday. Humberto de la Calle's remark was the first government reaction to a proposal raised eight months ago by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) in talks between the two sides to resolve their differences. "There can be no end to the conflict without truth," said de la Calle, a former Colombian vice president.

Colombia says FARC rebels killed 2 cops

Bogota, Mar 18 (EFE).- The director of the Colombian Police confirmed Tuesday the murders of two officers in the southwestern part of the country and attributed the deed to leftist FARC guerrillas. After Maj. German Mendez Pabon and Pvt. Edilmer Muñoz Ortiz were reported missing last weekend authorities launched a search that ended Tuesday morning with the discovery of the two bodies in Tumaco, a municipality in Nariño province, Gen. Rodolfo Palomino told a press conference.

Colombian intelligence intercepted FARC media-emails

Colombian intelligence intercepted thousands of emails between the FARC rebel group and journalists covering peace talks in Havana, the Spanish-language television network Univision reported Friday. The Miami-based network, which cited no sources, said it had obtained access to hacked email accounts belonging to two spokesmen for the leftist guerrilla movement.

Colombian intelligence intercepted FARC media-emails

Colombian intelligence intercepted thousands of emails between the FARC rebel group and journalists covering peace talks in Havana, the Spanish-language television network Univision reported. The Miami-based network, which cited no sources, said it had obtained access to hacked email accounts belonging to two spokesmen for the leftist guerrilla movement.

Colombian intelligence intercepted FARC media-emails

Colombian intelligence intercepted thousands of emails between the FARC rebel group and journalists covering peace talks in Havana, the Spanish-language television network Univision reported. The Miami-based network, which cited no sources, said it had obtained access to hacked email accounts belonging to two spokesmen for the leftist guerrilla movement.

Nearly five tons of pot seized from FARC amid drug talks

Nearly five tons of marijuana held by Colombia's FARC rebels was seized, authorities said Tuesday, as ongoing negotiations between the guerillas and government are currently focused on illegal drugs. A total of 4,976 kilos of marijuana were seized from rural drug storage facilities in the central department of Meta, during an operation on Sunday, the the Anti-narcotics Police Directorate said. The operation also found and destroyed 4.9 hectares (12 acres) of marijuana.

Colombia's FARC rebels: no truce for elections

Colombia's FARC guerrilla movement said Friday it would not observe a ceasefire during legislative elections next month unless the government also agreed to a truce. President Juan Manuel Santos has repeatedly rejected rebel calls for a bilateral ceasefire, arguing that the FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) would use it to regroup. The rebels, who have been in peace talks with the government since November 2012, have twice observed self-imposed ceasefires, most recently during the year-end holidays.

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."
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