Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, together with top generals and the minister of defense, discussing increased operations against ELN rebels. (Image: Efraín Herrera, public domain)

Top Story — Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos gave the military orders to increase its operations against the second largest guerilla group in the country, the ELN, in response to an alleged attack by the rebels on a military brigade on Monday. Meanwhile, Iván Márquez, the chief FARC negotiator at peace talks in Havana, read an…

Presidents Juan Manuel Santos and Barack Obama during a 2013 bilateral meeting. (Image: White House, public domain)

Top Story — U.S. President Barack Obama on Thursday announced alongside Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos that he will seek $450 million in new aid for Colombia to continue fighting drug traffickers and guerrillas, and ensure a lasting peace with the rebels of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia. The announcement, made during a trip…

The U.N. Security Council (Image: UN Photo/Amanda Voisard)

Top Story — In a unanimous vote on Monday, the U.N. Security Council approved a resolution to oversee the planned ceasefire between the Colombian government and FARC rebels. The vote came less than one week after negotiators on both sides of the peace talks asked the United Nations to establish a political mission tasked with…

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos announces Tuesday the request for a U.N. monitoring force to oversee a future ceasefire with FARC rebels. (Image: César Carrión, public domain)

Top Story — The Colombian government and FARC rebels jointly requested on Tuesday that the United Nations set up a monitoring body to oversee the demobilization process that would follow a peace agreement between the two sides. Negotiators for both parties billed the request as proof of their commitment to end the half century-long civil…

Women of the FARC. (Image:

Top Story — Spanish police arrested Héctor Arboleda Albeidis Buitrago in Madrid on Sunday on claims that he performed over 100 forced abortions on female FARC rebels. The arrests follow an announcement Friday by Colombia’s Attorney General Eduardo Montealegre of an investigation into claims by 150 female former guerrillas who testified to being forced to…

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos during a July televised address on the peace talks with the FARC. (Image: Colombian Government)

Colombia’s President Juan Manuel Santos on Tuesday revealed an executive order rejecting the U.S. extradition request for FARC rebel Juan Vicente Carvajal, wanted in New York on drug trafficking charges, Reuters reported. The decision, the first time Colombia has declined to extradite a rebel from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia on drug charges, is…

Julián Bedoya, the mayor of the town of Toro, who was Colombia's first openly gay candidate for political office. (Image: YouTube, screenshot)

The past few weeks have been incredibly important for Colombia’s LGBT community. Last month, the country’s first openly gay candidate for political office was elected mayor in the southern city of Toro. Then, last Wednesday, the Supreme Court ruled that adoption agencies can not discriminate against LGBT couples. These events come during a time of…

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos. (Image: Ministerio TIC Colombia, CC BY 2.0)

Top Story — On Thursday, Colombia’s government announced it will legalize the commercial sale of marijuana for medical and scientific use, The Associated Press reported. The upcoming decree by President Juan Manuel Santos will provide for every step of the commercialization of marijuana, including distributing licenses to cultivators, vendors, and overseeing the eventual export of…

Iván Márquez, lead FARC negotiator at peace talks in Havana, rejected Monday a plebiscite for a future peace deal's final approval. (Image: YouTube, screenshot)

Top Story — Colombian rebel group FARC rejected proposed legislation on Monday that would put a final peace agreement with the government up for popular vote, stalling progress in the peace negotiations in Havana ahead of an agreed-upon March 23 deadline to conclude talks. Members of the Colombian government and the guerrilla group have debated the terms of…

The ELN, or National Liberation Army, is Colombia's second-largest guerrilla group. (Image: Image: Youtube)

Top Story — Colombia’s leftist guerrilla National Liberation Army announced Monday that it will free two soldiers kidnapped following a recent deadly raid, and on the same day appealed to the Catholic Church via Twitter to mediate a bilateral cease-fire and peace talks with the government. Soldiers Andrés Felipe Pérez and Antonio Rodríguez were kidnapped…