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Top Story — A chemical used in a controversial aerial fumigation program as part of U.S.-funded anti-drug efforts in Colombia may cause cancer, according to a new study by an agency of the World Health Organization, which one analyst called the single biggest risk to date to the program’s future. The International Agency for Research…

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BOGOTÁ, Colombia — In a fifteen-minute long speech delivered on Tuesday evening, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos announced that the country’s armed forces will stop, for the next month, their bombing operations against the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia. Since August 2012, the central government and FARC rebels have been negotiating a peace agreement in…

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Top Story — Colombia’s President Juan Manuel Santos on Tuesday announced that he has ordered a halt to air attacks by the military against the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, a move The Associated Press called the government’s “biggest yet toward an eventual end to hostilities.” The announcement comes days after the news that the…

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Top Story — Colombia’s military and the FARC will work together to clear landmines planted since the latter launched a guerrilla war in 1964, several media outlets reported, the latest agreement reached in the ongoing peace talks in Havana, Cuba. Under the agreement announced Saturday, a group from Norway, whose government has facilitated the peace…

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FARC rebels in Colombia announced Thursday an immediate and indefinite ban on the recruitment of child soldiers under 17 years old, a concession that the government and human rights advocates have for years been demanding of the FARC, which previously allowed for the recruitment of soldiers as young as 15 years old. The announcement comes…

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Top Story — Colombia’s ELN, the country’s second-largest guerrilla group after the FARC, proclaimed its willingness to engage in peace talks with the government on Wednesday. The announcement follows President Juan Manuel Santos’ Monday statement that ongoing peace talks with the FARC are progressing favorably, and that the ELN should follow suit. Wednesday’s announcement by…

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Latin American environmental activists called for an end to fracking this week, as international leaders gathered in Lima, Peru, for the United Nations summit on climate change. Researchers and protestors from Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia and Colombia met in Lima over the last two weeks to share their concerns about hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” in…