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Colombia’s FARC Announce Cease-Fire, Begin Peace Talks, Cautioius Optimism Precedes

Colombia’s leftist FARC rebels have announced a two-month unilateral cease-fire as the rebel group and Colombian government resumed peace talks in Havana. FARC said it would halt all military operations and acts of sabotage through January 20. For more on this story, visit: Colombia’s FARC Announce Cease-Fire, Begin Peace Talks | VOA . ALSO: BOGOTÁ (Colombia/-) (AFP) – After preliminary ...

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Colombia Peace Talks to Start Nov. 19 in Cuba | WSJ.com

By Darcy Crowe BOGOTA—The Colombian government and the most powerful insurgency group in the country are set to restart peace negotiations in Cuba Nov. 19 in a bid to end half a century of bloody conflict. The new start date, which initially had been set for Nov. 15, is considered a minor delay for a process that is expected to ...

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UN once again votes to condemn Cuba embargo | The Associated Press

By MICHAEL ASTOR UNITED NATIONS — The U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday voted overwhelmingly to condemn the U.S. commercial, economic and financial embargo against Cuba for the 21st year in a row. The final tally Tuesday was 188-3, with Israel and Palau joining the United States. The Marshall Islands and Micronesia both abstained. Last year’s tally for the symbolic measure ...

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The empty chair at Colombia’s peace talks | The Associated Press

By FRANK BAJAK, Associated Press There will be an empty seat at the negotiating table when Colombians plunge into talks Thursday on ending a conflict that has bled the South American nation for a half century. It’s reserved for a 62-year-old economist, a senator’s son and boyhood friend to a future president who is penned up at the maximum-security prison ...

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Hugo Chavez to Obama: Stop Invading Countries, Focus on Your Country’s Social Woes | Common Dreams

Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez on Thursday urged newly re-elected President Obama to “stop invading” other countries and “think about his own country” which suffers from social and economic problems. Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez speaking about Obama’s reelection. Chavez made the comments during a cabinet council meeting broadcast on the state channel, VTV. “President Obama has been reelected.  Hopefully he and ...

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Dutch rebel arrives in Havana for peace talks | Boston.com

HAVANA (AP) — Colombia’s main rebel army has marked the arrival of its Dutch combatant in Cuba for peace talks with two YouTube videos. One shows Tanja Nijmeijer arriving. In the other, the 34-year-old sings and plays guitar. A delegate of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia in Havana alerted The Associated Press to the music video. In it, Nijmeijer ...

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Basta! Converge on Fort Benning, Nov. 16-18 | SOA Watch

520 Years of Oppression… 520 Years of Resistance! As SOA Watch converges each year at the gates of Fort Benning, Georgia, they are creating a strong community and a powerful force that will close the SOA, end U.S. militarization in the Americas and dismantle the broader system of oppression of which the SOA is a part. This movement unites vast ...

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Farc and Colombian government launch peace talks | guardian.co.uk

Colombian leftist rebels and government have formally launched talks to end nearly 50 years of armed conflict, with each side laying out its vision of how the talks will develop and the type of peace that the country can hope for if a deal is reached. Negotiating teams from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (Farc) and the Colombian government ...

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Cuba’s migration policy updated | granma.cu

As part of the work undertaken to update the current migration policy adjusting it to prevailing conditions in the present and the foreseeable future, the Cuban government has decided to forgo the required Travel Permit as well as the Letter of Invitation. Therefore, as from January 14th, 2013, it will only be necessary to submit the ordinary passport, duly updated, ...

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