Colombia Congress approves amnesty for thousands of FARC rebels

Colombia Congress approves amnesty for thousands of FARC rebels

Colombia’s Congress on Wednesday approved an amnesty law to protect thousands of demobilising Marxist guerrilla fighters from prosecution for minor crimes committed during the country’s 52-year war. The law, a key part of a peace deal signed last month between the government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) rebels, will not include fighters […]

Two FARC rebels killed in Colombia days after peace deal

Two FARC rebels killed in Colombia days after peace deal

Two suspected FARC fighters were killed in combat in northern Colombia on Wednesday, four days after the government announced a revised peace accord with the rebel group. “Fighting took place in the south of the Bolivar department, and guerrillas who claimed to belong to theFARC were killed,” the government’s chief peace negotiator Humberto de la […]

Colombia’s government, rebels sign modified peace agreement

Colombia’s government, rebels sign modified peace agreement

Colombia tried a second time to achieve peace, with its government and largest rebel group signing a revised deal to end its brutal conflict following the surprise rejection of an earlier peace accord by voters in a referendum. Government negotiator Humberto de la Calle and rebel negotiator Ivan Marquez announced the new, modified deal Saturday […]

Syrian rebels launch Aleppo counter-attack to break siege

Syrian rebels launch Aleppo counter-attack to break siege

Syrian rebels including jihadists began a counter-attack against the army and its allies on Friday in an attempt to break a weeks-long siege on eastern Aleppo, insurgents said. The assault, employing heavy shelling and suicide car bombs, was mainly focused on the city’s western edge by rebels based outside Aleppo. It included Jabhat Fateh al-Sham, […]

Colombia to hold peace talks with ELN rebels

Colombia to hold peace talks with ELN rebels

  The Colombian government and the country’s second-largest rebel group, the ELN, announced Monday they would launch negotiations on October 27 in Ecuador’s capital, with President Juan Manuel Santos predicting “total peace.” Both sides have committed to doing everything in their power to “create an environment favorable to peace” once the talks begin, according to […]

Colombia, FARC rebels sign historic peace accord

Colombia, FARC rebels sign historic peace accord

The Colombian government and the leftist FARC rebel force signed a historic peace accord Monday to end a half-century conflict that has killed hundreds of thousands of people. President Juan Manuel Santos and the leader of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), Timoleon “Timochenko” Jimenez, signed the deal at a ceremony in the Caribbean […]

Philippine government, communist rebels sign ceasefire deal

Philippine government, communist rebels sign ceasefire deal

The Philippine government and Maoist-led rebels signed an indefinite ceasefire agreement on Friday as part of efforts to end a conflict that has lasted almost five decades and killed at least 40,000 people. The agreement extends a truce in place since last weekend for the Oslo meeting, which began on Monday and is the first […]

Mass rally in war-torn Yemen in support of rebels, former president

Mass rally in war-torn Yemen in support of rebels, former president

Hundreds of thousands of Yemenis marched on Saturday in support of Shiite Houthi rebels and their ally, former president Ali Abdullah Saleh. The march in the rebel-held capital, Sanaa, was in support of a new combined governing council the rebels and Saleh announced late last month, but which was immediately rejected by the internationally recognized […]

Spanish combatants detained for ‘joining Ukraine rebels’

Spanish combatants detained for ‘joining Ukraine rebels’

Police on Friday arrested eight Spaniards who they said had returned from fighting alongside pro-Russian forces in eastern Ukraine, sources close to the investigation said. Officers detained the eight suspects in six regions across Spain, the interior ministry said in a statement. A source described them as “pro-Russian” and far-left in ideology. “Eight Spanish combatants […]