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Colombia and FARC rebels sign cease-fire deal in a bid to end half a century of war

Colombia and FARC rebels sign cease-fire deal in a bid to end half a century of war

The Colombian government and rebel group Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) agreed to a definitive cease-fire Thursday, taking an important step in ending half a century of conflict even as daunting implementation issues remain unresolved.

Before several heads of state in Havana, President Juan Manuel Santos and FARC leader Timoleon Jimenez, known as Timochenko, announced an end to 52 years of hostilities that have claimed hundreds of thousands of lives and billions of dollars.

“Today is a historic day for our country after 52 years of death, bombings and pain,” said Colombian president...

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