• Bogota, rebels reach deal on those missing in Colombia conflict

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    HAVANA: The Colombian government and FARC rebels reached a deal Saturday on searching for the thousands missing and presumed dead in their decades-long conflict, in a further step toward peace, diplomats said. The fighting between the two sides has killed more than 220,000 people and uprooted six million since the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) was launched in 1964 in the turbulent aftermath of a peasant uprising. But Bogota and the leftist guerillas began peace talks in the Cuban capital Havana in November 2012 and announced a major breakthrough last month. Saturday’s agreement launches steps to search for and locate those missing, as well as identify and return their remains, Cuban diplomat Rodolfo Benitez told reporters.

    AFP

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