Colombia peace deal – A Historic agreement of 2016

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Image copyright EPA The Colombian government and left-wing Farc rebels are set to sign a historic agreement deal that formally brings an end to 52 years of civil war. The last of the major Cold War conflicts killed 260,000 people and left six million internally displaced. President Juan Manuel Santos and rebel leader Timoleon Jimenez, known as Timochenko, will use a pen made from a bullet to sign the deal on Monday. The president says the deal will boost economic growth and unite the country. “War is always more costly than…

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Who are the Farc? -Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia

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FARC (Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia): The Farc is the oldest and largest group among Colombia’s left-wing rebels and is one of the world’s richest guerrilla armies. The group’s roots can be traced back to the Liberal guerrilla bands of La Violencia – the civil war between the Liberal and Conservative parties that raged from 1948 until 1958. Farc became disillusioned with the leadership of the Liberal Party and turned to communism. One of the guerrilla bands was led by Manuel “Sureshot” Marulanda (his real name is Pedro Antonio Marin), who in…

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Poland’s ex-president Walesa ‘I would shoot’ Russian jets buzzing past US ships “

A Sukhoi Su-24 jet makes a low altitude pass by the USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) April 12, 2016

Poland’s former president and democracy icon Lech Walesa said he would not hesitate to “knock off the wing” of Russian jets if he were in charge of the US destroyer Donald Cook. “If I were the commander of this ship, if these [Russian] planes were flying I would shoot them. But not to kill. I would knock off the wing,” the Nobel Peace Prize recipient of 1983 told Radio Free Europe. Read more ‘Aggressive simulated attack’: Pentagon decries Russian jets zooming over USS Donald Cook (VIDEO) The interview, published Saturday,…

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‘Stay away from Russian borders or keep transponders on’: Russian MoD on US spy planes in Baltics

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  Russian Defense Ministry suggests US surveillance planes should either keep their distance from Russian borders while performing flights over the Baltic Sea, or at least keep aerial transponders switched on for identification. “There are two solutions for the US Air Force [operating in the Baltic Sea]: either do not fly near our borders, or turn on transponders for automatic identification by our radars,” Defense Ministry spokesman Major-General Igor Konashenkov said in an official statement on Saturday. The statement comes after a Russian fighter jet intercepted a US surveillance plane,…

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