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ELN cease­fire: Colom­bia’s largest re­main­ing rebel group, the ELN (or Na­tional Lib­er­a­tion Army), has be­gun a tem­po­rary cease­fire – its first in half a cen­tury of in­sur­gency. The truce, which be­gan on Sun­day and is set to run un­til mid-jan­uary, fol­lows months of peace talks with Bo­gotá. Separately, the leader of a dis­si­dent Farc splin­ter group was killed by a Colom­bian air force at­tack in the prov­ince of Guaviare. Eu­clides Mora (a Farc alias) was kicked out of the rebel group last De­cem­ber for re­fus­ing to agree to the terms of its peace deal with Bo­gotá. Pres­i­dent Juan Manuel San­tos wrote on Twit­ter that the killing sent a clear mes­sage to any re­main­ing rogue Farc mem­bers: “Hand your­selves in or you’ll face prison or a grave.”

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