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September 01, 2017
Colombia rebels reborn as 'revolutionary' party
Bogota (AFP) Aug 31, 2017
Colombia's FARC former guerrilla group re-launches itself Friday as the Common Alternative Revolutionary Force, sealing its transformation into a leftist political party following its disarmament after a half-century civil conflict. The name controversially retains the same acronym and the revolutionary spirit of the communist guerrilla group, which fought a bloody 52-year campaign against the state before signing a peace deal last year. The party will hold a formal launch ceremony on Friday on ... read more

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Children dead in new air strike on Yemen capital
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