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Oct 19, 2012

Land restitution law undermines rebels – Colombia’s Santos

BOGOTA (Reuters) – Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos on Friday defended his signature law that returns land seized by illegal armed groups to peasants after leftist rebels assailed the measure at the start of peace talks.

Negotiations to end five decades of war started out bumpy this week when Ivan Marquez, lead negotiator for the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, called Santos’ restitution law a “trap.

Oct 19, 2012

Colombia’s Santos: Land restitution law undermines rebels

BOGOTA (Reuters) – Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos on Friday defended his signature law that returns land seized by illegal armed groups to peasants after leftist rebels assailed the measure at the start of peace talks.

Negotiations to end five decades of war started out bumpy this week when Ivan Marquez, lead negotiator for the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, called Santos’ restitution law a “trap.

Oct 15, 2012

Colombia, FARC delay arrival for peace talks in Norway

OSLO/BOGOTA (Reuters) – Colombian government negotiators and Marxist rebels have delayed their departure for peace talks in Norway aimed at ending nearly half a century of conflict but still plan to arrive in time for their only publicly scheduled event on Wednesday, Norway said.

Colombian officials, expected to have arrived in Norway over the weekend, will not come until Tuesday because of “logistical difficulties”, a Norwegian government spokeswoman said.

Oct 14, 2012

Colombia tries peace talks with FARC rebels to end long conflict

BOGOTA (Reuters) – Colombia’s government and Marxist rebels will sit down this week to start peace talks aimed at ending nearly half a century of conflict after a 10-year military offensive against the guerrillas failed to deliver a coup de grace.

President Juan Manuel Santos is attempting what many other leaders have tried but failed to do in the past – reach a negotiated deal with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and bring peace to Latin America’s No. 4 economy.

Oct 11, 2012

Colombia hopes to boost oil reserves to 41 bln barrels by 2030

BOGOTA, Oct 11 (Reuters) – Colombia, Latin America’s
fourth-largest oil producer, h opes for a 20-fold increase in oil
reserves to 41 billion barrels by 2030 in the best case
scenario, o r at least to 7.7 billion barrels in the worst case,
the energy minister said on Thursday.

Oil output in Colombia has taken off over the last decade on
the back of improved security, better fiscal terms and
investment in heavy oil deposits, but the country has struggled
to expand its proven reserves, currently at more than 2.2
billion barrels of oil and 5.4 trillion cubic feet of gas.

Oct 3, 2012

Colombia’s Santos recovering from successful cancer surgery

BOGOTA (Reuters) – Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos’ surgery for non-aggressive prostate cancer was successful and the 61-year-old is recovering in the hospital, his medical team said on Wednesday.

Midway through his four-year term, Santos surprised the Andean nation on Monday by announcing that doctors had discovered a cancerous growth. He said the disease had been caught in time and there was minimal risk.

Oct 2, 2012

Colombia’s Santos to spend two-three days in hospital after cancer surgery

BOGOTA (Reuters) – Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos will spend two or three days in the hospital after surgery for non-aggressive prostate cancer, his doctor said on Tuesday, a day before the 61-year-old was scheduled for the operation.

Midway through his four-year term, Santos surprised the Andean nation on Monday night when he announced doctors had discovered a cancerous growth, but the disease had been caught in time and there was minimal risk.

Oct 2, 2012

Colombia’s Santos to spend 2-3 days in hospital after cancer surgery

BOGOTA, Oct 2 (Reuters) – Colombian President Juan Manuel
Santos will spend two or three days in the hospital after
surgery for non-aggressive prostate cancer, his doctor said on
Tuesday, a day before the 61-year-old was scheduled for the
operation.

Midway through his four-year term, Santos surprised the
Andean nation on Monday night when he announced doctors had
discovered a cancerous growth, but the disease had been caught
in time and there was minimal risk.

Oct 2, 2012

Colombian president to have surgery for prostate cancer

BOGOTA (Reuters) – Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said on Monday he would undergo surgery for a non-aggressive prostate cancer in a health scare that seemed unlikely to derail his government’s imminent talks with Marxist rebels to end decades of war.

Santos, 61, said the tumor was discovered as part of a routine checkup and will be removed on Wednesday.

Oct 2, 2012

Colombian president to have prostate cancer surgery

BOGOTA (Reuters) – Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said on Monday he would undergo surgery for a non-aggressive prostate cancer in a health scare that seemed unlikely to derail his government’s imminent talks with Marxist rebels to end decades of war.

Santos, 61, said the tumor was discovered as part of a routine checkup and will be removed on Wednesday.

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      "Jack covers commodities, economics and politics in Colombia. He joined Reuters in 2006 and has since worked throughout east Africa including Kenya, Eritrea, Sudan, Somalia and Uganda. He has also done stints in Iraq."
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