Colombia holds peace talks with ELN rebels
07 February 2017 | 8:50 am
Colombia's last active rebel group, the National Liberation Army, or ELN, has freed a hostage in a goodwill gesture ahead of peace talks with the government.
Former Colombia captain Freddy Rincon was in a critical condition with severe head injuries after being involved in a car crash in the city of Cali, the clinic where he was being treated said.
In an unexpected announcement, Prime Minister Patrick Achi and his Cabinet have tendered their resignation. The leader of Ivory Coast's government had held the job for a little over a year.
The government of Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett is on the verge of collapse. This comes after the Arab-Israeli Raam party threatened to leave the ruling coalition over recent clashes in Jerusalem. More than 150 Palestinians were injured in clashes with Israeli security forces. Bennett is now scrambling to hold his fractious coalition together. We take a closer look.
In a long-standing battle over maritime borders, the ICJ has reprimanded Colombia for violating Nicaragua's sovereign rights. Managua has already scored a major victory over Bogota at the court over the issue.
The Greek government condemns Vladimir Putin's attack on Ukraine — but the Greek people are divided where Moscow is concerned. Leftists revel in Soviet nostalgia, while conservatives embrace the shared Orthodox faith.
Saudi government bulldozes poor Jeddah neighbourhoods, and an online tool shares Ukrainian siren alerts
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A Colombian judge has rejected the attorney general's office's request to shelve a probe into former President Alvaro Uribe, who has been accused of witness tampering.
Black flags have been raised across the country as millions of workers go out on strike in Sri Lanka. President Gotabaya Rajapaksa continues to ignore calls for him to step down.
Hungary's government is "holding European Union decision makers hostage" by refusing to join an EU-wide embargo on Russian oil, according to Lithuania's foreign minister. This comes as EU leaders continue their efforts to gather support for a sixth sanctions package on Russia from all 27 EU member states. The government of PM Viktor Orban has claimed that an import ban on Russian oil would ruin the Hungarian economy. Lithuania's Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis tells FRANCE 24 that "Europe is weaker" as a result, and that he is "still hoping Budapest will be responsible in their decisions".
In 2020, Thai youth sparked the largest wave of anti-government protests since the 2014 military coup. But human rights activists say persecutions and systematic harassment have weakened the pro-democracy movement.
Over two thirds of young Colombians say their lives have got worse over the past year, which saw a fierce crackdown on anti-government protests in a country still recovering from five decades of conflict. Six years after the peace deal with the FARC rebels, many young people are backing the former mayor of Bogota, Gustavo Petro, in the May 29 presidential election. If he wins, Petro would become Colombia's first-ever leftist leader. In this special edition of Inside the Americas, we meet several young Colombians who are hoping for change.
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