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Colombia

The Colombian government announced on Monday initial agreements to combat illegal mining in Cauca province, four days after Afro-Colombian women from the region took over the Interior Ministry to protest illegal mining operations in their communities.

This week's likely top stories: Global leaders gather in Lima for the COP20 Climate Summit; Tabaré Vázquez wins the runoff presidential election in Uruguay; With FARC hostages released, Colombian peace talks are set to resume in Havana; Venezuela braces for impact as oil prices hit rock bottom; Cuba misses the mark on economic growth in 2014.

FARC delegates in Havana released two hostages today in an apparent effort to revive peace talks suspended since last week.

Ojalá este plagio no solo no tire por la borda los esfuerzos de dos años, sino que sea una excusa para debatir, en serio, cuál es el rol que los militares están dispuestos a jugar en el terreno de la paz.

The United States Treasury accused Medellin-based soccer club Envigado of laundering money for a drug trafficking group this Wednesday.

This week's likely top stories: Colombia’s peace talks suspended over kidnapping; U.S. will grant refugee status to select minors from Central America; Brazilian police arrest 27 in Petrobras corruption scandal; Cruise ship tourism is booming in Cuba; Pemex invests millions in hydrocarbon production and exploration.

This week's likely top stories: Brazil’s military launches training operation in Amazon; Mexico cancels high-speed rail contract to Chinese-led consortium; Indigenous court in Colombia convicts seven FARC members; AT&T purchases Iusacell; Mexico erupts in protests over reported discovery of remains of the 43 missing students.

The negotiated end to Colombia's armed conflict must appease all sides: the government and the FARC, as well as a skeptical and resistant citizenry.

Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) will travel to Colombia today for a two-day meeting with Colombian government officials, businesses and civil society organizations to discuss security, trade and human trafficking, his office said Tuesday.

What the last 10 years of disarmament have taught policymakers.

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