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person Orange Themes access_time Nov 04,2016

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person Orange Themes access_time May 31,2017

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Colombia begins peace talks with ELN rebels to end 52-year war

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BOGOTA/QUITO (Reuters) - Colombia's Marxist ELN rebels began official peace talks with the government on Tuesday in a bid to end their part in a five-decade conflict that has killed hundreds of thousands of people, damaged the economy and left millions displaced.

The National Liberation Army (ELN), the nation's second-biggest rebel group, hopes to clinch an agreement similar to that negotiated last year with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), which allows the rebels to form a political party in exchange for laying down their arms.

The 2,000-strong ELN, considered a terrorist group by the United States and European Union, has extorted, bombed oil and electricity infrastructure and kidnapped hundreds of people over its 52 years to raise funds for the war and pressure the government.

Negotiations, hosted by Ecuador, were delayed from November pending the release of a politician the group held hostage for nearly 10 months.

"Fortunately today in Colombia we are trying to develop a political solution to the conflict," said ELN negotiator Pablo Beltran at the launch of talks outside Quito.

While the talks are independent from those conducted with the FARC, the agenda will cover similar issues, like political participation, disarmament and compensation for victims.

The government's chief negotiator Juan Camilo Restrepo said the two sides will remain "loyal" to the agenda and negotiate as quickly as possible.

"Peace is for all Colombians; it's peace for the region and a ray of hope for humanity. New generations, the victims of the conflict and the whole world are waiting for us to be wise and big enough to overcome this futile war," Restrepo said.

The government and the FARC signed a revised peace accord in late 2016 after four years of tricky negotiations and a failed referendum on the original deal.

President Juan Manuel Santos won the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to end the FARC conflict, but has been criticized for making a deal the opposition says is too lenient on the rebels.

The ELN, founded by radical Catholic priests and inspired by Cuba's 1959 revolution, has been in on-and-off preliminary talks with the government since 2014.

More than 220,000 people have been killed in Colombia's conflict.

Peace with the two rebel groups is unlikely to put a complete end to violence in a country also ravaged by drug trafficking, but could allow economic development in once off-limits areas and shift more resources to fight growing criminal gangs.

(Reporting by Helen Murphy in Bogota and Alexandra Valencia in Quito; Editing by Julia Symmes Cobb and James Dalgleish)

Russia, Turkey sign Syria flight safety agreement

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's defense ministry says it has signed an agreement with the Turkish army to ensure flight safety over war-torn Syria.The Russian defense ministry said in a statement on Thursday that the memorandum lays the groundwork for coordination between the two countries' air forces to "prevent accidents involving planes and drones" in Syrian air space.The ministry says a Turkish delegation traveled to Moscow to sign the agreement.Relations between Moscow and Ankara took a hit in 2015… chat_bubble_outline Read More...

Vietnam's health illiteracy hurts quality of care: experts

Doctors take care of patients at Ha Giang province’s General Hospital. (Photo: VNA) HCM City (VNA) – In Vietnam’s crowded public hospitals, patients only get one or two minutes with a doctor instead of 15-20, leading to inadequate health literacy and less effective treatment, according to a leading health researcher. Vo Van Thang, Head of the Institute of Community Health Research at the Hue University of Medicine and Pharmacy, told Vietnam News that doctors do not have time to learn about… chat_bubble_outline Read More...

China says it must act to deter Hong Kong separatism

BEIJING (AP) — China's top legislative panel has said Beijing must intervene in a Hong Kong political dispute to deter advocates of independence for the city, calling such acts a threat to national security.The official Xinhua News Agency reported late Saturday that the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress said Beijing could not afford to do nothing in the face of challenges in Hong Kong to China's authority.The dispute centers on a provocative display of anti-China sentiment by… chat_bubble_outline Read More...

Venezuela, opposition agree to hold talks

Caracas (AFP) - Venezuela's government and opposition leaders will meet Sunday in a bid to open a dialogue about the country's deepening political crisis, both sides announced.An agreement to hold talks was reached Saturday at a regional summit in Cartagena, Colombia. A representative from the Vatican will also take part, officials said."A process of dialogue is being established with opposition groups," Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez said in a speech during the Ibero-American Summit in… chat_bubble_outline Read More...

Ho Chi Minh City seeking more US investors: Party chief

Ho Chi Minh City is always ready to welcome American investors and businesses, Dinh La Thang, secretary of the municipal Party Committee, told U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam Ted Osius on Thursday. Thang does not mind if he has to “welcome friends, businesses, and investors from the U.S. on a daily basis,” no matter how many, he told the ambassador at a reception. He hopes that Ambassador Osius will help encourage American businesses to come to Ho Chi Minh City, elevating the U.S. to the role of… chat_bubble_outline Read More...

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