Colombia, FARC rebels vow to end 50-year war within six months

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Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and the top FARC rebel commander pledged on Wednesday to end their 50-year war within the next six months, sealing their pact with a handshake likely to stand as a lasting image in the South American nation. If successful, it would end a conflict that has killed 220,000 and displaced millions over half a century. A lasting peace would also mark a huge advance for one of Latin America’s star emerging economies and could deal a setback to illegal narcotics trafficking. Some FARC units have formed an alliance with drug cartels, exchanging protection for money.
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