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Colombia and FARC rebels reach historic peace agreement


The Colombian government and the FARC rebel group have reached a historic peace agreement, putting an end to more than five decades of conflict.

The conflict has killed an estimated 220,000 people and displaced millions.

A brief history of FARC

  • FARCRevolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia
  • FARC rebels have been fighting the government since 1964
  • The group has about 6,000 to 7,000 rebels in its ranks
  • More than seven million registered victims

The left-wing rebels have been fighting Colombian government since 1964.

It is the longest-running conflict in Latin America.

Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos will now need Congressional approval to hold a popular vote to endorse the terms of the deal.

A vote is expected to take place in October.

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