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FILE - In this Sept. 23, 2015 file photo, Cuba's President Raul Castro, center, stands with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, left, and Commander the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia or FARC, Timoleon Jimenez , in Havana, Cuba. Negotiators for Colombia’s government and leftist rebels are putting the final touches on a historic peace deal that they hope to announce in the coming hours. Several government negotiators told local news media on Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016, that all major obstacles to a deal have been cleared up in around-the-clock sessions taking place in Cuba. (AP Photo/Desmond Boylan, File)

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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