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Colombia peace accord wins Senate approval

Colombian High Commissioner for Peace, Sergio Jaramillo, speaks at the Colombian Senate in BogotaColombia’s Senate has approved a revised peace accord between the government and the FARC rebel group, taking a first step toward ratifying an agreement that was rejected by voters. The text, which was renegotiated after an earlier version was given a thumbs down in the October 2 national referendum, now must be approved by the lower house of the Colombian Congress. Members of the Centro Democratico, the right-wing party that has led the opposition to a peace deal, walked out of the Senate in protest before Tuesday night’s vote.

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