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Colombia readies for conflict-ending cease-fire

Children walk along a street near a white flag on August 26, 2016, in San Miguel, Tolima department, Colombia, one of the 22 areas where FARC former rebels will be relocated after the signing of a peace accordColombia readied for a rendezvous with history at midnight Sunday when the guns fall silent in a 52-year-old war between the state and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, the South American country’s largest leftist rebel group. “The end of the conflict has arrived!” President Juan Manuel Santos exulted on his Twitter account Friday after signing a decree to halt military operations against the FARC, as the rebel group is known. The measure goes into effect at midnight (0500 GMT), five days after the conclusion of peace negotiations that have been underway in Havana since November 2012.

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