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Colombian president, rebel FARC leader agree to historic deal

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Posted at 11:26 AM, Jun 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-23 13:26:00-04

HAVANA (AP) — Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and the head of the country's leftist FARC rebels have agreed on a cease-fire and rebel disarmament deal that moves the country to the brink of ending a 52-year war that has left more than 220,000 people dead.

At a ceremony in Havana attended Thursday by U.N. Secretary-General Ban-Ki Moon, a special U.S. envoy and the presidents of Cuba, Chile, Venezuela and other Latin American countries, Santos and FARC commander Rodrigo Londono, better known as Timochenko, listened to the reading of a deal laying out how 7,000 rebel fighters will demobilize and hand over their weapons once a peace accord is implemented.