News Wire | August 4, 2023 Archive

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Colombia and Rebel Group Begin Cease-Fire After Decades of Combat

By Genevieve Glatsky | The New York Times

A cease-fire between the Colombian government and the country’s largest remaining rebel group took effect on Thursday, the longest halt to hostilities the group has agreed to and a milestone in efforts to end the country’s 60-year internal conflict, which has killed roughly 450,000 people.

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UN Bodies Call for Urgent Action Over Panama’s Darién Gap Migration Route

By Luke Taylor | The Guardian

The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) have called for urgent intervention in the Darién Gap to prevent a further escalation of a humanitarian crisis as new figures showed that record numbers of people are risking their lives to cross the lawless 100-mile stretch of rainforest between Panama and Colombia.

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