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Colombian congress approves new peace deal with FARC rebels

On Wednesday, Colombia's congress ratified a revised peace deal with the FARC rebel group, ending more than 50 years of conflict that left at least 260,000 people dead.

In October, voters narrowly rejected a similar peace accord in a referendum; after the deal was modified, President Juan Manuel Santos decided it could this time be approved with a legislative vote. Under the historic peace deal, the leftist rebels will put their arms down and become part of the political process.