Juan Manuel Santos, president of Colombia and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize believes there is no need for a second referendum. Objections made by the peace deal's opponents were taken into account and congress approved a revised deal.
Chancellor Angela Merkel has received the "Lamp of Peace," a Catholic award for seeking the peaceful coexistence of peoples. Also visiting Assisi, Italy, was its last recipient, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos.
A right-wing opponent to the peace deal will face off against a leftist former mayor for the Colombian presidency in May. The primaries were held alongside legislative elections which allowed former rebels to stand.
Seuxis Hernandez Solarte, a key FARC rebel group negotiator in the Colombian peace agreement of 2016, was set to become a member of the country's parliament. Now the former guerrilla member may be extradited to the US.
President Lenin Moreno confirmed the deaths when the deadline ended after the kidnappers failed to show the press workers were still alive. The president promised a "devastating" military response.
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