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Ceasefire With FARC Rebels Front Page News In Colombia

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El Espectador — June 24, 2016

Colombian daily El Espectador featured an AK-47 assault rifle with the headline "Do not recycle" on the paper's front page on Friday. Rebels from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, signed a historic ceasefire deal with the government in the Latin American nation.

After more than 50 years of conflict that killed about 220,000 people and displaced millions, the guerilla group finally agreed to lay down their arms. Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and FARC commander Rodrigo "Timochenko" Londono signed an agreement in Cuba on Thursday during a ceremony attended by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon among other dignitaries.

"Colombia got used to living in conflict. We don't have even the slightest memories of what it means to live in peace," Santos said in Havana. "Today a new chapter opens, one that brings back peace and gives our children the possibility of not reliving history."

Peace negotiations have been ongoing since 2012. Santos said a final treaty could be signed next month.

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FOCUS: Russia-Ukraine War

How Putin Has Been Quietly Cleansing All Things Ukrainian From Russia

Russia's 2021 census showed a record drop in the number of Ukrainians living in Russia. But the cleansing of everything Ukrainian, including language and culture, started long before Putin's invasion.

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Protester at a anti-war rally in Hong Kong on Jan. 25

Sonya Savina

The 2021 Russian Population Census showed a record reduction in the number of Ukrainians living in Russia. The figure has halved since the last census just over a decade ago in 2010.

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While experts question the results of the census, the same trend has been recorded by a number of other studies, demographers, and representatives of the Ukrainian diaspora themselves.

Independent Russian news outlet Vazhnyye Istorii has revealed how the Russian authorities began the eradication of Ukrainian identity from citizens within Russia long before the full-scale invasion. Its origin goes back to the very beginning of Vladimir Putin's presidency.

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