Pro-Taliban militants in Pakistan (file photo)
Pro-Taliban militants in Pakistan (file photo)

BOGOTA — Colombia’s National Liberation Army (ELN) guerrilla group launched a unilateral temporary cease-fire on Sunday in the lead up to Christmas.
The cease-fire began at 00:00 local time (05:00 GMT), in keeping with the group’s Dec. 17 pledge to stop hostilities until after the New Year, on Jan. 3. (Colombia-ELN-Truce)
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PANDEGLANG, Indonesia — A devastating tsunami triggered by a volcanic eruption in Indonesia has killed 281 people and wounded 1,016 others along the coastal areas of Sunda Strait between Java and Sumatra islands, the national disaster agency said on Monday. (Indonesia-Tsunami-Death Toll)
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SEOUL — South Korea will hold a working-level discussion with the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) later this week on providing antiviral medication, Seoul’s unification ministry said Monday. (South Korea-DPRK-Working Group)
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SEOUL — Nuclear envoys of South Korea and Japan held talks Monday about the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) issues, according to Seoul’s foreign ministry. (South Korea-Japan-Talks)
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FAIZABAD, Afghanistan — A Taliban commander along with five of his fighters gave up fighting and joined the government-backed peace process in Darayem district of the northern Badakhshan province on Sunday, provincial government spokesman Nik Mohammad Nazari said Monday. (Afghanistan-Taliban-Peace) Enditem

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