Colombian fighters lay down arms

Some 450 members of Colombia’s feared rightwing paramilitaries have disarmed en masse in a football field as part of the process to end the civil war.

Dressed in camouflage and wearing rubber boots, the United Self-Defence Forces (AUC) fighters sang the national anthem before surrendering weapons.

AUC negotiator Salvatore Mancuso said in a speech that the fighters were asking to be allowed back into society. Full Story

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