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Colombia ratifies peace deal with FARC rebels

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bloody half century of fighting comes to a close. Colombia's Congress passing a peace deal with FARC rebels, late on Wednesday, ending one of the world's longest running civil wars. The group's 7,000 fighters will now have half a year to hand over their weapons and leave their jungle camps.
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Not everyone is happy about the deal. In fact, the public rejected the first version in an October referendum. Critics say it goes too soft on the rebels by letting them run for office and promising them no jail time. But it's seen as a big win for president Juan Manuel Santos, who spent four years in on and off talks with the group's leaders, winning a Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts.
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Santos is now facing some anger, because although he had promised to present the revised deal to the public, he never did. That means he's likely to come up against push back as he rushes to get it implemented. Another big question, will the deal mean an end to Columbia's violent drug trade?
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The cocaine industry has funded FARC for decades, but experts say that even once they give that up, there are plenty of gangs and traffickers standing ready to pick up the slack.