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The rebels’ chief negotiator, Ivan Marquez, says it is time for “clear proposals” from the government side. He also has outlined specific measures for agrarian reform, one of the main points of contention between the sides.

Talks began in October in Oslo and continued the following month in Havana.

The rebels have been fighting the Colombian government since the 1960s. The rebels’ cease-fire ends Sunday.


Indigenous squatters resist eviction

RIO DE JANEIRO — Police in riot gear surrounded a settlement of indigenous people next to Rio de Janeiro’s storied Maracana stadium Saturday, preparing to evict them as soon as an expected court order arrived.

The site commander, police Lt. Alex Melo, said officers were “waiting for the order, and understand it can come at any time.”

But the order still had not arrived after a tense, daylong standoff. Frightened residents wondered why law enforcement came without an order to enter, and federal public defenders who have worked on the protracted legal battle over the space tried to mediate.

The indigenous group includes men and women of about 10 ethnicities who have been squatting for years in 10 homes they built on the site of an old Indian Museum, abandoned since 1977.

The police arrived early in the morning and surrounded the compound.

By noon, the residents locked the main gate. As supporters arrived, the Indians lowered a wooden ladder over the brick wall surrounding the complex to let them in, later pulling the ladder back up.


Breast-feeding protest held at shopping mall

SAN JOSE — At least 50 mothers sat down in a mall’s fast-food area and breast-fed infants for nearly two hours Saturday in a protest against the shopping center’s dictate a week earlier telling a woman to stop nursing her daughter.

The action by Lincoln Square mall managers set off a furor on Costa Rican social media and even prompted a statement from the president — a reaction that seemed to shock the mall’s management, which quickly apologized for the incident and announced that breast-feeding would be allowed anywhere in the shopping center.

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