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Colombia holds first peace talks with rebels in decade

Norway hosts first round, Cuba will host second

HURDAL, Norway — Colombia’s first peace talks in a decade were inaugurated half a world away on Thursday with a demonstration of just how differently the two sides view the nearly half-century-old conflict.

The Oslo talks were brief, symbolic, largely perfunctory, and held at a secret venue. They lasted seven hours and were followed by word that substantive talks will begin Nov. 15 in ­Havana, Cuba, and will first tackle ‘‘comprehensive agrarian development.’’

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