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Colombia government, rebels sign revised peace agreement

FARC leader Luis Alberto Alban spoke to media members outside the Teatro Colon in Bogota, Colombia, on Wednesday. EPA

BOGOTA, Colombia — Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos has signed a new peace agreement with the country’s largest rebel movement, aiming to end a half century of hostilities.

Santos and Rodrigo Londono of leader of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, signed the 310-page accord at Bogota’s historic Colon Theater. It comes nearly two months after the original deal was rejected in a referendum.

Thursday’s hastily-organized ceremony is a far more modest and somber event than the one in September where the two men signed an accord in front of an audience of foreign leaders and United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon.