In step toward resuming talks, FARC frees two captive Colombian soldiers
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In step toward resuming talks, FARC frees two captive Colombian soldiers

The first two of five rebel-held captives on whose release President Juan Manuel Santos has conditioned the resumption of peace talks have been released in northeastern Colombia.

The two soldiers taken captive two weeks ago during fighting between the army and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) were handed over Tuesday to a humanitarian mission led by the international Red Cross and representatives from Cuba and Norway.

Three other people taken captive in a separate incident, including an army general, are expected to be freed later this week.

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Santos last week suspended peace talks taking place in Cuba until the FARC releases the general and other captives.

Associated Press