Connect with us


Colombian leader to receive Nobel Peace Prize



Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, Nobel Peace Prize, Pastora Mira Garcia, Fabiola Perdomo
Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, Nobel Peace Prize, Pastora Mira Garcia, Fabiola Perdomo

Juan Manuel Santos

Bogota: Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos travelled to Norway to receive the Nobel Peace Prize, together with representatives of the thousands of victims of the country’s half-century conflict, the media reported on Friday. Santos on Thursday invited “some 40 people, many of them close friends and relatives, but also (peace) negotiators and about 10 representatives of the victims of the conflict”, Xinhua news agency reported. “I will accept the Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of all Colombians, but especially the victims of the conflict,” Santos said.

Among those accompanying the President were Pastora Mira Garcia, a community activist who lost much of her family and still helped both the victims and those fighting the civil war, Leiner Palacios, a survivor of massacre, Fabiola Perdomo, a widow of a deputy who was kidnapped and killed by the rebels, and Ingrid Betancourt, a former presidential candidate and high-profile kidnapped victim.

According to the presidency, besides her personal pains, “Mira’s struggle for others, her social activism, her infinite capacity for forgiveness and reconciliation (to the point of providing shelter and first aid to the attacker of one of her relatives)… make her stand out among those invited to the Nobel” ceremony.

Santos was awarded the Nobel prize for his role in the peace process to end the decades long civil war in Colombia. He and the leader of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, Rodrigo Londono, signed a revised peace agreement in November, in efforts to end the country’s half-century conflict, which has left 220,000 people dead, and millions of people homeless.

Top News

20 killed in Turkey earthquake




Ankara: At least 20 people were killed and 1,015 others injured after a massive earthquake measuring 6.8 on the Richter scale jolted eastern Turkey, authorities said on Saturday.

The quake hit the Elazig province at 8.55 p.m. on Friday night, with its epicentre in Sivrice district, along with neighbouring provinces and countries including Syria and Georgia, reports Anadolu News Agency.

The Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency (AFAD) said that most of the injured were reported in Elazig (560).

The search and rescue operations were continuing and the death toll could rise, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca told reporters on Saturday.

Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said the injured were transferred to hospitals and facilities have been opened to serve those who have been affected.

The AFAD said 118 aftershocks, with magnitudes ranging from 2.7 to 5.4, were felt following the initial temblor.

National Defence Minister Hulusi Akar said the army was ready to step into action if necessary.

The quake was also felt in other provinces including Adana, Osmaniye, Tunceli and Hatay, said Anadolu News Agency.

In addition, northern Syrian regions including Idlib, Azaz, Al-Bab, Jarabulus, Afrin and Tal Abyad also felt the tremors.

This is not the first quake to hit Turkey in 2020.

A 5.4-magnitude quake jolted western province of Manisa on Wednesday, while Ankara was rattled by a 4.5-magnitude temblor on Thursday.

A total of 51 people were killed in 2010 when a 6.0-magnitude quake had hit Elazig province.

Continue Reading