**Colombian Government, Rebels to Begin New Round of Peace Talks **
Colombia's president says he has begun negotiations with the country's main rebel group to bring an end to nearly five decades of war.
Juan Manuel Santos announced the peace talks with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, better known as FARC, during a nationally televised address Monday. News outlets reported earlier Monday that the the two sides had agreed to begin holding talks in Oslo, Norway, in October.
Mr. Santos says the negotiations must lead to a peace deal and that military operations will continue during the talks. He also mentioned that Colombia's second-biggest rebel group, the National Liberation Army, or ELN, has expressed a desire to participate in the negotiations.
FARC has yet to react to the Santos announcement.
The last negotiations between the government and FARC collapsed in 2002, as the guerillas increased their ranks and turned to drug trafficking.
*Deadly Car Bomb Rocks Kandahar *
A car bomb has exploded in Afghanistan's second-largest city, Kandahar, killing at least one person and wounding at least 14 others.
Local authorities say Monday's car bomb appeared to target Kandahar's police chief, Abdul Razaq, who was driving by in his car at the time of the attack. He escaped unhurt.
The attack comes after officials in southern Afghanistan said Taliban insurgents beheaded 17 Afghan civilians, including two women. Afghanistan's Interior Ministry says the civilians were killed late Sunday in the Kajaki district of Helmand province.
There are conflicting reports about the reasons for the killings. Earlier, Afghan officials said the Taliban attacked a late-night party because insurgents disapprove of music and dancing. But Helmand's governor said the killings followed a long-standing feud between two Taliban commanders over the two women.