Colombian Leaders Try To Revive Peace Deal After Referendum Defeat
Political leaders in Colombia are looking for a way forward after voters unexpectedly rejected a peace deal with leftist FARC rebels that would have ended a 52-year-old war.
President Juan Manuel Santos plans to meet Monday with all political parties and has ordered his negotiators to return to Havana, Cuba, where four years of peace talks had taken place.
Voters narrowly rejected the deal 50.2 percent to 49.7, or by a margin of just 54,000 votes. Public opinion polls going into Sunday's voting forecast the referendum would pass by a two-to-one margin.
Santos and rebel leaders are vowing to push ahead with the peace process, though it is unclear how they can save the deal since there appears to be no plan B.
Airstrike Kills Senior Al-Qaida Leader in Syria
An airstrike Monday killed a senior leader in the Syrian Islamist group that split from al-Qaida earlier this year.
Jabhat Fatah al-Sham, the group formally known as Jabhat al-Nusra, said Abu al-Farai al-Masri was killed when his vehicle was struck in the northwestern Idlib province.
The U.S. military says it carried out an airstrike in the area targeting Masri, but that officials were still assessing the results.
Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook said the Egyptian national Masri had ties to former al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden, who was killed by U.S. special forces in Pakistan in 2011. Masri was also a companion of now-deceased al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahri.
"His death, if confirmed, would disrupt and degrade coordination among senior AQ leaders and extremists," Cook said in a statement.