Army suspends operations
The army has suspended operations in the country’s southwest, a military source said on Saturday, in a move reports said was meant to allow Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) leader Pablo Catatumbo to exit the country to attend peace talks in Cuba. “Yes, military operations have been suspended,” one military official said, without providing details, other than to confirm that the interruption in fighting had been ordered by top government officials. The government and the rebels are one week into a three-week break in their negotiations, although technical teams for both sides are continuing to hold talks. Reports said military operations were interrupted from Friday through yesterday in a large area between the provinces of Valle and Cauca.
Filmmaker’s death probed
Police are investigating the death of a young filmmaker who was sleeping rough while making a documentary about the homeless, they said on Saturday. The body of Lee Halpin, 26, was found in a derelict building in Newcastle on Wednesday, just three days after he began the project. Police said they had arrested two men, aged 26 and 30, in connection with his death. Both were later bailed. A postmortem into the cause of his death is due to be carried out tomorrow. Speaking on a YouTube video the night before he began sleeping rough on March 31, Halpin said he wanted to “interact with as many homeless people as possible and immerse myself in that lifestyle as deeply as I can.”