Colombians head to the polls Sunday to elect new legislators in a vote seen as a referendum on peace talks with leftist guerrillas and a bellwether for May's presidential election. Peace talks that President Jose Manuel Santos has held with the Marxist rebels have dominated political life in Colombia since they opened in late 2012 in Cuba. The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), Latin America's oldest insurgency, have been at war with the Colombian state for 50 years. That is essential for the peace process, which most Colombians support.
Hilla (Iraq) (AFP) - A suicide bomber detonated an explosives-rigged vehicle at a crowded checkpoint south of Baghdad on Sunday, killing 12 people and damaging dozens of cars, Iraqi police and a medical source said. Iraq has been hit by a year-long surge in bloodshed that has reached levels not seen since 2008, driven principally by widespread discontent among its Sunni Arab minority and by the civil war in neighbouring Syria. The checkpoint blast at the northern entrance to the city of Hilla also wounded 60 people. "Some of the victims were burned inside their cars," a police officer said.