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2005-10-11 13:29:00

By Jason Webb BOGOTA, Colombia (Reuters) - Marxist rebels have sent Colombians a violent message ahead of a court ruling on whether President Alvaro Uribe can run for reelection, by trying to kill one of his most prominent supporters. Sen. German Vargas Lleras escaped shaken but unhurt when a car bomb detonated just as his armor-plated SUV drove past it on a Bogota street on Monday night. Police said the most likely culprits were the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC,...

2005-09-12 14:29:27

BOGOTA, Colombia (Reuters) - Two men hijacked a small commercial airplane with about 25 people on board, including a congressman, on Monday and forced it to land at a military airport in Bogota, authorities said. The plane, owned by Colombian company Aires, was in flight from the town of Florencia in the province of Caqueta to Bogota when the hijackers seized control, threatening to blow it up with a bomb, Air Force Gen. Edgar Alfonso Lesmez told local media. "The only thing we know...

2005-09-12 13:35:55

BOGOTA, Colombia (Reuters) - A small commercial airplane with about 25 people on board was hijacked by two armed men on Monday and forced to make an emergency landing at a military airport in Bogota, Air Force Gen. Edgar Alfonso Lesmez told local media. The HK 4030 plane, owned by Colombian company Aires, was in flight from the town of Florencia in the province of Caqueta to Bogota when the hijackers seized control of the aircraft and demanded a meeting with human rights officials....

2005-08-20 09:12:45

BOGOTA, Colombia (Reuters) - Left-wing Colombian rebels apologized on Saturday for killing two Roman Catholic priests and two building workers in an ambush and said those responsible for the mistake would be punished. Guerrillas of the National Liberation Army killed Father Vicente Rosso Bayona and Father Ramon Emilio Mora in an ambush on Monday.as they drove down a mountain road in Norte de Santander province near Colombia's northwestern border with Venezuela. Workers Jose...

2005-08-18 18:17:16

By Carmel Crimmins and Paul Hoskins DUBLIN (Reuters) - Three IRA-linked fugitives from Colombian justice surrendered to Dublin police on Thursday, complicating the delicate Northern Ireland peace process and leaving the Irish government with a political dilemma. Police questioned the trio, who turned themselves in at three police stations this morning, for several hours. They have been on the run for eight months and were last year sentenced in absentia to 17 years in jail by a...

2005-08-18 16:28:36

By Carmel Crimmins and Paul Hoskins DUBLIN (Reuters) - Three IRA-linked fugitives from Colombian justice surrendered to Dublin police on Thursday, complicating the delicate Northern Ireland peace process and leaving the Irish government with a political dilemma. Police questioned the trio, who turned themselves in at three police stations this morning, for several hours. They have been on the run for eight months and were last year sentenced in absentia to 17 years in jail by a...

2005-08-04 16:07:46

By Patricia Wilson CRAWFORD, Texas (Reuters) - President Bush pledged on Thursday to sustain funding for Colombia's fight against drugs and violence even as a senior State Department official said Washington would like to reduce its anti-narcotics aid. As a close partner in the region, Colombian President Alvaro Uribe paid a coveted visit to the president's Texas ranch where the two leaders stood side by side on a barren patch of land outside Bush's new office under a blazing sun and...

2005-07-27 19:10:47

By Hugh Bronstein BOGOTA, Colombia (Reuters) - Colombia must aggressively prosecute human rights atrocities and ensure that right-wing paramilitaries who are guilty of murder are brought to justice, a top U.S. government official said on Wednesday. Nicholas Burns, U.S. under secretary of state for political affairs, told Reuters he expected "tough" implementation of the government's new law governing the disbandment of the country's violent, drug-running militias. "We think it has to be...

2005-07-15 19:42:09

By Hugh Bronstein BOGOTA, Colombia (Reuters) - Colombia's rebel-fighting president enjoys strong public support and his potential rivals are losing ground ahead of next year's election, a Gallup poll released on Friday said. President Alvaro Uribe has an approval rating of 69 percent, according to the telephone survey of 1,000 resident in Bogota, Medellin, Cali and Barranquilla. Former President Cesar Gaviria, who headed the Organization of American States for 10 years after his...

2005-07-08 22:29:51

BOGOTA, Colombia (Reuters) - Four feared Colombian paramilitary warlords said on Friday they would lay down their arms, raising hopes all far-right militias would disband under peace talks the government has been forced to defend. Ramon Isaza, Ramiro Vanoy, Pablo Mejia and Jorge 40 said in a communique their 4,000 fighters would demobilize as part of talks between the government and the outlaw United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia, known by its Spanish initials AUC. About 5,000 of the...