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2008-07-04 00:00:08

By The Associated Press BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) - Colombian spies tricked leftist rebels into handing over kidnapped presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt and three U.S. military contractors Wednesday in a daring helicopter rescue so successful that not a single shot was fired. Betancourt, who was seized on the campaign trail six long years ago, appeared thin but healthy as she strode down the stairs of a military plane and held her mother in a long embrace. She said she still aspires to...

2008-07-03 21:00:08

BOGOTA, Colombia _ Ingrid Betancourt went from jungle captive to national heroine within a dizzying 24 hours, as Colombians hailed the newly freed hostage Thursday for her courage and her every public move was carried live on television. Betancourt, a 46-year-old former senator and presidential candidate, had an emotional reunion with her 19-year-old son and 22-year-old daughter Thursday. She hugged and kissed them for the first time since she was kidnapped more than six years ago, moments...

2008-07-03 21:00:02

BOGOTA, Colombia _ The final stages of Operation Check-Mate began early Wednesday morning as the guerrilla group the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia gathered 15 of their most valuable hostages in an isolated forest of the southern province of Guaviare. The guerrillas planned to transport their hostages, who included former Colombian presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt, by helicopter to their new leader, Alfonso Cano, who was waiting at a hidden site. A white helicopter with...

2008-07-03 15:00:03

By FRANK BAJAK, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS BOGOT, Colombia Colombian spies tricked leftist rebels into handing over kidnapped presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt and three U.S. military contractors Wednesday in a daring helicopter rescue so successful that not a single shot was fired. Betancourt, who was seized on the campaign trail six years ago, appeared thin but healthy as she strode down the stairs of a military plane and held her mother in a long embrace. "Thank you for your...

2008-07-03 15:00:03

Freed Colombian hostage Ingrid Betancourt Thursday was met by her children who she had not seen during six years as a captive of leftist rebels. Betancourt, a one-time presidential candidate who was captured in 2002 by rebels of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, expressed joy at the sight of her two grown children, El Tiempo reported online. Betancourt, 46, also recounted how Colombian forces dressed as FARC rebels duped her captors into transporting her and 14 other...

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2008-07-03 12:05:00

In a daring rescue Wednesday, the Colombian military freed 15 hostages held for years by leftist guerrillas, including Ingrid Betancourt, the former Colombian presidential candidate, three Floridians working under a U.S. Defense Department contract, and 11 Colombian military and police. Defense Minister Juan Manuel Santos said military spies tricked rebels from the 44-year-old Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, into freeing the hostages, one held for a decade, without a single...

2008-07-03 12:00:04

By Kate Nash, The Santa Fe New Mexican Jul. 3--Just last week, Gov. Bill Richardson said he planned to return to Colombia to try to negotiate the release of three U.S. citizens being held by Colombian rebels. But the Colombian military has saved him a trip, securing the release of three Americans and 11 Colombians on Wednesday in an apparent trick on the rebels holding the hostages. The Associated Press reported that military contractors Marc Gonsalves, Thomas Howes and Keith...

2008-07-03 09:00:27

Colombian soldiers disguised as members of a non-governmental organisation hoodwinked a guerrilla leader into allowing Ms Betancourt and three US hostages to board a helicopter to freedom, according to Colombia's Defence Minister. A former Colombian presidential candidate and a French citizen through marriage, Ms Betancourt, 46, was reported yesterday to be in reasonable health despite the hardships of the malarial jungle. During her years of captivity she was routinely chained and forced...

2008-07-03 09:00:09

Ms Betancourt was abducted while campaigning for the country's presidency six years ago.She was freed yesterday along with three US military contractors and 11 Colombian police and soldiers who were also being held hostage the rebels.Officials say military spies managed to infiltrate the guerrillas and convince a local commander that they were taking the hostages to FARC leader Alfonso Cano.Instead, they transported the 15 captives to an area where two military helicopters were waiting to...

2008-07-03 09:00:09

By Frank Bajak Associated Press BOGOTA, Colombia -- Colombian spies tricked leftist rebels into handing over kidnapped presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt and three U.S. military contractors Wednesday in a daring helicopter rescue so successful that not a single shot was fired. Betancourt, who was seized on the campaign trail six years ago, appeared thin but surprisingly healthy as she strode down the stairs of a military plane and held her mother in a long embrace. She said she...


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