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2006-09-04 13:09:36

By Hugh Bronstein BOGOTA, Colombia (Reuters) - Colombian rebels holding 62 hostages, including three Americans and former presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt, called on Monday for "face-to-face" talks with the government on a prisoner exchange. The move came less than a month into the second term of President Alvaro Uribe, a Washington ally popular for his crackdown on drug-running Marxist guerrillas who kidnapped French/Colombian citizen Betancourt during her 2002 campaign...

2006-08-23 14:39:43

PARIS (Reuters) - Colombia's largest rebel group is open to exchanging hostages for the release by the government of its guerrillas but plan is at a standstill, a spokesman for the rebels said in an interview released on Wednesday. Raul Reyes, the spokesman for the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, also said French-Colombian politician Ingrid Betancourt, who has been held hostage since February 2002, was well. "The plan for a humanitarian exchange is at a standstill," Reyes...

2006-08-15 19:45:59

By Patrick Markey BOGOTA, Colombia (Reuters) - Colombia's last major paramilitary chief, who spent a decade fighting leftist rebels in the jungle, on Tuesday demobilized his men and handed over his weapons as part of a peace deal with the government. More than 31,000 paramilitaries have disarmed in exchange for benefits including reduced prison terms for crimes such as torture and massacres as President Alvaro Uribe leads a security crackdown to end Colombia's four-decade conflict....

2006-08-07 17:22:26

By Patrick Markey BOGOTA, Colombia (Reuters) - Colombian President Alvaro Uribe began a second term on Monday promising to seek peace and more social investment without sacrificing the gains won through his hard-line stance against leftist guerrillas. In a region that has seen a rise of anti-U.S. sentiment, Uribe is a key Washington ally who won re-election in May after voters applauded him for reducing kidnappings and violence in a four-decade conflict with Marxist FARC rebels....

2006-08-07 13:42:16

By Patrick Markey BOGOTA, Colombia (Reuters) - Soldiers patrolled and helicopters clattered overhead in Bogota on Monday for the inauguration of Colombian President Alvaro Uribe, re-elected with a mandate to battle rebels and drive economic growth. Authorities sent thousands of troops onto the streets of the capital, where four years ago rebel rocket attacks killed 21 people during the key Washington ally's first inauguration. In a region that has seen a rise of populist, anti-U.S....

2006-08-04 10:09:28

By Hugh Bronstein BOGOTA, Colombia (Reuters) - Four police and a civilian were killed by a car bomb in the Colombian city of Cali on Friday, bringing to 29 the number of deaths blamed on leftist rebels ahead of Monday's presidential inauguration. The blast, labeled a terrorist attack by authorities, occurred in front of a police station. The civilian who died was seated in the car that exploded. Police said they did not know if he had a role in the bombing. Earlier this week, two...

2006-08-03 17:18:06

BOGOTA, Colombia (Reuters) - A Colombian rebel accused of kidnapping three Americans in 2003 was captured on Thursday after buying a car that police say he planned to use to bomb Monday's presidential inauguration. Victor Murcia, known as 'Chichico,' was arrested in a poor suburb of Bogota after buying a Chevrolet Sprint that police said he was going to pack full of explosives and detonate during the swearing in of President Alvaro Uribe. Two dozen Colombians, mostly soldiers, have...

2006-07-31 21:44:27

By Hugh Bronstein BOGOTA, Colombia (Reuters) - Fifteen soldiers were killed in a rebel ambush in northern Colombia and three more people died in other attacks on Monday, a week before President Alvaro Uribe starts his second term. An army patrol was ambushed with explosives near the town of Tibu in North Santander province near Venezuela, killing 15 of the 18-member unit, military officials said. Rebels grow coca in that part of the country, which is used to make the cocaine that...

2006-07-31 18:50:37

By Hugh Bronstein BOGOTA, Colombia (Reuters) - Fifteen soldiers were killed in a rebel ambush in northern Colombia on Monday and a Bogota car bomb killed a civilian, marking an increase in violence before President Alvaro Uribe starts his second term. An army patrol was ambushed with explosives near the town of Tibu in North Santander province near Venezuela, killing 15, the army said. In a separate incident hours earlier, the Bogota car bomb targeted a military convoy, injuring...

2006-07-14 17:13:35

By Hugh Bronstein BOGOTA, Colombia (Reuters) - Leftist Colombian rebels killed 10 civilians and took 170 hostage, authorities said on Friday, in a show of force before conservative President Alvaro Uribe starts his second term next month. In its biggest kidnapping operation in years, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, moved late on Thursday against the town of Riosucio in the northern province of Choco, near Panama. "The number of hostages is 170," Choco Gov. Julio...


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