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2006-07-12 02:14:21

By Hugh Bronstein BOGOTA, Colombia (Reuters) - Colombia's ambassador to the United States quit late on Tuesday over the nomination of disgraced former President Ernesto Samper as ambassador to France, an appointment opposed by Washington. Andres Pastrana, himself a former president, said he resigned rather than try to defend the nomination of Samper, whose presidency in the 1990s was overshadowed by allegations that his campaign was financed in part by cocaine smugglers. "The...

2006-07-11 19:18:58

BOGOTA, Colombia (Reuters) - Colombian soldiers killed at least 15 Marxist rebels in four separate clashes across the country on Tuesday, the army said. The fighting came as President Alvaro Uribe, popular for cracking down on the guerrillas, prepares to start his second term next month. The army said the dead rebels were from the 17,000-strong Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, which funds its four-decade-old war against the state through drug smuggling, kidnapping...

2006-06-28 18:51:46

By Hugh Bronstein BOGOTA, Colombia (Reuters) - Colombian soldiers killed the rebel leader overseeing a campaign to take over a central part of the country abandoned by right-wing militias who pulled out after peace talks, the army said on Wednesday. The guerrilla commander known as "Juan Carlos" was killed in a battle with government troops on Tuesday in the central province of Santander. He was on the 25-member military strategy committee of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of...

2006-06-01 18:19:19

BOGOTA, Colombia (Reuters) - Colombian President Alvaro Uribe's re-election is a victory for the United States, but it is illegitimate because of the low voter turnout, the country's main rebel group said on Thursday. Uribe, Washington's strongest ally in South America, won 62 percent of votes cast on Sunday, easily winning a second four-year term. But the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, said his mandate lacks credibility because of an abstention rate of about 55...

2006-05-29 08:58:22

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President George W. Bush congratulated Colombian President Alvaro Uribe on Monday for his sweeping re-election victory. Uribe, Washington's chief ally in a left-tilting region where the Bush administration is not popular, won a second four years in office with 62 percent of the vote on Sunday in Colombia's most peaceful election in years. A White House spokeswoman, Eryn Witcher, said Bush called Uribe "to congratulate him on his re-election and commend the...

2006-05-22 21:22:52

BOGOTA, Colombia (Reuters) - A Colombian army patrol accidentally killed 10 police officers engaged in an undercover operation in one of the country's worst "friendly fire" incidents, authorities said on Monday. A civilian was also shot dead by the army patrol. The deadly confusion just days before elections dealt a blow to President Alvaro Uribe who has led a military crackdown on left-wing FARC rebels, rightist paramilitary militia and the cocaine trade that illegal armed groups...

2006-04-21 21:27:36

By Hugh Bronstein BOGOTA, Colombia (Reuters) - At least six soldiers and 10 state security agents were killed in an ambush by leftist guerrillas in northeast Colombia on Thursday, as fighting increases ahead of May's presidential election. One of three soldiers wounded in the attack said the rebels began the assault by opening fire as the soldiers and security agents drove through mountains near the Venezuelan border. "We were on the road when we saw the guerrillas on the hillside...

2006-04-12 18:29:00

CARACAS, Venezuela (Reuters) - Colombia's second-largest rebel group believes a peace accord with President Alvaro Uribe is possible and would discuss an arms handover as part of broader negotiations, a commander said on Wednesday. The 5,000-strong leftist National Liberation Army, or ELN, recently held exploratory talks in Havana with the Colombian government, but came away with an agreement only to meet for talks again in April. Uribe, a conservative who looks set to be re-elected...

2006-04-03 17:32:07

By Hugh Bronstein BOGOTA, Colombia (Reuters) - A Colombian politician taken hostage more than four years ago by leftist rebels has had a child by one of her captors in a secret jungle prison camp, according to a book to be published on Tuesday. Colombian news programs were filled with reports about the baby boy on Monday, with commentators speculating about the effect the existence of a child might have on attempts to swap rebel hostages for guerrillas held in government jails. The...

2006-04-03 16:04:46

By Hugh Bronstein BOGOTA, Colombia (Reuters) - A Colombian politician taken hostage more than four years ago by leftist rebels has had a child by one of her captors in a secret jungle prison camp, according to a book to be published on Tuesday. Colombian news programs were filled with reports about the baby boy on Monday, with commentators speculating about the effect the existence of a child might have on attempts to swap rebel hostages for guerrillas held in government jails. The...


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vermicular
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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