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2006-04-01 17:07:57

BOGOTA, Colombia (Reuters) - Colombian troops killed 22 Marxist rebels on Saturday in an offensive aimed at preventing guerrilla attacks during campaigning for the May presidential election, the army said. The army killed 14 members of the country's largest rebel group, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, which is known by its Spanish initials FARC, and 8 members of the National Liberation Army, or ELN, army spokesmen said. The fighting took place in six different regions of...

2006-03-25 21:54:47

By Hugh Bronstein BOGOTA, Colombia (Reuters) - Colombian rebels on Saturday released two police officers taken hostage last year -- a move analysts said was aimed at helping one of President Alvaro Uribe's little-known rivals in the May election. Authorities said the officers were freed in the southern province of Putumayo. Presidential candidate Alvaro Leyva has said in recent weeks he had requested their release and promised to jump-start peace talks with the leftist rebels if...

2006-03-12 23:33:21

By Hugh Bronstein BOGOTA, Colombia (Reuters) - Colombian President Alvaro Uribe appeared to have strengthened his grip on Congress in elections on Sunday, setting the stage for passage of a U.S. free trade deal and a toughening of security policy. With more than 80 percent of the votes of the legislative election counted, preliminary results showed a coalition of parties loyal to the 53-year-old lawyer on course to secure majorities in both houses of Congress. Uribe, a favorite of...

2006-03-12 20:07:26

By Hugh Bronstein BOGOTA, Colombia (Reuters) - Colombians went to the polls on Sunday, despite fear of rebel violence, to elect a new Congress that will determine the government's success in implementing a U.S. free trade deal and other reforms. President Alvaro Uribe, popular for reducing crime as part of his crackdown on drug-running leftist guerrillas, is expected to win re-election in May and carry on his tough, Washington-backed, military and pro-market economic policies. He...

2006-03-12 13:02:34

By Hugh Bronstein BOGOTA, Colombia (Reuters) - Colombians went to the polls on Sunday despite fear of rebel violence to elect a new Congress that will rule on legislation pushed by President Alvaro Uribe such as a U.S. free trade deal and other measures. Popular for reducing crime as part of his crackdown on drug-running leftist guerrillas, Uribe is expected to win re-election in May and carry on his tough, Washington-backed, military policies. He urged his countrymen to vote...

2006-03-11 14:27:13

By Hugh Bronstein BOGOTA, Colombia (Reuters) - U.S. investigators are examining remains in a mass grave in Colombia to determine whether they are that of three Americans captured by rebels during a 2003 anti-drug mission, authorities said on Saturday. An informant tipped off the Colombian army in September that the U.S. citizens may be among nine bodies in a mass grave in the central province of Tolima, a Colombian military intelligence official said. But the grave has only now been...

2006-03-10 17:58:03

By Hugh Bronstein BOGOTA, Colombia (Reuters) - The last large Colombian right-wing paramilitary force gave up its guns on Friday, as part of a peace deal negotiated with the government. Rodrigo Tovar, alias "Jorge 40," the paramilitary leader on Colombia's Caribbean coast, led 2,500 of his troops in the demobilization ceremony. About 28,000 rightist fighters have accepted the government's offer of reduced jail terms for crimes such as massacre, torture and cocaine smuggling. The...

2006-03-07 17:07:58

BOGOTA, Colombia (Reuters) - Seventy members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia handed in their arms and light aircraft to the government on Tuesday in the biggest rebel defection since President Alvaro Uribe took office in 2002. Uribe's big lead in polls ahead of his May 28 re-election bid is largely due to his military action against the 17,000-strong rebel group known by its Spanish initials FARC. He announced the agreement by the 70 rebels at a ceremony in Bogota....

2006-03-06 16:54:48

By Hugh Bronstein BOGOTA, Colombia (Reuters) - Colombian rebels killed three civilians with a bomb intended for soldiers on Monday, the latest in a series of attacks President Alvaro Uribe called a "cowardly" attempt to erode his support ahead of elections. The bomb blew up a house, killing a 8-year-old boy and two women nearby and injuring three soldiers in the southern jungle province of Caqueta. The blast came a day after the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, made...

2006-03-01 14:52:13

By Hugh Bronstein BOGOTA, Colombia (Reuters) - President Alvaro Uribe, popular for improving security in Colombia's cities, launched his re-election bid on Wednesday promising to defeat Marxist rebels who still hold sway in much of the countryside. "The snake is still alive," Uribe said on local radio, referring to the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, which controls many rural areas and this week killed nine town council members in the southwest province of Huila....


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