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2005-12-18 19:59:17

By Jason Webb BOGOTA, Colombia (Reuters) - Colombian rebels killed eight police officers and captured at least 30 others at a remote jungle station on Saturday in what appears to be one of the biggest blows against the security forces in years, the police said on Sunday. The scale of Saturday's attack by hundreds of members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia became clear on Sunday when police and army reinforcements reached the Afro-Colombian town of San Marino in a rain...

2005-12-17 20:51:53

BOGOTA, Colombia (Reuters) - Colombian Marxist rebels killed at least five police officers during a night-time attack on their station in an isolated jungle town in the country's north early on Saturday, police said. Suspected members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, also captured some police officers and took them away after the attack which began hours before dawn on the town of San Marino, witnesses said. One man from the town told Colombian television the...

2005-12-17 11:04:54

By Hugh Bronstein BOGOTA, Colombia (Reuters) - Colombia slammed the United States for interfering in the country's internal affairs after U.S. Ambassador William Wood said he was worried that far-right paramilitaries may interfere in upcoming elections. Wood said on Friday that illegal paramilitary militias exerted improper pressure in 2003 local elections and he hoped the government will punish those who try to do the same in 2006, when Colombia holds legislative and presidential...

2005-12-13 22:18:42

By Jason Webb BOGOTA, Colombia (Reuters) - Colombia is prepared to withdraw troops from around a small mountain town if necessary to negotiate with Marxist rebels for the freedom of dozens of hostages held for as long as seven years, the government said on Tuesday. President Alvaro Uribe said he accepted the proposal by France, Spain and Switzerland to break a deadlock with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia over starting talks on freeing jailed rebels in return for the 63...

2005-12-13 21:36:30

BOGOTA, Colombia (Reuters) - Colombia is prepared to withdraw troops from around a small mountain town in order to negotiate with Marxist rebels about a possible deal to free 63 hostages, the government said on Tuesday. President Alvaro Uribe said he accepted the proposal by France, Spain and Switzerland to break a deadlock with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia over starting talks on a deal to free jailed rebels in return for the hostages, who include a former presidential...

2005-11-15 14:32:54

By Adam Entous WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Bush administration will provide up to $20 million this year to help Colombia disarm and re-train former members of groups on the State Department's terrorism list, a move that could have implications for the broader U.S. war on terrorism. Without fanfare or comment on the decision, President George W. Bush on Monday night signed into law legislation allowing U.S. assistance in disarming and demobilizing former members of the United...

2005-10-25 18:08:54

BOGOTA, Colombia (Reuters) - Colombia's largest rebel group on Tuesday denied police accusations it had carried out a recent bomb attack against a top Senate ally of President Alvaro Uribe, saying it was the work of politicians linked to right-wing paramilitary drug smugglers. "Big crimes have big accomplices," said a statement issued by the leftist Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, which the police blamed for the October 10 car bomb attack on Sen. German Vargas...

2005-10-19 21:32:06

By Jason Webb BOGOTA, Colombia (Reuters) - Colombia's Constitutional Court on Wednesday approved a law allowing presidents to serve more than one term, but popular incumbent Alvaro Uribe was still awaiting a second court ruling to learn if he could run in next May's election. Magistrates rejected complaints of irregularities during the passage through Congress of a law to allow presidents a maximum of two terms, which was approved late last year, the court's president, Manuel Jose...

2005-10-12 16:23:39

By Hugh Bronstein BOGOTA, Colombia (Reuters) - Colombia's armed forces went on alert on Wednesday against rebel attacks and protesters took to the streets as the nation awaited a court ruling on whether President Alvaro Uribe can seek re-election. The alert announced by the head of the army came after soldiers seized 155 pounds (70 kg) of explosives near the capital, Bogota, a day after mortars were found pointed at the presidential palace and two days after a key Uribe ally...

2005-10-12 01:15:03

BOGOTA, Colombia (Reuters) - Colombian police dismantled grenade launchers pointed at the presidential palace late on Tuesday that they said rebels had placed there, a day after one of the president's top congressional allies survived a car bombing. Tipped off by neighbors, police found eight grenades and launchers in a working class area of central Bogota from which the rebels fired similar explosives at President Alvaro Uribe's inauguration in 2002 that killed 21 people. "The...


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mundungus
  • A stinking tobacco.
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This word comes from the Spanish 'mondongo,' tripe, entrails.