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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...

2006-07-14 12:42:31

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...

2006-07-07 19:42:43

By Manuela Badawy BOGOTA, Colombia (Reuters) - Colombian police on Friday launched a program to monitor rebels and paramilitaries demobilized since 2003 in an effort to allay criticism of the government's disarmament campaign. The police program aims to check on at least 41,000 paramilitary and guerrilla fighters who have laid down arms as part of President Alvaro Uribe's efforts to coax illegal groups to end a four-decade conflict that has killed and displaced tens of thousands....

2006-07-05 01:21:59

By Manny Mogato MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippines government still hopes peace talks with the communists, stalled in 2004, will resume soon despite a renewed army offensive against the rebels, the president's peace adviser said on Wednesday. Norway has been brokering talks between Manila and the Netherlands-based communist leaders in an effort to end nearly 40 years of conflict that has killed more than 40,000 and hit business confidence in one of Southeast Asia's poorest states....

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...

2006-05-22 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...

2006-04-12 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...

2006-04-01 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...

2006-03-10 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...

2006-03-06 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...


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