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2006-05-15 08:42:09

By Ed Cropley NEAR THE SALWEEN RIVER, Myanmar (Reuters) - Ta Kler Too was two weeks old when he had to go through his first minefield. Born on the run from the army in the jungles of eastern Myanmar, he and his family -- all ethnic Karen -- are now in the relative security of a makeshift refugee camp protected by Karen National Liberation Army (KNLA) guerrillas. One mile from the Thai border, they remain at the mercy of infection, diarrhea and malaria but consider themselves the...

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...

2006-02-27 16:49:59

HAVANA (Reuters) - Exploratory peace talks between the Colombian government and the country's second-largest Marxist guerrilla group ended on Monday with no agreement other than to meet again in April. Colombian peace commissioner Luis Carlos Restrepo and leaders of the Cuban-inspired National Liberation Army, or ELN, said they would hold a third round of preliminary talks in Havana at the beginning of April. They hope to thrash out an agenda then for formal peace negotiations to...

2006-02-24 17:37:07

HAVANA (Reuters) - Colombia agreed on Friday to suspend capture orders for two leaders of the country's second-largest Marxist guerrilla group in an effort to build trust in peace talks hosted by Cuba. The Cuban-inspired National Liberation Army, or ELN, which was founded in 1964 by radical students and Roman Catholic priests, said the provisional legal status given to its commanders, Antonio Garcia and Ramiro Vargas, cleared the way for formal negotiations. "Our delegation had not...

2006-01-13 19:20:10

BOGOTA, Colombia (Reuters) - Colombian soldiers killed at least six Marxist rebels in combat on Friday even as the leaders of the guerrilla group prepared for a second round of preliminary peace talks next month, the army said. The gunfight with the National Liberation Army, or ELN, Colombia's second-biggest insurgent group, took place when an army patrol encountered the guerrillas in the southwestern town of La Llanada near the Ecuadorean border. The government said the fight would...

2005-12-28 00:15:48

By Hugh Bronstein BOGOTA, Colombia (Reuters) - Marxist rebels killed 28 Colombian soldiers on a mission to destroy coca plants on Tuesday, the worst blow against the military for years as tensions rise ahead of 2006 elections. The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, attacked the soldiers near the town of Vista Hermosa in southern Meta province, an army spokesman said. The soldiers were providing security for another army team which was manually destroying the raw...

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...

2005-08-20 09:12:45

BOGOTA, Colombia (Reuters) - Left-wing Colombian rebels apologized on Saturday for killing two Roman Catholic priests and two building workers in an ambush and said those responsible for the mistake would be punished. Guerrillas of the National Liberation Army killed Father Vicente Rosso Bayona and Father Ramon Emilio Mora in an ambush on Monday.as they drove down a mountain road in Norte de Santander province near Colombia's northwestern border with Venezuela. Workers Jose...


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cacodemon
  • An evil spirit; a devil.
  • A nightmare.
  • In astrology, the twelfth house of a scheme or figure of the heavens: so called from its signifying dreadful things, such as secret enemies, great losses, imprisonment, etc.
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