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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...

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...

2006-03-30 13:22:25

By Patrick Markey CARACAS, Venezuela (Reuters) - Strengthening his military with helicopters, planes and rifles, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has Washington fretting over regional stability, but defense analysts dismiss U.S. concerns about a possible arms build-up. The U.S. government, which portrays Chavez as a oil-wealthy tyrant bent on undermining democracy, is locked in a simmering dispute with the left-wing former soldier and has moved to block arms sales it believes will...

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...

2006-03-22 11:30:52

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Fifty leaders of a Colombian rebel group have been indicted on charges of importing more than $25 billion worth of cocaine into the United States and other countries, the Justice Department said on Wednesday. The one-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Washington, D.C., names as defendants 50 leaders of the FARC, a group the United States has designated a foreign terrorist organization. The Justice Department said three of the leaders are...

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...


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  • The unit of magnetic flux density in the International System of Units, equal to the magnitude of the magnetic field vector necessary to produce a force of one newton on a charge of one coulomb moving perpendicular to the direction of the magnetic field vector with a velocity of one meter per second. It is equivalent to one weber per square meter.
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