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2008-07-07 15:00:00

By LIBARDO CARDONA, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS BOGOT, Colombia Freed after years as rebel-held hostages, French- Colombian politician Ingrid Betancourt and four Colombian police officers sent messages of hope in a radio broadcast Sunday to captives still detained in remote jungle camps. The former hostages appeared on an all-night radio program aimed at rebel captives and wept as they recalled their ordeal, which ended four days ago when Colombian agents duped guerrillas and airlifted 15...

2008-07-05 15:00:19

Former Colombian hostage Ingrid Betancourt checked into a Paris hospital for medical tests Saturday after being freed in a daring jungle rescue. The medical check-up was to make sure Betancourt, 46, wasn't suffering any health complications after six years in the South American jungle as a captive of the country's FARC rebels, the BBC reported. Concerns about Betancourt's health had emerged several months ago after pictures were released showed her looking frail, possibly suffering from...

2008-07-05 12:00:09

By Jenny Barchfield Associated Press PARIS -- Arriving to a hero's welcome in France, Ingrid Betancourt said Friday that she cried a lot during her six years as a prisoner in the Colombian jungle. Today, she said, "I cry with joy." French President Nicolas Sarkozy and his wife met the French- Colombian politician on the tarmac of an air base southwest of Paris, showering her with hugs, kisses and smiles. Betancourt, 46, became a cause celebre in France after her abduction in 2002 while...

2008-07-05 12:00:03

By Frank Bajak Associated Press BOGOTA, Colombia -- Video recorded during the rescue of 15 rebel hostages shows them filing grim-faced toward the helicopter that would fly them to safety, then hugging one another and crying with joy after they are aloft and realize they are free. In the videotape presented Friday at Colombia's military headquarters, the hostages' hands are bound with plastic for what they believe is a flight to another rebel camp. Among those filmed is a very...

2008-07-05 09:00:03

The Associated Press PARIS Arriving to a hero's welcome in France, Ingrid Betancourt said Friday that she cried a lot during her six years as a prisoner in the Colombian jungle. On Friday, she said, "I cry with joy." French President Nicolas Sarkozy and his wife met the French Colombian politician at an air base southwest of Paris, showering her with hugs, kisses and smiles. Betancourt, 46, became a cause celebre in France after her abduction in 2002 while campaigning for Colombia's...

2008-07-04 21:00:02

BOGOTA, Colombia _ A video of the dramatic Colombian hostage rescue shows 15 captives walking sullenly to a helicopter, believing they were being taken by an international humanitarian group to another camp belonging to the guerrilla group. Once aloft, however, they hug one another and cry with joy as they realize that they're free. To view the three-minute edited video, go to www.youtube.com/watch?v=BCAYq(underscore)XABv8 The Colombian defense ministry on Friday provided both the video...

2008-07-04 09:00:14

By John Lichfield After more than six years held captive by Colombian guerrillas, Ingrid Betancourt is free - thanks to a remarkable rescue operation. Rescue in the jungle She bounded down the stairs of the military aircraft, grinning like a teenager returning from a foreign holiday. On her back was a large rucksack, which, she explained later, contained a dictionary, a sheaf of undelivered letters to her family and "all sorts of rubbish" she had gathered during six years, five months...

2008-07-04 09:00:14

By FRANK BAJAK By Frank Bajak The Associated Press BOGOTA, Colombia The plan was nothing if not audacious: A turncoat persuades rebels to bring together their most prized hostages and march them 90 miles through Colombia's wilderness. A month later, disguised commandos primed with acting lessons land in a heli-copter and trick the rebels into handing them over. The mission was to rescue three U.S. military contractors, former presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt, and 11 others...

2008-07-04 09:00:14

By VIVIAN SEQUERA By Vivian Sequera The Associated Press BOGOTA, Colombia A meal was rice and beans. Bed was the ground under a patched plastic tarp. They bathed in rivers, and when they weren't chained by the neck to trees, they were forced on long marches to new hideouts under the jungle canopy. Hostages freed in a daring helicopter rescue said Thursday their grueling existence as captives of Colombian rebels worsened in recent months as government troops closed in and supplies...

2008-07-04 09:00:02

French-Colombian politician Ingrid Betancourt sees Paris for the first time in six years, flying to Paris Friday after her release from Colombian captors. French President Nicolas Sarkozy will greet Betancourt and travel to her childhood home with members of her family, The Daily Telegraph reported. I am eager to be in France, I am eager to be home, Betancourt said. Nirvana, paradise -- that must be very similar to what I feel at this moment. Betancourt was one of 15 hostages rescued...


Word of the Day
monteith
  • A large punch-bowl of the eighteenth century, usually of silver and with a movable rim, and decorated with flutings and a scalloped edge. It was also used for cooling and carrying wine-glasses.
  • A kind of cotton handkerchief having white spots on a colored ground, the spots being produced by a chemical which discharges the color.
This word is possibly named after Monteith (Monteigh), 'an eccentric 17th-century Scotsman who wore a cloak scalloped at the hem.'
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