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2008-07-02 09:00:19

By Frank Bajak Associated Press VILLAVICENCIO, Colombia -- Not long after two top commanders of Latin America's last major rebel army were killed -- one in a raid, the other by a turncoat bodyguard -- Diego Canizares decided to call it quits. The 39-year-old veteran guerrilla made indirect contact with the Colombian army. Then he strapped on his 9mm Taurus pistol and portable radio, slipped 10 anti-personnel mines into a canvas sack and walked off as if going to work. Instead, he met up...

2008-07-01 18:00:09

CARTAGENA, Colombia _ John McCain's trip here Tuesday was part of an unusual three-day presidential campaign swing to Latin America with a dual message for voters back home. By visiting Colombia and Mexico, McCain wants to emphasize to all voters that he has stronger foreign policy credentials than Barack Obama, his Democratic rival. McCain also wants to appeal specifically to Hispanics in the United States by expressing his concern for problems in Latin America. "Hispanics are a very...

2008-06-25 09:03:19

Ecopetrol closes oil pipeline after guerilla attacks in Colombia BOGOTA, June 23 (Xinhua) -- The Colombian Petroleum Company (Ecopetrol) suspended Monday the oil flow in the border regions with Venezuela, after guerillas attacked the country's most important Cano Limon-Covenas oil pipeline. The pipeline was damaged by two explosive attacks by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) in Arauca province and Santander province Saturday and Sunday, Ecopetrol told reporters. "The...

2006-09-04 13:09:36

By Hugh Bronstein BOGOTA, Colombia (Reuters) - Colombian rebels holding 62 hostages, including three Americans and former presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt, called on Monday for "face-to-face" talks with the government on a prisoner exchange. The move came less than a month into the second term of President Alvaro Uribe, a Washington ally popular for his crackdown on drug-running Marxist guerrillas who kidnapped French/Colombian citizen Betancourt during her 2002 campaign...

2006-08-23 14:39:43

PARIS (Reuters) - Colombia's largest rebel group is open to exchanging hostages for the release by the government of its guerrillas but plan is at a standstill, a spokesman for the rebels said in an interview released on Wednesday. Raul Reyes, the spokesman for the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, also said French-Colombian politician Ingrid Betancourt, who has been held hostage since February 2002, was well. "The plan for a humanitarian exchange is at a standstill," Reyes...

2006-08-07 17:22:26

By Patrick Markey BOGOTA, Colombia (Reuters) - Colombian President Alvaro Uribe began a second term on Monday promising to seek peace and more social investment without sacrificing the gains won through his hard-line stance against leftist guerrillas. In a region that has seen a rise of anti-U.S. sentiment, Uribe is a key Washington ally who won re-election in May after voters applauded him for reducing kidnappings and violence in a four-decade conflict with Marxist FARC rebels....

2006-08-07 13:42:16

By Patrick Markey BOGOTA, Colombia (Reuters) - Soldiers patrolled and helicopters clattered overhead in Bogota on Monday for the inauguration of Colombian President Alvaro Uribe, re-elected with a mandate to battle rebels and drive economic growth. Authorities sent thousands of troops onto the streets of the capital, where four years ago rebel rocket attacks killed 21 people during the key Washington ally's first inauguration. In a region that has seen a rise of populist, anti-U.S....

2006-08-04 10:09:28

By Hugh Bronstein BOGOTA, Colombia (Reuters) - Four police and a civilian were killed by a car bomb in the Colombian city of Cali on Friday, bringing to 29 the number of deaths blamed on leftist rebels ahead of Monday's presidential inauguration. The blast, labeled a terrorist attack by authorities, occurred in front of a police station. The civilian who died was seated in the car that exploded. Police said they did not know if he had a role in the bombing. Earlier this week, two...

2006-08-03 17:18:06

BOGOTA, Colombia (Reuters) - A Colombian rebel accused of kidnapping three Americans in 2003 was captured on Thursday after buying a car that police say he planned to use to bomb Monday's presidential inauguration. Victor Murcia, known as 'Chichico,' was arrested in a poor suburb of Bogota after buying a Chevrolet Sprint that police said he was going to pack full of explosives and detonate during the swearing in of President Alvaro Uribe. Two dozen Colombians, mostly soldiers, have...

2006-07-31 21:44:27

By Hugh Bronstein BOGOTA, Colombia (Reuters) - Fifteen soldiers were killed in a rebel ambush in northern Colombia and three more people died in other attacks on Monday, a week before President Alvaro Uribe starts his second term. An army patrol was ambushed with explosives near the town of Tibu in North Santander province near Venezuela, killing 15 of the 18-member unit, military officials said. Rebels grow coca in that part of the country, which is used to make the cocaine that...