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2006-07-31 18:50:37

By Hugh Bronstein BOGOTA, Colombia (Reuters) - Fifteen soldiers were killed in a rebel ambush in northern Colombia on Monday and a Bogota car bomb killed a civilian, marking an increase in violence 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, the army said. In a separate incident hours earlier, the Bogota car bomb targeted a military convoy, injuring...

2006-07-31 13:35:18

BOGOTA, Colombia (Reuters) - At least one civilian was killed and 15 soldiers injured on Monday by a car bomb targeting a military convoy in Bogota, the army said. The blast, a week before President Alvaro Uribe is set to start his second term, was set off by remote control in a working class part of northwestern Bogota as military trucks passed by. It shattered windows in dozens of buildings and killed a man who had been collecting recyclable garbage on the street. Authorities said...

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...

2006-07-11 19:18:58

BOGOTA, Colombia (Reuters) - Colombian soldiers killed at least 15 Marxist rebels in four separate clashes across the country on Tuesday, the army said. The fighting came as President Alvaro Uribe, popular for cracking down on the guerrillas, prepares to start his second term next month. The army said the dead rebels were from the 17,000-strong Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, which funds its four-decade-old war against the state through drug smuggling, kidnapping...

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....

2006-06-28 18:51:46

By Hugh Bronstein BOGOTA, Colombia (Reuters) - Colombian soldiers killed the rebel leader overseeing a campaign to take over a central part of the country abandoned by right-wing militias who pulled out after peace talks, the army said on Wednesday. The guerrilla commander known as "Juan Carlos" was killed in a battle with government troops on Tuesday in the central province of Santander. He was on the 25-member military strategy committee of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of...

2006-06-16 16:46:28

CARACAS, Venezuela (Reuters) - The United States on Friday said it will ask Russia to reconsider selling two dozen fighter jets to Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez after Washington banned all U.S. arms sales to Caracas. The U.S. government, which calls Chavez an autocrat threatening regional stability, has already opposed Spanish and Brazilian aircraft and warship sales to Venezuela, the world's fifth-largest oil exporter and a key U.S. crude supplier. Chavez, a former soldier who...

2006-06-14 22:43:17

By Patrick Markey CARACAS, Venezuela (Reuters) - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said on Wednesday his government planned to buy 24 Russian-made Sukhoi fighter jets as part of increased military spending to beef up his armed forces. Chavez, a Cuban ally caught in a tense confrontation with Washington, has already purchased Russian attack and transport helicopters and 100,000 Kalashnikov rifles to modernize the military of the world's No. 5 oil exporter. "First of all we are going...

2006-06-14 15:35:30

By Patrick Markey CARACAS, Venezuela (Reuters) - Wearing his old army uniform and red paratroop beret, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez handed new Russian-made rifles to troops on Wednesday, vowing Washington would not defeat his socialist revolution. Venezuela received a shipment of 30,000 Kalashnikov assault rifles earlier this month just weeks after Washington banned U.S. arms sales to Caracas over concerns about Chavez's close ties to longtime U.S. foes Cuba and Iran and what it...


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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