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2006-06-03 21:59:36

By Patrick Markey CARACAS, Venezuela (Reuters) - Venezuela received a shipment of 30,000 new Russian rifles on Saturday, weeks after Washington restricted U.S. arms sales to Caracas over concerns about President Hugo Chavez's ties to Cuba and Iran. Venezuela says the AK103 Kalashnikov rifles and 25 million rounds -- the first lot of 100,000 weapons -- are part of efforts to modernize its military, but the U.S. government has opposed the arms purchases it believes could destabilize...

2006-06-03 16:47:42

By Patrick Markey CARACAS, Venezuela (Reuters) - Venezuela received a shipment of 30,000 new Russian rifles on Saturday, weeks after Washington restricted U.S. arms sales to Caracas over concerns about President Hugo Chavez's ties to Cuba and Iran. Venezuela says the AK103 Kalashnikov rifles and 25 million rounds are part of efforts to modernize its military, but the U.S. government has opposed the deals because of worries the weapons could help destabilize the region. Venezuela, a...

2006-06-01 18:19:19

BOGOTA, Colombia (Reuters) - Colombian President Alvaro Uribe's re-election is a victory for the United States, but it is illegitimate because of the low voter turnout, the country's main rebel group said on Thursday. Uribe, Washington's strongest ally in South America, won 62 percent of votes cast on Sunday, easily winning a second four-year term. But the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, said his mandate lacks credibility because of an abstention rate of about 55...

2006-05-29 17:56:26

By Patrick Markey BOGOTA, Colombia (Reuters) - Colombia's President Alvaro Uribe has scored a landslide re-election victory that handed him a solid mandate for four more years as Washington's closest ally in Latin America. One of Colombia's most popular presidents, Uribe won 62 percent of the ballots on Sunday as conflict-weary voters rewarded him for his campaign to curb warring left-wing rebels and militia and the cocaine trade that fuels a long-running insurgency. But even as...

2006-05-29 13:09:17

By Patrick Markey BOGOTA, Colombia (Reuters) - Colombia's President Alvaro Uribe on Sunday scored a landslide re-election victory that handed him a solid mandate for four more years as Washington's closest ally in Latin America. One of Colombia's most popular presidents, Uribe won 62 percent of the ballots as conflict-weary voters rewarded him for his campaign to curb warring left-wing rebels and militia and the cocaine trade that fuels a long-running insurgency. But even as the...

2006-05-29 08:58:22

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President George W. Bush congratulated Colombian President Alvaro Uribe on Monday for his sweeping re-election victory. Uribe, Washington's chief ally in a left-tilting region where the Bush administration is not popular, won a second four years in office with 62 percent of the vote on Sunday in Colombia's most peaceful election in years. A White House spokeswoman, Eryn Witcher, said Bush called Uribe "to congratulate him on his re-election and commend the...

2006-05-28 21:16:57

By Angus MacSwan BOGOTA, Colombia (Reuters) - Colombian President Alvaro Uribe, a key U.S. ally in Latin America, swept to an emphatic election victory on Sunday, rewarded by voters for confronting guerillas, paramilitaries and drug traffickers in a country bloodied by years of conflict and crime. In Colombia's most peaceful election in years, Uribe won a second four years in office with 62 percent of the vote. The key to Uribe's expected success was a crackdown on the right-wing...

2006-05-28 18:23:19

By Manuela Badawy BOGOTA, Colombia (Reuters) - President Alvaro Uribe was on the verge of a landslide victory in an election in Colombia on Sunday, rewarded by voters for turning around the security threat in a country bloodied by years of conflict. The conservative Uribe, a key U.S. ally in Latin America, led with more than 62 percent after 92 percent of the vote was counted, according to the electoral authorities. The closest of his five challengers, Carlos Gaviria of the...

2006-05-28 17:25:03

By Angus MacSwan BOGOTA, Colombia (Reuters) - President Alvaro Uribe was on the verge of a landslide victory in an election in Colombia on Sunday, rewarded by voters for turning around the security situation in a country bloodied by years of conflict and crime. The conservative Uribe, a key U.S. ally in Latin America, led with more than 61 percent after 70 percent of the vote was counted about an hour after polls closed. The closest of his five challengers, Carlos Gaviria of the...

2006-05-28 17:06:45

By Angus MacSwan BOGOTA, Colombia (Reuters) - President Alvaro Uribe took a strong lead in early returns in an election in Colombia on Sunday as voters appeared ready to hand him four more years in office for curbing crime and driving leftist guerrillas from the cities. The conservative Uribe, a key U.S. ally in Latin America, led with 61 percent after 21.2 percent of the vote was counted less than an hour after polls closed. His closest challenger, Carlos Gaviria of the center-left...


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The word 'conjunto' comes through Spanish, from Latin coniūnctus, past participle of coniungere, to join together; see conjoin