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2006-05-28 14:45:57

By Manuela Badawy BOGOTA, Colombia (Reuters) - Colombians voted in the most peaceful election in years on Sunday, apparently ready to hand President Alvaro Uribe four more years in office for curbing crime and driving leftist guerrillas from the cities. Troops patrolled the streets of the capital Bogota, high in the Andes mountains, and across the nation of 41 million people that has suffered horrifying bloodshed in the past four decades. No major attacks by FARC guerrillas were...

2006-05-28 09:49:03

By Angus MacSwan BOGOTA, Colombia (Reuters) - Colombians voted on Sunday in cities enjoying the best security in years and in rural areas still under the shadow of guns, ready to reward hardline President Alvaro Uribe with a second term. Polls opened across the nation with no immediate reports of serious attacks by leftist FARC guerrillas. Troops patrolled the streets of the capital Bogota, high in the Andes mountains, and across the nation of 41 million people that has suffered...

2006-05-27 11:49:00

By Angus MacSwan BOGOTA, Colombia (Reuters) - The troops patrolling Bogota's streets in the days before Sunday's presidential election are a reminder Colombia is at war, but you might not believe it from the hectic night life in its rich areas. The growing feeling of safety in some parts of the city is a result of President Alvaro Uribe's tough security policies and a main reason he looks set to coast to a second term. "We feel safe ... in Colombia we grow up with guerrillas, you...

2006-05-25 17:20:41

BOGOTA, Colombia (Reuters) - A grenade killed three Colombian children on Thursday when it exploded after they picked it up on the way home from school, police said. The blast killed two brothers aged 12 and 10 and their cousin. A 7-year-old girl was also injured when the grenade went off as the children played with it in the rural Antioquia district west of Bogota, police said. Thousands of people are killed or driven from their homes each year in Colombia's now four-decade-old...

2006-05-24 16:23:10

By Patrick Markey CHIA, Colombia (Reuters) - Rafael says his life as a Colombian paramilitary fighter left him with nothing but dead friends and seven bullet scars. So a year ago he traded fighting for farming at a ranch near Bogota in a program set up by Colombian President Alvaro Uribe to demobilize illegal armed groups and prepare them to return to civilian life. "We exchanged guns for shovels," said Rafael, 25, showing a bullet fragment lodged in his leg. "We've changed a lot of...

2006-05-23 13:10:22

By Patrick Markey BOGOTA, Colombia (Reuters) - Colombian President Alvaro Uribe appears set to secure a second term in Sunday's elections with Colombians ready to reward him at the ballot box for cracking down on warring paramilitaries and Marxist guerrillas. Nearly four years with Uribe at the tiller have slashed kidnapping and crime rates, opened up key highways once plagued by banditry and steered the economy to strong growth in spite of a four-decade-old conflict that kills...

2006-05-22 21:22:52

BOGOTA, Colombia (Reuters) - A Colombian army patrol accidentally killed 10 police officers engaged in an undercover operation in one of the country's worst "friendly fire" incidents, authorities said on Monday. A civilian was also shot dead by the army patrol. The deadly confusion just days before elections dealt a blow to President Alvaro Uribe who has led a military crackdown on left-wing FARC rebels, rightist paramilitary militia and the cocaine trade that illegal armed groups...

2006-05-21 19:49:19

By Patrick Markey BOGOTA, Colombia (Reuters) - Colombian paramilitary militias have agreed to respect the peace process despite a court decision they said could derail attempts to end the country's four-decade-old conflict, a government minister said on Sunday. More than 30,000 rightist militia have demobilized under a Justice and Peace law promoted by President Alvaro Uribe that hands them short prison terms for crimes such as massacres and drug trafficking in exchange for a...

2006-05-17 17:10:43

By Patrick Markey BOGOTA, Colombia (Reuters) - Colombian and U.S. authorities said on Wednesday they had nabbed a major drug smuggler and 31 associates wanted for extradition by Washington for shipping 70 tonnes of cocaine to the United States. The three-year operation, named "Twin Oceans," led to the capture of ringleader Pablo Rayo Montano in Brazil and the seizure of $70 million in assets, including three islands off Panama, yachts, art galleries and fishing trawlers, U.S. and...

2006-05-17 14:15:00

BOGOTA, Colombia (Reuters) - Colombian and U.S. authorities have smashed a major drug trafficking ring and captured 26 Colombians wanted for extradition for shipping 70 tonnes of cocaine to the United States. The operation, named "Twin Oceans," led to the capture in Brazil of the group's head, Pablo Rayo Montano, who was among the top 42 drug traffickers sought by Washington, Jorge Alirio Baron, the anti-narcotics chief for the Colombian National Police, said. "It was an operation involving...


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