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2006-05-14 14:58:06

BOGOTA, Colombia (Reuters) - A presidential candidate who promised to end Colombia's long-running conflict in six months quit the race on Sunday, two weeks before elections likely to hand President Alvaro Uribe a second term. Alvaro Leyva was one of six candidates struggling to make headway against the conservative Uribe, who remains popular because his tough security stance against leftist FARC guerrillas has helped reduced violence in the cities. "To the surprise of my friends and...

2006-05-12 07:55:00

By Hugh Bronstein SIBATE, Colombia (Reuters) - Her name is Lola and she's at the top of her class of risk-running rodents being trained to sniff out landmines in Colombia, home to the world's highest number of mine-related deaths and injuries last year. The smartest rat among the first six that the government is teaching to locate explosive devices planted by leftist rebels, she has a 90 percent success rate in locating explosive material in her laboratory training maze. Police animal...

2006-05-10 07:15:00

By Hugh Bronstein SIBATE, Colombia (Reuters) - Her name is Lola and she's at the top of her class of risk-running rodents being trained to sniff out landmines in Colombia, home to the world's highest number of mine-related deaths and injuries last year. The smartest rat among the first six that the government is teaching to locate explosive devices planted by leftist rebels, she has a 90 percent success rate in locating explosive material in her laboratory training maze. Police animal...

2006-04-21 21:27:36

By Hugh Bronstein BOGOTA, Colombia (Reuters) - At least six soldiers and 10 state security agents were killed in an ambush by leftist guerrillas in northeast Colombia on Thursday, as fighting increases ahead of May's presidential election. One of three soldiers wounded in the attack said the rebels began the assault by opening fire as the soldiers and security agents drove through mountains near the Venezuelan border. "We were on the road when we saw the guerrillas on the hillside...

2006-04-16 23:53:44

By Hugh Bronstein BOGOTA, Colombia (Reuters) - Human Rights Watch sharply criticized Colombian President Alvaro Uribe for what it called a "wildly improper response" to charges that his government's intelligence service helped paramilitaries kill civilians. The Columbian press has reported that the Administrative Security Department, or DAS, cooperated with the far-right militias, prompting the famously short-tempered Uribe to accuse reporters of maliciously harming the country's...

2006-04-13 20:50:39

BOGOTA, Colombia (Reuters) - Colombian rescue workers have found eight bodies and more than 30 people were missing after a mudslide swept over a small town in the country's south, police said on Thursday. Mud swept over the tiny town of Bendiciones in Valle province on Wednesday after heavy rains. A local television news reporter who had gone to cover the disaster, Jairo Munoz, added to the toll of missing when a fresh mudslide washed him away and injured his cameraman, colleagues...

2006-04-12 18:29:00

CARACAS, Venezuela (Reuters) - Colombia's second-largest rebel group believes a peace accord with President Alvaro Uribe is possible and would discuss an arms handover as part of broader negotiations, a commander said on Wednesday. The 5,000-strong leftist National Liberation Army, or ELN, recently held exploratory talks in Havana with the Colombian government, but came away with an agreement only to meet for talks again in April. Uribe, a conservative who looks set to be re-elected...

2006-04-11 20:43:05

BOGOTA, Colombia (Reuters) - The last fighters of Colombia's most feared paramilitary militia, the United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia, blamed for the killing of thousands of civilians, laid down their weapons on Tuesday, the government said. The last 1,765 members of the paramilitary army known by its Spanish initials AUC handed in their arms to the government in the town of Casibare in Meta province, central Colombia, in a ceremony presided over by government peace negotiator...

2006-04-04 16:04:21

By Hugh Bronstein BOGOTA, Colombia (Reuters) - More people were killed or hurt by land mines in Colombia last year than in any other country as rebels planted explosive devices to protect crops used to make cocaine, the government said on Tuesday. While the United Nations says countries like Afghanistan and Cambodia recorded fewer than 900 land mine deaths and injuries apiece last year, 1,077 Colombians were killed or maimed by stepping on mines, the vice president's office said....

2006-04-03 17:32:07

By Hugh Bronstein BOGOTA, Colombia (Reuters) - A Colombian politician taken hostage more than four years ago by leftist rebels has had a child by one of her captors in a secret jungle prison camp, according to a book to be published on Tuesday. Colombian news programs were filled with reports about the baby boy on Monday, with commentators speculating about the effect the existence of a child might have on attempts to swap rebel hostages for guerrillas held in government jails. The...


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cenobite
  • One of a religious order living in a convent or in community; a monk: opposed to anchoret or hermit (one who lives in solitude).
  • A social bee.
This word comes from the Latin 'coenobium,' convent, which comes from the Greek 'koinobios,' living in community.
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