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2014-08-11 08:32:05

All-Cash Proposal Represents 29% Premium to Previous Day's Closing Price NEW YORK, Aug. 11, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The Cutrale Group, one of the most highly regarded agribusiness and juice companies in the world, and the Safra Group, with its strong track record of successful investments in major global industries, today proposed to acquire 100% of the outstanding stock of Chiquita Brands Inc. ("Chiquita") (NYSE: CQB) at a price of $13.00 per share in cash to Chiquita shareholders....

2009-04-28 15:37:00

LOS ANGELES, April 28 /PRNewswire/ -- A wrongful death complaint charges that 73 people were murdered by United Defense Forces of Colombia (AUC) paramilitaries working as a "local police force" under hire by Dole Food Company in and around the American company's Colombian banana plantations. The lawsuit, brought on behalf of the heirs of the victims, was filed in Superior Court of the State of California for the County of Los Angeles by Florida-based law firm, Conrad and Scherer LLP. The...

2006-08-31 11:00:05

By Hugh Bronstein BOGOTA, Colombia (Reuters) - Colombian President Alvaro Uribe's U.S.-backed plan to disband right-wing militias has been hit by charges he is too easy on paramilitaries and that drug smugglers are posing as fighters to win short jail terms. A failure to capture warlord Vicente Castano, accused of killing his brother and fellow paramilitary founder Carlos, has intensified criticism of Uribe, one of Washington's biggest allies in Latin America. Supporters, however,...

2006-08-16 14:37:53

By Hugh Bronstein BOGOTA, Colombia (Reuters) - Colombian police on Wednesday jailed the country's top right-wing paramilitary commanders two days after President Alvaro Uribe threatened to extradite them if they did not live up to a peace deal. The move was intended to help end Colombia's four-decade-old guerrilla war and ensure continued support from the United States, which has given the country billions of dollars in aid. Up to now, the heads of the far right United Self-Defense...

2006-08-15 19:45:59

By Patrick Markey BOGOTA, Colombia (Reuters) - Colombia's last major paramilitary chief, who spent a decade fighting leftist rebels in the jungle, on Tuesday demobilized his men and handed over his weapons as part of a peace deal with the government. More than 31,000 paramilitaries have disarmed in exchange for benefits including reduced prison terms for crimes such as torture and massacres as President Alvaro Uribe leads a security crackdown to end Colombia's four-decade conflict....

2006-07-31 12:26:31

By Hugh Bronstein BOGOTA, Colombia (Reuters) - Hundreds of far-right Colombian militia members who demobilized after peace talks have formed at least 10 new gangs in the last six months linked to cocaine smuggling and extortion, a government report said. Top military and human rights officials, who told Reuters of the report but did not provide a copy, said the groups would pose a big challenge to the second government of President Alvaro Uribe, which starts in a week. The United...

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....

2006-05-21 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...

2006-05-19 14:23:11

By Hugh Bronstein BOGOTA, Colombia (Reuters) - Leaders of Colombia's illegal right-wing paramilitaries said on Friday peace talks with the government have been derailed by a court decision saying some of them must serve full prison terms. The Constitutional Court on Thursday threw out parts of last year's Justice and Peace law, saying that militia members who turn in their guns will serve no more than eight years for crimes such as drug smuggling, massacre, rape and torture. The...

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...


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