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Shrouded in secrecy, Colombia works to free hostages

Quibd - Colombia worked Friday to free five hostages whose capture by the leftist FARC guerrillas has derailed peace talks, but kept the highly anticipated handover shrouded in secrecy.

Handover of kidnapped Colombian general begins

Quibd - The highly anticipated handover of a general and four other hostages captured by FARC guerrillas got underway Thursday, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said, paving the way for the resumption of peace talks.

Colombia launches operation to free kidnapped general

Estanzuela - Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said Thursday that he has ordered an operation to free a general and four other hostages from leftist FARC guerrillas.

Colombia in massive search for kidnapped general

Quibd - The Colombian army has mounted a massive search for a general captured by leftist FARC guerrillas, a kidnapping that has derailed peace talks as they hit the two-year mark Wednesday.

Fate of peace talks in FARC hands: Colombian president

Estanzuela - The fate of Colombia's peace talks is in the hands of the FARC rebels, the president has warned, after halting negotiations designed to end Latin America's longest-running conflict.

General's abduction throws Colombia talks into crisis

Estanzuela - Colombia's FARC rebels came under heavy pressure Monday to free a general whose kidnapping prompted the government to suspend peace talks, throwing the two-year-old negotiations into crisis.

High price of keeping Colombians alive

Estanzuela - Wilson Borja has 13 bodyguards to protect him from people like the paramilitaries who once tried to kill him, an intimidating security detail funded at great expense by violence-wracked Colombia's government.

FARC rebels get heavy jail time for killing tribe members

Torib - An indigenous court convicted seven FARC guerrillas of murdering two leaders of the Nasa tribe in western Colombia on Sunday, sentencing them to between 40 and 60 years in jail and 20 lashes.

‘Roots of the Earth’ — Ethnic elders meet to praise Mother Earth

Rancagua - A 4-day international meeting of aboriginal elders called "Roots of the Earth" will be held in November in Graneros, Chile. The event aims to "appeal for Mother Earth and Humanity", and to educate local families about ancestral ethnic traditions.

Recovery hampered as Colombia mine flood kills 12

- It could take three days to recover the bodies of 12 miners trapped in a Colombian coal shaft, authorities said Friday after ruling out any hope the men survived.

Colombia leader seeks Europe's help for 'last chance' peace

Estanzuela - Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos says he hopes Europe can provide funds to help him strike a "last chance" deal with leftist guerrillas after half a century of conflict.

Separate peace talks for Colombia's ELN and FARC rebels

Estanzuela - Colombia's two top rebel groups, the ELN and the FARC, will hold separate peace talks with the government, the ELN said Monday, as the sides aim to end decades of conflict.

Colombian farmers sue BP in British court for $29 million

London - For the first time ever, BP will have to face UK courts over its actions overseas and may have to pay compensation for environmental degradation to private property. Experts are calling this a landmark environmental case.

Colombia arrests 17 for child prostitution, trafficking

Estanzuela - Twelve adults and five children suspected of child sex crimes and human trafficking have been arrested in Colombia in a joint operation with the United States, officials from both countries said Tuesday.

Pulling bulls by the tail, cowboys chase Colombia glory

Villavicencio - The gate opens and the bull charges into the arena, two cowboys on horseback in hot pursuit.One flanks him, the other tries to grab him by the tail to drag him at a gallop and pull him to the ground.

Indians killed by lightning in Colombia to be left unburied

Estanzuela - Eleven Wiwa Indians killed by lightning during a tribal ceremony in Colombia's Sierra Nevada mountains will be left unburied where they died according to their traditions, an official said Sunday.

For Colombia's Wiwa, revered lightning takes deadly toll

- Deep in northern Colombia's mountains, an isolated community of indigenous Wiwa people struggled Tuesday to comprehend why 11 of their own were struck dead by a bolt of lightning during a tribal ceremony.

For Colombia's Wiwa, revered lightning takes deadly toll

Estanzuela - Deep in northern Colombia's mountains, an isolated community of indigenous Wiwa people struggled Tuesday to comprehend why 11 of their own were struck dead by a bolt of lightning during a tribal ceremony.

Potato removed from woman's vagina

Honda - A woman from Colombia had a potato removed from her vagina, after she placed it inside of her in an attempt to use it as a form of birth control.

Colombia implodes high-rise that killed 12 in collapse

Medell - Colombian authorities imploded an upmarket apartment block Tuesday whose partial collapse last year killed 12 people, felling the rest of the six-tower complex in a giant cloud of white dust.
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