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A member of the military rescue mission that freed 15 hostages from Farc rebels, wore a Red Cross symbol, confirmed Alvaro Uribe, Colombia’s president. He said that the error has been made by a nervous soldier acting against orders, and apologised to the Red Cross for it. (more…)

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The Farc, revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, has blamed two of its own fighters for allowing the military to rescue 15 hostages, including Ingrid Betancourt (photo, from france-info.com), the French-Colombian politician. (more…)

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A day after being freed from more than six years of captivity in the Colombian jungle, Ingrid Betancourt has been reunited with her children (photo, from huffingtonpost.com).

She was among 15 hostages rescued by Colombian military, without a shot being fired, as their rebel captors were tricked into handing them over. (more…)

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Ingrid Betancourt (photo) and three Americans, held by rebels, have been rescued by the Colombian authorities.

Said to be in a very poor health, Ms Betancourt, a French-Colombian politician, has been held for more than six years by the Farc, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia. (more…)

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Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez called for the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, to end its four-decade struggle to overthrow Colombia’s government. It is suprising, because just months ago, he called for Colombia’s largest guerilla group to be recognised as a legitimate insurgent force. (more…)

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On Sunday, Colombia’s largest rebel group confirmed the death of its senior leader : Manuel Marulanda. (more…)

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According to the Colombian military, the top commander of the Farc, Colombia’s largest rebel group, has died.

Manuel “Sureshot” Marulanda’s death had earlier been reported by a national news magazine on 26 March, after bombing raids by the Colombian air force. (more…)

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Farc rebels have been urged by one of their top commander in Colombia to follow her example and surrender.

Known as Karina, Nelly Avila Moreno (photo) handed hersel in to soldiers over the weekend, in the latest blow to Farc. (more…)

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Five and six years, that is how long Clara Rojas and Consuelo Gonzalez have been held hostages by the Revolutionary armed force of Colombia. Clara Rojas even gave birth, in unbelievable conditions, to a boy more than three years ago. Emmanuel lives in Bogota. Mother and son should be reunited soon. Their release gives back hope to many families in Colombia.

The day after the release, President Hugo Chavez, who played an important part, said the Farc shouldn’t be considered by the world as a terrorist group. According to the Venezuelan President, they are armies with a political project and should be recognized as such. Colombian President, Alvaro Uribe, immediatly rejected the idea.

Ms Rojas and Gonzalez have been freed by the Farc without anything in return. For the Colombia’s left-wing rebels, it shows their willingness to bargain over remaining hostages. President Chavez already said he would continu negociating, as many people are still waiting to be freed from the jungle.

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