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Colombia: Mission to grab hostages delayed

Colombia: Mission to grab hostages delayed

BOGOTA, Dec. 29 (UPI) -- An effort to recover three hostages taken by Colombian leftist rebels was delayed for a second day Saturday, El Tiempo reported online.

Colombian hostage details capture

BOGOTA, Dec. 3 (UPI) -- A letter by a hostage of Colombian rebels written to her mother details how her hair is falling out and her overall poor health, El Tiempo reported.

Colombia finds videotapes of hostages

BOGOTA, Nov. 30 (UPI) -- Colombian officials confiscated from suspected rebels five videotapes of hostages, including images of three U.S. contractors, El Timepo reported Friday.

Chavez hopeful for prisoner exchange

PARIS, Nov. 20 (UPI) -- Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez expressed hope prisoners could be exchanged for hostages held by Colombia's leading rebel group.

Colombia: Rebels push for hostage release

BOGOTA, May 24 (UPI) -- Colombian rebels have asked new French President Nicolas Sarkozy to help work out a deal for the release of French-Colombian politician Ingrid Betancourt.

Betancourt could be outside Colombia

BOGOTA, Feb. 21 (UPI) -- Former Colombian presidential hopeful Ingrid Betancourt -- abducted by leftist rebels -- could be out of the country, said President Alvaro Uribe.

Report: Colombia captive has rebel's child

BOGOTA, April 5 (UPI) -- A former vice presidential hopeful turned captive of Colombian rebels gave birth to a child fathered by one of her captors, a report says.

Colombians to vote on hostage swap

BOGOTA, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- Colombian voters will be deciding whether the government should swap jailed leftist rebels for the hostages they hold.

France negotiating hostage's release

BOGOTA, July 22 (UPI) -- France reportedly is negotiating with the Colombian guerrillas who are holding French-Colombian politician Ingrid Betancourt hostage. The alleged negotiations to free Betancourt were reported in the French press Friday, which cited the Colombian daily new

France reaches out to FARC

BOGOTA, July 21 (UPI) -- French authorities have contacted Colombia's leading left-wing rebel group in hopes of securing the release of a French citizen.

Colombia: Rebels still holding hostages

BOGOTA, May 16 (UPI) -- Numerous hostages captured over the years by Colombia's leading rebel group are still alive, the leadership says.

Uribe agrees to release 23 rebels

BOGOTA, Dec. 3 (UPI) -- In a unilateral and sudden move, Colombian President Alvaro Uribe has agreed to release 23 members of the FARC guerrilla movement.

Betancourt's marks 1,000th day as hostage

BOGOTA, Nov. 19 (UPI) -- Colombian politician and one-time presidential hopeful Ingrid Betancourt Friday marked her 1,000th day as a hostage of the left-wing rebel group, FARC.

Colombian rebels snatch hiking tourists

BOGOTA, Sept. 14 (UPI) -- Eight tourists hiking through Colombia's Sierra Nevada mountains have been kidnapped by a notorious guerrilla group, the BBC reported Sunday.

Kidnapped official pleads for rescue

BOGOTA, Aug. 31 (UPI) -- A former Colombian presidential candidate who was kidnapped by rebels more than a year and a half ago is pleading with the government to rescue her.

Colombia: Bolivarians and the state

QUERETARO, Mexico, Feb. 28 (UPI) -- The Bolivarian Movement. We must be talking of President Hugo Chávez's government in Venezuela. But no, there is another Bolivarian movement, next door to Venezuela, in Colombia. The Bolivarian Movement for the New Colombia is the progeny of the Revolutio
IAN CAMPBELL, UPI Economics Correspondent

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