The almanac

UPI Almanac for Wednesday, July 3, 2013.
By United Press International

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Tuesday, July 3, 2012.
By United Press International
Hostage details captors' hatred for her

Hostage details captors' hatred for her

TORONTO, Sept. 28 (UPI) -- Former hostage Ingrid Betancourt says she is convinced the guerrillas who held her in the Colombian jungle for more than six years clearly hated her.
Former Colombian hostage divorcing husband

Former Colombian hostage divorcing husband

BOGOTA, June 24 (UPI) -- One-time Colombian presidential hopeful Ingrid Betancourt, who was held hostage by leftist rebels for six years, has filed for divorce.
U.S. hostage criticizes Ingrid Betancourt

U.S. hostage criticizes Ingrid Betancourt

LONDON, Feb. 27 (UPI) -- One of three U.S. contractors held hostage in a Colombian jungle says the behavior of fellow hostage Ingrid Betancourt did not match her image.

Colombia's Betancourt thanks Chavez

CARACAS, Venezuela, Dec. 10 (UPI) -- Ex-hostage Ingrid Betancourt has thanked Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez for his efforts to free those held by Colombian rebels, El Universal reported Tuesday.

Ecuadorian leader calls FARC rescue lucky

QUITO, Ecuador, July 15 (UPI) -- Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa said that Colombia's recent successful effort to free 15 hostages was more luck than the result of "good planning."

NYT: Colombia rescues 'trophy hostages'

BOGOTA, July 8 (UPI) -- Family members of some captives still held by leftist rebels in Colombia complained that the government only chose to rescue "trophy hostages."

Colombian hostages fought among themselves

BOGOTA, July 7 (UPI) -- Hostages held by Colombian leftist rebels for years sometimes fought among themselves during their detainment, a former captive told CNN Monday.
Freed hostage gets medical check-up

Freed hostage gets medical check-up

PARIS, July 5 (UPI) -- Former Colombian hostage Ingrid Betancourt checked into a Paris hospital for medical tests Saturday after being freed in a daring jungle rescue.
Colombia releases Betancourt video

Colombia releases Betancourt video

BOGOTA, July 5 (UPI) -- Colombian officials released a videotape Friday that shows the rescue of former presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt and other hostages.

Castro chides FARC for taking hostages

HAVANA, July 4 (UPI) -- Former Cuban President Fidel Castro criticized the Colombian FARC guerrillas for holding Ingrid Betancourt and others hostage for years.

Betancourt arrives in Paris

PARIS, July 4 (UPI) -- French-Colombian politician Ingrid Betancourt landed in Paris Friday where she was met at the airport by President Nicolas Sarkozy.

Hostages rescued from Colombian rebels

BOGOTA, July 2 (UPI) -- A former Colombian presidential candidate and three U.S. citizens were among 15 hostages rescued Wednesday from leftist rebels in Colombia.

Colombia: Rebels reject France aid workers

BOGOTA, April 8 (UPI) -- Colombian leftist rebels Tuesday rejected efforts to treat a high-profile French-Colombian hostage, said Colombian officials.
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Ingrid Betancourt
Former hostage Ingrid Betancourt speaks to guests during an arrival ceremony held in her honor at the Villacoublay military base near Paris on July 4, 2008. Betancourt, who holds both French and Columbian citizenship, was rescued on July 2nd from rebels in Columbia after six years in captivity. (UPI Photo/ David Silpa)

├Źngrid Betancourt Pulecio (born 25 December 1961) is a Colombian politician, former senator and anti-corruption activist. She acquired French citizenship as a result of her first marriage to a French national.

Betancourt was kidnapped by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) on 23 February 2002 and was rescued by Colombian security forces six and a half years later on 2 July 2008. The rescue operation, dubbed Operation Jaque, rescued Betancourt along with 14 other hostages (three Americans and eleven Colombian policemen and soldiers). In all, she was held captive for 2,321 days after being taken while campaigning for the Colombian presidency as a Green. She had decided to campaign in the former "zone of distention", after the military operation "Tanatos" was launched, and after the zone was declared free of guerrillas by the government. Her kidnapping received worldwide coverage, particularly in France, because of her dual French-Colombian citizenship.

She has received multiple international awards, such as the L├ęgion d'honneur. In 2008 she received the Concord Prince of Asturias Award. She was also nominated to the Nobel Peace Prize in 2008. A book written also in 2008 by fellow hostages, 'Out of captivity' (Marc Gonsalves, Keith Stansell and Thomas Howes) paint a picture of a more complex and less heroic person. She has been reported for having obtained privileges because of her status as a well-known political hostage. Clara Rojas, another fellow hostage, is also bitter when referring to Betancourt. Those comments have been denied by other hostages (John Fran Pinchao, Jorge Eduardo Gechem, Gloria Polanco) who describe her as a person with a caring and courageous nature. One of them (Luis Eladio Perez) claims Betancourt saved his life. Between the three authors of 'Out of Captivity' there is evidence of strong controversies, which tend to undermine the attacks made against Betancourt.

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