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March 25, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
The Bush administration wants Congress to let it send more military and civilian personnel to Colombia to help it "deal a decisive blow against narco-terrorists," Gen. James T. Hill, chief of the Southern Command, said at a House Armed Services Committee hearing. The administration wanted to raise the cap on U.S. personnel in Colombia to 800 military and 600 civilian contractors from the current 400 limit on each, Hill said. He said U.S. involvement in combat would still be banned.
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WORLD
January 5, 2014 | By Chris Kraul
VALLEDUPAR, Colombia - A Colombian law enacted in 2011 gave hope to peasant farmer Miguel Serna and hundreds of thousands of other displaced farmers like him that they would soon recover the land that rebels, right-wing paramilitaries and drug traffickers forced them to abandon during decades of armed conflict. But such hopes have begun to fade in the face of government inaction. "It's a beautiful law that gave us hope we might recover our land. But we're still in limbo and under constant threat," said Serna, who in 1997 was forced by paramilitaries to flee his small farm in El Toco township in northern Colombia, along with dozens of his neighbors As leader of the community's displaced farmers, Serna has spearheaded efforts to recover the land under the Victims and Land Restitution Law. But only four families in his group of 80 have received favorable verdicts from special government land tribunals, and none has the money to clear and farm the properties, nor do they dare reoccupy them for fear of reprisal.
BUSINESS
August 6, 2010 | By Chris Kraul, Los Angeles Times
If you seek a monument to the security gains Colombia has made under President Alvaro Uribe's eight-year administration, the newly inaugurated JW Marriott Hotel here is a good place to look. Improved security, the dynamic economy and some tax breaks are attracting the major international hotel chains that for decades shied away from Colombia. Uribe, who leaves office Saturday, officiated at the 264-room Marriott's ribbon-cutting ceremony last week. "I don't have words to express my thanks for the confidence you show in Colombia," Uribe said to executives of Marriott and Grupo Poma, the El Salvador-based firm that owns the new hotel under a franchise agreement.
WORLD
August 19, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
Three Irish Republican Army-linked fugitives who fled convictions in Colombia surrendered to Irish police after eight months on the run, police officials said. Ireland's national police force said James Monaghan, Martin McCauley and Niall Connolly were being interviewed by officers at various stations in Dublin, the capital. The three were convicted last year of training Colombian rebels in bomb-making techniques.
WORLD
November 30, 2004 | From Associated Press
Colombia's government backpedaled Monday on a claim that Marxist rebels wanted to assassinate President Bush during a recent state visit. Defense Minister Jorge Alberto Uribe told reporters Saturday that informants had said the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, had instructed followers to "assassinate President Bush" Nov. 22 in Cartagena, where he met with President Alvaro Uribe. The defense minister did not give a source for the information.
BUSINESS
May 24, 2007 | From the Associated Press
The government of Colombia announced capital controls on some foreign investments Wednesday to try to curb the soaring peso. Finance Minister Oscar Zuluaga said that starting immediately, foreign portfolio investors will be required to deposit 40% of their investments in non-interest-bearing accounts in the central bank for six months. The measure is designed to absorb a glut of dollars and discourage speculative investing.
WORLD
May 8, 2003 | From Associated Press
For the first time, President Alvaro Uribe on Wednesday ordered a leftist Colombian rebel extradited to the United States. Nelson Vargas Rueda faces murder charges in the 1999 slaying of three American activists. Vargas is one of six members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, indicted last year in federal court in Washington in the murders of Terence Freitas, 24, of Oakland; Ingrid Washinawatok, 41, of New York; and Laheenae Gay, 39, of Pahoa, Hawaii.
WORLD
December 4, 2002 | From Reuters
A judge adjourned until February the trial of three suspected members of the Irish Republican Army charged with training Marxist rebels to build bombs, after key prosecution witnesses failed to appear in court Tuesday. Judge Jairo Acosta ordered the trial, which began Monday, to resume Feb. 5, giving two rebel defectors another chance to testify that they witnessed the Irishmen training the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC.
WORLD
September 7, 2003 | From Associated Press
Soldiers killed at least 25 suspected rebels and paramilitary fighters Saturday in three military operations in central Colombia, authorities said. Meanwhile, police captured 50 suspected rebels, some of whom are accused of killing 10 hostages, including a state governor, during a botched rescue attempt in May. Most of the deaths occurred in fighting at a Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, camp in the mountains of Casanare state, northeast of the capital, Bogota.
WORLD
December 15, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Former paramilitaries and victims of their violence banded together Friday to destroy a huge cache of weapons surrendered by the right-wing militias. In a somber ceremony attended by foreign dignitaries, 18,051 rifles, machine guns and rocket launchers -- a cache weighing 60 tons -- were dumped into a giant caldron. The arsenal, which included 2.7 million bullets, was handed over as part of a 2003 peace pact. It will be used to create sculptures to raise money for victims.
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