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October 2, 2010
For many years now, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia ? guerrillas who have waged civil war against the government since the 1960s ? have been falling behind the times. Living as they do in Colombia's vast forests, the FARC troops, made up mostly of poor peasants who are given guns, a bit of food and a smattering of pseudo-communist ideology, are often the last to get important updates about world events. For example, several American military contractors who were held hostage by the FARC until their rescue in 2008 recounted their futile efforts to convince their captors that the Panama Canal was no longer in the possession of the United States, or that the real reason for the U.S. embargo of Cuba was not to keep Americans from fleeing there.
June 23, 2010
It's no surprise that voters in Colombia chose a tough former defense minister to succeed outgoing President Alvaro Uribe, who is leaving office after two terms. A resounding 69% of those who cast ballots opted for continuity, replacing Uribe, who made serious headway against the leftist guerrillas seeking to overthrow the government, with the man who helped him do it, Juan Manuel Santos. Santos' military's successes against the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia included a daring operation in which rebels were duped into freeing high-profile hostages, and a cross-border raid into Ecuador in which the FARC's No. 2 was killed.
June 8, 2010 | By Asso Ahmed, Special to The Times
Iranian troops pursuing Kurdish guerrillas in the remote mountains of northern Iraq have begun constructing a small fort on Iraqi territory, suggesting they plan on staying for a while, Kurdish officials said Tuesday. Iranian troops pursuing Kurdish guerrillas in the remote mountains of northern Iraq have begun constructing a small fort in Iraqi territory, suggesting they plan on staying for a while, Kurdish officials said Tuesday. A small Iranian force crossed into the Kurdish-controlled region of northern Iraq on Thursday after a bomb attack that killed several Iranian soldiers.
May 27, 2010 | By Adriana Leon and Chris Kraul, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Lori Berenson, an American who has spent more than 14 years in Peruvian prisons on terrorism charges, is expected to be released on parole as early as Thursday, the national prisons institute said Wednesday. The announcement followed a court ruling Tuesday granting Berenson's request for parole. Judge Jessica Leon ordered her to remain in Peru until 2015, when her sentence ends. "I'm very happy. I am going to have three glasses of wine," her father, Mark Berenson, told the Associated Press on Tuesday.
April 7, 2010 | By Mark Magnier and Anshul Rana
Maoist rebels in eastern India killed at least 76 paramilitary troops Tuesday, authorities said, underscoring the continued strength of an insurgency that India has tried for decades to wipe out. The dawn attack in Chhattisgarh state was among the deadliest by the guerrillas in memory. S.R. Kalluri, a deputy police inspector in densely forested Dantewada district, where the attack occurred, told local reporters that the troops were on an extended patrol and stopped to rest Monday night.
April 5, 2010
Just before Christmas, the Lord's Resistance Army, a rebel group with roots in Uganda, perpetrated a massacre in the Makombo area of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Over four days, the rebels hacked and clubbed to death more than 320 unarmed civilians and kidnapped 250 others, including dozens of children. Survivors and escapees interviewed by Human Rights Watch said that the rebels left a 40-mile trail of mutilated bodies, some still tied to trees. The world learned only recently of the attack.
March 30, 2010 | By Steven Zeitchik
Hardly anyone knows what he looks like and only a handful of people have seen his art. But at January's Sundance Film Festival, the little-known documentary "Exit Through the Gift Shop" -- featuring the enigmatic English guerrilla artist Banksy -- created a fan and media frenzy not seen in Park City, Utah, in quite some time. Hundreds lined up hours before the premiere in 15-degree weather for a chance at a much-coveted ticket. The story, told by Banksy -- known for keeping his real identity secret as well as for his spontaneous, politically disruptive and at times hilarious street art (think of graffiti stencils of two male police officers making out or the queen of England as a chimp)
March 29, 2010 | By Chris Kraul
Leftist Colombian rebels Sunday released the first of two military hostages they have promised to free, with the liberation of the other -- one of this nation's longest-held hostages -- expected Tuesday. Members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, released Josue Daniel Calvo, 23, to a team that included representatives of the International Committee of the Red Cross, a Brazilian helicopter crew and leftist Sen. Piedad Cordoba, a key intermediary in other FARC hostage releases over the last two years.
March 1, 2010
Tom 'T-Bone' Wolk Bass player for Hall & Oates Tom "T-Bone" Wolk, 58, best known as the longtime bass player for the band led by pop-rock stars Daryl Hall and John Oates, died Sunday in Pawling, N.Y., of an apparent heart attack, according to the duo's manager, Jonathan Wolfson. Wolk died hours after completing a recording session with Hall, who was working on a solo album. The bassist had been scheduled to appear Monday night with Hall and Oates on "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon."
January 26, 2010 | By John Horn and Chris Lee
The movie doesn't appear anywhere in the Sundance Film Festival's catalog. Outside a small circle of ultra-secretive confidantes, nobody knows its director's identity or whereabouts. And the film's place in the Sundance schedule wasn't even announced until last week. That didn't prevent "Exit Through the Gift Shop," a film from acclaimed British street artist Banksy, from becoming Park City's hottest ticket on Sunday night. Outside the 446-seat Library Center Theatre, Banksy fans started queuing up hours before "Gift Shop's" premiere, in 15-degree weather, even if their chances of getting in were somewhere between slim and none.
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