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November 18, 1990 | STAN YARBRO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The Colombian army is poised for a possible attack on the headquarters of the country's oldest and largest leftist guerrilla group after a week of fighting that killed about 100 people. Colombian troops are digging into a southeastern stretch of jungle after an offensive last week in which 400 soldiers captured a main camp belonging to the Colombia Revolutionary Armed Forces, known by its Spanish acronym FARC.
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July 8, 1991 | STAN YARBRO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Under Colombia's new constitution, this nation's capital suddenly returns to its traditional Spanish name, Santa Fe de Bogota. Election, divorce and extradition procedures are altered too. With 397 articles, the basic document detailing how Colombia governs itself is one of the world's longest constitutions--and some say the most unwieldy. But others insist that the constitution makes sense and is a key symbol of Colombia's push toward greater democracy.
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July 8, 1991 | STAN YARBRO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Under Colombia's new constitution, this nation's capital suddenly returns to its traditional Spanish name, Santa Fe de Bogota. Election, divorce and extradition procedures are altered too. With 397 articles, the basic document detailing how Colombia governs itself is one of the world's longest constitutions--and some say the most unwieldy. But others insist that the constitution makes sense and is a key symbol of Colombia's push toward greater democracy.
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November 18, 1990 | STAN YARBRO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The Colombian army is poised for a possible attack on the headquarters of the country's oldest and largest leftist guerrilla group after a week of fighting that killed about 100 people. Colombian troops are digging into a southeastern stretch of jungle after an offensive last week in which 400 soldiers captured a main camp belonging to the Colombia Revolutionary Armed Forces, known by its Spanish acronym FARC.
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May 22, 1990 | WILLIAM R. LONG and JAMES F. SMITH, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Unhappy and unstable marriages between drug traffickers and terrorists are washing South American cocaine trails with blood. In Peru, fanatical Maoist guerrillas have built alliances with peasant growers of coca, the source of cocaine, and with the trafficker organizations. In neighboring Colombia, at different times and in different places, both leftist guerrillas and right-wing death squads have established opportunistic and lethal links with drug lords.
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April 29, 1990 | WILLIAM R. LONG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Tens of thousands of mourners crowded rain-drenched Bogota streets Saturday for a funeral march honoring assassinated presidential candidate Carlos Pizarro Leongomez, a guerrilla chieftain who became a champion of peace. Pizarro's leftist political movement, the Democratic Alliance M-19, announced that it will continue its campaign for May 27 presidential elections with another former guerrilla as its candidate.
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March 9, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A leftist guerrilla group responsible for seizing Colombia's Palace of Justice in a bloody 1985 attack laid down its arms after a 16-year battle with the government and pledged to fight for peace as a political party. The group, M-19 or the April 19 Movement, is the first leftist guerrilla group to disarm and the only one of six Colombian insurgent groups to accept a government peace plan. M-19 promised to abandon armed action and transform itself into a political party in exchange for amnesty.
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September 25, 1991 | ROBERT L. JACKSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A former military aide to deposed Panamanian dictator Manuel A. Noriega acknowledged under cross-examination Tuesday that he never examined the contents of alleged drug-money envelopes he said he delivered to Noriega in the 1980s. Lt. Col. Luis A. del Cid, a prosecution witness who had told Monday of taking cash-filled envelopes to Noriega in his office, conceded to defense attorney Frank Rubino that he never looked inside.
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September 20, 1991 | ROBERT L. JACKSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A former top military aide to Manuel A. Noriega testified Thursday that the former Panamanian strongman began amassing great power 20 years ago while only a major in his nation's army. Noriega consolidated the functions of national intelligence, immigration, customs and passports under his control soon after he took charge of the military intelligence office in the early 1970s, according to the former aide, Lt. Col. Luis A. del Cid.
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February 10, 1988 | MICHAEL WINES, Times Staff Writer
Panamanian strongman Manuel A. Noriega heads "an evil empire, one that moves faster than the United States" and that nets millions of dollars each year from domestic graft, international drug running and arms smuggling to leftist guerrillas, his one-time adviser told a Senate panel Tuesday. In sometimes impassioned testimony, Jose I.
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May 22, 1990 | WILLIAM R. LONG and JAMES F. SMITH, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Unhappy and unstable marriages between drug traffickers and terrorists are washing South American cocaine trails with blood. In Peru, fanatical Maoist guerrillas have built alliances with peasant growers of coca, the source of cocaine, and with the trafficker organizations. In neighboring Colombia, at different times and in different places, both leftist guerrillas and right-wing death squads have established opportunistic and lethal links with drug lords.
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April 29, 1990 | WILLIAM R. LONG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Tens of thousands of mourners crowded rain-drenched Bogota streets Saturday for a funeral march honoring assassinated presidential candidate Carlos Pizarro Leongomez, a guerrilla chieftain who became a champion of peace. Pizarro's leftist political movement, the Democratic Alliance M-19, announced that it will continue its campaign for May 27 presidential elections with another former guerrilla as its candidate.
NEWS
March 9, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A leftist guerrilla group responsible for seizing Colombia's Palace of Justice in a bloody 1985 attack laid down its arms after a 16-year battle with the government and pledged to fight for peace as a political party. The group, M-19 or the April 19 Movement, is the first leftist guerrilla group to disarm and the only one of six Colombian insurgent groups to accept a government peace plan. M-19 promised to abandon armed action and transform itself into a political party in exchange for amnesty.
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August 8, 1986 | JUAN de ONIS, Times Staff Writer
President Virgilio Barco Vargas assumed personal responsibility Thursday for restoring justice and order in Colombia through social reforms and an effective judiciary. In an inaugural address launching his four-year term, Barco, the Liberal Party leader, outlined a program to end guerrilla violence, crime and social insecurity through a war on poverty.
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October 10, 1989 | GARRY ABRAMS, Times Staff Writer
The soldiers came to Olga Behar's apartment in late 1985, shortly after she published an uncompromising book, now in its 11th edition, on the four decades of political violence that had racked her native Colombia. Behar, a television and newspaper reporter who has won Colombia's equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize, was away at the time but the search of her home--purportedly for weapons--crystallized her free-floating suspicion and distrust into rock-hard fear.
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