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Colombia: Meet the man accused of planning his own kidnapping

CALI, Colombia — During seven years as a guerrilla hostage Colombian politician Sigifredo Lopez endured forced marches, wretched food, abusive guards who chained him to trees, and the constant threat of execution. Yet even though Lopez was freed in 2009, his nightmare continues. For starters, he’s no longer free.

Good news: Colombia and FARC rebels seek peace

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Chavez swears in controversial defense minister

Alleged friend of FARC sworn in as head of military
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Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez walks during the military inauguration ceremony of his new Defense Minister Gen. Henry Rangel Silva (not in frame) on January 17, 2012 in Caracas. LEO RAMIREZ/AFP/Getty Images (AFP/AFP/Getty Images)
A military General accused by the United States of aiding drug trafficking and pushing for co-operation between the Venezuelan government and Colombian left-wing rebels the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), was yesterday sworn in by President Hugo Chavez as the country’s defense minister.
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