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Attack on Colombia candidate highlights risks to left

By Helen Murphy and Luis Jaime Acosta BOGOTA (Reuters) - Through the noise and dust churned up by her armored car, leftist presidential candidate Aida Avella assumed the popping noise was a rock hitting the wheel. When her bodyguards lost radio contact with the rest of her security detail travelling behind, she knew something was wrong. Avella's convoy was under armed attack.

Colombia's outgoing-V.P. declines ambassadorship

Bogota, Feb 25 (EFE).- Vice President Angelino Garzon on Tuesday declined an offer to become Colombia's ambassador to Brazil when his term ends later this year. Garzon, who announced months ago that he would not seek another term, turned down the ambassadorship a day after President Juan Manuel Santos named a running mate for his re-election bid.

Colombia's outgoing-V.P. declines ambassadorship

Bogota, Feb 25 (EFE).- Vice President Angelino Garzon on Tuesday declined an offer to become Colombia's ambassador to Brazil when his term ends later this year. Garzon, who announced months ago that he would not seek another term, turned down the ambassadorship a day after President Juan Manuel Santos named a running mate for his re-election bid.

Colombia's Santos taps former Cabinet minister as running mate

Bogota, Feb 24 (EFE).- Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos on Monday named former Cabinet member German Vargas Lleras as his running mate in his bid for a second four-year term. Santos made the announcement with Vargas Lleras at his side during a speech to the Good Government Foundation in Bogota. The 52-year-old lawyer is the grandson of President Carlos Lleras Restrepo and served successively as interior minister and housing minister in the Santos administration.

Attackers fire at convoy of Colombia presidential candidate

By Luis Jaime Acosta BOGOTA (Reuters) - Gunmen shot at the convoy of a left-wing Colombian presidential candidate on Sunday but no one was injured, police said, raising tensions ahead of May elections that will center on how to end a five-decade war with guerrillas. The convoy of Aida Avella of the Patriotic Union party came under fire when it was traveling on a highway in the oil-rich northeastern province of Arauca, where the left-wing FARC and ELN rebels have a heavy presence.

Journalist killed in Colombia: press group

A television news cameraman was shot to death in an area of Colombia where he had received death threats several months earlier, a press foundation said Friday. The Colombia Free Press Foundation said 21-year-old Yonni Steven Caicedo was murdered Wednesday in the Comuna 12 section of the western city of Buenaventura. "He was shot by two gunmen," the foundation said.

Journalist killed in Colombia: press group

A television news cameraman was shot to death in an area of Colombia where he had received death threats several months earlier, a press foundation said Friday. The Colombia Free Press Foundation said 21-year-old Yonni Steven Caicedo was murdered Wednesday in the Comuna 12 section of the western city of Buenaventura. "He was shot by two gunmen," the foundation said.

5 Police die in attack in northwestern Colombia

Bogota, Feb 17 (EFE).- Five police officers were killed and three wounded on Monday when FARC guerrillas attacked a unit escorting a team eradicating drug crops in the northwestern province of Antioquia, Colombian officials said. Defense Minister Juan Carlos Pinzon attributed the attack to the 36th Front of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC.

Colombia president orders inquiry into army kickback allegations

BOGOTA (Reuters) - Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos on Sunday ordered a judicial investigation into allegations senior army officers received huge kickbacks on military procurement contracts. Weekly news magazine Semana which made the revelations says it has hundreds of hours of audio recordings proving the existence of an "astonishing corruption network" in which officers received up to 50 percent of the value of contracts.

Colombia president orders inquiry into army kickback allegations

BOGOTA (Reuters) - Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos on Sunday ordered a judicial investigation into allegations senior army officers received huge kickbacks on military procurement contracts. Weekly news magazine Semana which made the revelations says it has hundreds of hours of audio recordings proving the existence of an "astonishing corruption network" in which officers received up to 50 percent of the value of contracts.
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