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Colombia's Santos would think twice about killing FARC leader

BOGOTA (Reuters) - Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos said he knows "more or less" where the Marxist FARC's leader is hiding but would think twice about attacking at this stage of peace talks with the rebel group, a change in tone from an earlier goal of capturing or killing him. Santos, who is seeking reelection in May, said he has taken the "difficult" decision to kill leaders of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia before, but would consider the progress being made in peace negotiations before killing Rodrigo Londono.

Colombia's Santos would think twice about killing FARC leader

BOGOTA (Reuters) - Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos said he knows "more or less" where the Marxist FARC's leader is hiding but would think twice about attacking at this stage of peace talks with the rebel group, a change in tone from an earlier goal of capturing or killing him. Santos, who is seeking reelection in May, said he has taken the "difficult" decision to kill leaders of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia before, but would consider the progress being made in peace negotiations before killing Rodrigo Londono.

Former Bogota mayor would beat Santos in Colombian election: poll

BOGOTA (Reuters) - Enrique Penalosa, the former mayor of Bogota, would win the presidential election in a second round against President Juan Manuel Santos, according to a poll by Centro Nacional de Consultoria published late Monday. Penalosa, who ran the capital city from 1998 to 2001, would finish behind Santos in a first ballot on May 25, 26 percent to 18 percent, but beat him in a runoff, the poll of 1,500 people showed.

Colombia's Santos slips in poll but still election favorite

BOGOTA (Reuters) - Support for Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos has slipped in a survey of voters intentions for May 25 elections but he remains the clear front runner in a race that will center on how to end the country's five-decade conflict. The Gallup poll published on the website of broadcaster Caracol showed Santos would gain 32.5 percent of votes, down 2 percentage points from the previous survey, and leaving him far short of the support needed to avoid a run-off second round vote.

Colombia congress vote almost assures Santos lead in presidential ballot

By Helen Murphy BOGOTA (Reuters) - Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos heads into presidential elections for a second straight term with his lead all but certain, even while seats for his ruling coalition were trimmed in a congressional vote that cemented his fiercest rival as the main opposition, results showed on Monday.

Colombia's Santos says thousands of his emails hacked

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos confirmed Sunday that more than a thousand of his personal emails had been hacked, saying unknown parties were trying to slander him as he seeks another term. The El Tiempo daily reported Saturday several of the accessed emails were related to the possible, but never completed, purchase of some works of art. Others were said to deal with school tuition payments for his daughter, Maria Antonia. In response to the hacking, the government has taken additional electronic security measures.

Colombian president seen poised for re-election: poll

BOGOTA (Reuters) - Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos would be re-elected during a second round of voting in presidential elections this year, according to pollster Gallup, leading with a wide margin against his closest rival. Santos, who is running for a second straight term, would beat right-wing candidate Oscar Ivan Zuluaga by 34.7 percent to 10.8 percent in the first round on May 25, forcing a second vote three weeks later, according to the poll.

Colombia's Santos orders probe of spying on peace negotiators

Bogota, Feb 4 (EFE).- Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos on Tuesday ordered a thorough investigation of charges that the military spied on his government's delegates to peace talks with leftist FARC rebels. "These dark forces that are trying to sabotage processes like the peace process, do they have internal contacts? What are they seeking? That is what I want to be thoroughly investigated," said Santos after meeting with Defense Minister Juan Carlos Pinzon.

Colombia's Santos orders probe of spying on peace negotiators

Bogota, Feb 4 (EFE).- Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos on Tuesday ordered a thorough investigation of charges that the military spied on his government's delegates to peace talks with leftist FARC rebels. "These dark forces that are trying to sabotage processes like the peace process, do they have internal contacts? What are they seeking? That is what I want to be thoroughly investigated," said Santos after meeting with Defense Minister Juan Carlos Pinzon.

Colombian rebels say Santos govt escalates war

FARC guerrillas Thursday accused President Juan Manuel Santos of escalating the war in Colombia even as his government engages in peace talks here. The comments by the FARC's chief negotiator Ivan Marquez came in a week in which 26 rebels were reported killed in fighting in Colombia. In Montevideo, Uruguay's President Jose Mujica said he would meet with Santos and the FARC delegation in Havana next week in an effort to speed up the peace talks. Marquez accused Santos of having a "militaristic" approach that sees the use of force as "the key to achieving peace."
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