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Spanish citizen missing in north Colombia

Bogota, Jan 24 (EFE).- A Spaniard went missing 17 days ago in the northern Colombian province of La Guajira, the Spanish consul in Cartagena, Juan Antonio Martinez, told Efe Friday. The disappearance of photojournalist Borja Lazaro Herrero was reported on Jan. 8 in the Spanish city of Vitoria by members of his family, who are waiting for results of the investigation being carried out by Colombian authorities. Colombian police officials consulted by Efe confirmed that Lazaro Herrera is missing and said that the elite Gaula anti-kidnapping unit is investigating the case.

Colombia slams incursion of U.S. ship into its Caribbean waters

Bogota, Nov 8 (EFE).- President Juan Manuel Santos denounced Friday the incursion of a U.S. research vessel into Colombia's Caribbean waters. The American ship was detected near Quitasueño Bank in the Caribbean archipelago of San Andres, Providencia and Santa Catalina, the subject of a territorial tug of war between Colombia and Nicaragua.

Colombia says Russian bombers violated its airspace

BOGOTA (Reuters) - Colombia is preparing a letter of protest to Russia after two Russian bomber planes twice entered the Andean nation's airspace without authorization when flying between Venezuela and Nicaragua last week, President Juan Manuel Santos said on Tuesday. Santos said the two planes crossed Colombian airspace on Friday flying from Venezuela to Nicaragua. They re-entered Colombian territory on their return journey but flew out of the zone when intercepted by two of Colombia's Kfir military planes.

Colombia's Cerrejon coal railway bombed; exports unaffected

By Luis Jaime Acosta BOGOTA (Reuters) - A stretch of the railway belonging to Colombia's biggest coal producer, Cerrejon, was bombed late on Tuesday, the second such attack in 10 days but one that would not have any immediate impact on exports, the company said in a statement. Military sources said this attack, like the previous one, was the work of the leftist FARC rebels. The guerrillas have stepped up attacks on coal and oil infrastructure in the last few weeks, also bombing the country's No. 2 oil pipeline.

FARC guerrillas bomb railway of top Colombia coal miner Cerrejon

BOGOTA (Reuters) - Colombia's biggest coal producer, Cerrejon, said a bomb attack on its railway on Sunday partially derailed a train carrying coal to port and damaged the track, but exports would continue as normal using stocks held at its privately-owned port. The early-morning attack, which a military source told Reuters was carried out by the country's main rebel group, the FARC, was the latest in a spate of explosions in the last week blamed on the guerrillas and targeting oil and gas pipelines.

Colombia state governor arrested for murder, conspiracy

Colombian agents arrested the state governor of La Guajira for his alleged involvement in three murders and accusations of conspiracy to commit crime, the attorney general's office said late Saturday. Authorities have linked Governor Juan Francisco "Kiko" Gomez to criminal gangs and right-wing paramilitary fighters in La Guajira, in northern Colombia on the border with Venezuela, deputy Attorney General Jorge Fernando Perdomo told reporters.

Spanish kidnapping victims say they are fine, plan to get married

Bogota, Jun 16 (EFE).- The two Spanish citizens who spent 29 days in captivity in Colombia said Sunday they were doing "very well" and had decided to get married. "I really want to see my co-workers and, especially, my family, to be able to do what (I did before) and try to get over this (traumatic experience) little by little," Maria Concepcion Marlaska Sedano said in a press conference in Bogota.

Spanish kidnapping victims in good condition, Colombian officials say

Bogota, Jun 16 (EFE).- The two Spanish citizens who spent 29 days in captivity in Colombia are in "generally good condition," the Colombian National Police Central Hospital said. Maria Concepcion Marlaska Sedano and Angel Sanchez Fernandez, who were abducted on May 17 in the northern Colombian province of La Guajira, were rescued early Saturday by a National Police anti-kidnapping unit. The Spanish tourists underwant physical, neurological and mental tests that came up "normal," the hospital said.

Freed Spanish tourists arrive in Bogota

Bogota, Jun 15 (EFE).- Spanish tourists Angel Sanchez Fernandez and Maria Concepcion Marlaska Sedano, who were freed by police in northern Colombia after being held captive for a month, arrived by plane in Bogota Saturday and were immediately taken to a hospital for medical tests. Sanchez Fernandez, 49, and Marlaska Sedano, 43, who appeared to be in good health, waved to reporters from a distance after stepping off a Colombian National Police plane that flew them from the Caribbean city of Santa Marta to that institution's anti-narcotics base in the capital city.

Colombian police rescue two kidnapped Spanish tourists

By Helen Murphy and Luis Jaime Acosta BOGOTA (Reuters) - Colombian police early on Saturday rescued two Spanish tourists held captive by a criminal gang for nearly a month in northern Colombia, finding them sleeping in hammocks, and two men collecting a ransom were arrested in Spain, police officials said. Maria Concepcion Marlaska, 43, and Angel Fernandez, 49, were seized on May 17 while traveling by car to the popular tourist destination of Cabo de la Vela on Colombia's northern peninsula.
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