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The leading general of Colombia's leftwing guerrillas has been killed, the country's president has announced.
VENEZUELAN president Hugo Chavez yesterday said he has deployed troops and air units in case of a conflict with neighbouring Colombia.
AN ASPIRING Colombian presidential candidate has had a sandal tossed at him in an incident reminiscent of a protest against George W Bush in Iraq.
COLOMBIAN president Alvaro Uribe has been blocked by a court from running for re-election.
TWO once-bitter enemies in Colombia have stopped their war and teamed up in the interests of the drugs trade, flooding Venezuela with cocaine that finds its way to Europe and the UK.
VENEZUELA and Colombia yesterday traded more insults as their simmering border dispute heightened again.
TWO bombs being carried by donkeys exploded in north-eastern Colombia, killing two coca-eradication workers and wounding six soldiers.
INGRID Betancourt, the politician held hostage by Farc rebels in the Colombian jungle for more than five years, has been attacked for her behaviour during captivity by a fellow prisoner.
FREED hostage Ingrid Betancourt is to write a play about her six years of captivity in the Colombian jungle.
COLOMBIA'S most famous hostage was reunited with her children yesterday, their first meeting in almost six-and-a-half years. But even amid the emotion, Ingrid Betancourt was the consummate politician, planning to secure the release of the remaining prisoners in guerrilla hands.
INGRID Betancourt, the politician held for six years by Colombian rebels, was freed last night alongside 14 hostages.
A COLOMBIAN Farc rebel has offered to release French-Colombian hostage Íngrid Betancourt and other captives in exchange for protection from extradition.
AN earthquake rocked Colombia yesterday, killing at least 11 people, damaging scores of homes and triggering landslides.
COLOMBIA'S defence ministry yesterday announced that the enemy it has battled for 44 years is finally dead.
COLOMBIA extradited Carlos "Macaco" Jimenez to the US yesterday, the first time the government has sent a former paramilitary boss to face US justice for drug trafficking.
HIGH-PROFILE Colombian hostage Ingrid Betancourt needs urgent medical treatment, including a blood transfusion within hours, to stay alive, her son declared yesterday.
SOUTH America moved away from talk of war as the presidents of Colombia, Venezuela and Ecuador agreed to end a bitter dispute triggered by a Colombian cross-border raid with testy handshakes and an apology.
COLOMBIA last night won the backing of George Bush, the US president, despite escalating the region's crisis by accusing neighbouring Venezuela of genocide.