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May 31, 2012

FARC ready for peace or war, says French reporter

BOGOTA, May 31 (Reuters) – Looking relaxed and healthy after
a month in jungle captivity, French journalist Romeo Langlois
said Colombia’s FARC rebel leaders may be prepared for peace
talks, but younger fighters are ready for 50 more years of war.

Langlois, 35, was released on Wednesday after being taken
hostage i n late April when the military unit he was reporting
alongside came under fire from heavily armed rebels.

May 31, 2012

Ecuador plaintiffs file lawsuit in Canada against Chevron

BOGOTA, May 30 (Reuters) – Ecuadorean plaintiffs filed a
lawsuit in Canada as a first move outside their country to try
and enforce an $18 billion court judgment against oil company
Chevron for polluting the Amazon, their lawyers said on
Wednesday.

The 2011 judgment against Chevron is one of the
biggest rulings ever for environmental damage and is being
tracked closely by the global oil industry.

May 31, 2012

Colombian rebels free French reporter after month in captivity

BOGOTA (Reuters) – Colombia’s FARC guerrillas freed French reporter Romeo Langlois on Wednesday, a month after taking him hostage in a firefight that showed the leftist group is still a menace despite a decade of military blows.

Langlois, the rebels’ highest-profile captive since French-Colombian politician Ingrid Betancourt, was taken hostage in the southern Caqueta region on April 28 after he was caught in crossfire between a Colombian military unit he was embedded with and heavily armed FARC rebels.

May 30, 2012

Colombia rebels release French reporter held for a month

BOGOTA, May 30 (Reuters) – Colombia’s FARC guerrillas freed
French reporter Romeo Langlois on Wednesday, a month after
taking him hostage in a firefight that showed the leftist group
is still a menace despite a decade of military blows.

Langlois, the rebels’ highest-profile captive since
French-Colombian politician Ingrid Betancourt, was taken hostage
in the southern Caqueta region on April 28 after he was caught
in crossfire between a Colombian military unit he was embedded
with and heavily armed FARC rebels.

May 28, 2012

Colombia holds key interest rate for 3rd month

BOGOTA, May 28 (Reuters) – Colombia’s central bank on Monday
held its benchmark interest rate steady for a third straight
month as slower inflation and economic woes in the euro zone
eased concerns about inflationary pressures.

The decision by the bank’s board of directors to keep the
benchmark lending rate at 5.25 percent was unanimous.

May 15, 2012

Bomb targeting former Colombian minister kills two

BOGOTA, May 15 (Reuters) – In a rare attack in the Colombian
capital Bogota, a bomb targeting a former interior minister on
Tuesday killed his driver and a police officer, President Juan
Manuel Santos said.

The Andean country has battled left-wing guerrillas,
right-wing paramilitary groups and drug lords for decades, but a
campaign since 2002 against cocaine traffickers and rebels
coupled with the demobilization of paramilitaries has sharply
reduced violence.

May 14, 2012

Colombia rebels set to release French reporter – Red Cross

BOGOTA, May 13 (Reuters) – Colombia’s FARC guerrilla group
has decided to free a French reporter they kidnapped two weeks
ago, although they have not given a date for his release, a Red
Cross official said on Sunday citing a statement from the
rebels.

Heavily armed members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of
Colombia kidnapped Romeo Langlois, a reporter for France 24,
during a firefight with troops carrying out an anti-drug raid in
Caqueta, a rebel-stronghold in the south.

May 11, 2012

Colombia central bank sees inflation slowing

BOGOTA, May 11 (Reuters) – Colombia central bank board
members said inflation in the South American country shows signs
of easing even though consumer credit is strong, according to
minutes published on Friday.

The seven-member board decided unanimously to keep the
lending rate at 5.25 percent in the past two policy meetings
following a year-long, 225-basis-point rise that has helped cool
inflation in one of Latin America’s fastest-growing economies.

May 8, 2012

Colombia won’t negotiate with rebels over kidnapped Frenchman

BOGOTA (Reuters) – Colombia on Tuesday rejected a call by FARC rebels to debate freedom of information and news media bias as a condition for the release of a French reporter they hold hostage.

Heavily armed members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia kidnapped Romeo Langlois, a reporter for France 24, during a clash with troops carrying out an anti-drug raid in Caqueta, a rebel-stronghold in the south.

May 7, 2012

Colombia rebels want media debate for Frenchman’s release

BOGOTA, May 7 (Reuters) – Colombia’s leftist FARC rebels
accused the government of manipulating journalists and demanded
a debate on freedom of information Monday as a step that may
lead to the release of a French reporter kidnapped nine days
ago.

Romeo Langlois, a reporter for news channel France 24, was
embedded with government troops carrying out an anti-drug raid
when a firefight broke out with members of the Revolutionary
Armed Forces of Colombia, who later took him hostage.

    • About Eduardo

      "Eduardo has been reporting from Ecuador since November 2011. He has written about the Andean country's oil industry, tensions between the government of President Rafael Correa and the media, and efforts by Ecuadorean plaintiffs to enforce an $18 billion ruling against U.S. oil company Chevron for polluting the Amazon. He was previously posted in Argentina where he covered the country's grains industry and in Bolivia where he wrote about President Evo Morales' efforts to give the majority Indian population more political power. Eduardo is a Spaniard who has also lived and reported in Guatemala and Britain."
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