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Dec 11, 2011

Cuba stops dissident Rights Day protest, 200 held

HAVANA (Reuters) – Cuban dissidents said on Saturday that about 200 people were temporarily detained by the Communist-run island’s security services in the days leading up to an international human rights celebration.

Government supporters danced salsa and chanted political slogans in a Havana square to mark the 63rd anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the United Nations.

Dec 10, 2011

Cuba dissidents say 200 detained up to U.N. rights day

HAVANA (Reuters) – Cuban opposition said on Saturday that about 200 people had been temporarily detained by the Communist-led Caribbean island’s security services ahead of the international U.N. human rights day.

Cuban government supporters intend to throw a party on Saturday with games and cultural events in a park where dissidents plan a protest to celebrate the 63rd anniversary of a U.N. human rights accord, state media and dissidents said.

Dec 10, 2011

Cuba government supporters block march by dissident women

HAVANA (Reuters) – Dozens of slogan-chanting Cuban government supporters faced off with dissident women on Friday and prevented them from marching in the street on the eve of international Human Rights Day.

About 200 backers of Cuba’s communist government crowded a street in central Havana where 20 women of the Ladies in White dissident group had assembled in a house .

Dec 8, 2011

Cuba allows private ads in state-run phone book

HAVANA, Dec 8 (Reuters) – Cuba will allow private
advertisements in the state-run phone directory for the first
time in half a century, state media reported on Thursday, in
the latest move to a more open economy.

President Raul Castro is pushing through a range of reforms
in an attempt to strengthen Cuba’s struggling Soviet-style
economy by encouraging more private initiative and reducing the
role and size of the state in some sectors. [ID:nRISKCU]

Nov 29, 2011

Colombia vows to keep up search for FARC hostages

BOGOTA (Reuters) – Colombia vowed on Tuesday to keep searching for police and soldiers held captive by guerrillas despite cries from families to prevent loved ones from facing the same fate as four hostages killed by rebels during a botched rescue attempt.

After a decade in captivity, three policemen and one soldier were shot dead by Colombian FARC insurgents at the weekend after a firefight between soldiers and the rebels. It was the most violent act by the group since troops killed its leader Alfonso Cano this month.

Nov 17, 2011

Give up or die, Santos tells Colombia rebel boss

BOGOTA (Reuters) – Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos warned the new FARC rebel chief to reconsider waging war or risk the same fate as his predecessor, who was shot dead by special forces this month.

The naming of hard-liner Timoleon Jimenez as leader of the drug-funded guerrilla group has dampened hopes the killing of the former commander, Alfonso Cano, could herald the beginning of the end of nearly five decades of war.

Nov 15, 2011

Colombia’s FARC rebels pick hardline new boss

BOGOTA (Reuters) – Colombia’s FARC guerrillas named Timoleon Jimenez, a hard-liner known as Timochenko, as their new leader after the Andean country’s armed forces killed his predecessor, a rebel statement said on Tuesday

In one of the largest strikes against the guerrillas, Colombian forces killed FARC leader Alfonso Cano on November 4. But the insurgents vowed to fight on, dampening hopes that his death might bring the nation closer to peace.

Nov 8, 2011

Colombians caught in war long for reprieve

PARAMILLO NATIONAL PARK, Colombia (Reuters) – In the remote mountains of north Colombia, an indigenous woman stands on a bank of the Rio Verde river at sunset watching neighbors scrub clothes while pigs sleep nearby.

“Farewell!” she mouths to another high-flying helicopter combing for rebels in the hills of Cordoba province, one of the Andean nation’s most violent regions.

Nov 6, 2011

Colombia’s Santos eases pressure with rebel killing

BOGOTA (Reuters) – The killing of Colombia’s top guerrilla boss will quiet criticism of President Juan Manuel Santos, whose popularity has taken a hit over perceptions the Andean nation’s security gains were being reversed.

In one of the largest strikes against the guerrillas, Colombian forces killed FARC leader Alfonso Cano Friday. But the insurgents vowed to fight on, dampening hopes that Cano’s death might bring the nation closer to peace.

Nov 6, 2011

Analysis: Colombia’s Santos eases pressure with rebel killing

BOGOTA (Reuters) – The killing of Colombia’s top guerrilla boss will quiet criticism of President Juan Manuel Santos, whose popularity has taken a hit over perceptions the Andean nation’s security gains were being reversed.

In one of the largest strikes against the guerrillas, Colombian forces killed FARC leader Alfonso Cano on Friday. But the insurgents vowed to fight on, dampening hopes that Cano’s death might bring the nation closer to peace.

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