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Colombia kidnappings seen as bid for peace talks

The recent kidnapping of several foreigners by Colombia’s leftist ELN guerrilla group may, paradoxically, be aimed at prodding the government into peace talks, analysts say.

Thursday, 7 February, 2013, 5:44pm

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Chief justice opens the legal year

City Hall hosts the ceremonial opening of the legal year, with Chief Justice Geoffrey Ma Tao-li inspecting a ceremonial guard mounted by the police force at Edinburgh Place. He will address the gathering, followed by Secretary for Justice Rimsky Yuen Kwok-keung, Bar Association chairman Kumar Ramanathan and others.


14 Jan 2013 - 3:31am

Briefs, December 16, 2012

South Africa's presidency said Nelson Mandela has successfully undergone surgery to remove gallstones. The presidency said the 94-year-old Mandela underwent the surgery yesterday.

16 Dec 2012 - 5:14am

No ransom paid for freed Chinese hostages, says oil company

No ransom was paid to secure the release of four Chinese oil workers freed last month after being held hostage for more than a year, the company said Friday, rejecting allegations to the contrary.

15 Dec 2012 - 1:14pm

Ex-hostage of Colombian rebels sceptical peace talks will bear fruit

For more than five years, Marc Gonsalves and two other Americans were marched through Colombia's jungles as hostages of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or Farc, guerillas.

26 Nov 2012 - 4:26am

Four Chinese oil workers freed in Colombia

Four Chinese oil company employees held hostage since June last year, allegedly by Colombia’s Farc rebels, have been freed in southern Colombia, the Chinese embassy said Thursday.

“They released the four last night in the department of Caqueta. They are in good spirits,” said the embassy's spokesperson in Bogota.

23 Nov 2012 - 3:27am

Colombia says Farc releases 4 Chinese oil workers

Colombian police say the country’s main leftist rebel group has freed four Chinese oil workers it kidnapped more than a year ago.

Caqueta state police chief Colonel Carlos Vargas told reporters the four men were released to the International Committee of Red Cross around midnight on Wednesday in a rural area of the southern town of San Vicente del Caguan.

22 Nov 2012 - 9:18pm

Farc rebels declare ceasefire as talks begin with Colombian government

Colombia’s leftist Farc rebels on Monday declared a unilateral two-month ceasefire, at the start of talks in Cuba with the Bogota government on ending Latin America’s longest-running insurgency.

20 Nov 2012 - 12:02am

Briefs, November 20, 2012

FARC rebels announce truce amid peace talks

20 Nov 2012 - 11:29am

Talking Points

Colombia, rebels resume peace talks

19 Nov 2012 - 3:24am