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
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
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 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
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 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
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
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
FARC rebels announce truce amid peace talks20 Nov 2012 - 11:29am
Colombia, rebels resume peace talks19 Nov 2012 - 3:24am
Six Colombian police officers were killed on Monday in an attack blamed on leftist Farc guerillas, regional police sources said.
The officers were gunned down in the southwestern department of Cauca between the towns of Puerto Tejada and Villarrica, according to local police, who blamed the assault on the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia.30 Oct 2012 - 11:47am
Fidel Castro appears in public after months22 Oct 2012 - 5:15am
Under the jagged Andean peaks of south-western Colombia, villagers gathered on a recent cloudy morning at the school, where they mixed cement to rebuild a classroom destroyed in March by a mortar shell.17 Oct 2012 - 4:55am
Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said on Monday he would undergo surgery for a non-aggressive prostate cancer in a health scare that seemed unlikely to derail his government’s imminent talks with Marxist rebels to end decades of war.
Santos, 61, said the tumour was discovered as part of a routine checkup and will be removed on Wednesday.2 Oct 2012 - 1:10pm