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10/31/2007 : Granda travels to Caracas to facilitate humanitarian swap

Rodrigo Granda, known as the "Foreign Minister" of the rebel Colombian Revolutionary Armed Forces (FARC), departed from Cuba to Venezuela, where he is making efforts to facilitate a humanitarian swap of hostages for fighters -a process where Venezuelan ruler Hugo Chávez is playing a role as a mediator, Efe reported.

10/30/2007 : Colombia's left wins in capital, but right holds sway elsewhere in nationwide votes

Colombia's leftist opposition won a landslide victory the in Bogota mayor's race, but candidates loyal to President Alvaro Uribe cruised to victory in the heartland, where his hardline security policies are widely popular.

10/29/2007 : Jailings don't keep parties from power in Colombia

Election-related violence has raged in advance of the elections. Twenty candidates have been assassinated in the past two months, almost all of them in attacks carried out by leftist rebels against allies of President Uribe, officials said. Fear is expected to keep many voters away from the polls.

10/27/2007 : 6 displaced men killed by armed groups in Colombia, UN refugee agency reports

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today raised the alarm about conditions in the Chocó region on Colombia's Pacific coast, where six displaced Afro-Colombian men were killed last week by members of an irregular armed group.

10/26/2007 : Many Candidates in Danger in Colombia

Election-related violence is soaring in rural Colombia ahead of Sunday's local and regional elections. Twenty candidates have been assassinated the past two months, almost all of them attacks carried out by leftist rebels against allies of conservative President Alvaro Uribe.

10/18/2007 : Violence votes early in Colombia

Candidates in Colombia routinely are threatened, kidnapped or slain by right-wing paramilitary groups, drug traffickers and political opponents, in addition to leftist rebels. Candidates in 576 municipalities, or more than half of the nation's total, are running despite the risks of physical violence, according to a study by the election-monitoring group Electoral Observation Mission. In 146 townships, the risk is "extreme," said mission director Alejandra Barrios.

10/14/2007 : Chavez to meet with Colombian rebels 'in coming days'

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said Friday that his previously delayed meeting with Colombian leftist rebels will take place "in coming days."

10/10/2007 : Uribe, Chávez to address humanitarian swap

Colombian Vice-President Francisco Santos claimed FARC leader Marulanda, who "has murdered countless Colombians, someone who orders planting antipersonnel landmines," does not even deserve a coffee

10/9/2007 : Chavez Asks Colombia's Uribe for More Help in FARC Negotiations

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez asked his Colombian counterpart for ``greater collaboration'' in negotiations with that country's biggest guerrilla group to secure the release of hostages.

10/7/2007 : 1.5 million throng Paris streets for 'White Night' festivities

Now in its 6th year, this year's Nuit Blanche was dedicated to Ingrid Betancourt, a French-Colombian politician seized by left-wing Colombian rebels in 2002 while campaigning as a green party presidential candidate.

10/6/2007 : Venezuela's Chavez meets with French envoy to discuss possible prisoner swap

Daniel Parfait, director of the Americas for France's foreign ministry, came to Caracas for talks ahead of Chavez's planned visit to Paris next month to meet French President Nicolas Sarkozy.

10/5/2007 : Gates Endorses Colombia's Policy on Hostages

U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates has endorsed the efforts by Colombian President Alvaro Uribe Velez to negotiate the release of hundreds of hostages held by militant groups in his country, including three Americans who have been held for more than four years. VOA's Al Pessin reports from Bogota.

10/3/2007 : Colombia dismisses permits for FARC leaders to visit Venezuela

Colombian President Álvaro Uribe Tuesday said he would not grant any delegate of the rebel Colombian Revolutionary Armed Force permit to travel to Caracas to attend a meeting with Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez, but showed certainty that they "would find a way to get there," AFP reported.

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