Four hostages held by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) were released Feb. 27, in a deal brokered by Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez. The four ex-members of Colombia’s congress are among some 40 high-profile hostages held for years by the guerrilla organization. They were handed over to a delegation of Venezuelan and Colombian politicians and Red Cross personnel sent by Chávez at an undisclosed location in the Colombian jungle. They then flew to the Venezuelan capital, Caracas, to be welcomed by relatives. (Newsday, Feb. 28)
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