• Colombia rebels free captured general, two others


    BOGOTA: Colombia’s leftist FARC guerrillas freed an army general on Sunday (Monday in Manila) in a concession to revive peace talks, but the president refused to budge on their calls for a ceasefire. Two weeks after sending the peace process into crisis by capturing Brigadier General Ruben Alzate, their highest-ranking captive in 50 years of conflict, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia handed him and two other army captives over to the Red Cross in the jungle-covered department of Choco. “Freed in perfect condition,” tweeted President Juan Manuel Santos, who suspended the peace talks on which he has staked his presidency over Alzate’s capture.



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