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Supporters rally for two U.S. hikers on eve of Iran hearingupdated: Fri Jul 29 2011 17:44:00

Family members and supporters of two American hikers who are scheduled to have a "final hearing" Sunday in Iran rallied Friday outside that country's mission to the United Nations and called for their release.

Colombia's president: Top rebel leader may have been killedupdated: Sat Nov 20 2010 20:55:00

A top leader of a leftist guerrilla group in Colombia may have been killed during a bombing of a rebel camp, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said Saturday.

Former hostage: I lost all hopeupdated: Wed Oct 06 2010 21:18:00

Former Colombian hostage Ingrid Betancourt tells CNN's Becky Anderson she thought about taking her own life.

Long captivity brought many lows, ex-hostage Betancourt saysupdated: Wed Oct 06 2010 21:18:00

During her darkest hours in captivity, former Colombian hostage Ingrid Betancourt considered death preferable to her ordeal, she said in an interview with CNN's "Connect the World."

Former hostage Betancourt's book to go on saleupdated: Tue Sep 21 2010 00:22:00

Former Colombian hostage Ingrid Betancourt tells the story of her six-year captivity in a book due to hit the shelves Tuesday.

Former hostage Betancourt's book to be published this monthupdated: Fri Sep 03 2010 12:00:00

Former Colombian hostage Ingrid Betancourt tells the story of her six-year captivity in a book due to hit the shelves later this month, her publisher said Friday.

Former rebel hostage asks for $7M from Colombian governmentupdated: Sat Jul 10 2010 05:42:00

Former Colombian presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt is asking for about $7 million from the country's government for the years she spent as a hostage of leftist rebels.

FARC rebels release 4 Colombian hostagesupdated: Sun Feb 01 2009 22:32:00

A Colombian soldier and three police officers were released from captivity by leftist guerrillas Sunday night, completing the first stage of a three-step release of hostages.

Colombian rebel group to release 6 hostagesupdated: Sun Dec 21 2008 20:46:00

A Colombian rebel group announced plans to release 6 hostages, including former Gov. Alan Jara and former legislator Sigifredo Lopez Tobon, according to a statement from the group on Sunday. Colombian Rebels Free Former Congressmanupdated: Sun Oct 26 2008 15:00:00

A former congressman was freed in a military operation Sunday after eight years of captivity in the hands of leftist Colombian rebels

Hostages' relatives to Colombia: You abandoned usupdated: Tue Sep 09 2008 22:52:00

More than two months after former Colombian presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt and 14 others were rescued from FARC rebels, relatives of the thousands of remaining hostages say the government has abandoned them.

Colombian rescue troops 'posed as media'updated: Thu Jul 24 2008 17:27:00

Colombia's minister of defense has admitted that two of the nine people involved in this month's daring rescue of 15 hostages held by Colombian rebels were pretending to be working for a Venezuela-based television news organization.

Colombia admits rescuers posed as journalistsupdated: Thu Jul 24 2008 08:37:00

Two people who helped rescue 15 hostages from Colombian rebels posed as journalists from a real Venezuela-based television news organization, Colombia's defense minister said Wednesday.

Worldwide peace demosupdated: Mon Jul 21 2008 12:35:00

Demonstrators around the world demand liberation of hostages by leftist rebels. CNN's Kim Hutcherson reports.

Uribe: Betancourt rescuers used Red Crossupdated: Wed Jul 16 2008 18:01:00

Colombian President Alvaro Uribe admitted Wednesday that the symbol of the neutral Red Cross organization was used in a hostage rescue mission that freed 15 people from leftist rebels two weeks ago.

Betancourt honoredupdated: Mon Jul 14 2008 19:41:00

Ingrid Betancourt receives one of France's top civilian honors, the Legion of Honor.

Ex-hostages head home to 'be family men again'updated: Sat Jul 12 2008 18:35:00

Three Americans rescued last week from captivity in the Colombian jungle left a medical center for their homes Saturday, hoping for some time out of the spotlight as they reconnect with loved ones. Hostages Saved, Uribe Eyes Election updated: Sat Jul 12 2008 12:00:00

Colombia's constitution currently forbids its president a third term of office, but a surge in support could help him change that

'Severe dislike' for commanderupdated: Fri Jul 11 2008 21:02:00

Freed hostage Thomas Howes describes 'Enrique', one of the FARC commanders who kept him hostage.

Ex-FARC hostage: Rebels 'don't recognize humanity'updated: Fri Jul 11 2008 21:02:00

Three Americans rescued last week from captivity in the Colombian jungle will return to their homes Saturday, the U.S. Army South said. Betancourt's Surprise Best Sellerupdated: Fri Jul 11 2008 20:00:00

Ingrid Betancourt's letters from captivity, published before her stunning rescue in Colombia, offer a poignant glimpse of her experience as a hostage What's Next for Ingrid Betancourtupdated: Fri Jul 11 2008 11:00:00

In the media frenzy of her return to France, the Parisian-raised Colombian politician ponders the psychological costs of her captivity and sudden freedom

Betancourt to Larry King: FARC captivity 'was hell'updated: Thu Jul 10 2008 09:40:00

Ingrid Betancourt says death was her "everyday companion" during the six years she was a hostage of a leftist rebel group in Colombia.

U.S. seeks extradition of seized FARC rebelsupdated: Thu Jul 10 2008 06:11:00

The United States has formally requested the extradition of two Colombian guerrillas who were detained last week in a mission that freed 15 hostages, including three U.S. defense contractors and former Colombian presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt. Ex-hostage Betancourt Readjustsupdated: Wed Jul 09 2008 23:00:00

For former hostage Ingrid Betancourt, everyday experiences that many people take for granted are potent symbols of her new freedom

Extradition sought for two detained FARC membersupdated: Wed Jul 09 2008 09:01:00

Two guerrillas who were detained last week in a mission that freed 15 hostages -- including three U.S. defense contractors -- may soon face a judge in the United States.

Report: Rebels proposed peace days before hostage rescueupdated: Wed Jul 09 2008 03:10:00

The new leader of a rebel group in Colombia proposed peace talks with the government in a message made public Tuesday.

Survivor: Jungle hostages 'turned on each other'updated: Tue Jul 08 2008 03:56:00

The hostages held alongside Ingrid Betancourt in the Colombian jungle endured years of deprivation and abuse from the leftist rebels who kidnapped them, according to one former captive.

Homecoming for U.S. hostagesupdated: Tue Jul 08 2008 03:56:00

Three former U.S. hostages readjust to their new lives after being rescued in Colombia. CNN's Karl Penhaul reports.

Hostages chained by the neck, slept in mudupdated: Mon Jul 07 2008 11:03:00

They were chained by their necks as punishment -- sometimes to a tree or post -- other times to each other.

'I owe everything to France'updated: Mon Jul 07 2008 11:03:00

Freed FARC hostage Ingrid Betancourt makes a statement upon arriving in France.

Betancourt's hostage horrorupdated: Mon Jul 07 2008 00:01:00

Fellow hostages and members of Ingrid Betancourt's family talk about her years in captivity. CNN's Karl Penhaul reports

Freed American hostages 'overwhelmed with emotion'updated: Sun Jul 06 2008 07:10:00

The three Americans rescued after more than five years in captivity in Colombia say they are doing well but are "overwhelmed with emotion," according to a statement released on their behalf.

'Joyful' Ingrid Betancourt returns to Franceupdated: Fri Jul 04 2008 15:00:00

Years after she was taken hostage in the jungles of South America, Ingrid Betancourt stood on French soil Friday, telling a crowd of well-wishers: "I cry out of joy."

After the rescueupdated: Fri Jul 04 2008 15:00:00

Ex-hostage Ingrid Betancourt receives a hero's welcome in France. CNN's Jim Bittermann reports.

Former hostage reunited with her 'beautiful' childrenupdated: Fri Jul 04 2008 02:20:00

Former hostage Ingrid Betancourt hugged the children she hadn't seen for six years Thursday, and marveled at how they'd grown.

Old-fashioned fake-out results in freedom for hostagesupdated: Thu Jul 03 2008 20:12:00

Government agents posing as rebels tricked a gang of armed desperados into handing over 15 hostages during a rendezvous deep in Colombia's unforgiving jungle.

Rescue hinged on fake 'international mission'updated: Thu Jul 03 2008 12:22:00

Secret agents posing as leftist rebels hoodwinked insurgents and freed 15 hostages from the jungles of Colombia by pretending an "international mission" was on its way to visit the hostages, authorities in Colombia say.

Colombian president on rescueupdated: Thu Jul 03 2008 12:22:00

Colombian President Alvaro Uribe speaks about the hostage rescue that freed 15 people.

Freed U.S. hostagesupdated: Thu Jul 03 2008 11:11:00

CNN's Ed Lavandera looks ahead to what awaits the three freed U.S. hostages.

French joy as Betancourt reunited with childrenupdated: Thu Jul 03 2008 11:11:00

Ingrid Betancourt has been reunited with her children for the first time in six years since her abduction by FARC rebels in Colombia.

Betancourt: Rescue is a 'miracle'updated: Thu Jul 03 2008 06:31:00

Former presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt has described her rescue from leftist rebels as "a miracle" and "a moment of pride" in Colombia.

'The operation was perfect'updated: Thu Jul 03 2008 00:25:00

Freed hostage Ingrid Betancourt describes the "extraordinary operation" that freed her and 14 others from Colombian rebels.

Betancourt, U.S. contractors rescued from FARCupdated: Thu Jul 03 2008 00:25:00

In a secret operation a U.S. official called "brilliant," the Colombian military infiltrated rebel group FARC and deceived its members into giving up 15 hostages including former Colombian presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt, Colombia's defense ministry said.

American contractors among hostages rescued with Betancourtupdated: Wed Jul 02 2008 21:59:00

The relatives of three U.S. government contractors who were rescued in Colombia rejoiced as the men boarded a plane home Wednesday. Colombia's Stunning Hostage Rescueupdated: Wed Jul 02 2008 18:00:00

The operation that freed Ingrid Betancourt and three Americans is a major victory for Colombia's President Colombia: FARC Hostages Rescuedupdated: Wed Jul 02 2008 16:00:00

Colombia said its military rescued former presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt, three U.S. military contractors and 11 other hostages from leftist rebels on Wednesday

FARC leader's death brings hope for hostages' freedomupdated: Mon May 26 2008 22:11:00

Relatives and friends of the hundreds of men and women held hostage in the jungles of Colombia held out hope for their release now that the leader of the country's largest leftist guerilla group is dead.

Sarkozy makes offer as doubt grows over hostageupdated: Fri Apr 04 2008 04:41:00

A French-led humanitarian mission faced an uncertain future Friday in its efforts to deliver medical assistance to a high-profile hostage in the Colombian jungle.

Sarkozy: Mission to help FARC hostages beginsupdated: Wed Apr 02 2008 16:47:00

A humanitarian mission to help hostages held by Colombian rebels began as a hostage's son said his mother needs a blood transfusion, French President Nicolas Sarkozy's office said Wednesday.

Colombian president: Team will tend to hostagesupdated: Tue Apr 01 2008 20:04:00

French President Nicolas Sarkozy will send a humanitarian mission to Colombia's jungles to treat ailing hostages held by leftist rebels there, Colombian President Alvaro Uribe said Tuesday.

Colombia ready to free rebels if hostages are releasedupdated: Fri Mar 28 2008 07:46:00

The Colombian government says it will free jailed guerillas if the rebels free hostages such as Ingrid Betancourt, a French-Colombian citizen whose captivity has attracted worldwide attention.

Chavez: Little chance FARC will free high-profile hostageupdated: Tue Mar 25 2008 20:15:00

There is little chance Colombia rebels will free one-time Colombian presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt after that country's March 1 attack on a rebel camp inside Ecuador, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said Tuesday.

Chavez sends troops to borderupdated: Mon Mar 03 2008 23:40:00

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez deploys 10 battalions to the border with Colombia. CNN's Carlos Guillen reports

Ecuador: Colombian raid prevented release of captivesupdated: Mon Mar 03 2008 23:40:00

Ecuador's president said Monday that a deal to release political prisoners -- including former Colombian Sen. Ingrid Betancourt -- was nearly complete before a Colombian raid into his country Saturday.

Rebels free hostagesupdated: Thu Feb 28 2008 14:57:00

Colombian rebels free four hostages held for more than six years.

France pleads for Colombian hostage who may be illupdated: Thu Feb 28 2008 14:57:00

France has renewed its plea to Colombian rebels to free more hostages, particularly politician Ingrid Betancourt, after the release this week of four captives.

Ex-lawmakers freed by FARC arrive in Venezuelaupdated: Wed Feb 27 2008 22:43:00

Four former Colombian lawmakers arrived in Venezuela on Wednesday after being released by the guerilla group that had held them captive in the jungle for nearly six years.

Rebels abduct 6 tourists, Colombia's navy saysupdated: Mon Jan 14 2008 14:59:00

The same leftist rebel group that released two long-held hostages three days ago has kidnapped six tourists at a remote beach on Colombia's Pacific coast, a spokeswoman for the Colombian navy said Monday.

Freed Colombian hostage meets with sonupdated: Mon Jan 14 2008 02:25:00

Colombia's child welfare agency has granted freed hostage Clara Rojas full custody of the 3-year-old son taken from her during her years in a rebel camp in the jungle, the agency's director said Sunday.

Rojas reunited with young sonupdated: Mon Jan 14 2008 02:25:00

Former hostage, Clara Rojas, has been reunited with her son after three years as a captive. CNN's Karl Penhaul reports

Freed hostages in Venezuelaupdated: Thu Jan 10 2008 19:07:00

Two hostages freed by Colombian rebels have landed in the Venezuelan capital, Caracas, where dozens of their friends and family carrying flowers clapped and embraced them.

Colombia: DNA shows foster child is son of hostageupdated: Fri Jan 04 2008 16:11:00

Preliminary DNA tests indicate a 3-year-old foster child is the son of a woman being held captive by leftist rebels, Colombian officials announced Friday.

Fate uncertain of mission to free hostagesupdated: Tue Jan 01 2008 01:25:00

A mission to free three hostages held by leftist rebels in Colombia stalled Monday, with the rebels and Colombian authorities trading blame for the delay.

Mission to pick up hostages in Colombia delayedupdated: Sat Dec 29 2007 21:19:00

A tense waiting game is under way in Colombia, where the rescue of three hostages -- to be freed by Colombian leftist rebels -- failed to take place Saturday.

Mission to free hostagesupdated: Sat Dec 29 2007 21:19:00

CNN's Karl Penhaul reports from Villavicencio, Colombia, where the mission to free three hostages is under way.

Mission begins to free FARC hostagesupdated: Fri Dec 28 2007 21:40:00

Two Venezuelan helicopters arrived in central Colombia on Friday as part of an operation to free three hostages from the jungles of Colombia.

Reaction to possible releaseupdated: Thu Dec 27 2007 04:13:00

The husband of Ingrid Betancourt, a hostage not set to be released, reacts to possible release of three rebel captives.

Chavez: Ready to retrieve hostages in Colombiaupdated: Thu Dec 27 2007 04:13:00

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said three hostages held by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, could be in Venezuela by sundown if an operation to transfer them begins Thursday morning.

Chavez: Ready to retrieve hostagesupdated: Thu Dec 27 2007 03:14:00

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said Wednesday that three hostages held by Colombian rebels could be freed within hours.

Videotapes show hostagesupdated: Wed Dec 26 2007 16:00:00

Colombia authorities seized videotapes that could provide evidence that hostages are still alive.

Sarkozy appeals for Betancourt releaseupdated: Thu Dec 06 2007 20:33:00

French President Nicolas Sarkozy has made a direct appeal to a Colombian rebel group to release a French citizen held hostage for the last five years.

Videos show hostages held by Colombian rebelsupdated: Fri Nov 30 2007 10:49:00

The Colombian government has seized five videotapes from suspected members of a rebel group that show a number of hostages, including Colombian Sen. Ingrid Betancourt and three American contractors, a government statement said Thursday.

Chavez, Colombian rebels 'optimistic' after hostage talksupdated: Fri Nov 09 2007 02:20:00

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and a top Colombian guerrilla chief Thursday gave a glimmer of hope that dozens of hostages held by the leftist rebels would be freed.

Chavez to aid Colombia on hostagesupdated: Fri Aug 31 2007 22:45:00

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez will negotiate on behalf of the Colombian government with leftist rebels holding dozens of hostages, Colombian President Alvaro Uribe announced Friday.

Chavez in Colombia to help broker deal on hostagesupdated: Fri Aug 31 2007 03:25:00

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez entered Colombia's bitter hostage standoff Friday, seeking to broker a deal between the government and leftist guerrillas to free hostages, including politician Ingrid Betancourt and three U.S. defense contractors.

Hostage makes dramatic escape from Colombia rebelsupdated: Thu May 17 2007 08:43:00

A Colombian police officer says he walked for 17 days in the Amazon jungle to escape his captors, the country's revolutionary militia group.

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