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Colombia Rebels Plan Handoff of US, UK Journalists

Marxist Colombian rebels called on Wednesday for an official commission to receive a U.S. photographer and British reporter kidnapped last week in a violent stretch of eastern Colombia, and reiterated plans to release the journalists “safe and sound.” “We are requesting a commission from the public prosecutor’s office and the (government’s) human rights office … to receive the journalists,” the Cuban-inspired National Liberation Army, or ELN, said in a statement obtained by Reuters. British reporter Ruth Morris and U.S. photographer Scott Dalton were abducted while traveling on freelance assignment for the Los Angeles Times along a rural road on Jan. 21 in the province of Arauca, where U.S. Special Forces this month started training local troops in counterinsurgency techniques. Full Story

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