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Colombia Abductions Dip, but Still Kidnap Capital

Kidnappers in Colombia snatched an average of seven adults and one child every day last year, according to a gloomy report released on Thursday in the world’s kidnapping capital. Bogota-based group Pais Libre said there were 2,986 abductions in 2002 — down 55 cases compared with the previous year, but still more than in the rest of the world combined. About 40 percent of the abductions took place since hard-line President Alvaro Uribe took power in August, raising military spending and launching a massive law-and-order campaign across the war-torn Andean nation. Full Story

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