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Colombia undeterred by failed rescue effort

A poll released Thursday shows the public still backs a hard-line approach toward rebels. As a flight attendant for Colombia’s Avianca airlines, Patricia Medina met a lot of travelers. But American Keith Stansell caught her eye. “We saw each other, and it was love at first sight,” says Ms. Medina, a Colombian living in Bogotá, in an emotional interview. “What woman wouldn’t fall in love with Keith? He has everything.” That was a year ago. Now Medina is eight months pregnant with Mr. Stansell’s twin boys, one of whom she plans to name after his father. But she doesn’t know if Stansell, a contractor for the US Defense Department, will be there for his sons’ birth. Since his plane crashed Feb. 13 while surveying coca crops in Caquetá, he and two other Americans are somewhere in the Colombian jungle, held by leftist rebels. The rebels are using the three Americans and dozens of other hostages as trade bait to try to free jailed guerrillas. Full Story

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