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Colombia Leader Urges Release of Hostages

Colombian President Alvaro Uribe on Friday accused the nation’s second-largest rebel outfit of kidnapping eight foreign tourists, and urged the Cuban-inspired group to immediately set them free and accept peace talks. Uribe blamed the National Liberation Army, or ELN, for the Sept. 12 abductions of four Israelis, two Britons, a German and a Spaniard. One of the hostages, 19-year-old Briton Matthew Scott, escaped days later by hurling himself down a precipice. He returned home early Friday to a relieved family. “I’m going to be just fine. Life is looking pretty good,” Scott told reporters at London’s Heathrow Airport, surrounded by his parents, brother and sister. But, he added, “I am very concerned for the other hostages.” Full Story

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