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Colombia hostages freed at last

A Briton and four Israelis have been released by Colombian rebels, 102 days after they were taken hostage. Mark Henderson was among eight tourists held by the National Liberation Army (ELN) on 12 September, during a trek. The 32-year-old TV producer told his parents over the phone: “I’m absolutely fine. About two stone lighter.” His parents said his return from the South American jungle to Pateley Bridge in Yorkshire would be an “extra Christmas present”. Mr Henderson’s mother, Sharelle, became emotional after receiving the news at the family home, watched by a number of reporters. Later she told BBC One’s Ten O’Clock News: “I just felt from the beginning that Mark would be home safely. It’s just wonderful. “It was lovely to hear his voice, he sounded extremely cheerful.” In a reference to US Iraq administrator Paul Bremer’s quote about the capture of Saddam Hussein, his father, Christopher, had earlier told reporters: “Ladies and gentlemen, we’ve got him, he’s on the aeroplane.” Full Story

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