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Top Colombia rebel leader seized

Colombia has announced the capture of a top commander of the main left-wing rebel group, the FARC. Officials said Ricardo Palmera, better known as Simon Trinidad, was arrested at a clinic in Ecuador, in a joint operation with Colombia and the US. Mr Palmera, the most senior FARC member to be captured, played a key role in failed talks with the Colombian Government in 2002. Analysts say his arrest is a coup for Colombian President Alvaro Uribe. Mr Uribe – a staunch US ally – has made the defeat of the rebels a cornerstone of his administration. Full Story

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