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Supporters Pray for Colombian Hostage's Release

Marking the two-year anniversary of her abduction by Colombian rebels, supporters of presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt prayed for her release in an emotional ceremony on Saturday in Bogota. Relatives demanded a prisoner swap with the rebels, and criticized perceived government inaction. Hundreds of supporters — including Rome’s mayor Walter Veltroni — left a painted star on a Bogota sidewalk in Betancourt’s honor. In Paris, where the dual French-Colombian national enjoys near-celebrity status, a giant portrait of Betancourt was draped down the facade of city hall. Supporters planned a Sunday march in her honor. Full Story

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