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Disappearance of Rightist Unsettles Colombian Peace Talks

Days after an assassination attempt on Carlos Castaño, the driving force of Colombia’s right-wing paramilitary army, his disappearance has thrown peace talks between the paramilitaries and the government into a state of turmoil. It has also threatened a cornerstone of President Álvaro Uribe’s strategy to pacify the country. Mr. Castaño, a founder of an antiguerrilla movement known for mass killings and drug trafficking and classified as a terrorist organization by the State Department, was the target of an assassination attempt on Friday by a rival faction of the organization. It remained unclear on Wednesday if Mr. Castaño had been killed and his body hidden or if he had escaped into the jungle. Full Story

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