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Colombian rebels kill minister's brother

Leftwing rebels have killed the brother of Colombia’s education minister after holding him hostage for more than three years and despite two ransom payments to try to secure his release. The body of Bernardo Vélez, the older brother of the education minister, Cecilia Maria Vélez, was discovered last weekend by the side of the road where he was first kidnapped in 2001 by rebels of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or Farc. Farc, Colombia’s most powerful insurgent army, had demanded an undisclosed sum for Mr Vélez’s release, which the family paid twice. Full Story

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