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Colombia Purges Over 500 Troops

More than 500 Colombian soldiers have been discharged so far this year for poor performance, corruption or human rights abuses in the biggest purge of military ranks since 2000, the army said Monday. President Álvaro Uribe is pressing the military to crush Marxist rebels who are fighting a four-decade-old war that leaves thousands of people dead each year. Some of the discharged soldiers, who include 67 officers, were ousted for having links with the rebels or far-right paramilitary outlaws, an army spokesman said. Full Story

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