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Ex-Colombian President Turbay Dies at 89

Former Colombian President Julio Cesar Turbay, who negotiated the release in 1980 of dozens of diplomats held hostage by leftist rebels for 61 days, died Tuesday. He was 89. Turbay, who led the nation from 1978 to 1982, died of heart failure at the Santa Fe clinic in Bogota, said Interior and Justice Minister Sabas Pretelet. In the notorious terrorist attack of Feb. 27, 1980, fighters from the M-19 guerrilla group took 50 officials, including 16 ambassadors and the papal delegate, hostage at the Dominican ambassador’s home in a cunning raid.Full Story

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