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Colombian president pleads for U.S. aid

Facing skeptics in the new Democratic-led U.S. Congress, President Alvaro Uribe pleaded with the American public on Thursday to continue a $700 million annual aid package that he credits for making his violence-tortured nation more peaceful and less corrupt. “I ask the world, I ask the United States, to support us. We haven’t yet won but we are winning. And we will persist,” Uribe said in an interview with The Associated Press three days before his friend and close ally President Bush arrives for a six-hour visit. Full Story

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