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Chavez tries role as Colombian mediator

Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez is taking on a risky role as a mediator in Colombia’s hostage standoff, stepping squarely into his neighbor’s civil conflict and provoking optimism among the families of those long held captive by rebels. At the invitation of President Alvaro Uribe, Chavez comes to Colombia on Friday to discuss how he might facilitate an exchange of imprisoned rebels for hostages. Full Story

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