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A clandestine program that began under the Bush administration and continues under the Obama administration led to the killings of at least two dozen leaders of the rebel group, The Washington Post reports. How did the U.S. justify involving itself in assassinations by another government? The same Office of Legal Counsel that OK'd the use of torture said it could.

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Jorge Briceno, aka “Mono Jojoy,” had long operated as a senior leader of the FARC rebel force in Colombia. But on Thursday news came that Briceno had been killed in a military airstrike, dealing a blow to the guerrilla movement and providing a public relations coup for newly minted President Juan Manuel Santos.

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After spending six years as a hostage in Colombia, politician Ingrid Betancourt, who was rescued from her rebel captors in 2008, has filed a multimillion-dollar lawsuit against the Colombian state for "emotional stress and loss of earnings."

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Colombian officials were blaming the rebel organization FARC, or Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, for the death of Luis Francisco Cuellar, governor of the country's southern province of Caquetá, on Wednesday. Cuellar had been kidnapped Monday night and was found less than a day later with his throat slit.

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Despite profound ideological differences and a long history of fighting between the groups, the two largest Colombian guerrilla armies, the ELN and the FARC, have forged a pact to fight the country's security forces.

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After making a movie about President Bush, what's "W." director Oliver Stone to do next? Why, he'll make a documentary about that repeat Bush taunter from Venezuela, President Hugo Chavez, of course!

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