Colombia

    Colombia's FARC guerrillas on Feb. 3 freed a former governor held hostage for more than seven years, the fifth captive released this week by Latin America's oldest surviving left-wing insurgency. A Red Cross helicopter picked up ex-governor Alan Jara in the jungles of southern Colombia and ferried him to the town of Villavicencio where he was greeted by his wife and son. The FARC freed three captive police officers and a soldier on Sunday and another handover is planned for later this week, fueling speculation that the weakened rebels want to recover political capital after a year of military setbacks. (Reuters)

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