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Aircraft crash in central Colombia, 3 killed

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Bogota: Colombian authorities have confirmed that a Cessna 402 light aircraft crashed in the outskirts of Cajica municipality, about 28 kilometers north from Bogota, the national capital, killing all three people on board.

Photo credit: theaustralian.com.au
Photo credit: theaustralian.com.au

The airplane, which belonged to the Aeroexpress company, reported an emergency at 10.02 a.m. on Saturday before it crashed within minutes in a rural area close to a house in the Cajica outskirts, the country’s Civil Aeronautic said in an official statement.

(IANS)

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Brazilian footballer Robinho faces extended spell on sidelines after scans revealed broken bone in his back

Brazilian footballer Robinho faces an extended spell on the sidelines a broken bone in his back.

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Brazil, Jan27, 2017: Brazilian footballer Robinho faces an extended spell on the sidelines after scans revealed a broken bone in his back.

The 33-year-old Atletico Mineiro player suffered the injury during Brazil’s 1-0 friendly victory over Colombia on Thursday, a match that raised money for victims of the Chapecoense air disaster, reports Xinhua news agency.

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“Robinho suffered trauma in his back – a small fracture in the third vertebra,” Brazil team doctor Rodrigo Lasmar said on Thursday.

“It’s similar to the one that Neymar had at the (2014) World Cup, but this is a little different because it’s an incomplete fracture without any deviation,” Lasmar added.

Robinho is expected to miss most or all of Atletico Mineiro’s Campeonato Mineiro campaign, which begins on Saturday. (IANS)

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Colombian Guerrilla group releases Spanish Journalist after week-long captivity

Both ELN and FARC are currently negotiating with government over a peace agreement mediated by Cuba

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Salud Hernandez, correspondent at El mundo . Image Source: elspanol.com
  • Hernandez went missing on May 21 in a remote region near border with Venezuela
  • Salud Hernandez and Two other journalist were released by the Leftist Guerrilla group
  • The spanish Journalist was delivered to a Catholic priest in the town of Torrán (Bogota, Colombia)

Salud Hernandez , a Spanish journalist disappeared on May 21 was released on Friday by Marxist guerrilla group in Colombia with 2 other journalist after almost a week in captivity.

It seems that she disappeared while covering a story in remote region near the border with Venezuela and was inhabited by the guerrilla group.

Salud Hernandez, correspondent of a Spanish newspaper El Mundo said, “Thank you to everyone who prayed for me,” on Friday in her first interview upon  being freed.

The guerrilla group identify themselves as ELN or National Liberation Army. They delivered Hernandez to a Catholic priest in the town of Torrán. Hernandez confirmed that the other two journalist’s are with them and after  2 hours Correspondent Diego D’Pablos and cameraman Carlos Melo, who work for the RCN Colombian TV network, were also released.

Members of the Colombian National Liberation Army(ELN) guerrilla group stand in the mountains of Perija near the border town of Cucuta 06 December 1999 during a meeting with reporters. The Colombian government has begun a track of talks with the ELN, Colombia's second largest leftists rebel group but has not bowed to their demands for a demilitarized zone in the northern Colombia. Image source: Getty Images
Members of the Colombian National Liberation Army(ELN) guerrilla group stand in the mountains of Perija near the border town of Cucuta 06 December 1999 during a meeting with reporters. The Colombian government has begun a track of talks with the ELN, Colombia’s second largest leftists rebel group but has not bowed to their demands for a demilitarized zone in the northern Colombia. Image source: Getty Images

ELN is the second largest rebel group just after Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC. The ELN  has an estimated 1,200 fighters. It is said that Catatumbo area is filled with ELN people and illegal crops are means of earning in that area. Catatumbo is also home for drung selling.

Both ELN and FARC are currently negotiating with government over a peace agreement mediated by Cuba.

Farc’s leader Rodrigo Londoño, better known as Timochenko, on Friday in an unusual tweet criticised ELN for kidnapping Salud .” Today it’s Salud Hernández, tomorrow it could be any Colombian. Those practices must end for ever in Colombia. Peace demands her freedom.”

Columbian president Juan Manuel Santos has said that peace talks will not begin until ELN releases all the hostages. But the group has not agreed to this and their leader Nicolás Bautista, known as Gabino said “We are not willing to accept impositions,” in an interview which aired before the journalist was kidnapped.

-by Bhaskar Raghavendran

Bhaskar is a graduate in Journalism and mass communication and a reporter at NewsGram. Twitter handle: bhaskar_ragha

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Colombian rebel group FARC to adopt Gandhian principles

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farc1_s_youtubeBy NewsGram Staff Writer

Indian ideals of non-violence have always made their impact felt in the world, the Gandhian principles being increasingly followed by all peace loving nations.

Continuing the trend, leaders of Colombia’s guerrilla movement Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia(FARC) have agreed to follow Gandhian principle of non-violence to attain its political objectives.

Indian spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, on his three day visit to Cuba, held several rounds of discussions with leaders of the FARC for the peace-building process in Colombia.

After facing many hurdles in the past three years, the Colombian government in Cuba was holding peace talks with the FARC leaders, who had invited Sri Sri to mediate in the process.

“In this conflict everyone should be considered as victims. And inside every culprit, there is a victim crying for help”, Sri Sri said.

“The FARC has finally agreed to embrace the Gandhian principle of non-violence”, Karthik Krishna, a spokesperson for Art of Living told PTI.

On the other hand, FARC Commander Ivan Marquez said they would adopt non-violent means for attaining their political goals.

“We will work for peace and justice for all the people of Colombia”, Marquez said.

FARC is a left-wing guerrilla movement involved in the Colombian armed conflict since 1964 and has been designated a terrorist organization by the UN and USA.

Peace talks have been hammered out since November 2012 by FARC to bring an end to five decades of war and conflict, which has killed more than 2,00,000 people and uprooted more than six million people.