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Published: Tue, 10 Jun 2008 06:02:59 +1000

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Colombian army spots US hostages

Mon, 09 Jun 2008 19:39:00 GMT

COLOMBIA'S army has located three US nationals in the hands of Marxist FARC rebels, but has not attempted a rescue, Defence Minister Juan Manuel Santos said today.



Free hostages, Chavez tells FARC

Sun, 08 Jun 2008 18:33:00 GMT

VENEZUELA'S President Hugo Chavez urged the new leader of the Marxist FARC insurgency in Colombia today to free all its hostages unconditionally, in unusually tough words for Latin America's oldest rebel force.



City plants roof gardens to fight smog

Fri, 06 Jun 2008 02:33:00 GMT

MEXICO City, one of the world's most polluted capitals, is planting rooftop gardens on public buildings as part of a program to combat global warming.



Brazil to protect more of Amazon

Thu, 05 Jun 2008 22:25:00 GMT

BRAZILIAN President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, under pressure over his stewardship of the Amazon rainforest, has unveiled plans to create three protected reserves covering an area the size of the US state of Vermont.



9/11 accused 'ready to be martyrs'

Thu, 05 Jun 2008 20:42:00 GMT

THREE of five alleged plotters in the September 11, 2001 attacks demanded today to be sentenced to death at a US military hearing, saying they had long sought martyrdom.



9/11 accused chants in court

Thu, 05 Jun 2008 17:08:00 GMT

THE accused al-Qaeda mastermind of the September 11 attacks stood in a US military court today, sang a chant of praise to Allah and said he would welcome the death penalty.



Gay soldier AWOL - or victimised

Thu, 05 Jun 2008 16:12:00 GMT

A BRAZILIAN soldier who publicly flaunted his homosexuality has been detained by military police after his dramatic arrest on live television, according to reports.



Hearing begins for 9/11 accused

Thu, 05 Jun 2008 13:42:00 GMT

FIVE men accused of plotting the September 11, 2001 attacks have appeared in public for the first time in years at the start of a US military hearing at the Guantanamo Bay base.



Rabbi accused of torturing children

Wed, 04 Jun 2008 23:23:00 GMT

BRAZILIAN police and Interpol have arrested a fugitive rabbi wanted in his native Israel on charges of torturing children in exorcism rites.



Merchant ships collide

Wed, 04 Jun 2008 19:59:00 GMT

MERCHANT ships from Greece and Malta collided off the coast of Uruguay, dumping fuel oil from one of the vessels, Uruguay's Navy said today.