The leader of Colombia's violent right-wing paramilitary forces, indicted by the U.S. on drug trafficking charges Tuesday, has professed his innocence, but promised to surrender to authorities.
Colombian President Alvaro Uribe, vowing to crack down on leftist rebel groups, issued a state of emergency decree early Monday to boost military forces after a wave of violence last week.
Three powerful bombs exploded in Bogota Wednesday, killing at least 12 people and injuring some 28 others, just minutes before Alvaro Uribe was sworn in as Colombia's 38th president.
Deadly insurgent attacks continued to flare in Colombia Tuesday despite a massive security buildup ahead of Wednesday's inauguration of President-elect Alvaro Uribe.
Hard-line independent candidate Alvaro Uribe, who cruised to victory in Sunday's election, pledged to talk with leftist guerillas and to impose greater security in war-torn Colombia.
Voters in Colombia, weary after years of fighting with leftist guerillas, overwhelmingly elected hard-line, anti-rebel candidate Alvaro Uribe Velez as the war-torn country's 38th president Sunday.
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