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Colombian defense minister says top guerrilla may be dead after 4 decades leading rebels




Official says Top guerrilla leader is dead

Manuel "Sureshot" Marulanda, the legendary leader of Latin America's largest guerrilla army, is dead, Colombian Defense Minister Manuel Santos said in an interview published Saturday. Santos told Semana magazine that Marulanda died on March 26, citing "a source who has never failed us." Santos said "the guerrillas say" Marulanda died of a heart attack, but noted that three bombing raids targeted Marulanda on that date. Marulanda, whose real name is Pedro Antonio Marin, has led the peasant-based Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, for more than 40 years. Marulanda, believed to be about 80, may have been replaced as FARC leader by a rebel ideologue known as Alfonso Cano, Santos said.


Parents' eBay ad offers to sell baby

Authorities in southern Germany said Saturday they have taken custody of a 7-month-old boy after his parents posted an ad on eBay offering to sell him for one euro, the equivalent of $1.57. Peter Hieber, a spokesman for police in the Bavarian town of Krumbach, said the baby's 23-year-old mother insisted the ad was only a joke. "Offering my nearly new baby for sale, as it has gotten too loud. It is a male baby, nearly 70 cm (28 inches) long and can be used either in a baby carrier or a stroller," police quoted the ad as reading. No offers were made for the child in the two hours and 30 minutes the ad was posted on Tuesday.


Shark attacks American surfer

A shark injured a 49-year-old American surfer Saturday off the Pacific coast of Mexico, in the third attack in a month. The Mexican navy deployed personnel to warn people about sharks at beaches in Zihuatanejo, a resort northwest of Acapulco, but authorities have not closed beaches. A day earlier, a 21-year-old Mexican surfer was killed by a shark off a nearby beach. The two attacks came a month after a shark killed a San Francisco man surfing in the same area.


Opposition chief returns for runoff

Zimbabwean opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai, who fled his homeland after winning the most votes in a presidential contest because of fears he would be assassinated, returned on Saturday to Harare to campaign in the June 27 runoff against President Robert Mugabe. At a news conference in Harare after arriving from Johannesburg, he said that leaders in southern Africa had guaranteed his safety and assured him that election monitors would arrive by June 1 to prevent further violence against his supporters.


Saudi Arabia: The Interior Ministry said Saturday that authorities have beheaded Mohammed al-Doussari, a Saudi convicted of armed robbery and raping a woman. Saudi Arabia follows a strict interpretation of Islam under which people convicted of murder, drug trafficking, rape and armed robbery can be executed.

India: Police in Sikandra opened fire on a demonstration by members of one of India's lowest castes Saturday, killing four protesters and taking the death toll in two days of protests to 20, a senior police official said.

Times wires

Colombian defense minister says top guerrilla may be dead after 4 decades leading rebels 05/24/08 [Last modified: Monday, November 7, 2011 4:30pm]
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