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| 3/29/2010 12:00:00 AM

Colombian rebels free soldier to Red Cross

March 29--Colombian rebels released a kidnapped government soldier to a Red Cross mission in a remote southern jungle on Sunday, almost a year after he was wounded and captured in combat.

In the first of two planned handovers, Josue Daniel Calvo was freed by the FARC, or Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, and flown by helicopter from the jungle to Villavicencio, where he was reunited with family.

Calvo was limping badly but looked to be in generally better condition than other recently released hostages, some of whom had spent years in secret camps where they were chained and suffered from tropical diseases.

The FARC plans on Tuesday to release the second of the 23 police and soldiers it still holds captive to the Red Cross team and leftist Senator Piedad Cordoba, who has helped broker the handovers.
 
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