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BOGOTA — Colombian rebels on Tuesday announced plans to release six hostages who have been held captive for more than a decade.

The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia said in a statement published on a rebel website that the six will be released as soon as details are worked out.

The rebels said three of those to be freed include police officers Jorge Trujillo, Jorge Romero and Jose Libardo Forero, who were kidnapped in southern Colombia on July 11, 1999.

They also said in the statement that they will soon announce the identities of the other hostages to be freed.


President diagnosed with thyroid cancer

BUENOS AIRES — Argentine President Cristina Fernandez has thyroid cancer, but test results Tuesday show that it remains limited to a lobe in the right side of her neck, and has not metastasized or spread into her lymph nodes.

The cancer was discovered during a routine exam on Dec. 22.

Ms. Fernandez, 58, will undergo surgery on Jan. 4 at the Hospital Austral in Buenos Aires and then take 20 days of medical leave, during which Vice President Amado Boudou will run the country.

This kind of thyroid cancer is highly survivable, with more than 95 percent of patients living at least 10 years after detection, according to the U.S. National Institutes of Health.


Prince Philip leaves hospital

LONDON — Britain’s Prince Philip returned to the royal family’s country estate Tuesday, after a spell in the hospital undergoing treatment for a blocked coronary artery.

Philip, Queen Elizabeth II’s 90-year-old husband, spent four nights in the hospital recovering from a successful coronary stent procedure. He was taken to Papworth, a specialist heart hospital in Cambridge, on Friday after complaining of chest pains.

It was the most serious health scare suffered by Philip, who is known to be active and robust. He has continued to appear at many engagements, most recently taking a 10-day tour of Australia with the queen.

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