- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 28, 2001

Colombian rebel chief killed in army attack
BOGOTA, Colombia — The military scored an important victory in its offensive against leftist insurgents Sunday as it attacked a rebel hideout, killing a prominent commander.
Ruben Aguirre, commander of the 11th Front of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), was gunned down near the town of Pauna, in central Boyaca department, with four other guerrillas, a military official said.
Those killed included a female rebel identified as Miriam Hernandez, alias "Kelly." The operation came a week after the army killed Urias Cuellar, commander of a 2,000-strong FARC brigade, in the region of Guaviare, as it pressed its offensive in the southwest of the country.
A new law permits the army to attack without having to wait to react to an assault, a requirement much criticized by the military.

Argentina prepares to woo investors
BUENOS AIRES — Argentine Finance Secretary Daniel Marx told a radio interviewer Sunday the government plans a road show to explain the details of its agreement with the International Monetary Fund to international investors.
"We are going to do it. First we have to finish the letter of intent. We have to make the announcements in Argentina first, and then we will go out and show how we expect things to develop in the future," Mr. Marx said.
Argentina is hoping $8 billion in fresh cash expected to be approved soon by the IMF will strengthen its shaky economy and shore up investor confidence in its ability to make payments on its $128 billion of public debt.
Latin America's third-biggest economy is struggling to recover from a three-year slump.

Mexico extradites 2 drug lords to U.S.

MEXICO CITY — Mexico has extradited a top Colombian cocaine trafficker to the United States, where he was wanted by the U.S. justice system.
Gino Brunetti, considered one of the top traffickers of cocaine to the United States for Mexico's Arellano Felix brothers' cartel, also known as the Tijuana cartel, asked to be handed over to the U.S. justice system to bypass a lengthy extradition process, Mexican authorities said late Sunday.
Rafael Antonio Parada Ortiz, also of Colombia, was also voluntarily extradited to the United States, where he is wanted for lesser drug charges.

Weekly notes …
Colombia's President Andres Pastrana signed an order yesterday authorizing the extradition of Fabio Ochoa, one of the few surviving members of the Medellin cocaine cartel, to the United States. Ochoa, who served a prison term in Colombia for trafficking, insists he has gone straight since his release in 1996. … Cuban President Fidel Castro received the speaker of the Palestinian legislative council, Ahmed Queri, over the weekend and discussed with him the situation in the Middle East, Havana newspapers reported. Mr. Queri, in Cuba as a guest of Cuba's national assembly, also met with senior government and Cuban Communist Party officials.

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