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Daily Archives: January 17, 2008

Pride in the game and wealth

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Price drives thousands of Chinese from Hong Kong and the

mainland to the gaming tables in Macau, as well as other sport betting.

Uribe meets freed hostages Gonzalez, Rojas and son

President Alvaro Uribe on Tuesday met former hostages Consuelo Gonzalez and Clara Rojas for the first time since they were freed by Colombia's FARC rebels five days ago, a government official said.Uribe visited the two women, along with Rojas's three year old son Emmanuel, who was born in captivity but then handed over to a foster home, at their apartments in northern Bogota, the official said.The meetings with Rojas and Gonzalez were "friendly" and Uribe was "very affectionate with Emmanuel," said the official, who asked to remain anonymous.Rojas, 44, was managing the presidential campaign of Franco-Colombian politician Ingrid Betancourt when the two were seized by the rebels in February 2002. Betancourt remains captive.Gonzalez, 57, a former lawmaker, was kidnapped in September 2001.The two were among 45 prominent hostages the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia have sought to exchange with Uribe's administration for some 500 jailed comrades.Rojas and Gonzalez where whisked by helicopter from the heart of Colombia's Amazon jungle and taken by plane to Caracas, where they met President Hugo Chavez, who was instrumental in negotiating their release with the leftist Colombian rebels.Rojas returned to Bogota on Sunday to meet with Emmanuel for the first time since he was taken from her for medical attention when he was eight months old.Gonzalez returned to the Colombian capital on Monday and handed to authorities proof that another eight FARC hostages were alive.She earlier announced plans to meet with Uribe to discuss the proposed prisoner swap.The Colombian government believes the FARC hold a total of about 750 hostages, and the group is suspected of kidnapping six more people, including a Norwegian-Colombian, on Sunday in northwestern Colombia.

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