A hostage release mission is to go ahead after Colombia agreed to let a left-wing senator accompany the Red Cross to the handover by FARC rebels. On Sunday, four hostages were released after a year-long captivity.
The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) rebel group says it will free six of the up to 700 hostages it holds. The group hopes to swap "political hostages", including former governor Alan Jara (photo), for incarcerated FARC guerrillas.
The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia has announced it will release some hostages on Sunday, according to a lawmaker. The last time the leftist rebels freed hostages voluntarily was in February 2008.
Following the FARC's recent offer to release six hostages, Colombian President Alvaro Uribe rejected foreign help in negotiating their release in a comment apparently aimed at Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.
Ingrid Betancourt says she will leave public life for a while to write a memoir of the more than six years she spent as a hostage of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia. Betancourt was freed in July by a Colombian military operation.
Three German nationals who were held captive for five days by Yemeni tribesmen were freed on Friday. German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said in a statement that the three were "doing well under the circumstances."
Wilson Bueno alias "Isaza", a former FARC guerilla who deserted and freed a hostage, is due to travel to France shortly with ex-hostage Ingrid Betancourt. The man was promised a reward and asylum in France.
French aid worker Dany Egreteau, who was kidnapped a month ago in the Afghan capital Kabul, has been released and will be flown back home to Paris late Thursday, President Nicolas Sarkozy said on Wednesday.