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Extra! Colombia-FARC Truce Broken After Deadly Ambush

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El Tiempo, April 16, 2015

"Airstrikes resume after FARC massacre," the front-page headline of Bogota-based daily El Tiempo reads Thursday, alongside a picture of Colombian soldiers retrieving the bodies of their comrades who died in an ambush by the rebels late Tuesday in western Colombia's La Esperanza.

At least 10 soldiers were killed in the attack led by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), a major setback in an effort to end 50 years of war between government and guerrilla forces that had led to an unprecedented truce last month.

El Tiempo quotes Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos as saying, "I won't be pressured by acts like this," as he ordered the resumption of airstrikes against the rebels.

ABOUT THE SOURCE: El Tiempo ("The Time") is one of the leading daily newspapers in Colombia. It was founded in 1911 and is headquartered in Bogota.

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FOCUS: Russia-Ukraine War

Russia Unleashes Powerful New "Hybrid" Missile In Latest Air Attacks On Ukraine

As Moscow launches the heaviest bombardment of Ukraine in months, evidence suggests that it may have started using a new hybrid missile that would be able to evade some high-tech Western air defense systems.

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An earlier design of Russia's guided GROM missile

Nikolai Novichkov/TASS via ZUMA
Cameron Manley

Russia carried out its largest missile attack in weeks on Ukraine on Thursday, targeting energy facilities in what officials say is part of the first new air campaign against the Ukrainian power grid since last winter. Power cuts were reported in five Ukrainian regions, along with multiple civilian deaths.

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But beyond the significance of the casualties and targets, experts are also pointing to the weapons employed. An attack in Kupyansk, in Ukraine's Kharkhiv region on Tuesday suggests that Russia has begun using a new missile system that exhibits formidable destructive potential and the ability to bypass Western air defense systems.

The Sept. 19 attack killed eight people. Oleg Sinegubov, the head of the local administration, provided a sobering account of the incident: “Two of the dead were volunteers who helped with evacuation efforts,” he said. “The occupiers cynically struck with the new Grom-E1 missile.”

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