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A Hospital In Bogota, Mirror Of Colombia's Civil War Scars

Bogotá's Central Military Hospital has seen the worst of decades of civil war in Colombia — from severed limbs to longstanding traumas, Amid prospects of peace with the FARC guerrillas, its work begins a slight, and welcome decline.

Veterans at Colombia Independence Day celebration
Veterans at Colombia Independence Day celebration
Jaime Florez Suarez

BOGOTÁ — For the first time in decades, the trauma and injuries ward in Bogotá"s Military Hospital has empty beds. A more peaceful breeze seemed to blow through the building, which had witnessed decades of conflict between the Colombian state, communist guerrillas and motley groups of armed gangs.

The trauma ward used to be full of young soldiers with broken bodies and severed limbs. Today, it caters more to the needs of older veterans dealing with heart or kidney conditions. That switch has come about as a result of peace talks between the government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).

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Has Lebanese Politics Finally Freed Itself Of Iran's Influence?

Lebanon's recent elections have shrunk the legislative block led by national power-brokers Hezbollah. But will a precarious new majority be able to rid the government of the long shadow of Tehran?

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Ahmad Ra'fat

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The results of parliamentary elections in Lebanon, have put an end to the majority block led by Hezbollah, the paramilitary group concocted by the Islamic Republic of Iran. Hezbollah and its Christian allies, the Free Patriotic Movement, led by President Michel Aoun, lost their 71 seats and will now have 62 (of a total 128 seats).

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