EL PERIODICO (Spain), NOTICIAS CARACOL (Colombia)

BOGOTA – Colombian police say they have evidence FARC rebels are using teenagers as suicide bombers, reports El Periodico.

In a video shot by Colombian police and showed by television station Noticias Caracol, we see an alleged 14-year-old rebel, "loaded with explosives, half-naked and painted green." She was wounded by police during combat in northeastern Colombia, reports El Periodico.

The video also shows a 17-year-old boy, also painted green, who allegedly killed himself while detonating explosives against Colombian security forces, killing seven policemen. Colonel Eliecer Camacho, police commander for the North Santander region told Noticias Caracol that the teenage rebels were trained for about eight months in rural areas, where the "undergo hard, inhuman training." Part of their training is to walk barefoot or to go without food and water.

Carlos Jose Duarte, a police officer who was a prisoner of the FARC leftists for 13 years, told Noticias Caracol that he never saw children rebels during his time in captivity.



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Peng Shuai, A Reckoning China's Communist Party Can't Afford To Face

The mysterious disappearance – and brief reappearance – of the Chinese tennis star after her #metoo accusation against a party leader shows Beijing is prepared to do whatever is necessary to quash any challenge from its absolute rule.

Fears are growing about the safety and whereabouts of Peng Shuai

Yan Bennett and John Garrick

Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai's apparent disappearance may have ended with a smattering of public events, which were carefully curated by state-run media and circulated in online clips. But many questions remain about the three weeks in which she was missing, and concerns linger over her well-being.

Peng, a former Wimbledon and French Open doubles champion, had been out of the public eye since Nov. 2. 2021 when she penned a since-deleted social media post accusing former Chinese Vice-Premier Zhang Gaoli of sexual misconduct.

In the U.S. and Europe, such moments of courage from high-profile women have built momentum to out perpetrators of sexual harassment and assault and give a voice to those wronged. But in the political context of today's People's Republic of China (PRC) – a country that tightly controls political narratives within and outside its borders – something else happened. Peng was seemingly silenced; her #MeToo allegation was censored almost as soon as it was made.

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