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Colombian FARC Rebels Using Teenagers As Suicide Bombers


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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How Gen Z Is Breaking Europe's Eternal Alcohol Habit

Young people across Europe are drinking less, which is driving a boom in non-alcoholic alternatives, and the emergence of new, more complex markets.

photo of a beer half full on a bar

German beer, half-full?

Katarzyna Skiba

Updated Dec. 6, 2023 at 10:00 a.m.

PARIS — From Irish whisky to French wine to German beer, Europe has long been known for alcohol consumption. Of the top 10 countries for drinking, nine are in the European Union, according to the World Health Organization.

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But that may be starting to change, especially among Gen Z Europeans, who are increasingly drinking less or opting out entirely, out of concern for their health or problematic alcohol use. A recent French study found the proportion of 17-year-olds who have never consumed alcohol has multiplied, from less than 5% to nearly 20% over the past two decades.

The alcohol-free trend is propping up new markets for low- or zero-alcoholic beverages, including in one of Europe’s beer capitals: Germany.

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