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Latin America Digest: Today's one-line news briefs

December 23, 2009 |  5:48 pm

Bogota, Colombia — Caqueta state Gov. Luis Francisco Cuellar, who was kidnapped this week by suspected leftist rebels, apparently was killed -- his throat slashed -- within a few hours of the abduction,   a Colombian investigator said Wednesday.

Villahermosa, Mexico — Authorities announced the arrests of four people suspected of helping the still-at-large gunmen who killed the mother, two siblings and an aunt of Mexican marine Melquisedet Angulo Cordova, hailed as a hero who died in a raid last week that killed drug lord Arturo Beltran Leyva.

Mexico City — A Mexican military helicopter crashed in a rural area in the Pacific coast state of Guerrero, killing an air force sergeant and seriously injuring two soldiers.

Rio de Janeiro — A Brazilian family has decided to end its legal fight for custody of a 9-year-old boy and will obey a court order to turn him over to his U.S. father, an aide to the family’s lawyer said.

-- Times wire reports