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Setting aside combat fatigues and weapons, Colombia's once-fearsome rebels enter world of politics

BOGOTA, Colombia - Colombia's demobilized rebel group known as the FARC unveiled its new look as a political organization on Saturday with its presidential candidate promising followers at a rally in Bogota to fight corruption, address social iniquities and fight for the interests of the poor.

Gone were the FARC's combat fatigues and weapons. At an event attended by an estimated 2,500 in the impoverished and crime-ridden Ciudad Bolivar barrio, the once hyperviolent guerrilla group showed off its new

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