Hostages

FARC Frees Last Foreign Hostage

About FARCing time: The Associated Press reports that the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, better known by its acronym FARC, has released its last known foreign hostage: a 69-year-old partially paralyzed Swede named Erik Roland Larsson. Paralyzed in half his body, Larsson was kidnapped with his Colombian wife in May 2007. (She escaped that same month following a gunbattle between guerillas and police.) FARC had sought a $5 million ransom for Larsson, but it’s unclear if it was actually paid.