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80 Killed in Clashes Between Colombian Rebels, Paramilitaries

Colombian authorities say clashes between leftist rebels and rightist paramilitaries have left at least 80 people dead in the western part of the country.

Officials said Thursday that the fighting took place in Choco province and involved the rebel Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and the paramilitary United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia (AUC).

There are frequent clashes between rebels and paramilitary fighters, whom the government accuses of battling for control of the lucrative cocaine trade. The two sides have been mired in a long-running civil war with the government that leaves thousands of people dead each year.

Some information for this story provided by Reuters.