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Colombia's most wanted criminal ups the stakes in the bloody drug war

WHAT HE WANTS, APPARENTLY, IS RESPECT. IN HIDing since last July when he escaped from his comfy cell in a prison at Envigado, Medellin drug boss Pablo Escobar has been trying to negotiate a conditional surrender. Colombian President Cesar Gaviria Trujillo has said no, choosing instead, with the U.S., to place more than $3 million in bounties on Escobar's head and stepping up police pressure. Last week Escobar fired back, announcing that he would set up a private army, the Antioquia Rebel Movement, to counter the "barbaric methods" of special antinarcotics police forces. The government dismissed the threat as an attempt...

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