Former Colombian Paramilitary Chief Extradited from US
A former Colombian paramilitary chief who is wanted for thousands of crimes was extradited back to Colombia from the United States Tuesday.
Hebert Veloza Garcia faces numerous charges in Colombia including murder and recruiting child soldiers.
He was arrested in 2007 and later sent to the United States and jailed on charges of drug trafficking - a move that angered Colombian human rights activists who feared Veloza Garcia would never face justice back home.
Colombia is emerging from more than 50 years of guerilla war after the government signed a peace treaty last year with FARC, the main rebel group. FARC has disarmed and is transforming itself into a political party.
Negotiations are currently under way with the country's second main opposition force, ELN.
Oldest Tree on White House Grounds to be Cut Down
If trees could talk, this one would have a million stories to tell - eavesdropping on the conversations of 39 U.S. presidents, watching over state visits and Easter egg rolls, witnessing joy and sorrow, war and peace and even surviving being hit by an airplane.
But experts say the huge magnolia tree President Andrew Jackson planted as a seedling in 1835 is sick and a safety hazard and a large portion will have to be cut down.
Hovering over the South Lawn near the second story South Portico, it is the oldest tree on White House grounds. Its portrait can be seen on the back of the U.S. $20 bill.
The tree has been propped up by cables and steel pole. But arborists say its wood is too delicate to withstand any efforts to hold it up. A bad storm strong wind, or even wind from the presidential helicopter could bring it down, with perhaps deadly results.
A White House spokeswoman says First Lady Melania Trump has asked that parts of the tree be preserved and possibly re-planted in the same spot.