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Cali Cartel Leader Sentenced To 9 Years

A leader of the Cali drug cartel who turned himself in last year during a police crackdown was sentenced Friday to nine years in prison.

Victor Patino, a former policeman who was considered the No. 5 man in the cartel, cut his sentence in half by surrendering and confessing to drug trafficking and illegal enrichment.

Patino, 37, was among half a dozen cartel kingpins who surrendered or were arrested in 1995 during an intense police effort to dismantle the leadership of the world’s biggest cocaine syndicate.

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Zimbabwe leader calls assassination attempt ‘cowardly act’

UPDATED: 6:41 p.m.

updated  Zimbabwe’s president was unscathed Saturday by an explosion at a campaign rally that state media called an attempt to assassinate him, later visiting his two injured vice presidents and declaring the “cowardly act” will not disrupt next month’s historic elections.