Venezuela frees Colombians convicted in alleged plot against Chavez

More than two dozen Colombian prisoners arrested three years ago in an alleged plot against President Hugo Chavez were freed Saturday after being pardoned by the Venezuelan leader. The 27 Colombians were among more than 100 men arrested on accusations of plotting to stage a rebellion and assassinate Chavez. The Venezuelan leader has called the pardons a goodwill gesture that he hopes will spur the Colombian government and leftist rebels to exchange guerrilla prisoners for rebel-held hostages.