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Tears as Liverpool star Luis Diaz reunited with father after kidnap ordeal | World News

Liverpool star Luis Diaz has been reunited with his father who was kidnapped and held hostage by a guerilla group in Colombia.

The pair were visibly emotional – with Diaz’s father in tears – as they embraced in Barranquilla for the first time since the ordeal.

The Colombian football federation announced Luis Manuel Diaz Jimenez’s arrival in the city, with the message “welcome home Luchooo”.

The Colombian national team are due to play Brazil there on Thursday in a South American qualifying round for the 2026 World Cup.

The pair looked visibly emotional as they reunited. Pic: Colombia Football Federation/Reuters
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The pair looked visibly emotional as they reunited. Pic: Colombia Football Federation/Reuters

Mr Diaz Jimenez had been held hostage for 12 days in a mountainous area of Colombia by members of the National Liberation Army, or ELN.

He was taken along with Diaz’s mother, Cilenis Marulanda, on 28 October by armed men on motorbikes at a petrol station in the town of Barrancas, near Colombia’s border with Venezuela.

Ms Marulanda was rescued within hours by police.

After Mr Diaz Jimenez was kidnapped, special forces searched for him in a mountain range that spans the two countries.

And a $48,000 (£38,000) reward was offered by police for information leading to his rescue.

Diaz had pleaded with his father’s kidnappers to release him and said he and his brothers were “desperate” to see him returned.

The group later admitted the kidnapping was a mistake and its top leadership ordered Mr Diaz Jimenez’s release.

He was eventually freed last Thursday in the vicinity of the Serrania del Perija, a mountainous area of difficult access on the border between Colombia and Venezuela.

Four suspects were arrested at the weekend in connection with the kidnapping.

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The abduction happened during peace negotiations between the Colombian government and the ELN, and left the talks in a critical state.

The government wants the group to promise to end its kidnappings and free remaining captives – a key issue in the next round of discussions.

The ELN has defended the kidnappings as a way of financing itself, and claimed it “is poor like the majority of Colombians”.

Armed groups in Colombia carried out 160 kidnappings and 121 releases between January 2022 and September 2023, according to the country’s ombudsman’s office.

James Corden and Adele brought to tears in final Carpool Karaoke | Ents & Arts News

James Corden and Adele were brought to tears as they reunited for a final session of “Carpool Karaoke”.

The long-running segment on the Late Late Show involves Corden “driving to work” with the help of various musical stars while singing songs from their various back catalogues.

The session with Adele was recorded ahead of Corden’s last episode as host of The Late Late Show, which will air on CBS in the US on Thursday.

Corden, a British comedian who began hosting the US talk show in 2015, hailed the “brilliant adventure” of his time stateside.

However, he reiterated that it was “time to go home” as he and Adele looked back on his tenure of the show.

During Corden’s time hosting The Late Late Show, Carpool Karaoke has featured titans of the music industry including Adele, Sir Paul McCartney, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Billie Eilish and One Direction.

In her first appearance, filmed in London in 2016, Adele produced multiple viral moments including downing an entire cup of tea, and showing off her rap skills.

It became the most viral Carpool Karaoke clip of the show with 67.5 million views on YouTube – though it has now surpassed 260 million.

A clip of her new appearance shows Adele arriving at Corden’s house.

She then use cymbals to wake him up and declaring, in a twist, that she would be the one driving him to work – despite admitting her poor driving skills.

Reflecting on his time on the show, Corden said: “I’m excited and scared in equal measure. I don’t know it’s been a crazy eight years.”

“In one sense it feels like it’s gone like that and in the other I can’t really remember what life was like before being here.”

James Corden attends The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute benefit gala celebrating the opening of the "In America: An Anthology of Fashion" exhibition on Monday, May 2, 2022, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
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James Corden is leaving his role as host of The Late Late Show

The pair later got emotional while singing a rendition of Adele’s “I Drink Wine” – with the singer explaining that the lyrics to the song had partly been inspired by a conversation they had once had.

She said: “We were on vacation together with the kids, and we were on our way home. And my mood had changed and it was like the first year where I felt like I had to hold myself accountable for being an adult.

“The year before I left Simon (Konecki) and stuff like that, and you and (Corden’s wife) Jules and the kids were so integral in looking after me… you used to do it with humour too.”

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Adele revealed Corden had confided in her that he had not felt “strong” and they had had a six-hour conversation about the pressures of their personal and professional lives.

Corden said he had been “floored” after first hearing the song, which had been “everything I had been feeling that day”.

Playing the track, Adele told him “every time I listen to this I think of you”, as Corden sat becoming visibly emotional.

Following his exit from the show, the comedian has said he plans to return to the UK to spend more time with his family.

Corden announced his departure from The Late Late Show almost exactly a year ago. He took over as host after comedian Craig Ferguson left the show.

Airing every weekday night, the show is billed as “the ultimate late night after party”, and features a mix of celebrity guests, musical acts, games and sketches.

Peter Kay in tears as he gets standing ovation at start of comeback gig in Manchester | Ents & Arts News

Peter Kay was in tears after walking on to a standing ovation on the first night of his comeback tour on Friday night.

The comedian received a rapturous reception as he opened his gig at the Manchester AO Arena – the curtain-raiser for his first live tour for 12 years.

He appeared overwhelmed as the audience of thousands clapped, cheered and chanted his name for several minutes.

Kay leant against a stool before dabbing his eyes and standing up.

“Oh Jesus look at me, I mean what’s that all about… how am I supposed to do bloody comedy now?” he asked the crowd.

“I can’t believe I cried, where did it come from, all that emotion?” he reportedly added.

Kay, 49, looked noticeably slimmer as he returned to live duties after four years out of the spotlight.

His cancelled his last tour in December 2017 due to “unforeseen family circumstances” – a hiatus that had raised speculation about his health, but which remains unexplained.

The Bolton-born star looks set to make up for lost time and break his own record for the biggest-selling comedy tour, after recently revealing his comeback during an ad break for I’m A Celebrity…

He now has more than 100 arena dates scheduled around the country stretching into summer 2025, including a monthly residency of London’s O2 Arena.

The first reviews of the new show were positive, with the Manchester Evening News giving it five stars and calling it a “triumphant return” with “plenty of dazzling surprises” and a memorable finale.

“This show really did have it all,” wrote the reviewer.

“For the die-hards there was the knowing laughs to famous quips from years gone by. For those who have never seen him live before there were his hilarious musings on modern life.”

Fans also praised the show on social media, with Paul Greenhalgh tweeting: “Peter Kay tonight, was actually nervous for him thinking he might not be as good as he used to be.

“Ten mins in I can’t see or hear for laughing, man’s a genius.”

Shred posted: “Feel privileged to have seen @peterkay_co_uk tonight. What a comeback from the greatest comedian of all time. Legend.”