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2006-03-28 08:15:00

By Robin Emmott AYACUCHO, Peru (Reuters) - Business has rarely been slower at Marlene Quispe's underwear shop in the central Andes as the only thing that the rows of socks and bras seem to attract nowadays is dust from the street outside. As Peru's economy is set to record its fifth consecutive year of strong growth in 2006 -- a feat almost unheard of in the country's cyclical boom and bust history -- ordinary Peruvians say they are seeing little or no benefit, making the economy a central...

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2006-03-27 08:25:00

By Robin Emmott PICHARI, Peru -- At the orders of their mayor, artisans in Peru's jungle recently put the finishing touches on a giant monument to the coca leaf, a defiant tribute to the plant that fuels the cocaine trade and provides a living for thousands of Peruvian peasants. The concrete monument in the impoverished central jungle hamlet of Pichari, which the town hall aims to unveil next month, underscores growing rural support for coca leaf, which was declared illegal in a 1961 U.N...

2006-03-23 14:42:41

By Helen Popper LA PAZ, Bolivia (Reuters) - Less than 130 years ago, Bolivia had a stretch of Pacific coastline. Today, the landlocked, poor South American country is thinking more than ever about getting it back. Every March 23, Bolivians reflect upon the loss of its mineral-rich coastal territory to Chile in a 19th-century war, the source of a bitter grudge against the neighboring country. But the mood was unusually optimistic in commemorative events on Thursday as thousands...

2006-03-22 17:36:39

By Mario Roque LA PAZ, Bolivia (Reuters) - Twin bomb blasts tore through two budget hotels and killed two people in La Paz overnight and Bolivian police said a 27-year-old American admitted carrying out the attacks on Wednesday. Bolivian police identified the suspects as Lestat Claudius de Orleans y Montevideo of California and Alda Ribeiro Acosta, 45, of Uruguay. Local media reported the man had mental health problems and police said he had been using a number of different names....

2006-03-01 22:13:21

BOGOTA, Colombia (Reuters) - Colombian authorities have seized 29.7 pounds (13.5 kg) of uranium from two people trying to secretly sell the radioactive metal to the highest bidder, the army said on Wednesday. Soldiers and police confiscated the uranium in the gritty Siete de Agosto neighborhood of the capital, Bogota, on February 24, Brig. Gen. Gustavo Matamoros said, speaking on radio and in a news release. He gave no more details about the uranium and did not say whether it would...

2006-02-27 13:51:11

By Doug Palmer WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States and Colombia reached a free-trade agreement on Monday after finally resolving difficult farm issues that kept negotiations going for nearly two years, both countries said. The pact, which must be approved by Congress, strengthens economics ties between Washington and Bogota, which already receives billions of dollars in U.S. aid to fight leftist insurgents linked to the Andean country's cocaine trade. "The agreement will help...

2006-02-27 09:53:38

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States reached a free trade deal with Colombia after nearly two years of talks, the U.S. Trade Representative said on Monday. "An agreement with Colombia is an essential component of our regional strategy to advance free trade within our hemisphere, combat narco-trafficking, build democratic institutions, and promote economic development," U.S. Trade Representative Rob Portman said in a statement. The United States started talks with Andean nations...

2006-02-24 08:17:10

By Helen Popper EL ALTO, Bolivia (Reuters) - That Gap pullover you gave to charity might have ended up on sale at El Alto's muddy, makeshift market where mountains of imported second-hand clothes help dress the people of the impoverished Bolivian city. Stretched out on plastic sheets among the puddles, men and women rifle through heaps of tangled tracksuits, velvet jackets and sweaters, hoping to pick up a quality brandname for less than a dollar. The scene at the market in El Alto...

2006-02-22 18:01:33

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States and Colombia are close to a free trade agreement after nearly two years of talks and a push last week by Colombian President Alvaro Uribe, a top U.S. trade official said on Wednesday. "We believe we are very close to finalizing an agreement," U.S. Trade Representative Rob Portman told reporters. "I am hopeful we can finalize and agreement and move (pacts with) Peru, Colombia and Ecuador together" through the congressional approval process, he...

2006-01-05 19:43:43

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Bush administration could sign a free trade agreement with Peru before it finishes negotiations on companion pacts with Colombia and Ecuador, a U.S. trade official said on Thursday. "We're working on finalizing ... the next step, which is to notify Congress on the intent to sign the (Peru) agreement within 90 days," said Christin Baker, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Trade Representative's office. The United States and Peru reached a free trade agreement in...


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