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2006-06-28 21:03:58

By Marco Aquino LIMA, Peru (Reuters) - Peru's Congress ratified a free-trade deal with the United States on Wednesday that the country's president promptly signed despite noisy street protests, clearing the way for its approval by U.S. lawmakers. Congress voted 79-14 for the accord, which was backed by businesses who say it will be a huge boost to Peru's export-driven economy and opposed by farmers who fear that U.S. imports will ruin their livelihoods. Six lawmakers abstained....

2006-06-14 20:00:44

LIMA, Peru (Reuters) - At least 28 miners were killed when their bus plunged into a ravine as they traveled home from work at a silver mine in Peru, the mining company said on Wednesday. The accident happened late on Tuesday as the bus took about 45 workers back to their homes after they finished their shifts at the Uchucchacua mine in Lima province in west-central Peru, 14,760 feet above sea level in the Andes, the company that runs the mine said. "Twenty-eight workers have died and...

2006-06-12 21:51:25

By Alonso Soto QUITO, Ecuador (Reuters) - Andean leaders meet this week in Ecuador to try to salvage their five-nation commerce bloc after disputes over U.S. free trade agreements revealed deep political divisions in the region. Tuesday's meeting in Quito comes after Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, a fierce critic of the U.S. government, abandoned the group, saying free trade deals that Colombia and Peru reached with Washington had scuttled the bloc known as the Andean Community....

2006-06-05 07:15:29

By Bernd Debusmann, Special Correspondent SANTA CRUZ, Bolivia (Reuters) - Jose Cespedes speaks with conviction: "This plan will do nothing to alleviate poverty in Bolivia. It is entirely political. It is designed as a form of colonialization. We will not allow that to happen." Cespedes, president of the powerful Agricultural Chamber of the East (CAO), was talking about the most explosive issue facing Bolivia today: Land reform in a country with a huge rich-poor divide, a culture of...

2006-05-30 08:45:00

By Bernd Debusmann, Special Correspondent SANTA CRUZ, Bolivia (Reuters) - She is young, attractive, upper middle class and U.S.-educated. Until recently, she was close to Bolivian President Evo Morales. Now, Adriana Gil leads a rival party and her career goal is clear: "I want to be my country's first woman president." Her principal role model, she says, is the late Eva Peron. But she also admires former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, not for her politics but for her no-nonsense...

2006-05-28 18:52:55

By Angus MacSwan BOGOTA, Colombia (Reuters) - President Alvaro Uribe, a key U.S. ally in Latin America, swept to a landslide victory in an election in Colombia on Sunday, rewarded by voters for turning around the security threat in a country bloodied by years of conflict and crime. The closest of Uribe's five challengers, Carlos Gaviria of the center-left Democratic Pole, conceded after official counts showed Uribe leading with more than 62 percent of the vote. "What we have to do...

2006-05-28 16:42:56

BOGOTA, Colombia (Reuters) - Colombian President Alvaro Uribe, a conservative U.S. ally, held a strong early lead in the country's elections with 60.45 percent of the votes after 7.2 percent of ballots were counted, officials said on Sunday. His nearest rival, leftist former judge Carlos Gaviria, had 23.61 percent of votes and Liberal Party candidate Horacio Serpa had 11.79 percent, officials said. Uribe, who promoted a constitutional reform so he could run for a second term, is...

2006-05-28 16:58:29

BOGOTA, Colombia (Reuters) - Colombian President Alvaro Uribe, a conservative U.S. ally, took a strong lead in the country's elections with 61 percent of the votes after 21 percent of ballots were counted, officials said on Sunday. His nearest rival, center-left Carlos Gaviria, had 22.67 percent of votes and Liberal Party candidate Horacio Serpa had 12.28 percent, officials said. Uribe, who promoted a constitutional reform so he could run for a second term, is popular for cracking...

2006-05-26 21:53:43

By Helen Popper SHINAHOTA, Bolivia (Reuters) - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez pledged $1.5 billion in energy investments in impoverished Bolivia on Friday, receiving a hero's welcome from coca farmers who applauded his anti-U.S. message. Shouts of "Viva Venezuela!" rang out as Chavez, clad in an Andean-style red poncho and wool hat, spoke in Shinahota, a dusty town in the coca-growing Chapare region some 370 miles southeast of La Paz. Chavez's investment promises marked his latest...

2006-05-26 12:10:20

By Helen Popper SHINAHOTA, Bolivia (Reuters) - Venezuela's Hugo Chavez, in a move likely to affirm his role as Washington's No. 1 Latin American antagonist, flew into a U.S.-funded military base in Bolivia's cocaine-producing heartland on Friday to sign investment deals with fellow leftist president, Evo Morales. Morales, a former coca farmer, has formed close ties with Chavez since being elected in December and Venezuela's powerful state oil company PDVSA is expected to make...