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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...

2006-05-23 10:57:14

LA PAZ, Bolivia (Reuters) - A close ally of Bolivian President Evo Morales rejected comments by President Bush expressing concern about "the erosion of democracy" in Bolivia, state news agency ABI reported late on Monday. Bush said on Monday he was concerned about democracy in oil- and gas-rich Venezuela and Bolivia, where leftist Morales was elected with 54 percent of the vote in December on pledges to nationalize the energy industry. Bolivia's senate leader, Santos Ramirez, said...

2006-05-16 18:53:09

LA PAZ, Bolivia (Reuters) - Bolivia outlined on Tuesday its plan to redistribute idle land to the country's poor peasants, ruling out mass expropriations and proposing instead the swift distribution of state-owned property. The announcement came two weeks after leftist President Evo Morales nationalized the energy industry, surprising neighboring countries and foreign oil companies that had expected to be consulted before Bolivia took action. Tuesday's announcement was another step...

2006-05-12 10:46:48

By William Schomberg and Boris Groendahl VIENNA (Reuters) - The leftist presidents of Venezuela and Bolivia resisted calls by European and fellow Latin American leaders on Friday to soften their hard-line policies on foreign investment, energy and trade. Venezuela's Hugo Chavez and his new ally Evo Morales of Bolivia, both running countries with increasingly important energy supplies, dominated the summit of about 60 heads of state which should have focused on new trade and...

2006-05-12 08:24:15

By William Schomberg and Boris Groendahl VIENNA (Reuters) - The leftist presidents of Venezuela and Bolivia confronted European and Latin American leaders with their brand of socialism on Friday, claiming a new era had dawned on their continent. Hugo Chavez, who once led a failed coup attempt before winning power via the ballot box, condemned the pro-market policies which many Latin American states have adopted in the last 20 years but are increasingly out of favor with voters....

2006-05-12 03:53:43

By William Schomberg VIENNA (Reuters) - Venezuela's Hugo Chavez and new Bolivian leader Evo Morales on Friday took their brand of South American socialism to a summit of EU and Latin American leaders many of whom are angry at their confrontational politics. Both countries have riled governments from Brazil to Spain -- Venezuela by throwing an Andean trade group into chaos and Bolivia by nationalizing its oil and gas sector and accusing foreign energy giants of breaking its laws....

2006-05-11 15:36:59

By Jason Webb VIENNA (Reuters) - Tensions between Latin America's leaders flared ahead of a summit with Europe on Thursday as Bolivia's new leader raged against colonial "pillaging" and Mexico told left wingers to talk more trade and less ideology. Bolivia's Evo Morales, a former coca grower and labor leader, began his first visit to Europe as president by ruling out compensation for foreign oil and gas companies whose subsidiaries he nationalized on May 1. "For more than 500 years...


Word of the Day
conjunto
  • A style of popular dance music originating along the border between Texas and Mexico, characterized by the use of accordion, drums, and 12-string bass guitar and traditionally based on polka, waltz, and bolero rhythms.
The word 'conjunto' comes through Spanish, from Latin coniūnctus, past participle of coniungere, to join together; see conjoin