Latest Coca eradication Stories
Coca leaf production in the South American Andean nations is booming, thanks in part to a steep rise in cocaine demand from Brazil, local officials say.
Cuban scientists are studying the possible medicial benefits of the coca leaf, signaling a possible expansion of President Evo Morales' plans to develop more legal products from a plant that is the chief ingredient of cocaine.
Increased political clout of coca growers in Bolivia and Peru has farmers growing more coca in a trend that is causing concern in Washington, the U.S. State Department said in a report on Wednesday.
LA PAZ, Bolivia (Reuters) - A Bolivian senator, a close ally of President Evo Morales known for her raucous chanting of "Long live coca, Death to the Yankees!," said on Wednesday the United States had canceled her entry visa.
Bolivian President Evo Morales said on Sunday he had found common ground with the United States in less than a month as president -- even on the sensitive issue of drugs policy.
By Mario Roque COCHABAMBA, Bolivia (Reuters) - Bolivian President Evo Morales urged his coca farmer allies on Saturday to respect limits on cultivation, saying that was the best way to fight cocaine trafficking and support his government.
By Helen Popper LA PAZ, Bolivia (Reuters) - Washington's ambassador to Bolivia suggested on Wednesday that the eradication of coca plants must continue if the South American country is to keep receiving millions of dollars in U.S. aid.
By Mary Milliken LA PAZ, Bolivia (Reuters) - Leftist coca grower leader Evo Morales was sworn in on Sunday as the first indigenous president of Bolivia with high expectations of a better life for the poor majority in one of Latin America's most volatile countries.
BOGOTA, Colombia (Reuters) - Colombian rebels planted landmines that killed four peasants, including a child, earlier this month in a farming community near a coca eradication project, Vice President Francisco Santos said on Friday.
PRETORIA (Reuters) - Bolivia's President-elect Evo Morales forgave the United States for past humiliations on Wednesday and welcomed dialogue with Washington, which has criticized him for rejecting U.S. anti-drug policies.
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