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2006-01-22 04:39:58

By Mary Milliken LA PAZ, Bolivia (Reuters) - Bolivia will swear in leftist Evo Morales as its first indigenous president on Sunday in a festive climate as the poor Indian majority celebrates the long-awaited rise to power of one of its own. Morales takes office after winning 54 percent of the vote on December 18 in the biggest landslide since the country's return to democracy in 1982. Bolivians rich and poor hope the historic handover will bring stability to their nation, South...

2006-01-21 20:49:30

By Mary Milliken LA PAZ, Bolivia (Reuters) - Bolivian President-elect Evo Morales -- a longtime critic of the United States -- and Washington's top official for Latin America pledged to work together at a meeting on Saturday but made no mention of the war on drugs that divides them. Thomas Shannon, the new U.S. assistant secretary of state for Western Hemisphere affairs, called their first encounter "very important" and wished Morales success in his presidency that begins with...

2006-01-19 17:41:31

BRASILIA, Brazil (Reuters) - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez on Thursday accused the CIA of masterminding the theft of Bolivian surface-to-air missiles last year to prevent them from falling into the hands of leftist President-elect Evo Morales. Chavez, who often accuses Washington and the CIA of plots against his self-proclaimed socialist revolution, gave no evidence of his claim. Yet his allegations have moved the missile crisis to the center stage of growing suspicion among...

2006-01-10 19:11:59

By Andrew Hay BRASILIA, Brazil (Reuters) - The top U.S. policymaker for Latin America said on Tuesday he would seek dialogue with Bolivian President-elect Evo Morales despite the former coca leaf farmer's opposition to U.S. drug and trade policies. Thomas Shannon, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere affairs, said he hoped U.S. officials would sit down with Morales after his January 22 inauguration and discuss issues such as a U.S. coca eradication program, which...

2006-01-04 17:34:45

By Joe Ortiz MADRID (Reuters) - Bolivian president-elect Evo Morales said on Wednesday that Spain had agreed to forgive most of its $120 million debt burden and support the South American country's aim to fight poverty. Speaking on the first leg of a 10-nation tour after his election win, the former coca leaf farmer was nevertheless adamant about the South American country's desire to regain control of its wealth. "Bolivia needs economic partners, not owners of its natural...

2006-01-03 21:23:50

By Patrick Markey CARACAS, Venezuela (Reuters) - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez on Tuesday promised Bolivian president-elect Evo Morales fuel, economic cooperation and his backing for coca leaf farmers to seal ties between the socialist allies. The Venezuelan leader and Morales, a former coca leaf farmer, have antagonized the U.S. government with their alliance with Cuba and promotion of leftist integration to counter U.S. free-market policies in Latin America. Chavez said...

2006-01-03 19:29:44

By Patrick Markey CARACAS, Venezuela (Reuters) - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez offered Bolivian president-elect Evo Morales energy and economic cooperation on Tuesday to seal ties between socialist allies united in their opposition to Washington. The Venezuelan leader and Morales, a former coca leaf farmer, have antagonized the U.S. government with their alliance with Cuba and promotion of leftist integration to counter U.S. free-market policies in Latin America. Chavez said the...

2006-01-03 08:10:00

By Jason Webb INZA, Colombia -- Colombian Indians are using the raw material of cocaine to make a soft drink they hope will displace in their area another, better known beverage with the same ingredient: Coca-Cola. Coca Sek -- a fizzy, sweet yellow drink with a fruity, slightly herbal taste -- is being made using coca leaf by Nasa Indians living in the village of Calderas high in the green mountains of Cauca Province in southern Colombia. While it will only become commercially available for...

2005-12-22 13:19:21

By Robin Emmott LIMA (Reuters) - President Alejandro Toledo on Thursday declared a state of emergency in Peru's central jungle after Shining Path guerrillas killed eight policemen amid an upsurge in violence from the Maoist group. The emergency decree bans public gatherings and gives police and military the right to search houses and make arrests without warrants. The rebels killed eight policemen in an ambush on a police vehicle out on routine patrol in the remote Huanuco region on...

2005-12-21 12:50:00

By Fiona Ortiz LA PAZ, Bolivia -- President-elect Evo Morales' pledge to protect coca crops to help Indians, who celebrate the leaves as a centerpiece of their ancient culture, could antagonize Bolivia's neighbors and the United States who fear only cocaine traffickers will benefit. Morales, who won Sunday's presidential vote, for years led coca farmers against joint U.S.-Bolivia eradication campaigns in the 1990s, saying the programs hurt many indigenous farmers who grow the leaf -- the raw...


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  • Good cheer; viands.
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