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2005-12-16 13:59:43

By Fiona Ortiz LA PAZ, Bolivia (Reuters) - Bolivians vote for a new president on Sunday but after violent street protests toppled leaders in 2003 and 2005 they have little hope a new government will solve the country's stubborn conflicts. The Andean nation will choose between front-runner Evo Morales, an anti-U.S. leftist lawmaker who defends coca-leaf growing; rightist Jorge "Tuto" Quiroga; and cement magnate Samuel Doria, who has taken a centrist line. Morales is not expected to...

2005-12-15 18:21:04

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States will evaluate its relations with Bolivia after this Sunday's election, where the front-runner has pledged to legalize the coca leaf if elected, the State Department said on Thursday. U.S. State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said Washington had long supported the current Bolivian government's counter-narcotics policy and hoped a new government would have the same approach. "We expect whatever government comes next in Bolivia to honor...

2005-12-15 15:24:04

By Adriana Barrera COCHABAMBA, Bolivia (Reuters) - Miners in hard hats and Indian women in long braids dotted the crowd as Evo Morales rallied supporters in his push to become the country's first indigenous president. Draped in garlands of flowers and coca leaves, Morales -- a leftist congressman who came to power after leading Bolivia's coca leaf growers -- lashed out at free trade and what he called U.S. imperialism in making a plea for votes. "This is our chance to remake...

2005-12-14 15:05:26

By Kevin Gray LA PAZ, Bolivia (Reuters) - After unseating two presidents in two years, Bolivians go to the polls on Sunday to elect a new leader in a vote that could see a fiery leftist congressman and vocal U.S. critic become the country's first Indian to take office. Evo Morales has emerged the favorite with a message resonating among Bolivia's poor indigenous majority: preaching independence from foreign interests and pledging to roll back American efforts to eradicate coca leaf...

2005-11-25 15:20:00

BRUSSELS -- Cocaine use among young adults in Britain and Spain is almost as prevalent as in the United States and consumption of the drug is rising across Europe, a report published on Thursday showed. About 9 million people in the European Union, 3 percent of all adults, have tried cocaine, while up to 3.5 million are likely to have to have used it in the last year and 1.5 million took the drug in the past month, the report found. "Historically, cocaine was a fairly rare drug in Europe,"...

2005-11-24 13:05:00

BRUSSELS -- Cocaine use among young adults in Britain and Spain is almost as prevalent as in the United States and consumption of the drug is rising across Europe, a report published on Thursday showed. About 9 million people in the European Union, 3 percent of all adults, have tried cocaine, while up to 3.5 million are likely to have to have used it in the last year and 1.5 million took the drug in the past month, the report found. "Historically, cocaine was a fairly rare drug in Europe,"...

2005-11-17 17:07:22

By Jason Webb BOGOTA, Colombia (Reuters) - Cocaine is becoming more expensive on U.S. streets in a sign that a $3 billion aid program to Colombia is finally bringing results and reducing illegal drug imports, the White House drugs czar said on Thursday. The price of cocaine on U.S. streets rose by 19 percent from February to September, hitting about $170 per pure gram, according to data published by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. Higher prices probably mean...

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2005-09-27 16:36:37

PUERTO ARTURO, Colombia -- Cocaine is killing the great nature parks of Colombia. Government spraying of coca plant killer is driving growers and traffickers out of their usual territory into national parks where spraying is banned. Here they are burning thousands of acres of virgin rain forest and poisoning rivers with chemicals. Now the government faces a painful dilemma: to spray weedkiller would be devastating, but the impact of coca-growing is increasingly destructive. The question is,...

2005-09-20 07:55:29

By David Mercado MONTE SINAI, Bolivia (Reuters) - For years, Indian peasants in this lush corner of the Bolivian Amazon have clashed with authorities seeking to crack down on the region's most abundant crop: coca. But tensions have subsided in recent months, Bolivian and U.S. officials say, thanks to an agreement allowing farmers to harvest small plots of the plant that is the key ingredient of cocaine. Coca leaves are to Andean Indians what coffee, tea or chewing tobacco are to...

2005-08-17 19:38:01

By Alistair Scrutton LIMA, Peru (Reuters) - Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld arrived in Peru on Wednesday to face requests for more aid to battle narcotics as the Andean country struggles to contain one of the world's biggest cocaine-smuggling industries. Rumsfeld arrived from Paraguay on a trip highlighting Washington's desire to keep friends in Latin America amid leftist and anti-U.S voter sentiment from nations critical of the war in Iraq and years of Washington-backed market...


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barratry
  • The offense of persistently instigating lawsuits, typically groundless ones.
  • An unlawful breach of duty on the part of a ship's master or crew resulting in injury to the ship's owner.
  • Sale or purchase of positions in church or state.
This word ultimately comes from the Old French word 'barater,' to cheat.
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