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2006-03-11 14:50:00

VALPARAISO, Chile (Reuters) - Condoleezza Rice knew coca would top the agenda in her meeting with Bolivia's new president, but she likely wasn't expecting to get the real thing. At the end of their 25-minute meeting, President Evo Morales presented the U.S. secretary of state with an Andean guitar that bore a coca-leaf inlay. "The gift was well received. We will just have to check with our customs to see what rules apply. We certainly hope we can bring it back (to Washington)," said a senior...

2006-03-11 14:15:00

By Sue Pleming VALPARAISO, Chile -- New Bolivian President Evo Morales, who has called himself a nightmare for Washington, put aside public differences with the United States on Saturday and held his first meeting with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. Anxious to prove Washington does not hold grudges against Latin America's growing tide of left-wing leaders, Rice met briefly with Morales before the inauguration of Chile's first woman president, Michelle Bachelet of the leftist Socialist...

2006-03-08 20:58:33

By Helen Popper LA PAZ, Bolivia (Reuters) - Bolivian President Evo Morales said on Wednesday economic issues would dominate a weekend meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, the first high-level talks between the leftist and Washington. Morales, who once described his movement as a "nightmare for the U.S.," announced the meeting at a news conference in which he reiterated sharp criticism of the United States after a string of spats in recent weeks. "I have asked that...

2006-03-08 19:23:04

LA PAZ, Bolivia (Reuters) - In the first sign of high-level dialogue between socialist Bolivia and the United States, Bolivia's President Evo Morales announced on Wednesday he will meet with U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. Morales said the encounter is scheduled for this weekend in Santiago, Chile, where the two will attend Michelle Bachelet's presidential inauguration. Bolivia is South America's poorest nation and the world's third-largest cocaine producer. "I ask the...

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2006-03-01 16:00:00

By Sue Pleming WASHINGTON -- 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. The influence of coca growing associations, known as cocaleros, was greatest in Bolivia, where coca association founder and farmer Evo Morales won the presidency in December. "We are concerned about the inability thus far of Bolivia's new president to articulate...

2006-03-01 08:12:38

By Francois Murphy VIENNA (Reuters) - The synthetic drug methamphetamine has become a greater concern in the United States and other countries than heroin or cocaine, the U.N. narcotics watchdog said on Wednesday. Sold on the street in various forms known as 'meth', 'speed' and 'ice', the drug has spread from Southeast Asia to parts of the world where it was virtually unknown until recently, the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) said. The spread to Africa and eastern...

2006-02-23 17:14:31

By Carlos Quiroga LA PAZ, Bolivia (Reuters) - Bolivian President Evo Morales criticized the United States on Thursday for canceling the visa of one of his closest confidantes in the leftist leader's first run-in with Washington since taking power a month ago. Sen. Leonilda Zurita, a leader of coca farmers whose battle cry was "Long live coca, Death to Yankees!," found out her multiple-entry U.S. visa, which was valid until 2008, had been canceled when she tried to travel to Miami to...

2006-02-22 21:48:48

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. Leonilda Zurita, who is seen as one of the leftist president's closest confidantes, told local media U.S. consular officials had told her she was considered a terrorist, something she dubbed "an offense against Bolivian women." Zurita, from the region of Chapare...

2006-02-19 12:50:00

By Helen Popper LA PAZ, Bolivia -- 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. Morales, a coca farmer who described his movement as a "nightmare for the U.S." while campaigning, was speaking a day after meeting Washington's ambassador to Bolivia -- the world's third-biggest cocaine producer after Colombia and Peru. "With the ambassador of the United States we...

2006-02-13 09:20:46

LA PAZ, Bolivia (Reuters) - Bolivia's foreign minister says coca leaves, the raw material for cocaine, are so nutritious they should be included on school breakfast menus. "Coca has more calcium than milk. It should be part of the school breakfast," Foreign Minister David Choquehuanca was quoted as saying in Friday's edition of La Razon. The new leftist government of Evo Morales, Bolivia's first indigenous president, has vowed to promote the legal uses of coca, the plant used to make...


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