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2006-02-11 18:30:30

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. Standing in front of a banner reading "Long live coca, Death to the Yankees," Morales told a congress of coca growers that sticking to the plot each family is allowed to grow would "stop the U.S. talking badly about us." "(Planting only) a 'cato'...

2006-02-08 17:01:09

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. Speaking after his first meeting with Bolivia's new drugs czar -- himself a coca farmer -- David Greenlee said their "very positive" talks centered on cutting coca cultivation in Bolivia -- the world's third-biggest cocaine producer after Colombia and...

2006-02-06 12:45:00

By Bernd Debusmann, Special Correspondent VILLA 14 DE SEPTIEMBRE, Bolivia - The coca growers of Bolivia's tropical Chapare region helped Evo Morales win the presidency and now they want their reward: a sharp increase in the area under cultivation. How he deals with pressure from his political base, in his political cradle, from the people he led for 18 years, is shaping up as the first big test of Morales's leadership. The United States, by far the biggest donor to Bolivia, says that in...

2006-02-03 11:49:23

By Helen Popper LA PAZ, Bolivia (Reuters) - Bolivian President Evo Morales has walked a careful and pragmatic path in his first two weeks in office, despite predictions he might emulate Venezuela's Hugo Chavez as a leftist antagonist of Washington. The resounding election of leftist Morales as Bolivia's first indigenous president has raised hopes of political stability and economic growth in South America's poorest country, after turmoil that saw angry street protests topple two...

2006-02-02 21:05:00

LONDON (Reuters) - Cocaine can cause serious abdominal problems as well as chest pain and breathing difficulties, a leading surgeon said on Friday. "Abdominal complications from cocaine abuse are life-threatening and require emergency surgery," said Luke Meleagros, of North Middlesex University Hospital, in Britain's Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine. With an estimated 344,000 people using cocaine and 17,000 taking crack cocaine each month in Britain, Meleagros and his colleagues fear...

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2006-02-02 21:05:00

LONDON -- Cocaine can cause serious abdominal problems as well as chest pain and breathing difficulties, a leading surgeon said on Friday. "Abdominal complications from cocaine abuse are life-threatening and require emergency surgery," said Luke Meleagros, of North Middlesex University Hospital, in Britain's Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine. With an estimated 344,000 people using cocaine and 17,000 taking crack cocaine each month in Britain, Meleagros and his colleagues fear health...

2006-02-02 19:03:14

LONDON (Reuters) - Cocaine can cause serious abdominal problems as well as chest pain and breathing difficulties, a leading surgeon said on Friday. "Abdominal complications from cocaine abuse are life-threatening and require emergency surgery," said Luke Meleagros, of North Middlesex University Hospital, in Britain's Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine. With an estimated 344,000 people using cocaine and 17,000 taking crack cocaine each month in Britain, Meleagros and his...

2006-01-22 19:42:00

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 ambitious plans to overhaul South America's poorest nation and reverse five centuries of discrimination against the Indian majority. The latest in a string of leftists to come to power in the region in a backlash against U.S.-backed free-market policies, Morales won 54 percent of the vote on December 18, the biggest margin of...

2006-01-22 14:53:40

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. The latest in a string of leftists to sweep to power in the region in a backlash against U.S.-backed free-market policies, Morales won 54 percent of the vote on December 18, the biggest landslide since the return to...

2006-01-22 11:54:27

By Mary Milliken LA PAZ, Bolivia (Reuters) - Bolivia will swear in leftist Evo Morales as its first indigenous president on Sunday in a explosion of pride for the poor Indian majority that hopes one of its own can quickly improve their lot. Morales, an Aymara Indian who herded llamas as a boy, 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. Indians and miners, chewing coca leaves and listening...


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