Latest La Paz Stories

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...

2005-12-14 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...

2005-11-09 16:05:00

LA PAZ, Bolivia -- It's a tradition people outside Bolivia might find creepy: families perch human skulls on altars, revering them and asking them for protection and good luck. On Tuesday, the skulls were gussied up and taken to cemeteries, where the families crowned them with flowers and filled their jaws with lit cigarettes. The chapel in La Paz's main cemetery was filled with hundreds of people jockeying to get their skull, or "natita," in a good position for a special annual Mass....

2005-01-30 09:35:07

CHACALTAYA GLACIER, Bolivia (AP) -- Up and down the icy spine of South America, the glaciers are melting, the white mantle of the Andes Mountains washing away at an ever faster rate. "Look. You can see. Chacaltaya has split in two," scientist Edson Ramirez said as he led a visitor up toward a once-grand ice flow high in the thin air of the Bolivian cordillera. In the distance below, beneath drifting clouds, sprawled 2-mile-high La Paz, a growing city that survives on the water running off...

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  • Bad luck; misfortune.
  • The smallest amount possible or the most worthless thing.
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