Bolivia - updates

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How the world is reacting to Venezuela 'coup bid'

Apr 30, 2019 - 9:26 PM

Here are some initial reactions from world governments

'COUP BID.' Soldiers loyal to Venezuelan opposition leader and self-proclaimed acting president Juan Guaido take position in front of La Carlota base in Caracas on April 29, 2019. Photo by Yuri Cortez/AFP

Italian ex-militant Battisti arrested in Bolivia

Jan 13, 2019 - 5:55 PM

Italy sends a plane carrying police and secret service agents to Bolivia, the interior ministry says

ARRESTED. In this file photo taken on October 20, 2017, Italian ultra-leftist militant Cesare Battisti gestures during an interview with AFP in Cananeia, Sao Paulo state, Brazi. File Photo by AFP

World court sinks Bolivia bid for sea access

Oct 02, 2018 - 8:31 AM

'The court by 12 votes to 3 finds that the Republic of Chile did not undertake a legal obligation to negotiate a sovereign access for the... state of Bolivia,' says judge Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf of the International Court of Justice

Outside view of the Peace Palace, seat of the ICJ, in February 2012. CIJ-ICJ/UN-ONU/Capital Photos/Gerald van Daalen/File

Bolivian ex-presidents reject Morales amnesty offer

Sep 28, 2018 - 1:41 PM

The International Court of Justice in The Hague is due to rule on Monday, October 1, on the case Bolivia brought in 2013 seeking to regain access to the Pacific Ocean

MORALES. In this file photo, Bolivia's President Evo Morales gestures while leaving the BRICS-UNASUR Summit at Itamaraty Palace in Brasilia, Brazil on July 16, 2014. Evaristo Sa/AFP

La Paz's colorful cable car system: no traffic and a great view

Jul 16, 2018 - 10:03 AM

The Celestial is the 7th line in the city's modern cable car system, inaugurated in 2014 and with 16 kilometers of cable in La Paz and reaching to the mountaintop communities of El Alto, at over 4,000 meters

NO TRAFFIC. The Bolivian car cable state-owned company "Mi teleferico" inaugurates the Light Blue line that connects the south hillside with the center of La Paz. Photo by  Jorge Bernal/AFP

Bolivia shuts down airline after football team crash

Dec 02, 2016 - 7:22 PM

Investigators are examining pilot error and air traffic control problems as possible factors in Monday night s November 28 crash

GRIM TASK. Relatives of Nilson Junior Folle, one of the Brazilian team Chapecoense Real players killed in the plane crash, embrace each other close to the coffin at the Mortoury San Vicente in Medellin on November 30, 2016. Luis Acosta/AFP

Neymar left bloodied but still scores 300th career goal

Oct 07, 2016 - 12:43 PM

Neymar overcomes an elbow from a Bolivian defender as Brazil wins 5 0 in their World Cup qualifying match

DOWN BUT NOT OUT. Brazil cruised to an easy win but it wasn't all smooth for Neymar against Bolivia. Photo by Nelson Almeida/AFP

Venezuela, Brazil withdraw envoys after Rousseff removal

Sep 01, 2016 - 10:11 AM

The leftist governments of Ecuador and Bolivia also recalled their diplomats from Brasilia

President Michel Temer takes office before the plenary of the Brazilian Senate in Brasilia, on August 31, 2016. Andressa Anholete/AFP

Bolivian deputy minister killed by miners

Aug 26, 2016 - 12:49 PM

UPDATED Deputy interior minister Rodolfo Illanes had gone to the protesting miners blockade before being kidnapped and then killed by his captors

CLASHES. Bolivian policemen clash with miners near a blocked road in Panduro, Bolivia, August 25, 2016. According to media reports, there has been at least one casualty during the clashes, as Bolivian Deputy Interior Minister Rodolfo Illanes was allegedly beaten to death by a group of mineworkers. Photo by Martin Alipaz/EPA

Italy, Netherlands offer to share UN council seat

Jun 29, 2016 - 12:52 AM

3rd UPDATE The two European countries reach a compromise after getting 95 votes each Meanwhile Kazakhstan defeats Thailand to win the seat reserved for Asia

THE UNITED NATIONS. United Nations Headquarters' General Assembly Building (L) and Secretariat Building (R) in New York City, New York, USA, September 24, 2015. File photo by Matt Campbell/EPA

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Jun 28, 2016 - 7:38 PM

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Bolivia enacts law letting transsexuals change ID documents

May 22, 2016 - 9:00 AM

Who are we to judge and to deny someone who wants to modify their sexual identity? says Bolivian Vice President Alvaro Garcia

epa05322356 A handout picture provided by the Bolivian Agency of Information (ABI) shows Bolivian Vice President Alvaro Garcia Linera (C) signing the Law of Gender Identity accompanied by Bolivian President of Senate Jose Alberto Gonzales (L) and Bolivian President of Deputy Chamber Gabriela Montano (R) in La Paz, Bolivia, 21 May 2016. The law permits transexual and transgender people to change their names and gender in their identification documents. EPA/ABI HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES

Bolivia president undergoes paternity test in scandal

Apr 26, 2016 - 6:50 PM

Gabriela Zapata former partner of Bolivian President Evo Morales claims he is the father of her child

epa05272130 Evo Morales Ayma, President of Bolivia speaks during the opening ceremony of the High-Level Event for the Signature of the Paris Agreement at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, New York USA, 22 April 2016. EPA/ANDREW GOMBERT

Bolivia to take Chile to court over water dispute

Mar 27, 2016 - 11:02 AM

The move marks the second legal action taken by Bolivia against Chile at the Netherlands based court that oversees disputes between countries

Bolivia referendum: Morales loses 4th term bid

Feb 24, 2016 - 11:34 AM

UPDATED With 99 49 of votes counted the electoral board reports that 51 31 of voters cast no ballots in the referendum against 48 69 voting yes

A woman casts her vote at Patamante locality, Bolivia, February 21, 2016. Martin Alipaz/EPA

Morales facing defeat in key Bolivia vote – partial results

Feb 23, 2016 - 4:24 PM

Morales insists on waiting for full results to trickle in from rural areas where he has strong support and from abroad

Bolivian President, Evo Morales, talks during a press conference in La Paz, Bolivia, on February 22, 2016. Martin Alipaz/EPA

Bolivia VP says vote on Morales re-election a tie, too early to call

Feb 22, 2016 - 9:31 AM

UPDATED Earlier local media projected that Bolivians had denied Morales bid to seek a fourth term and potentially extend his presidency until 2025

Electoral officials wait for voters at Patamante locality, Bolivia, on February 21, 2016. Martin Alipaz/EPA

Birth defects in Latin America spark Zika virus panic

Jan 23, 2016 - 10:52 AM

With the sting of a mosquito bite and a fever many pregnant women may not know that they caught the Zika virus – until it strikes their unborn child

ZIKA VIRUS. A pregnant woman stands at her house in a zone of the shanty town of Beco do Sururu, located close to Boa Viagem, the richest neighborhood of city of Recife, Brazil, 22 January 2016. Recife is the Brazilian city with more cases of Zika virus. Photo by Percio Campos/EPA

Zika spreads to Bolivia, infecting pregnant woman

Jan 20, 2016 - 10:28 AM

She has not traveled outside the country This is a home grown case

Aedes aegypti mosquitos are seen in containers at a lab of the Institute of Biomedical Sciences of the Sao Paulo University, on January 8, 2016 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Nelson Almeida/AFP

Bolivia's Congress votes to let Evo Morales run for reelection again

Sep 26, 2015 - 11:25 PM

In power since 2006 Morales could potentially extend his presidency to 2025 following a constitutional amendment approved by Congress

In this file photo, Bolivia's President Evo Morales gestures while leaving the BRICS-UNASUR Summit at Itamaraty Palace in Brasilia, Brazil on July 16, 2014. Evaristo Sa/AFP

FULL TEXT: Pope hits capitalism, says future 'in hands of people'

Jul 12, 2015 - 4:00 PM

Let s discuss the Pope s questions: Do we truly realize that something is wrong in a world where there are so many farmworkers without land so many families without a home so many laborers without rights so many persons whose dignity is not respected?

SERVICE. This handout picture released by the Vatican press office shows Pope Francis (R) kissing the feet of a young offender after washing them during a Mass at the church of the Casal del Marmo youth prison on the outskirts of Rome as part of Holy Thursday. Photo by AFP/Osservatore Romano

Pope laments corruption as 'gangrene of a people'

Jul 12, 2015 - 11:21 AM

The 78 year old pope – in Paraguay on the last stop of a 3 nation tour of South America – also rails against ideologies and hammers home the central theme of his trip to his home continent: equality

WITH THE CHILDREN. Pope Francis greets during his visit to the hospital 'Ninos de Acosta Nu' in San Lorenzo locality, in Gran Asuncion, Paraguay, July 11, 2015. Andres Cristaldo/EPA

Pope deplores 'genocide' of Christians

Jul 10, 2015 - 10:09 AM

The pope makes his comments in Bolivia the second stop on a 3 nation tour to his home continent of South America

POPE FRANCIS. A handout picture made available by the Bolivian Agency of Information (ABI) shows Pope Francis (L) being presented by Bolivian President Evo Morales (R) with a traditional hat from the region of Santa Cruz, during a meeting with social movements in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, July 9, 2015. Photo by Bolivian Information Agency/EPA

Pope takes message to defend poor, environment to Bolivia

Jul 09, 2015 - 9:08 AM

In Bolivia the poorest country in South America the first Latin American pope is expected to speak again about his new passion – his defense of Mother Earth

GOODBYE ECUADOR. Pope Francis waves goodbye at the Mariscal Sucre airport in Tababela, Quito, Ecuador, on July 8, 2015. Robert Puglla/EPA

Pope urges dialogue, launches environmental SOS in Ecuador

Jul 08, 2015 - 12:06 PM

The pope recalling his encyclical last month which appealed for quick action against climate change calls for the Earth to be left a better place for future generations

VIVA IL PAPA! Pope Francis (C, back) is welcomed by the crowd as he arrives at the Church and Convent of St. Francis (Iglesia y Monasterio de San Francisco) to meet representatives of the Ecuadorian civil society, in Quito, Ecuador, July 7, 2015. Robert Puglla/EPA

Thousands greet pope at start of South American trip

Jul 06, 2015 - 9:26 AM

All 3 of the countries he is visiting are predominantly Catholic and have been marked by a long history of poverty and inequality mostly afflicting indigenous populations

WELCOME TO ECUADOR. Pope Francis (L) waves next to Ecuador President Rafael Correa (R) upon his arrival to Quito, Ecuador, 05 July 2015. Jose Jacome/EPA

Pope Francis to focus on poor in South America trip

Jul 05, 2015 - 2:23 PM

The Catholic Church has about 1 2 billion followers globally and Latin America represents the biggest portion of that population – but the region has seen declining numbers as more people turn to Protestant churches

WAITING FOR FRANCIS. Municipal workers are seen in front of a banner of Pope Francis in El Alto, Bolivia on July 3, 2015. Aizar Raldes/AFP

Chile desert floods death toll hits 23, 57 missing

Apr 01, 2015 - 1:31 PM

Torrential rains have soaked the Atacama region home to the world s driest desert triggering flash floods that swept away entire villages in the Atacama and Antofagasta areas

CLEANUP. An undated photograph provided by Chilean Navy on 30 March 2015 shows members of Marine Corps squad of Chilean Navy during cleaning works at Tal Tal locality, 1200 km north of Santiago, Chile. Chilean Navy/Handout/EPA

Absences glare again at Ibero-American summit

Dec 10, 2014 - 8:50 AM

The absences highlight splits in the vast Latin American region

FAMILY PHOTO. Leaders from Latin America and the Iberian Peninsula pose for the family photo during the XXIV Ibero-American Summit in city port of Veracruz, Mexico on December 8, 2014. The XXIV Ibero-American Summit will be held from December 8 to 9. Yuri Cortez/AFP

Andes glaciers: Ailing giants hit by climate change

Dec 03, 2014 - 4:04 PM

The tropical glaciers of the Andes Mountains are melting at worrying speed raising scientists fears that many will disappear before anything can be done to save them

Picture taken on May 24, 2013 of the Andes in west Bolivia. Aizar Raldes/AFP

Latin America: Where cars are deadlier than crime

Nov 04, 2014 - 9:24 AM

Welcome to Latin America where crosswalk lights are more decorative than functional speed limits are ignored right of way to pedestrians is a myth and traffic lights are disdained

ROAD MONSTERS. Picture taken during a traffic jam at 23 de Maio Avenue in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on June 18, 2014. Nelson Almeida/AFP

Exit polls give Morales landslide in Bolivia vote

Oct 13, 2014 - 12:00 PM

Morales the country s first indigenous president finished about 40 points ahead of his nearest rival wealthy cement magnate Samuel Doria Medina

VICTORY SPEECH. Bolivian president Evo Morales (C), with his vice president Alvaro Garcia Linera (L) and Foreign minister David Choquehuanca (R), celebrate his victory in the presidential elections, at the Government Palace, in La Paz, Bolivia, 12 October 2014. Martin Alipaz/EPA

Morales set for landslide victory in Bolivia vote

Oct 12, 2014 - 5:42 PM

Morales stands to extend his time in office to 14 years until January 2020 after Bolivia s Supreme Court ruled last year that his first term was exempt from a new constitution adopted in 2009

In this file photo, Bolivia's President Evo Morales gestures while leaving the BRICS-UNASUR Summit at Itamaraty Palace in Brasilia, Brazil on July 16, 2014. Evaristo Sa/AFP

Bolivia congress allows child labor from age 10

Jul 04, 2014 - 12:32 PM

By reducing the legal limit to 10 years old from 14 lawmakers hope to help eradicate extreme poverty from the South American country by 2025

Bolivia's new clock runs to the left, an homage to Southern peoples

Jun 25, 2014 - 9:29 AM

The new bronze clock replaces a traditional time piece with Roman numerals on the legislative building in the heart of La Paz which was first inaugurated in 1905

BOLIVIAN CONGRESS. Pigeons in the square in front of the Bolivian Congress building, showing the old clock, in La Paz on February 23, 2010. Aizar Raldes/AFP

With China as guest, G77 summit seeks new development commitments

Jun 15, 2014 - 1:08 AM

Leaders of developing nations plus China meet to draft a global anti poverty agenda at a summit that also showcases Latin America s burgeoning relationship with the Asian giant

Bolivia sacks hundreds of military after protest

Apr 25, 2014 - 2:19 PM

Bolivia sacks 702 members of its military after about 2 000 sergeants from its services joined a protest in uniform as it went through downtown La Paz

Maduro wants South America to meet on Venezuela crisis

Mar 07, 2014 - 7:40 AM

The move came a day after the Venezuelan leader broke off relations with Panama following its call for a meeting of the rival Washington based Organization of American States

DISSENT IN THEIR RANKS? Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro speaks during a pro-government march in Caracas, Venezuela, 24 February 2014. Miraflores Press/Handout/EPA

4 killed, 60 injured in Bolivia Carnival parade

Mar 02, 2014 - 3:20 PM

Despite the tragedy the local folklore association vows to keep the festival running

CULTURAL HERITAGE. In this file photo, members of the Tobas brotherhood perform during the Carnival of Oruro in 2013. Photo by Aizar Raldez/Agence France-Presse

Bolivia charges US helped American flee prison

Dec 19, 2013 - 7:50 AM

US national Jacob Ostreicher has left our country illegally with the knowledge and participation of US government officials Interior Minister Carlos Romero told a briefing

New US envoy Goldberg arrives in Manila

Nov 26, 2013 - 3:55 PM

The US Ambassador arrives in Manila assures continued support to Yolanda victims

Brazil's top diplomat quits over row with Bolivia

Aug 27, 2013 - 7:35 AM

A top Brazil diplomat admits helping a Bolivian opposition senator escape to Brazil

LatAm nations express surveillance 'indignation' to UN

Aug 06, 2013 - 10:52 AM

Latin American bloc Mercosur reiterates to the United Nations its indignation over US espionage practices revealed by Edward Snowden

Foreign minsters of four member countries of the Mercado Común del Sur, or MERCOSUR, brief the press today at UN Headquarters in New York, August 5, 2013: (L-R) Héctor Marcos Timerman, Minister of External Relations and Worship of Argentina; Elías Jaua Milano (speaking), Minister of Foreign Affairs of Venezuela; Luis Almagro, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Uruguay; and Antonio de Aguiar Patriota, Minister for External Relations of Brazil. UN Photo/Devra Berkowitz

Spain says it was told Snowden on Bolivian flight

Jul 05, 2013 - 8:44 PM

Spanish foreign minister Jose Manuel Garcia Margallo says Spain was told that Snowden was aboard the plane of Bolivian President Evo Morales

ABOARD. Spanish foreign minister Jose Manuel Garcia Margallo says Spain was told that Snowden was aboard the plane of Bolivian President Evo Morales. Photo by AFP

Oliver Stone to make Chavez 'addendum,' not feature

Jul 03, 2013 - 1:59 PM

Finished film will still be in line with director s progressive cinema

POLITICALLY ANGLED. Stone calls some of his films "at deep odds with conventional myth."

Bolivian leader's plane diverted over 'Snowden' suspicions

Jul 03, 2013 - 8:45 AM

UPDATE Bolivian Foreign Minister David Choquehuanca accused France Italy and Portugal of having denied airspace to the plane forcing it to reroute

Bolivia's President Evo Morales looks on during the Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF) at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, 01 July 2013. EPA/Maxim Shemetov

Nations reject Snowden's asylum

Jul 02, 2013 - 9:42 PM

UPDATE Snowden was denied asylum by a host of countries after applying for a safe haven in 21 nations spanning the globe

SOLUTION SEEKING. Presidents Vladimir Putin and Barack Obama are looking for a way out of the impasse caused by Edward Snowden's stay in a Moscow airport. Image courtesy of The Guardian/Laura Poitras, Glenn Greenwald

Snowden denounces US, seeks Russia asylum

Jul 02, 2013 - 7:21 AM

UPDATE Snowden accused Obama of ordering his Vice President Joe Biden to put pressure on leaders of countries where he was seeking asylum

LOOMING LARGE. Archive footage of US whistle-blower Edward Snowden is displayed on a giant screen during a local news program in Hong Kong, China, 23 June 2013. Photo by EPA/Jerome Favre

Bolivia announces expulsion of USAID

May 01, 2013 - 9:23 PM

President Evo Morales accuses the US development agency of meddling in the country s internal affairs

Magical Messi leads Argentina anew

Mar 23, 2013 - 10:54 PM

Lionel Messi scored once and set up two goals as Argentina beat Venezuela 3 0 to remain in control of the South American World Cup qualifying race