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Bolivia to expel Mexico ambassador, two Spanish diplomats

Dec 30, 2019 - 11:26 PM

The Mexican embassy in La Paz has become the center of the diplomatic row after it sheltered 9 or more officials from Evo Morales's former government

MEXICAN EMBASSY. A man walks past the Mexican embassy in La Paz, Bolivia, on November 29, 2019. Photo by Jorge Bernal/AFP

Bolivia says Spain 'tried to extract' wanted aide from Mexico embassy

Dec 29, 2019 - 10:54 AM

Bolivian Interior Minister Arturo Murillo argues the alleged operation of the Spanish embassy staff was a violation of Bolivian sovereignty

HEAVY SECURITY. Bolivia's police officers man a checkpoint at the main entrance of La Rinconada Development, where the residence of the Mexican embassy is located in La Paz, on December 27, 2019. Photo by Jorge Bernal/ AFP

Spain to probe Mexico embassy incident that angered Bolivia

Dec 28, 2019 - 11:09 PM

Bolivia's foreign ministry says 'people identified as staff members at Spain's embassy in Bolivia, accompanied by people with their faces covered, tried in a secretive and underhand manner to enter Mexico's diplomatic residence in La Paz.'

Mexico vows to take Bolivia to court over embassy spat

Dec 27, 2019 - 9:44 AM

The two countries' relations continues to turn sour after Mexico granted asylum to Bolivian ex-president Evo Morales

FEUDING COUNTRIES. Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard Casaubon says they would file a complaint against Bolivia with the International Court of Justice. File photo by Eric Baradat/AFP

Bolivia urges Mexico embassy to hand over wanted ex-officials

Nov 29, 2019 - 7:16 AM

Bolivian Foreign Minister Karen Longaric says Mexico's refusal to hand over people accused of common crimes 'would be a very serious problem for them and uncomfortable for us'

Bolivian Foreign Minister Karen Longaric (L) and Bolivian appointed Ambassador to the US, Walter Serrate, speak during a conference with the international press in La Paz on November 28, 2019. Longaric informed Bolivia will resume diplomatic relations with Israel, which Bolivian ex-President Evo Morales had broken in 2009 in protest of Israeli attacks at the Gaza Strip. AIZAR RALDES / AFP

Former Evo Morales' officials take refuge in Mexico embassy in Bolivia

Nov 27, 2019 - 9:48 AM

Among the group is Morales' former top minister Juan Ramon Quintana, who the Bolivia caretaker government has accused of sedition and terrorism

Bolivian Minister of the Presidency Bolivian Minister of the Presidency Juan Ramon Quintana gives a press conference on November 19, 2014 during the presentation of the 2015 Dakar Rally in Paris. The Dakar Rally will start on January 4 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and will run until January 17, after 9,000 kms through Argentina, Bolivia and Chile, race organizer Etienne Lavigne announced. AFP PHOTO /FRANCK FIFE FRANCK FIFE / AFP gives a press conference on November 19, 2014 during the presentation of the 2015 Dakar Rally in Paris. The Dakar Rally will start on January 4 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and will run until January 17, after 9,000 kms through Argentina, Bolivia and Chile, race organizer Etienne Lavigne announced. AFP PHOTO /FRANCK FIFE FRANCK FIFE / AFP

Bolivia's interim president signs off on new elections

Nov 24, 2019 - 11:47 PM

'We are going to recover democracy with democracy,' interim President Jeanine Anez declares

INTERIM LEADER. Bolivia's interim president, Jeanine Anez speaks at a press conference during her first day in power, at the Quemado presidential palace in La Paz, on November 13, 2019. Photo by Jorge Bernal/AFP

Bolivia's Congress authorizes new elections without Morales

Nov 24, 2019 - 1:50 PM

The bill annuls the results of the October 20 vote and bars candidates who served in both of the two previosu terms from seeking re-election for the same position

A woman removes posters of Bolivia's Evo Morales from the wall of a house in El Alto on November 11, 2019, a day after the resignation of the leftist leader as president. Morales announced his resignation on Sunday, caving in following three weeks of sometimes-violent protests over his disputed re-election after the army and police withdrew their backing. Aizar RALDES / AFP

Bolivia's Congress to vote on proposal for new elections – official

Nov 23, 2019 - 11:14 PM

New elections are seen as crucial to ending Bolivia's worst political upheaval in 16 years

BOLIVIANS PROTEST. View of the closed entrance of the state TV channel BoliviaTV with pictures depicting Bolivian President Evo Morales as a clown reading "Fraud" and signs reading "Bolivia TV channel of Bolivians" and "Stop lying" next to a Bolivian national flag, after a protest on November 9, 2019, in La Paz. Photo by Jorge Bernal/AFP

Bolivia leader says elections will be called soon

Nov 18, 2019 - 9:19 AM

'Very soon we will announce news regarding our main mandate: calling transparent elections,' Bolivia's interim president Jeanine Anez says in a speech

CALLING FOR ELECTIONS. Bolivian interim president Jeanine Anez speaks during a press conference in La Paz on November 15, 2019. Photo by Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP

U.N. rights chief warns Bolivia crisis could 'spin out of control'

Nov 17, 2019 - 4:04 PM

The latest toll takes the total number killed in the political crisis to 23, according to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights

PRO-MORALES PROTEST. View of the road linking El Alto and La Paz blocked by supporters of the ex-President Evo Morales, as seen from El Alto, Bolivia on November 16, 2019. Supporters of Bolivian ex-President Evo Morales are blocking roads leading to La Paz, causing shortages of products at markets. Photo by Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP

U.S. recognizes Jeanine Anez as Bolivia's interim president

Nov 14, 2019 - 11:31 AM

'The United States applauds Bolivian Senator Jeanine Anez for stepping up as Interim President of State to lead her nation through this democratic transition, under the constitution of Bolivia,' says US Secretary of State statement

Bolivia's interim president, Jeanine Anez speaks during a press conference during her first day in power, at the Quemado presidential palace in La Paz, on November 13, 2019. Anez, who declared herself interim president before her claim was endorsed by the constitutional court, arguing that her succession was necessitated by the resignations of those above her in the government hierarchy, will try to fill the power vacuum left by Evo Morales's abrupt resignation, as the former leader denounced what he described as a "sneaky coup." Jorge Bernal / AFP

Morales begins Mexico exile as Bolivia moves to end vacuum

Nov 13, 2019 - 11:02 AM

New Bolivia interim president says calling new elections is 'a commitment we have made to the country and of course, we will fulfill it'

In this file photo taken on November 10, 2019 Grab taken from a handout video released by Bolivia TV showing Bolivian President Evo Morales announcing his resignation on November 10, 2019 in a televised address from Cochabamba, Bolivia, caving in following three weeks of sometimes-violent protests over his disputed re-election after the army and police withdrew their backing. Different countries in Latin America are currently being rocked by political change and upheaval. HO / Bolivia TV / A

Morales leaves for Mexico as Bolivia military pledges to tackle violence

Nov 12, 2019 - 7:26 AM

(UPDATED) Evo Morales leaves the country on a military plane sent for him by Mexico, which granted him political asylum for his safety

A woman removes posters of Bolivia's Evo Morales from the wall of a house in El Alto on November 11, 2019, a day after the resignation of the leftist leader as president. Morales announced his resignation on Sunday, caving in following three weeks of sometimes-violent protests over his disputed re-election after the army and police withdrew their backing. Aizar RALDES / AFP

Bolivia's Morales resigns after losing backing of security forces

Nov 11, 2019 - 7:54 AM

(3rd UPDATE) The streets of La Paz immediately explode in celebration, with jubilant Bolivians waving the country's flag, but violence and vandalism later erupt overnight and in the neighboring city of El Alto

MORALES RESIGNS. People take to the streets of Santa Cruz to celebrate the resignation of Bolivian President Evo Morales on November 10, 2019. Photo by Daniel Walker/AFP

Bolivian president says will call new elections

Nov 10, 2019 - 9:26 PM

The opposition claims that the October 20 polls, where President Evo Morales won a fourth consecutive term, were fraudulent

PRESIDENT MORALES. In this file photo, Bolivia's President and presidential candidate Evo Morales speaks during a press conference at the Casa Grande del Pueblo (Great House of the People) in La Paz, on October 23, 2019. Photo by Aizar Raldes/AFP

Protesters seize state-run media in Bolivia as tensions soar

Nov 10, 2019 - 1:16 PM

Protesters are contesting an October election that gave President Evo Morales his 4th straight term

BOLIVIANS PROTEST. View of the closed entrance of the state TV channel BoliviaTV with pictures depicting Bolivian President Evo Morales as a clown reading "Fraud" and signs reading "Bolivia TV channel of Bolivians" and "Stop lying" next to a Bolivian national flag, after a protest on November 9, 2019, in La Paz. Photo by Jorge Bernal/AFP

Bolivia leader warns of bloodshed as opponents vow to oust him

Nov 04, 2019 - 10:29 AM

Bolivian President Evo Morales' opponents brand the poll result a fraud, and Carlos Mesa, who ran against Morales in the recent polls, calls for a new vote to be held

CIVIL STRIKE. People attend a rally summoned by the National Commitee in Defense of Democracy (CONADE) on the second week of a civic strike against the result of the October 20 election in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, on November 2, 2019. Photo by Daniel Walker/AFP

At least 2 dead in Bolivia post-election clashes – defense minister

Oct 31, 2019 - 1:08 PM

'The truth is that human lives have been lost, and that is irreparable,' defense minister Javier Zabaleta tells local media, following reports of violence in the eastern town of Montero

CLASHES. Supporters of defeated presidential candidate Carlos Mesa clash with those of Bolivian President Evo Morales over contested election results which the opposition claims are a fraud, in Cochabamba, Bolivia, on October 29, 2019. Photo by AFP

Bolivia's Morales declared winner in disputed election

Oct 24, 2019 - 9:23 PM

(UPDATED) The new mandate means Morales, already Latin America's longest-serving president, will remain in power until 2025

ELECTIONS. In this file photo, Bolivia's President and presidential candidate Evo Morales speaks during a press conference at the Casa Grande del Pueblo (Great House of the People) in La Paz, on October 23, 2019. Photo by Aizar Raldes/AFP

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