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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

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 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 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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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 calls to end UN Security Council at G77 summit

Jun 16, 2014 - 12:33 AM

The UN body should be eliminated because it has encouraged wars and invasions by imperial powers to appropriate natural resources of invaded countries says Bolivia president Evo Morales

SUMMIT. The President of Bolivia and President pro tempore of the G77 + China, Evo Morales (L) speaks with China's vice-chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress, Chen Zhu, during a meeting in the framework of the G77+China Summit in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, on June 14, 2014. Photo by AFP/PRESIDENCIA - FREDDY ZARCO

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

Bolivia's Morales offers asylum to US leaker Snowden

Jul 06, 2013 - 11:35 PM

Morales says he would grant asylum to Snowden if he requests it

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

EU-US security talks on spy row set Monday in Washington

Jul 05, 2013 - 10:42 AM

EU security experts will meet their US counterparts in Washington next week linking negotiations on an EU US trade deal with intelligence swapping talks

The European Union flag at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, 21 May 2013. Photo by EPA/Patrick Seeger

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

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

Venezuelans begin emotional farewells to Chavez

Mar 07, 2013 - 9:01 AM

UPDATE Hundreds of thousands waved flags and chanted Chavez lives as his hearse crawled across the capital in a seven hour trip from the hospital where he died to a military academy

'CHAVEZ LIVES' Handout picture released by Miraflores presidential palace press office showing an aerial view of the funeral cortege of late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez on its way to the Military Academy, on March 6, 2013, in Caracas. AFP PHOTO/PRENSA MIRAFLORES

Chavez death: LatAm leaders mourn, US hopes for better ties

Mar 06, 2013 - 9:14 AM

Latin America mourned the death of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez on Tuesday March 5 as the United States expressed hope his passing would lead to improved relations

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez gestures before voting in Caracas on October 07, 2012. AFP PHOTO/Luis Acosta

Bolivia's Morales refused permission to see ailing Hugo Chavez

Feb 21, 2013 - 3:16 PM

Doctors for ailing Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez refused to let Bolivian President Evo Morales see his close ally when he went to Caracas this week Morales said Wednesday

Venezuela top court upholds delay of Chavez swearing-in

Jan 10, 2013 - 8:51 AM

Venezuela s top court cleared cancer stricken President Hugo Chavez Wednesday January 9 to indefinitely postpone his re inauguration but the opposition said it did not resolve the uncertainties facing the country

The President of the Venezuela's Supreme Tribunal of Justice Luisa Estella Morales (C) speaks during a press conference in Caracas on January 09, 2012. AFP PHOTO / LEO RAMIREZ