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Evo Morales' Win Sets Presidential Record in Bolivia

Politician to become country's longest-serving leader consecutively in office

(Newser) - Evo Morales coasted to victory in Bolivia's presidential elections, winning an unprecedented third term as voters rewarded the former coca grower for delivering economic and political stability in what has traditionally been one of South America's most ungovernable nations. Morales is now on track to become Bolivia's... More »

8 Killed in Bolivia Plane Crash

Turboprop tried to land in rough weather

(Newser) - Eight passengers were killed and the other 10 people on board were injured when a small plane crashed while trying to land in heavy wind and rain in northern Bolivia. The pilot and copilot were seriously hurt when the turboprop crashed in the town of Riberalta near the Brazilian border,... More »

Bolivia: 'We Do Not Need the Embassy of the US'

A still-angry Evo Morales doesn't mince words

(Newser) - Time does not appear to be healing what ails Bolivia. Its leader remains as furious as ever over this week's plane incident , and now President Evo Morales' ire has been joined by that of five of South America's leaders. The presidents of Argentina, Ecuador, Suriname, Venezuela, and Uruguay... More »

Bolivia Lashes Out Over Snowden Plane Fracas

Evo Morales finally on his way home

(Newser) - A butterfly named Edward Snowden flapped his wings and now the hurricane spreads. Bolivia is this morning tussling with a chunk of Europe after the plane ferrying President Evo Morales home from Russia was forced to touch down in Austria last night amid rumors that Snowden was a passenger. With... More »

Snowden Rumors Reroute Plane of Bolivia Leader

France, Portugal won't let it enter airspace on fears NSA leaker is aboard

(Newser) - The Where-is-Snowden chronicles reached a weird new level today when France and Portugal refused to let a plane carrying Bolivia's president cross their airspace, reports AP . Why? Rumors were buzzing that Edward Snowden was stashed aboard the aircraft trying to ferry President Evo Morales home from Russia. Morales himself... More »

Bolivia to World Court: Fix Our Landlock

Country wants Chile to return coastal territory

(Newser) - Unlike most other landlocked countries, Bolivia was once a maritime nation and the loss of its access to the Pacific after a war with Chile more than a century ago still stings, NPR finds. The country—which still has a navy and holds a "Day of the Sea" celebration... More »

Leaders, Hollywood React to Chavez Death

'I lost a friend I was blessed to have' says Sean Penn

(Newser) - Reactions to the death of Hugo Chavez range from the jubilant to the devastated, with the most heartfelt tributes to the late Venezuelan leader coming from his allies in Latin America—and Hollywood.
  • "Chavez will continue to be an inspiration for all peoples who fight for their liberation,"
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Bolivia Seizes Spanish-Owned Power Firm

Morales nationalizes power grid

(Newser) - Bolivian President Evo Morales marked May Day by ordering the country's armed forces to seize the assets of the country's main electricity company. Spanish-owned Red Electrica owned and operated around 85% of Bolivia's power grid, and Morales announced that he was nationalizing the company because it had... More »

Bolivia to Chile: Give Us Sea Access or We'll Sue

Landlocked country aims to regain access after 132 years

(Newser) - After more than a century with no access to the Pacific, Bolivia is threatening to take Chile to international court in a fight for its right to sail. Bolivia lost those rights in a war 132 years ago, and it remains an “open wound,” according to President Evo... More »

Is It Time to Revoke Obama’s Peace Prize?

Not until we revoke Arafat's, ElBaradei's, writes Allahpundit

(Newser) - In the wake of the US military intervention in Libya, Bolivian President Evo Morales thinks it's time to take back President Obama's Nobel Peace Prize . On Hot Air , Allahpundit begs to differ. Despite Morales' insistence that no Nobel Peace Prize winner should lead "a gang to attack and invade,... More »

Priest Who Blessed Bolivia Prez Nabbed in Coke Lab

Aymara priest found with 530lbs of cocaine

(Newser) - Chewing coca leaves has a strong—and legal—place in the Aymara culture of Bolivian president and former coca farmer Evo Morales. Running a lab churning out hundreds of pounds of processed cocaine, however, doesn't. The Aymara priest who presided over Morales' traditional blessing ceremony has been arrested after a... More »

Obama Defends Handshake, Urges Cuba to Free Prisoners

Bolivian prez accuses US of assassination plot

(Newser) - President Obama defended his friendly chat with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and asked Cuba to free its political prisoners, the Wall Street Journal reports. At the close of the Summit of the America's today, Obama brushed off Republican criticism, saying that turning a new page with Venezuela and Cuba represents... More »

Chilly Reception Awaits Obama at Summit

Odds are, summit will be full of awkward moments

(Newser) - President Obama got a warm welcome on his recent Europe trip, but he shouldn't expect the same from Latin America, the Washington Post reports. At the upcoming Summit of the Americas in Trinidad and Tobago, the new president is likely to face some tough questions, and potentially awkward moments, as... More »

Bolivian President Wins Point, Ends Hunger Strike

(Newser) - Bolivian President Evo Morales ended his hunger strike today after the country’s legislature agreed to pass a law further enfranchising his native constituency, Bloomberg reports. The bill passed after Morales reduced his demand for new indigenous voting districts from 14 to seven. “The Bolivian people will never forget... More »

Bolivian Prez on Hunger Strike Over Voting Law

Indigenous groups would gain—as would Morales, foes say

(Newser) - Bolivia’s president has vowed not to eat until the country’s senate passes a law some say would boost his reelection chances, the BBC reports. “Faced with the negligence of a group of neoliberal lawmakers, we have to take this step,” Evo Morales declared. The opposition is... More »

Road to Electric Cars Runs Through Bolivia

Nationalism, socialism may make its lithium supply hard to tap

(Newser) - Are we about to replace our dependence on foreign oil with a dependence on foreign lithium? Almost half the world’s supply of the mineral—essential for the light, rechargeable batteries electric cars need—is found in Bolivia, where nationalist sentiment is running high, the New York Times reports. Evo... More »

Latin American Nations Reject DEA

Bolivia, Ecuador latest to repudiate US anti-drug operations

(Newser) - Some Latin American countries are pushing back against the US by cutting off DEA operations, the Christian Science Monitor reports. President Evo Morales, saying DEA agents "worked to conduct political espionage," gave them 3 months to leave Bolivia. Ecuador, meanwhile, has refused to renew the US lease on... More »

Bolivia Prez Shuts Down 'Spying' US Drug Team

US officials call accusations 'absurd'

(Newser) - Leftist Bolivian President Evo Morales has barred US federal drug agents from operating in his country after accusing them of "spying" and financing violent anti-government protest groups. He halted all Drug Enforcement Administration efforts to battle the cocaine trade in Bolivia, but stopped short of expelling agents. US officials... More »

US Slaps Sanctions on Chavez Aides

3 charged with backing FARC drug runners, as tensions mount

(Newser) - Escalating the diplomatic crisis with Venezuela, the US has frozen the assets of three members of Hugo Chavez's inner circle it accuses of having links with drug-running Colombian rebels, the Wall Street Journal reports. The sanctions follow the expulsion by Venezuela and Bolivia of their US ambassadors—a move the... More »

Chavez Boots US Envoy: 'Go to Hell, Yankees!'

Threatens to cut oil shipments

(Newser) - In a dramatic move in support of Bolivia, Venezuela President Hugo Chavez yesterday slashed diplomatic ties with the US, booting the American ambassador and calling home his envoy from Washington, reports Reuters. The socialist leader has also threatened to stop all oil shipments to the US—Venezuela’s largest customer—... More »

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