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Bolivia's Congress votes to let Evo Morales run for re-election again

La Paz - Bolivia's Congress voted Saturday to amend the South American country's constitution to let President Evo Morales run for re-election again in five years, and potentially extend his presidency to 2025.

Bolivians warned to tighten belts because of oil plunge

La Paz - President Evo Morales warned Bolivians to start tightening their belts Saturday because plunging oil prices are likely to lead to hard times over the next year.

Inmates lift hunger strike at Bolivian prison

La Paz - Inmates at one of Bolivia's most dangerous prisons called off a hunger strike Thursday after reaching a deal with authorities over their food allowance, an official said.

Bolivia inmates on hunger strike for better food

La Paz - Inmates at one of Bolivia's most violent prisons have gone on hunger strike demanding they be fed at least as well as police dogs and horses, their leaders said Wednesday.

Bolivia cuts coca crop by 11%, chides U.S. war on drugs

La Paz - The amount of farmland in Bolivia dedicated to cultivating coca, the raw ingredient for cocaine, fell by 11 percent last year, the fourth straight drop, the United Nations said Monday.

Bolivian judge remands CONMEBOL treasurer in custody

La Paz - A Bolivian judge remanded the president of the Bolivian Football Federation and treasurer of the sport's South American confederation in custody Tuesday, as he faces corruption charges.

Pope Francis: 'genocide' against Christians in Middle East

Santa Cruz De La Sierra - Pope Francis called for an end to what he said was the "genocide" of Christians taking place in the Middle East and beyond.

Pope Francis seeks Bolivians' forgiveness for colonial-era crimes

Santa Cruz De La Sierra - Pope Francis, in a historic gesture of reconciliation, sought forgiveness Thursday from Bolivia's predominantly indigenous inhabitants for crimes committed centuries earlier in the name of the Catholic Church.

Pope takes message of inclusion to Bolivia

La Paz - Pope Francis greeted Bolivians with a message of inclusion, a central theme of his three-nation tour to his home continent, as he arrived in South America's poorest nation.

Bolivian villagers ban booze, set curfew over crimes

- The police car lights flashed in the dark and dusty streets of the Bolivian mountain village of La Asunta. The officers approached two boys and told them: "Go home, there's a curfew.

Spruce up ASAP, taxes drop: La Paz says ahead of pope visit

La Paz - Bolivia's capital is gearing up for a papal visit with an unusual idea: a law that would slash La Paz residents' property taxes by 80 percent if they fix up their homes before the pontiff's July trip.

Bolivian soldiers kneading dough at army barracks

La Paz - The Bolivian Army will produce 70,000 loaves of bread daily to alleviate the shortage caused by the bakers strike that began Monday in La Paz and El Alto. The bakers’ unions reject the withdrawal of state subsidies to wheat flour in effect since 2011.

Bolivian's sentence for French couple's murder upheld

La Paz - A Bolivian court on Thursday upheld the 30-year prison sentence of a man convicted of killing a young French couple in 2010.

Some German theaters are boycotting Avengers: Age of Ultron

Theaters have pulled the movie Avengers: Age of Ultron, before its release. It is said the boycott is to send a message to Disney regarding oppressive business practices.

Bolivia's Morales sworn in for third term as president

La Paz - Evo Morales was sworn in Thursday for a third term as president of Bolivia at a ceremony in the country's national assembly and vowed to sharply reduce poverty.

Seven make final cut as world's most wondrous cities

Surviving three years of global voting and competition from almost 1,200 other candidates, seven communities were announced Sunday as New7Wonders Cities.

‘Roots of the Earth’ — Ethnic elders meet to praise Mother Earth

Rancagua - A 4-day international meeting of aboriginal elders called "Roots of the Earth" will be held in November in Graneros, Chile. The event aims to "appeal for Mother Earth and Humanity", and to educate local families about ancestral ethnic traditions.

Morales gets absolute majority in Bolivia legislature

La Paz - In addition to his own reelection, Bolivia's President Evo Morales kept his absolute majority in congress in the October 12 general elections, authorities said Wednesday.

While world focuses on Ebola, Chagas disease surges ahead

Bronx - While much of the world's attention has been focused on Ebola, another disease with equally devastating implications is surging. The CDC estimates that some 300,000 people throughout the U.S. may have Chagas disease, and many cases may remain undiagnosed.

Morales claims landslide victory in Bolivia vote

La Paz - Bolivian President Evo Morales declared victory and exit polls showed him romping to a third term with more than 60 percent of the vote, giving him a strong mandate to expand his leftist reforms.
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