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Pope leaves for Rome after South America visit

Asunci - Pope Francis departed Paraguay for Rome late Sunday, bringing to a close a weeklong visit where he drew attention to the poor and marginalized in some of the region's poorest nations.

Pope laments corruption as 'gangrene of a people'

Asunci - Pope Francis decried the scourge of corruption as the "gangrene of a people" in Paraguay, one of the poorest countries in South America and where graft is rampant.

Pope takes message of equality to Paraguay

Asunci - Pope Francis brought his message of equality to Paraguay, on the third and final stop of a South America tour that has burnished his reputation as a powerful voice for the downtrodden.

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.

Next stop Bolivia for 'pope of the poor'

Quito - Pope Francis, the first Latin American pontiff, heads Wednesday to Bolivia on the second leg of a three-nation tour of the continent's poorest countries, where he has been acclaimed by huge crowds.

Francis to hold papal mass in Ecuador capital Quito

Quito - Pope Francis celebrates his second open air mass in as many days in Ecuador on Tuesday, this time in Quito, the capital city roiled for the past month by anti-government protests.

Pope Francis celebrates Ecuador mass with huge crowd

Guayaqui - Pope Francis celebrated an open-air mass with hundreds of thousands of faithful under scorching heat in Ecuador on Monday, highlighting the importance of family on his return to his home region.

Latin America celebrates Greek austerity 'No' vote

Buenos Aires - A handful of countries across Latin America congratulated Greece on its Sunday referendum in which voters rejected creditors' austerity demands.

Thousands greet pope at start of South American trip

Quito - Pope Francis wrapped up the first day of a grueling three-nation South American trip after greeting tens of thousands of jubilant people who lined the streets of Quito.

Pope Francis lands in Ecuador on three-nation tour

Quito - Pope Francis arrived in Ecuador on Sunday to kick off his first South American trip in two years that will also take him to Bolivia and Paraguay and see him highlight the plight of the poor.

Pope Francis takes message to forgotten corners of home continent

Vatican City - Pope Francis embarks Sunday on an eight-day visit to Ecuador, Bolivia and Paraguay, three of South America's 'peripheral' countries which share common challenges in addressing poverty, inequality and the legacies of past authoritarian regimes.

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.

Coca leaves on the menu for Pope's visit to Bolivia

Vatican City - Pope Francis has not confirmed whether he will chew coca leaves on his trip to Bolivia but may well do so given his respect for local customs, his spokesman said Tuesday.

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.

Pope Francis to tour Latin America in July

- Pope Francis will make his first visit as pontiff to Spanish-speaking Latin America in July, stopping in Ecuador, Bolivia and Paraguay, the Vatican said Thursday.

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.

Historic photos of dead Che Guevara resurface in Spain

Madrid - Lost for half a century, historic photographs of Cuban revolutionary Che Guevara shortly after his execution taken by an AFP photographer have come to light in a small Spanish town.

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.

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.

Morales landslide expected in Bolivia vote

La Paz - Bolivians began counting votes Sunday in elections widely expected to give indigenous President Evo Morales a third term, along with a legislative majority needed to push through his leftist reforms.

Morales set to cruise to third term in Bolivia vote

La Paz - Evo Morales, Bolivia's first indigenous president, is expected to win a third term against a fragmented opposition Sunday, with a large Congressional majority to continue pushing through his leftist reforms.

Evo Morales poised for victory in Bolivia’s presidential election

Santa Cruz De La Sierra - Bolivian President Evo Morales is the heavy favorite to win, nearly unopposed, the presidential election on Sunday, Oct. 12. This would be his second re-election. Recent surveys indicate that Morales would win even in former opposition strongholds.

Bolivia declares Israel a terrorist state

Cochabamba - Bolivia has canceled a visa exemption agreement and declared Israel a "terrorist state" in protest of its deadly war in Gaza.

Hundreds of human skeletons found in Bolivian mining city

La Paz - Construction workers in Bolivia have stumbled upon a mass grave with the remains of hundreds of likely indigenous miners during the Spanish colonial era, a researcher said Saturday.

Bolivia legalizes child labor for kids from age 10

La Paz - Bolivia passed a law Thursday authorizing children to work from age 10, saying the rule is necessary due to realities in the impoverished country where kids join the labor market prematurely.

ILO probes Bolivia law allowing children to work from age 10

Geneva - The International Labour Organization said Thursday it was investigating a new law in Bolivia that allows children as young as 10 to work, amid fears it breached global rules.
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