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'There'll be war' if Bolivia cuts coca growing, farmers warn

Caranavi - For the coca farmers of western Bolivia's Las Yungas region, the loss of president Evo Morales -- himself a one-time coca grower, and a champion of indigenous rights -- is less worrying than the drop in price of their "holy leaf" crop.

Without 'father' Evo, Bolivia's indigenous coca farmers feel orphaned

Driven back by security forces and now leaderless after the departure of ex-president Evo Morales, Bolivian indigenous coca farmers have been left "orphaned" in their fight against the country's right-wing caretaker government.

AFP Fact Check: misleading web posts add fuel to Bolivia crisis

La Paz - The resignation of Bolivia's Evo Morales and his replacement by a little known conservative senator has sparked a surge of misleading social media posts.Here's a selection of misinformation debunked by AFP's fact-check service.

Colombia to deploy elite forces after killing of indigenous leader

Torib - Colombia's government on Wednesday ordered the deployment of 2,500 elite troops to combat dissident FARC guerillas after an attack that killed an indigenous leader and four guards.

Ecuador counts cost of deadly protests after deal

Quito - Ecuador began counting the cost Monday of 12 days of indigenous protests against fuel hikes that left eight demonstrators dead and severely dented President Lenin Moreno's austerity program.

Indigenous anger potent political weapon in Ecuador

Quito - Indigenous groups camped in the center of Ecuador's capital bristled with anger Wednesday at the start of a second day of violent protests set off by the government's decision to scrap fuel subsidies."Get the tires! Puncture them! Puncture them!

Clash of cultures as Amazon cowboys close in on indigenous lands

Santa Cruz - As evening falls over their Amazon home, the hunter gatherers of the Uru-eu-wau-wau people extract bamboo arrows from the flank of a wild pig and begin roasting it.

Peru opens military base to protect Amazon from deforestation

Tambopata - Peru opened a military base in the Amazon on Tuesday in a bid to tackle illegal mining, the main culprit for deforestation in the world's largest rainforest.

Brazilian indigenous community threatened in aftermath of dam burst

Citrolandia - In her 88 years, Antonia Alves has seen much hardship as a member of Brazil's indigenous community, whose people have often been driven from their ancestral lands over conflicts with farmers and loggers.

Bolsonaro strips agency of right to decide native land in Brazil

Bras - Brazil's new president, Jair Bolsonaro, has stripped an agency of the responsibility to demarcate indigenous lands in a move that has unsettled native rights groups and even some farm businesses that will benefit.

Chile says attacks rising in wake of Mapuche killing by police

Santiago - The number of arson attacks and other "acts of violence" has soared in southern Chile's indigenous communities in the week since the killing by police of a young Mapuche man, the government said Tuesday.

Pinera pledges probe of Mapuche death amid protests

Santiago - Chile's President Sebastian Pinera on Thursday pledged an investigation into the police killing of a young Mapuche man that sparked protests and firebomb attacks and revived allegations of state persecution of indigenous people.

Bolivia's 'oldest woman" celebrates 118th birthday

La Paz - The oldest woman in Bolivia, and perhaps the world, turned 118 on Friday, remaining lucid and in good health, authorities in the South American country said.

Venezuela crisis turns indigenous people into the lost tribe

Boa Vista - Auxiliano Zapata may be a Warao chief but after fleeing chaotic Venezuela for neighboring Brazil his people are a lost tribe, wondering if they will ever settle in their beloved Orinoco river delta again.

Isolated tribe members in Brazil spotted in drone footage

S - In the sprawling greenery of the Brazilian Amazon, near the border with Peru, a group of people -- small in the distance -- walk through a clearing.

Peruvian Amazon undergoing deforestation at accelerating pace: official

- The Peruvian Amazon lost nearly two million hectares (five million acres) of forest between 2001 and 2016, or more than 123,000 hectares (300,000 acres) a year, figures made public Tuesday by the ministry of the environment.

Lynched Canadian killed Peru shaman, prosecutors say

- Peruvian prosecutors probing the lynching of a Canadian man in a remote area in the Amazon jungle said on Thursday they had concluded he was responsible for the fatal shooting of a female shaman.

Guatemala protesters call on President Morales to quit

Guatemala City - Thousands of Guatemalan protesters including farmers, activists and indigenous groups, marched through the capital of the Central American country Tuesday to demand the resignation of President Jimmy Morales, who faces allegations of campaign finance c...

Conservative billionaire Pinera sworn in as president of Chile

Valpara - Conservative billionaire Sebastian Pinera was sworn in Sunday to his second term as president of Chile, replacing socialist Michelle Bachelet in the office for the second time in eight years.

Pinera, a conservative billionaire, is sworn in as president of Chile

Valpara - Conservative billionaire Sebastian Pinera was sworn in Sunday to his second term as president of Chile, replacing socialist Michelle Bachelet in the office for the second time in eight years.
 

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