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Locals cheer Morales exit in ex-Bolivia leader's former fiefdom

Copacabana - In the high Andes two hours' drive from La Paz, the people of Achacachi -- long a bastion of ex-president Evo Morales -- say they don't want him back.

OAS finds 'malicious manipulation' in Bolivia election

Washington - The Organization of American States released its final report Wednesday into the October election in Bolivia, concluding that "malicious manipulation" had affected the vote, which has tipped the country into turmoil.

Changing Mercosur bloc meets in Brazil after US tariffs blow

Bento Gon - South America's four-nation trade bloc Mercosur began a tense meeting Wednesday reeling from US steel and aluminum tariffs and a spat between its two biggest members.

Changing Mercosur bloc meets in Brazil after US tariffs blow

Bras - South America's four-nation trade bloc Mercosur began a summit meeting Wednesday reeling from US steel and aluminum tariffs and a spat between its two biggest members.

DiCaprio denies Bolsonaro accusation of link to Amazon fires

S - American actor Leonardo DiCaprio on Saturday denied a claim by Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro that he had helped fund groups allegedly linked to fires in the Amazon rain forest.

Rapper Tijoux gives the beat to Chile's street revolt

Paris - Chilean singer Ana Tijoux says she is scared of cameras. Yet it is hard to think of anything as fearless as her latest hit "Cacerolazo", which has become an anthem of the street revolt in her homeland against its billionaire president Sebastian Pinera....

Revised data shows deforestation in Brazil Amazon at decade high

Bras - Brazil on Thursday released revised statistics showing deforestation in the Amazon rainforest surpassed 10,000 square kilometers (3,860 square miles) in the year to July 2019, the highest in more than a decade.

Luis Lacalle Pou, Uruguay's new president

Montevideo - Uruguay's young president-elect Luis Lacalle Pou has a remarkable political pedigree, being the son of a former president and a senator.

'Serious' rights violations during Chile protests: Human Rights Watch

Santiago - Chile's national police committed "serious human rights violations" as weeks of violent demonstrations across the South American country claimed 25 lives, Human Rights Watch said Tuesday in a report calling for reform of the force.

'Serious' rights violations during Chile protests: Human Rights Watch

Santiago - Chile's national police committed "serious human rights violations" as weeks of violent demonstrations across the South American country claimed 25 lives, Human Rights Watch said Tuesday in a report calling for reform of the force.

'Serious' rights violations during Chile protests: Human Rights Watch

Santiago - Chile's national police committed "serious human rights violations" as weeks of violent demonstrations across the South American country claimed 25 lives, Human Rights Watch said Tuesday in a report calling for reform of the force.

Food crunch: Bolivians fly aid to relatives in blockaded La Paz

Santa Cruz De La Sierra - Freddy's food aid package for relatives in the blockaded Bolivian city of La Paz weighs in at 90 pounds at the Santa Cruz airport -- slightly over the limit. He quickly removes a chicken from the polystyrene box and shouts "Ready!

Police bust Bolivia funeral protest as Congress meets on election

La Paz - Bolivian riot police on Thursday tear gassed angry protesters who taunted them as "murderers" while parading with the coffins of five people killed in clashes with security forces, as Congress debated when to hold new elections.

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.

Stand-in president 'brings back Bible' to Bolivian politics

La Paz - Mounting the steps of the presidential palace as acting head of state, Jeanine Anez raised in both hands an old leather-bound volume of the holy Gospels.

Police disperse separatist demo on key Spain-France motorway

Barcelona - Police on Wednesday managed to disperse Catalan separatist protesters from a busy motorway linking Spain and France, reopening the road in both directions after more than 48 hours of intermittent blockages.

Jeanine Anez: stand-in president vowing to 'pacify' Bolivia

La Paz - Conservative senator Jeanine Anez was unknown to many Bolivians before she stepped out beaming and waving a Bible on the balcony of the government palace.

'I'm back': Brazil's Lula fills leftist leadership void

Rio De Janeiro - Out of jail and full of rage, Brazil's Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has put his far-right nemesis President Jair Bolsonaro in the cross-hairs, as he takes up the mantle of leading the left.

Fed up, satellite towns around Madrid turn to far-right Vox

Valdemoro - "I don't like Vox, I've always supported the Socialists, but I've just had enough of all the in-fighting between the parties," shrugs retired construction worker Luis Martinez, who like many people in Valdemoro voted for the far-right.

Bolivians jam streets to celebrate president's resignation

La Paz - Jubilant crowds packed the streets of La Paz Sunday to celebrate the abrupt resignation of Bolivian President Evo Morales, Latin America's longest serving leader, after weeks of protest over his disputed re-election.

Protesters seize state-run media in Bolivia as tensions soar

La Paz - Opposition demonstrators in Bolivia overran two state-run media outlets and forced them off the air Saturday and some police stopped guarding the square where President Evo Morales' palace is located, as tensions remained high after a disputed election...

Anger at out-of-touch elite stoking Chile protests

Santiago - They send their children to the same schools, vacation in the same lakeside resorts, and marry into each others' families.

Leftist icon Mujica set for ministerial return in Uruguay

Montevideo - Ex-Uruguay president Jose Mujica is on the brink of a sensational return to the political spotlight, after the 84-year-old former guerrilla leader said Thursday he had agreed to be a minister in a Broad Front government.

Chile president announces tougher public order laws

Santiago - Chile's President Sebastian Pinera on Thursday announced a series of measures to tighten public order in the wake of three weeks of anti-government protests that have left 20 people dead.

Student killed as pressure mounts in Bolivia protests

La Paz - A student was killed in Bolivian protests Wednesday amid increasing pressure on President Evo Morales to resign over opposition claims that he rigged his recent re-election.

Brazil lawmakers water down Bolsonaro's bill to ease gun controls

S - Lawmakers in Brazil have watered down pro-gun President Jair Bolsonaro's proposal that would have allowed ordinary people to carry weapons in public.

Mega-rally marks Chile protests third week as president struggles

Santiago - Protesters in Chile clashed with police, looted stores and endured a strong earthquake at the close of a huge rally kicking off the third week of anti-government demonstrations that have sparked deadly unrest.

Mega-rally marks Chile protests third week as president struggles

Santiago - Tens of thousands of protesters in Chile staged a "Super Monday" mega-rally to kick off the third week of anti-government protests that have sparked deadly unrest.

Nobel Peace winner confronts Chile over police abuses

Santiago - A Nobel Peace laureate added her voice Monday to calls for Chile to stop police violence against protesters during recent weeks of deadly anti-government unrest.

Bolivia leader warns of bloodshed as opponents vow to oust him

La Paz - Bolivia's government accused its rivals Sunday of plotting deadly violence against it after an opposition figure vowed to oust leftist President Evo Morales and called for the military's support.
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