Evo Morales faces toughest test to keep power in Bolivia
LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — He was a llama shepherd from the Bolivian highlands who one day became the first indigenous president of a majority indigenous nation, a leftist union leader of rowdy street...
Evo Morales not trending among Bolivia’s youth ahead of vote
LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — A series of memes that have gone viral in Bolivia show President Evo Morales combatting raging forest fires with a toy water gun or a flamethrower, while others superimpose...
A museum in Bolivia pays homage to President Evo Morales
ORINOCA, Bolivia (AP) — From the air, it stands like a concrete fortress amid the humble adobe and brick homes in the remote town of Orinoca high up in the desert of the Bolivian...
MOSCOW (AP) — Bolivian leader Evo Morales has visited Moscow for talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin on expanding economic ties.
Speaking after talks in the Kremlin Thursday, Putin...
Bolivian economy island of stability but storm clouds loom
LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Abraham Rodríguez's small shoe store grew into a factory that employed more than a dozen workers during an economic boom in Bolivia when prices for the gas and minerals it...
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Specialized teams have begun an effort to rescue three Bolivians trapped deep underground in a mine in northern Chile, authorities said Friday.
LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Cheered by thousands of supporters in Bolivia's coca-growing Chapare region, President Evo Morales began his campaign for his third consecutive re-election Saturday amid...
Rights group alarmed by ouster of Bolivian judges
LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — A prominent human rights group said Monday that Bolivia has undermined judicial independence by arbitrarily dismissing nearly 100 judges since 2017 and it asked the...
Greece backs Bolivian leader’s call for Venezuela dialogue
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece on Friday backed calls by Bolivia's left-wing President Evo Morales for a negotiated settlement to the severe political and financial crisis in Venezuela, in what...
Bolivia’s Morales, in Greece, backs Venezuela’s Maduro
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Bolivia's left-wing president on Thursday compared Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido to an erstwhile colonial viceroy and spoke out against any military intervention...
LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Tens of thousands of revelers are celebrating Carnival in Bolivia.
The largest parade took place Saturday in the Andean city of Oruro, which is located 120 kilometers...
Bolivia searches for missing in landslide that killed 15
LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Bolivian rescue teams have resumed the search for people missing in a landslide that killed at least 15 over the weekend.
The search had been suspended Monday for fear that new mudslides could hit the highway northeast of the capital.
Heavy rains caused tons of earth and mud to collapse on the mountain highway, burying several cars near a spot known as El Choro. The cars were in a line of vehicles making their way along a muddy patch of road when the mountainside gave way.
Bolivia’s Morales marks 13 years in power, seeks new term
LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Bolivian President Evo Morales celebrated his 13 years in office on Tuesday amid controversy over whether he should be allowed to run again for the presidency.
Last year, Bolivia's top electoral court accepted Morales' candidacy for a fourth term despite a constitutional ban and referendum against such re-election. Elections for the next five-year presidential term are set for October.
Electoral court accepts Bolivian president’s re-election bid
LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Bolivia's top electoral court has accepted President Evo Morales' candidacy for a fourth term in office despite a constitutional ban and referendum against such a re-election.
Electoral Tribunal President Maria Eugenia Choque announced the ruling Tuesday night to journalists, but declined to take questions. The election for a five-year term is set for November 2019.
LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Officials in Bolivia say a valuable, nearly two-century old medallion symbolizing presidential power was stolen, then quickly recovered.
Bolivia's first Congress gave the diamond-encrusted golden medallion in the early 19th Century to South American independence hero Simon Bolivar, for whom the country is named. Presidents wear it at the most solemn official ceremonies.
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Guatemalans living near the Volcano of Fire sought to recover from a devastating eruption that killed more than 100 people.
Ivan Duque, the young conservative protege of a powerful former president, was elected Colombia's next leader after promising to roll back a fragile peace accord that has divided the South American nation.
Video raises doubts about student’s death in Bolivia protest
LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — A surveillance camera video in Bolivia appears to contradict police claims about the death of a demonstrator that has prompted large protests against the government of President Evo Morales.
A lawyer for his university in the city of El Alto says Jonathan Quispe was shot by police while fleeing officers during last week's demonstration demanding an increased budget for public universities.
Bolivians demand access to sea at nationwide parades
LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Bolivians staged demonstrations across the country on Friday to demand sea access for their landlocked country.
Bolivia lost its only seacoast to neighboring Chile during a war from 1879 to 1883 and the nation has demanded ocean access for generations. But Chile says the issue was settled once and for all in a 1904 treaty.
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The president of land-locked Bolivia said Tuesday he is prepared to discuss options with neighboring Chile for gaining access to the Pacific, but said that powerful forces in Chile do not want talks.
"At the moment, some people representing the Chilean oligarchies" don't want negotiations, President Evo Morales said Tuesday in an interview with The Associated Press.
Bolivians stretch vast flag in demand for sea outlet
LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — A narrow strip of blue has stretched for more than 120 miles (196 kilometers) across the nation of Bolivia as part of a demonstration of the country's demand for an outlet to the sea.
Bolivian officials say the Bolivian Navy ensign held by participants along a highway on Saturday is the world's biggest — or at least longest flag. The navy ensign is mostly blue, but includes the country's red, yellow and green flag.
Trial opens in US for Bolivian ex-president in 2003 killings
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A former president of Bolivia and his one-time defense minister went on trial Tuesday in connection with a lawsuit filed by family members who they say their relatives were indiscriminately shot by the military in a heavy-handed attempt to quell civil unrest in 2003.
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Leaders from Latin American governments belonging to an anti-U.S. bloc have converged on Venezuela's capital Monday to commemorate the fifth anniversary of President Hugo Chavez's death.
Presidents Raul Castro of Cuba, Evo Morales of Bolivia and Daniel Ortega of Nicaragua were among those who made the trip, which coincided with a meeting of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America, known as the ALBA bloc.
Bolivian government says Carnival bomb killed 4, hurt 10
LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — A bomb caused an explosion that killed four people and wounded 10 during Carnival celebrations, Bolivian authorities said Wednesday.
The blast occurred late Tuesday in the middle of Carnival celebrations in the city of Oruro, the capital of President Evo Morales' home province. Police Gen. Faustino Mendoza told reporters the bomb was made of dynamite, ammonium nitrate and fuel oil, all commonly used in homemade explosives.
Gas explosion at Bolivia Carnival leaves 6 dead, 28 injured
LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — A street vendor's gas canister exploded Saturday near the route of one of Bolivia's most popular Carnival parades, killing six people and injuring at least 28, police said.
The blast took place on a street parallel to where participants dressed in colorful folkloric costumes were making their entrance to the Carnival in the city of Oruro, said police deputy commander Freddy Betancurt. Among the dead were two children.
Bolivia: 2 people killed by rain-fueled landslide, 1 missing
LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Two young people were found dead Wednesday and one person was missing after heavy rains caused a mudslide and flooding in a central Bolivia town, authorities said.
The governor of Cochabamba province said both of the known dead were minors.
The overnight swelling of the Taquina river damaged buildings and covered streets in mud and rubble in the small community of Tiquipaya, about 150 miles (250 kilometers) east of La Paz.
Bolivia’s Alasitas Fair shines with UNESCO list recognition
LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Every year, thousands of Bolivians head to the two-week Alasitas festival to buy miniature cars, houses and toy dollar bills symbolizing their dreams of prosperity in one of South America's poorest countries.
But this year, they're not the only believers in the festival with roots in Aymara indigenous traditions.
Bolivia lawmakers vote to ease right abortion restrictions
LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Bolivian lawmakers voted Wednesday to ease the country's tight restrictions on abortions, shrugging aside opposition from religious groups.
The Legislative Assembly vote will allow "students, adolescents or girls" to have abortions up to the eighth week of pregnancy. The measure doesn't specify ages, but it appears to apply to girls up to and including 17 years old and older students who still depend on their parents or guardians.
Bolivia’s top court gives president green light to run again
LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Bolivia's highest court cleared the way Tuesday for President Evo Morales to run for a fourth term in 2019 despite voters' rejection of such a move in a referendum last year.
Bolivia economy minister quits for health reasons
LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Bolivia's economy minister is stepping aside, saying he needs to devote time to health problems.
Luis Arce said Sunday he'll be going to Brazil for treatment, though he did not describe his aliment.
The 53-year-old Arce has been a key adviser to President Evo Morales since he took office in 2006. He's overseen overall economic growth of about 4.5 annually in recent years.
UN chief warns of serious clean water shortages by 2050
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned Tuesday that by 2050 global demand for fresh water is projected to grow by more than 40 percent and at least a quarter of the world's population will live in countries with a "chronic or recurrent" lack of clean water.
He told the Security Council that "strains on water access are already rising in all regions," noting that three-quarters of the 193 U.N. member states share rivers or lake basins with their neighbors.
UN chief warns oceans are ‘under threat as never before’
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Antonio Guterres opened the first U.N. conference on oceans Monday with a warning that the seas are "under threat as never before," noting one recent study warns that discarded plastic garbage could outweigh fish by 2050 if nothing is done.
HAVANA (AP) — Bolivian President Evo Morales underwent successful throat surgery in Cuba and must rest his voice for about a week, a government official said Saturday.
Bolivian presidential minister Rene Martinez, who accompanied the 57-year-old Morales to Cuba, told Telesur news service that the operation was an "absolute success."
"The conclusive results and the medical report fill us with satisfaction," he said.
LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Bolivian President Evo Morales says that he'll return to Cuba earlier than planned for a brief operation to remove a nodule on his vocal chords.
Morales had planned to return to the island in April. But he said Tuesday that he'll travel to Havana Wednesday night.
The 57-year-old says that a sore throat is getting worse, prompting him to undergo surgery earlier than planned. He says that he's not suffering any pain.
Bolivia’s Morales approves coca law after treatment in Cuba
LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — President Evo Morales on Wednesday signed into law a bill that nearly doubles the amount of land in Bolivia that can be legally planted with coca plants.
Morales returned home Tuesday night after receiving treatment in Cuba for a nodule in his vocal chords and he'll need to return to the island in April for a brief operation. He had to cancel previous speaking events after losing his voice to a sore throat, but he spoke for nearly an hour Wednesday in favor of the law.
Bolivia’s Morales will return to Cuba for surgery
LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Cuban state media say that Bolivian President Evo Morales will return to the island in April for a brief operation to remove a nodule on his vocal chords.
The state outlet Cubadebate quotes Morales as saying that doctors detected a small nodule that can only be removed when he's off medication. Late Monday's report says that the operation would only last about 15 minutes.
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Bolivian President Evo Morales has left Cuba after being hospitalized for medical problems and is in Venezuela's capital to participate in a meeting of the ALBA bloc.
Venezuelan state television has broadcast images of Morales arriving Sunday and he appears slimmer. He spoke hoarsely, as he has for several weeks. In brief remarks, he said: "I had a problem, but thanks to the Cuban doctors we are recovering."
LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — The Bolivian government says doctors in Cuba have determined that President Evo Morales is suffering from a treatable viral infection and should remain on the island for five days of rest.
Bolivian Vice President Alvaro Garcia told a news conference Thursday that the 57-year-old Morales suffered from a problem in his vocal chords, sinusitis and strong pain in the right part of his abdomen that has kept him from sleeping.
LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Bolivian President Evo Morales went to Cuba on Wednesday for emergency treatment of a persistent throat problem following "major complications," his government said.
Presidential Minister Ruben Martinez told journalists that Morales left after a Cabinet meeting, but he gave no details on Morales' condition. The president's voice has been hoarse in public appearances in recent weeks and Morales has said he had a cold.
Plague of locusts leads Bolivia to issue state of emergency
LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Bolivian President Evo Morales is declaring a state of emergency to fight a plague of locusts that is decimating crops in the country's agricultural heartland.
Morales announced the decision Wednesday as part of a contingency plan. It includes $700,000 in additional funds for fumigation.
Bolivia opens ‘Evo museum’ dedicated to indigenous president
LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — School notebooks, a boy's sandals and T-shirts given to him by famous soccer players are among the objects displayed at a $7 million museum inaugurated by Bolivian President Evo Morales.
Defying referendum, Bolivia’s Morales agrees to run again
LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Bolivian President Evo Morales on Saturday agreed to run for a fourth term in office after his ruling party proclaimed him its candidate in 2019 elections, defying the results of a February referendum.
His Movement for Socialism party approved his candidacy in a unanimous vote. Later, Morales said "if the people say let's go with Evo, then let's continue defeating the right and continue with our process."
Colombia repatriates dead as airline’s licensing questioned
RIO NEGRO, Colombia (AP) — Victims of this week's tragic air crash in the Andes were flown home Friday as Bolivia's president called for "drastic measures" against aviation officials who signed off on a flight plan that experts and even one of the charter airline's executives said should never have been attempted because of a possible fuel shortage.
Fidel Castro clung to socialism, mentored new leftists
HAVANA (AP) — Fidel Castro's revolution was slowly dying — or so it seemed.
Communism had collapsed in Europe, and Cuba's Soviet lifeline was severed. Food was in short supply. Power outages silenced TV sets normally tuned to a nighttime soap opera. Factories rusted in the tropical heat.
The title of an American book seemed just right: "Castro's Final Hour." That was in 1992.
Taps go dry as Bolivia declares water emergency for drought
LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Bolivian President Evo Morales has declared a national emergency over a lack of water caused by a severe and prolonged drought.
Morales said Monday that national and local governments are authorized to use state resources to attack the problem.
Much of the high-altitude capital already receives water for just three hours every three days because reservoirs serving the city are nearly dry.
Bolivia inaugurates new gas plant to boost output
LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Bolivia is launching a new natural gas plant that's expected to increase the country's output by 10 percent.
President Evo Morales inaugurated the Incahuasi plant in southwest Bolivia on Friday. He was joined by the president of Russian energy giant Gazprom, Alexey Miller, and a vice president of the French oil company Total. Total holds a 50 percent share in the operation and Gazprom 20 percent.
Bolivia proposes prison time for illegal coca production
LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Bolivia's government is proposing a law to punish illegal growers of coca with prison time.
Illegal cultivators of coca currently do not face prison time in Bolivia, a country where the plant used to make cocaine also has many traditional uses.
Vice Minister for Social Defense Felipe Caceres announced the legislation Friday while touring illegal coca crops in a remote area.
Bolivian president, opposition spar over official’s killing
LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — President Evo Morales and his political opponents traded recriminations Friday over the shocking beating death of a high-ranking government official by protesting miners who had blockaded a highway.