South America

Bolivia leader: Elections will be called soon

by Raúl BURGOA LA PAZ, Bolivia (AFP) — Bolivia’s interim president said Sunday she will call new elections soon, as the country struggles with violent unrest a week after the resignation of Evo Morales. “Very soon we will announce news …

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Bolsonaro: China part of Brazil’s future

BEIJING, China (AFP) — China is increasingly part of Brazil’s future, President Jair Bolsonaro said Wednesday, signaling a more pragmatic approach to the Latin American country’s biggest trade partner. Standing alongside Chinese President Xi Jinping in the Brazilian capital of …

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Bolivia: Death toll up to seven in post-election unrest

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AFP) — Seven people died in Bolivia in violence that broke out after Evo Morales was declared the winner of a recent presidential election, the attorney general said Tuesday. Four of those fatalities were from gunfire, Juan …

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Morales leaves for Mexico as Bolivia military pledges to tackle violence

by Francisco JARA LA PAZ, Bolivia (AFP) — Evo Morales left Bolivia Monday for Mexico, which has granted him political asylum, as the armed forces agreed to help police curb violence that has erupted after the president’s stunning resignation left …

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‘I’m back’: Brazil’s Lula fills leftist leadership void

by Louis Genot, with Jordi Miro in Brasilia RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (AFP) — 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 …

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Bolivia’s Morales: There is a warrant for his arrest

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AFP) — Evo Morales, who resigned as Bolivia’s president Sunday after losing the support of the army and police, has said there is now a warrant for his arrest. “I declare to the world and the people …

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Bolivia’s Morales resigns after losing backing of security forces

by Francisco JARA LA PAZ, Bolivia (AFP) — Bolivian President Evo Morales resigned Sunday, caving in following three weeks of sometimes-violent protests over his disputed re-election after the army and police withdrew their backing. “I resign my post as president,” …

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Chile leader Pinera will not resign over protests

by Marie GIFFARD SANTIAGO, Chile (AFP) — Chile’s President Sebastian Pinera said Tuesday he will not resign in the face of deadly protests over inequality and poor social conditions that have entered their third week. Asked by the BBC in …

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Mega-rally marks Chile protests third week as president struggles

SANTIAGO, Chile (AFP) — 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. Tens of thousands …

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Strong 6.0 earthquake strikes Chile

SANTIAGO, Chile (AFP) — A strong 6.0-magnitude earthquake shook Chile on Monday, rattling buildings in the capital while a big anti-government demonstration was under way. The quake struck at 6:53 pm (2153 GMT) with its epicenter near the northern town …

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Massive wildfires hit southern Brazil’s Pantanal

SAO PAULO, United States (AFP) — Wildfires are raging across the Pantanal tropical wetlands in southern Brazil, one of the most biodiverse areas in the world and a major tourist destination, regional authorities said Thursday. The governor’s office in the …

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New clashes as embattled Chile president reshuffles cabinet

by Paulina ABRAMOVICH SANTIAGO, Chile (AFP) — Chilean protesters clashed with security forces on Monday, several hours after embattled President Sebastian Pinera announced a cabinet reshuffle in his latest bid to end 10 days of street demonstrations. At least 20 …

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