Bolivian President Evo Morales, whose MAS party suffered losses in regional elections.

Top Story — The political party of Bolivia’s President Evo Morales lost several key seats in legislative and gubernatorial elections on Sunday, reports suggest, following Morales’ re-election last year to a third term with 61 percent of the vote. The Associated Press called the loss the greatest electoral setback faced by the Movement Toward Socialism…

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Top Story — The Bolivian ombudsman decried a spike in sexual violence against young girls in the country, following the rape and killing of a four-year-old in Palos Blancos, a town northeast of the capital of La Paz. The rape-slaying follows two near-identical crimes against young Bolivian girls in the last two weeks, all of…

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Top Story — The government of Bolivian President Evo Morales denied rumors that the country will expel the soft drink multinational Coca-Cola from its territory on December 21, 2012, the end of a cycle of the Mayan calendar. Rumors that Coca-Cola would be banned from Bolivia circulated after Bolivian Foreign Minister David Choquehuanca said that the beginning…

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Top Story — Bolivian government representatives traveled to Oromomo in the Amazon basin lowlands on Sunday, kicking off a campaign to convince sixty-nine indigenous communities in Bolivia to approve a highway through their territories. The indigenous groups will decide on August 20 whether or not they approve the construction of a 200-mile highway through the Isiboro…

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Six years ago, New York filmmaker Sisa Bueno was a volunteer in Bolivia whose attention was captured by the struggle of Afro-Bolivians to be counted as an ethnic group in their country. No Bolivian census has made an official count of the number of African descendents living within its borders, and before Bolivia’s 2009 constitutional…

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Today in Latin America Top Story — Bolivia and the United States will reestablish diplomatic ties after three years of frayed relations. The two countries severed ties after Bolivia expelled the U.S. Ambassador Philip Goldberg and the Drug Enforcement Agency, under allegations that they were supporting the Bolivian political opposition. In a major change of…