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FILE - In this Oct. 20, 2016 file photo, soldiers use machetes to cut down coca plants on an illegal coca plantation during a government organized media trip to the Urkupina community of Chapare, Bolivia. A report released Wednesday, July 29, 2020 by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime says coca cultivation jumped 10% in Bolivia in 2019, the final year of President Evo Morales’ government, partly because of reduced eradication efforts amid rising social and political conflicts. (AP Photo/Juan Karita, File)

Bolivian coca cultivation jumped by 10% in 2019, UN says

Jul. 29, 2020 5:15 PM EDT

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Coca cultivation jumped 10% in Bolivia in 2019, the final year of President Evo Morales' government, partly because of reduced eradication efforts amid rising social and political conflicts, a U.N. agency said Wednesday. Growth in the Andean nation increased from 23,100 hectares in...

Healthcare workers lift a man who was lying on the ground outside the General Hospital into a wheelchair to be taken to the emergency room that treats people suspected of having COVID-19 in La Paz, Bolivia, Thursday, July 23, 2020. Police in Bolivia’s major cities have recovered the bodies of hundreds of suspected victims of the coronavirus from homes, vehicles, and in some instances, the streets. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)

Bolivia delays presidential election due to pandemic

Jul. 23, 2020 5:30 PM EDT

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Bolivia's highest electoral authority on Thursday delayed presidential elections by more than a month due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Supreme Electoral Tribunal moved the election date from Sep. 6 to Oct. 18, the third time the vote has been delayed. The president of the...

Herminia Carpio looks at the body of her brother Guillermo covered by a slim mattress outside the General Hospital before his body is taken away by a funeral home in La Paz, Bolivia, Wednesday, July 22, 2020. Carpio said her 58-year-old brother died the previous afternoon, and according to the hospital he died of COVID-19. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)

Virus slams Bolivia as hospitals say: 'There is no space'

Jul. 22, 2020 5:18 PM EDT

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Police in Bolivia's major cities have recovered the bodies of hundreds of suspected victims of the coronavirus from homes, vehicles and, in some instances, the streets. Hospitals are full of COVID-19 patients and short of staff, keeping their gates closed and hanging out signs that...

Funeral home workers wearing full protective gear as a precaution against the spread of the new coronavirus, carry the coffin of a man, whose death was not related to COVID-19, into the General Cemetery in La Paz, Bolivia, Tuesday, July 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)

Bolivia police recover 420 dead in possible COVID-19 cases

Jul. 21, 2020 9:02 PM EDT

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — A special police unit collected 420 bodies over the preceding five days in two Bolivian cities, and 80% to 90% of the deceased were thought to have succumbed to COVID-19, authorities said Tuesday. Col. Ivan Rojas, director of the special crime-fighting force, said his officers...

A worker wearing a protective gear sprays disinfectant as a precaution against a new coronavirus at a theater in Sejong Center in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, July 21, 2020. South Korea’s new virus cases have bounced back Tuesday, a day after it reported its smallest daily jump in local COVID-19 transmissions in two months. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

The Latest: SKorea's new virus cases bounce back after drop

Jul. 20, 2020 10:33 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea __ South Korea’s new virus cases have bounced back to above 40, a day after it reported its smallest daily jump in local COVID-19 transmissions in two months. The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday it has reported 45 additional coronavirus cases over a 24-hour...

A man shows bottles of chlorine dioxide he purchased at a pharmacy in Cochabamba, Bolivia, Friday, July 17, 2020. Long lines form every morning in Cochabamba, one of the Bolivian cities hardest hit by the new coronavirus pandemic, as people wait to buy small bottles of chlorine dioxide, a toxic bleaching agent that has been falsely touted as a cure for COVID-19 and myriad other diseases. (AP Photo/Dico Solis)

In Bolivian city, people buy fake - and toxic - virus cure

Jul. 17, 2020 4:04 PM EDT

COCHABAMBA, Bolivia (AP) — Long lines form every morning in one of the Bolivian cities hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic as desperate people wait to buy small bottles of chlorine dioxide, a toxic bleaching agent that has been falsely touted as a cure for COVID-19 and myriad other diseases. The rush...

FILE - In this Jan. 20, 2020 file photo, Bolivia's interim President Jeanine Anez speaks during a swearing-in ceremony for cabinet ministers at the presidential palace in La Paz, Bolivia. In a new flare-up in Bolivia’s power struggle, the government was criticized for promoting a group of military officers without approval of the opposition-held legislature, as required by the constitution, announced on Wednesday, July 15, 2020. (AP Photo/Juan Karita, File)

Pandemic and power struggle hobble Bolivia ahead of vote

Jul. 16, 2020 3:54 PM EDT

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Bolivia is grappling with two crises: the pandemic and bitter political discord ahead of elections scheduled for September, nearly a year after the chaotic ouster of the former president, Evo Morales. In a new flare-up in Bolivia’s power struggle, the government was criticized...

FILE - In this May 25, 2020, file photo, Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro, wearing a face mask amid the coronavirus pandemic, stands among supporters as he leaves his official residence of Alvorada palace in Brasilia, Brazil. Bolsonaro said Tuesday, July 7, he tested positive for COVID-19 after months of downplaying the virus's severity while deaths mounted rapidly inside the country. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres, File)

COVID hits dozens of Latin leaders, including presidents

Jul. 10, 2020 5:24 PM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — The COVID-19 pandemic is sweeping through the leadership of Latin America, with two more presidents and powerful officials testing positive this week for the new coronavirus, adding a destabilizing new element to the region’s public health and economic crises. In Brazil, President...

FILE - In this April 15, 2020, file photo, New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham puts on her face mask when not speaking during an update on the COVID-19 outbreak in the state during a news conference in the state Capitol in Santa Fe, N.M. Gov. Lujan Grisham used her line-item veto power to preserve executive control over hundreds of millions of dollars in federal coronavirus relief funding, a move that could mean the loss of additional financial assistance for some Native American communities. She used her veto pen to scratch out entire paragraphs of the budget to prevent the Legislature from earmarking $318 million in federal virus relief funding for local governments. (Eddie Moore/The Albuquerque Journal via AP, Pool, File)

The Latest: New Mexico closes state parks, suspends sports

Jul. 9, 2020 10:49 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. — New Mexico authorities will halt indoor restaurant service, close state parks to nonresidents and suspend autumn contact sports at schools in response to surging coronavirus infections in the state and in neighboring Texas and Arizona. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham unveiled the sweeping...

Bolivia's interim President Jeanine Anez, wearing a face mask to help curb the spread of the new coronavirus, waves during a procession Corpus Christi, in La Paz, Bolivia, Thursday, June 11, 2020. Anez has announced on Thursday, July 9, 2020, that she has tested positive for COVID-19. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)

Bolivian president has COVID-19 as virus hits region's elite

Jul. 9, 2020 7:55 PM EDT

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Bolivia’s interim president and Venezuela’s No. 2 leader announced Thursday that they have been infected with the new coronavirus, just days after Brazil’s leader tested positive as the pandemic hits hard at some of Latin America’s political elite. Three...