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Morales leads in Bolivia vote, but seems headed for runoff

Oct. 20, 2019 10:38 PM EDT

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — President Evo Morales led in early returns from the first round of Sunday's presidential election, but he appeared to have failed to get enough votes to avoid a runoff in the tightest political race of his life. The Andean country's top electoral authority said Sunday night that a...

Chile violence continues despite gov't retreat on fare hike

Oct. 20, 2019 9:11 PM EDT

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Protests and violence in Chile spilled over into a new day and raged into Sunday night despite the president cancelling a subway fare hike that has prompted violent demonstrations. Officials in the Santiago region said three people died in fires at two looted supermarkets early...

The Latest: Morales leads Bolivia vote, but runoff likely

Oct. 20, 2019 8:25 PM EDT

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — The latest on Bolivia's election in which President Evo Morales seeks to win an unprecedented fourth term (all times local): 8:10 p.m. Bolivian President Evo Morales is leading in early returns from the first round of the presidential election, but he appears headed to a runoff in...

Evo Morales leads in early results for 1st round of Bolivia's presidential vote, but appears headed to a runoff

Oct. 20, 2019 8:04 PM EDT
LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Evo Morales leads in early results for 1st round of Bolivia's presidential vote, but appears headed to a runoff.

Bolivians pick between Evo Morales and change in tight vote

Oct. 20, 2019 4:42 PM EDT

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Polls closed in Bolivia on Sunday after a calm election as President Evo Morales sought an unprecedented fourth term in what was regarded as the tightest race of his political career. The 59-year-old leftist who has been in office for nearly 14 years was favored to win the first...

Election day's an alcohol-free holiday for Bolivians

Oct. 20, 2019 12:03 PM EDT

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — There's almost no traffic in the streets. Supermarkets are shuttered. Movies are closed. Pedestrians stroll through open-air markets set up on car-free avenues, then gather to picnic with the extended family. It's election day in Bolivia's capital, a forcible — if alcohol-free...

Chile's president rolls back subway fare hike amid protests

Oct. 19, 2019 10:55 PM EDT

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Chilean President Sebastián Piñera on Saturday announced the suspension of a subway fare hike that had prompted violent student protests, less than a day after he declared a state of emergency amid rioting and commuter chaos in the capital. Soldiers patrolled the streets in...

UK's Johnson asks for Brexit delay, but argues against it

Oct. 19, 2019 9:35 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Prime Minister Boris Johnson grudgingly asked the European Union late Saturday to delay Brexit after the British Parliament postponed a decision on whether to back his divorce deal. But the defiant Johnson also made clear that he personally opposed delaying the U.K.'s exit, scheduled for Oct....

Bolivia's Evo Morales faces tightest presidential election

Oct. 19, 2019 11:06 AM EDT

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Bolivian President Evo Morales faces the tightest election of his political career Sunday as he tries to extend his nearly 14 years in power. The 59-year-old leftist, who is seeking a fourth term, still appears to lead in polls. But some surveys say he's likely to fall short of a...

Subway service in Chile's capital suspended as protest grows

Oct. 19, 2019 12:22 AM EDT

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Subway service in Chile's capital was suspended Friday, trapping hundreds of thousands of commuters on their way home from work, after high school students flooded subway stations, jumping turnstiles, dodging fares and vandalizing stations as part of protests against a fare hike. By...