Pope Francis to focus on poor in South America trip

 Pope Francis left Rome on Sunday to embark on his first South American trip in two years, for an eight-day tour of Ecuador, Bolivia and Paraguay -- but not his native Argentina.

In land of Pachamama, Bolivians hope for pope of ''good intentions''

At a "Witches Market" in the Bolivian city of El Alto, dried llama fetuses said to bring good fortune hang outside tin shack stalls while healers read the future in coca leaves and call on ancient spirits to cure ills.

Pope Francis takes message to forgotten corners of home continent
Pope Francis takes message to forgotten corners of home continent

Pope Francis embarks Sunday on an eight-day visit to Ecuador, Bolivia and Paraguay, three of South America`s `peripheral` countries which share common challenges in addressing poverty, inequality and the legacies of past authoritarian regimes.

Bolivian villagers ban booze, set curfew over crimes

The police car lights flashed in the dark and dusty streets of the Bolivian mountain village of La Asunta. The officers approached two boys and told them: "Go home, there`s a curfew."

Coca leaves on the menu for Pope`s visit to Bolivia
Coca leaves on the menu for Pope`s visit to Bolivia

 Pope Francis has not confirmed whether he will chew coca leaves on his trip to Bolivia but may well do so given his respect for local customs, his spokesman said Tuesday.

Peru beats Bolivia 3-1 to reach Copa America semi-finals
Peru beats Bolivia 3-1 to reach Copa America semi-finals

Brazilian-based striker Paolo Guerrero scored a hat trick as Peru swept aside Bolivia 3-1 to set up a Copa America semi-final showdown with fierce rivals Chile on Thursday.

Copa America quarterfinals schedule takes shape
Copa America quarterfinals schedule takes shape

The 2015 Copa America quarterfinals schedule took shape on Sunday, following the scoreless tie between Colombia and Peru and Brazil's 2-1 win over Venezuela.

Happy 5,523! Bolivians usher in Aymara New Year

Bolivians on Sunday ushered in the year 5,523, a turn of the page in the ancient Aymara calendar coinciding with the southern hemisphere`s winter solstice.

Fans show support for Arturo Vidal after drunk-driving incident
Fans show support for Arturo Vidal after drunk-driving incident

All is forgiven, or at least that is the message fans overwhelmingly expressed to Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal at Chile`s final Group A match against Bolivia on Friday, three days after he was arrested and charged for a drunk-driving car accident.

Chile 'on a very high level' ahead of Copa quarters: Coach Jorge Sampaoli
Chile 'on a very high level' ahead of Copa quarters: Coach Jorge Sampaoli

Chile coach Jorge Sampaoli has voiced his delight at his side's performance in their 5-0 Group A win against Bolivia in Coipa America.

Copa America anti-discrimination campaign passes Chile, Bolivia test
Copa America anti-discrimination campaign passes Chile, Bolivia test

An anti-discrimination campaign at the Copa America passed its biggest test on Friday as a sea of 45,000 fans, most wearing the deep red colours of the Chilean national team, quietly listened to the national anthem of opposing team Bolivia.

`Bust your Ass!' Alexis Sanchez tells shamed Arturo Vidal
`Bust your Ass!' Alexis Sanchez tells shamed Arturo Vidal

Chile star Alexis Sanchez has told disgraced team-mate Arturo Vidal he needs to "bust his ass" in Friday`s Copa America showdown with Bolivia following his drink-driving shame.

Copa America: Chile held, Bolivia upset Ecuador in goal-fest
Copa America: Chile held, Bolivia upset Ecuador in goal-fest

Mexico snatched a pulsating 3-3 draw with Chile while Bolivia downed Ecuador in a five-goal thriller as the Copa America laid on a feast of attacking football on Monday.

Miguel Herrera bemoans Mexico`s `bitter pill` after Copa draw
Miguel Herrera bemoans Mexico`s `bitter pill` after Copa draw

Mexico coach Miguel Herrera watched in frustration and anger as his side failed to break down minnows Bolivia in a Copa America encounter Friday that ended in a goalless draw.

Herrera called the 0-0 result a "bitter pill".

Bolivia to extradite ex-ally of Peru's President in corruption case

A Bolivian court on Monday authorised the extradition to neighbouring Peru of a former adviser to Peruvian President Ollanta Humala in a corruption scandal that could dent the leader`s popularity.

2016 Dakar Rally: Bolivia to be involved in all categories
2016 Dakar Rally: Bolivia to be involved in all categories

Bolivian President Evo Morales and Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO) director Etienne Lavigne have announced that the South American country will be involved in all categories of next year's Dakar Rally.

River Plate stay alive in Libertadores Cup, salvage pride
River Plate stay alive in Libertadores Cup, salvage pride

River Plate salvaged their Libertadores Cup dream with a 3-0 home win over San Jose of Bolivia and thanks to a 5-4 defeat for Peru`s Juan Aurich by Mexico`s UANL Tigres on Wednesday.

Bolivia works to fill mountain mined for 5 centuries

Bolivian authorities have dumped roughly 30,000 tonnes of dirt on Cerro Rico to keep the shape of the Potosi mountain, which is sinking after more than five centuries of mining for silver and other minerals.

Bolivia's first woman general, daughter of Che Guevara nemesis

Bolivia has named its first woman army general, the daughter of the military commander who led the final operation against Che Guevara, the state news agency said Monday.

 

Bolivia's Morales sworn in for third term as president

Evo Morales was sworn today for a third term as president of Bolivia at a ceremony in the country's national assembly as thousands of supporters cheered outside.