Bolivia’s Interim Leader Pledges to ‘Reconstruct Democracy’

Bolivia’s Interim Leader Pledges to ‘Reconstruct Democracy’

LA PAZ, Bolivia — The lawmaker who has assumed Bolivia’s interim presidency addressed her violence-torn nation on Wednesday and pledged to “reconstruct democracy,” even as the ousted Bolivian president called her government unconstitutional and his backers vowed to disrupt it. In her first televised address to Bolivia, Jeanine Añez Chavez, More...

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Uneasy Calm in Bolivia as Lawmakers Threaten Showdown With Interim Leader
By asif On Wednesday, November 13th, 2019
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Uneasy Calm in Bolivia as Lawmakers Threaten Showdown With Interim Leader

LA PAZ, Bolivia — With the backing of the military, Bolivia’s interim president, Jeanine Añez Chavez, met with advisers on Wednesday to appoint a new cabinet even as backers of former President Evo Morales More...

Chile’s President Says He Will Support a New Constitution
By asif On Tuesday, November 12th, 2019
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Chile’s President Says He Will Support a New Constitution

SANTIAGO, Chile — After three weeks of nationwide protests against the government, President Sebastián Piñera of Chile said he would initiate a process to draft a new Constitution for the country. The president’s More...

Bolivia’s President, Facing Fury Over Disputed Election, Calls for New Vote
By asif On Sunday, November 10th, 2019
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Bolivia’s President, Facing Fury Over Disputed Election, Calls for New Vote

Bolivia’s president, who bent the rules to run for a fourth term and then declared victory in a disputed election, called Sunday for a new vote — an extraordinary concession in the face of mounting evidence More...

For Quebec, a French Woman May Not Be French Enough
By asif On Saturday, November 9th, 2019
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For Quebec, a French Woman May Not Be French Enough

MONTREAL — Is a French woman who grew up speaking the language of Molière not French enough for Quebec? That question was being debated in Canada this week after Émilie Dubois, a 31-year-old French citizen More...

Is Mexico Growing More Violent? Our Journalists Answer Reader Questions
By asif On Thursday, November 7th, 2019
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Is Mexico Growing More Violent? Our Journalists Answer Reader Questions

This week’s brutal ambush of a family in northern Mexico that left three women and six children dead was yet another shocking attack in a country enduring a year of record-setting violence. The attackers, who More...

Mormon Family Massacre Stuns Mexico, Laying Bare Government’s Helplessness
By asif On Wednesday, November 6th, 2019
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Mormon Family Massacre Stuns Mexico, Laying Bare Government’s Helplessness

MEXICO CITY — The women and their children were taking a drive along a familiar rural road in northern Mexico when the gunmen attacked, riddling the three-car convoy with bullets. One woman was shot at close More...

Walter Mercado, Celebrity Astrologer for Millions of Latinos, Dies
By asif On Monday, November 4th, 2019
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Walter Mercado, Celebrity Astrologer for Millions of Latinos, Dies

He ended every segment the same way. “God bless you all, today, tomorrow and always,” he would say, “and I hope you receive from me peace, a lot of peace.” Then, as he brought his hands to his lips to blow More...

In the Amazon, Fires Steal Breath, but Smoke Smells of Money
By asif On Sunday, November 3rd, 2019
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In the Amazon, Fires Steal Breath, but Smoke Smells of Money

ALTAMIRA, Brazil — With thousands of intentionally set fires raging across its enormous expanse, Brazil’s Amazon rainforest has been a smoky mess in recent weeks: Roads and airports enveloped by a soupy fog. More...

Enriqueta Basilio, 71, Dies; First Woman to Light Olympic Flame
By asif On Saturday, November 2nd, 2019
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Enriqueta Basilio, 71, Dies; First Woman to Light Olympic Flame

Enriqueta Basilio, a Mexican sprinter who at the 1968 Summer Games in Mexico City became the first woman to light the Olympic flame, died on Oct. 26. She was 71. Her death was confirmed by the Mexican Olympic More...