(This corrects story from March 6 to delete Metalor from fourth paragraph of second section, and edit sixth paragraph of fifth section to clarify suppliers' status.) | Video
LA RINCONADA, Peru Eva Chura is one of the magpies of the mountain. Living with their families in shacks in a gold shantytown in the Andes, these women make a living gleaning gold from rubble. | Video
LA RINCONADA, Peru, March 6 From the Andes
mountains, thousands of artisanal gold-diggers for years sent
fragments of metal to a Swiss valley. There, a refinery purified
the gold to sell to banks, watchmakers, fine jewelers and
electronics companies. It circulated as ingots, phones and
trinkets - some branded with names including Apple and Tiffany &
LA PAZ/COCHABAMBA, Bolivia Bolivia's interim government has named a temporary ambassador to the United States for the first time in more than a decade amid a redrawing of the South American nation's international ties, including its shunning of traditional allies Venezuela and Cuba.
COCHABAMBA, Bolivia Bolivia may need outside help to investigate a "massive" number of human rights violations amid post-election violence to ensure findings are seen as credible in the deeply divided country, the head of a regional human rights commission told Reuters on Tuesday.
SACABA, Bolivia/LA PAZ Bolivians have taken down roadblocks and struck peace deals after a month of protests and deadly clashes that have convulsed the nation after a disputed election in October and the resignation of long-term leader Evo Morales.
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LA PAZ A final vote count by Bolivian authorities on Thursday handed leftist President Evo Morales an outright victory as thousands of angry protesters marched against him chanting "fraud", allegations that threaten to mar his fourth term.
LA PAZ Bolivia's leftist leader Evo Morales was on track to win a fraught presidential race outright, edging to a decisive 10-point lead over his main rival after accusing the opposition on Wednesday of attempting a "coup" against him. | Video