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Copa America: Bolivia squad preview

Our run down of the teams involved in the 2011 Copa America, which kicks off on July 1, continues with a closer look at Bolivia.

Video: Father imprisoned son in box

A 21-year-old Bolivian man has been imprisoned in a box for two months by his father.

Pulling their punches: How Bolivia’s street-fighting women became a sporting sensation

They started out as a novelty act. Now Bolivia's female wrestlers are a sporting phenomenon – with a cultural message

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As commodities giant Glencore floats, Stephen Foley digs into the controversial network that will soon be backed by UK pension funds

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A boy aged 10 who ran away from his home in Bolivia's highlands to try to find his mother has ended up in Chile after a 620-mile journey in freezing temperatures without food and water while hidden in a container under a lorry.

Lidia Gueiler Tejada: Politician who became only the West's second female president

Many outside her native Bolivia may never have heard the name Lidia Gueiler. But women politicians such as Hillary Clinton or Sarah Palin might still like to emulate her as their nation's first female president. Although it was for just eight months in 1979-80 – between two of her nation's traditional coups d'état – Gueiler became only the second female president in the western hemisphere. That was five years after Argentina's Isabel Peró* broke the masculine mould, though she was not averse to playing the grieving-widow card on the back of her late husband Juan Perón's popularity.

Plane crash kills UN drugs monitors

Four united Nations anti-narcotics staff and two Bolivian military pilots died when their aeroplane crashed in the west of the country.

The Sentry, By Robert Crais

Action man who's worth investigating

The food fad that's starving Bolivia

Quinoa is hailed as a 'superfood' in the West. But those who grow it can no longer afford it

Fifa denies it was slow to deal with fixing fears

Fifa has denied being slow to react to fears that two international friendly matches were being targeted by match fixers.

Fifa to investigate international match fixing

FIFA have brought charges against six match officials involved in alleged match-fixing at an international friendly exhibition tournament.

Hilltop landslide buries 400 homes in Bolivia

Heavy rains have caused a hilltop to collapse in a poor district of the Bolivian capital La Paz, cracking roads, destroying at least 400 homes and burying people's belongings under mud and debris.

Fairtrade gold to protect miners

The world's first Fairtrade and Fairmined gold is being launched in the UK today as a first step in tackling the poverty and dangerous conditions faced by small-scale miners.

Morales flees food price protests

Bolivian president Evo Morales has abruptly left the southern highlands city of Oruro after protesters angered by rising prices booed him and set off dynamite.

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