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Meeting him was to connect to the golden line of British scholar-traveller-adventurers from Patrick Leigh Fermor to Gavin Young

Small Talk: Rurelec focuses on 'fair value' after nationalisation

Political risk is usually the part of an analyst's report that most investors ignore – after all, anyone parting with their money hardly needs to be told that investing in a company that operates in some of the dodgier parts of the world is dangerous, and especially not by someone who rarely leaves the comfortable confines of the Square Mile.

Former leader to head regional bloc

Former Argentine President, Nestor Kirchner, has been named as the first secretary general of a new union of 12 South American nations.

Morales creates Mother Earth Ministry

An indigenous Bolivian man attends the closing ceremony of the World's Pople Conference on Climate Change in Cochamaba, hosted by the country's President Evo Morales.

First Europe, then the US – now abuse claims sweep Latin America

The paedophile priest scandal currently enveloping the Vatican has spread to one of the most Catholic areas of the world following a string of new abuse revelations throughout Latin America.

'Stand and Deliver' maths teacher dies, aged 79

Friends, family and former students were yesterday mourning the death of Jaime Escalante, an eccentric maths teacher from East Los Angeles who transformed a troubled inner-city school by teaching advanced algebra to disadvantaged teenagers and inspired the hit film Stand and Deliver.

Butch Cassidy to ride again – but this time the Kid gets left behind

Sequel will begin years after shootout that killed Sundance

Biggest aftershock hits Chile on inauguration day

The largest aftershock since Chile's devastating earthquake rocked the South American country Thursday minutes before the inauguration of President Sebastian Pinera.

Girl born on plane given free flights

A baby girl born on a military-run airliner in Bolivia will be baptized on the plane as well — with the chief of the air force presiding as godfather.

Wigan sign Bolivia striker Moreno

Wigan have made Bolivia striker Marcelo Moreno their second signing on transfer deadline day.

US waves white flag in disastrous 'war on drugs'

After 40 years, Washington is quietly giving up on a futile battle that has spread corruption and destroyed thousands of lives

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Album: Florilegium etc, Bolivian Baroque 3, (Channel Classics)

Florilegium's third disc of music from the Bolivian missions opens with a carol. "Fuera, Fuera!" is a dialogue between local Indians and Spanish shepherds in which both groups hurry to Bethlehem, laughing at each other.

Morales set for landslide re-election

President Evo Morales looked set for an easy re-election in Bolivia last night after exit polls suggested he had won back power with more than 62 per cent of the vote. Mr Morales' closest challenger, the center-right candidate Manfred Reyes, won about 23 per cent. Mr Morales focused his campaign on helping Bolivia's impoverished indigenous peoples. AP

Have you seen the earless man? Bolivia's public enemy No 1

He doesn't have any ears, his chin's lop-sided, and his haircut bears a passing resemblance to the roof of a thatched cottage. But to police in Bolivia, he's public enemy number one.

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Blundering Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

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