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  • VIDEO: Bolivia's anti-clockwise clock

  • Bolivia's Foreign Ministry say the clock has been modified to encourage Bolivians to treasure their heritage and show them they could question established norms and think creatively
  • World Briefing: Bolivia: Politicians Reverse Time

  • In a move tied to the hemisphere’s winter solstice, the government flipped the clock atop the Congress building this week so that, while it is still accurate, the numbers are reversed, and the hands now turn to the left.
  • Bolivian congress's clock turns left

  • The hands on the clock on the Bolivian congress building have been reversed to turn left - anti-clockwise - in a symbolic gesture to signify political change.
  • Bolivian military instructor kills dog in class

  • LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Animal rights activists are demanding a Bolivian military college fire an instructor who butchered a live dog before his students and then smeared its blood on their faces.
  • Uruguay president blasts 'culture of waste' to G77

  • Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro, left, speaks as Uruguay's President Jose Mujica listens to him, during the G77 + China Summit in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, Sunday, June 15, 2014. (AP Photo)LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Uruguay's austere president is urging world leaders to fight a "culture of waste" in which poor nations try to emulate richer countries rather than live in balance with the environment.



  • Venezuela: Telesur network to transmit in English

  • LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro says that the left-leaning Telesur network started by his predecessor Hugo Chavez will begin broadcasting some of its programming in English starting July 24.
  • With China as guest, G77 summit seeks new development commitments

  • The President of Bolivia and President pro tempore of the G77 + China, Evo Morales (L) and Iran's Vice President Eshaq Jahangiri during the G77+China Summit in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, on June 14, 2014Santa Cruz de la Sierra (Bolivia) (AFP) - Leaders of developing nations plus China meet Saturday to draft a global anti-poverty agenda at a summit that also showcases Latin America's burgeoning relationship with the Asian giant. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and Bolivia's President Evo Morales were scheduled to inaugurate the G77 summit, which marks the 50th anniversary of the group's founding. "This summit is not purely commemorative, it will propose new social policies," said Morales, a leader of Latin America's radical left and the group's current president. The summit closes Sunday with a document that Bolivia's Vice President Alvaro Garcia Linera described as "the first draft of the post Millennium Development Goals," a set of UN goals that are approaching their 2015 expiration date.



  • U.N. peacekeepers need to expand further in Mali's north: U.N.'s Ban

  • United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaks after his arrival at Viru Viru International Airport in Santa Cruz de la SierraBy Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - U.N. peacekeepers should expand further into the volatile north of Mali, beyond cities and towns, amid fears that militants will step up their attacks against international and Malian troops and threats to civilians, U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon said on Friday. In a report to the U.N. Security Council on the MINUSMA peacekeeping mission, Ban said a strategic review recommended the operation "expand its static and mobile presence in the north, within its means and capacities." The one-year-old U.N. operation, however, is at only three-quarters its mandated strength of 11,200 troops and 1,440 police and lacks the mobility and air cover needed to expand beyond the population centers in the West African nation, Ban said. Mali slipped into chaos in 2012 when al Qaeda-linked Islamist fighters took advantage of a military coup in the capital, Bamako, and hijacked a Tuareg separatist rebellion to seize the landlocked country's desert north. France led a military intervention in northern Mali last year that scattered the Islamists and allowed the Tuareg separatists to retain control of parts of their northern stronghold, pending peace talks.



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