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$1 million in cash dropped from a plane in Bolivia

Anti-narcotics agents in Bolivia have recovered some $1 million (£620,000) that they say was thrown from a low-flying plane in the east of the country.

Some of the wads of US bank notes thrown from the plane
Some of the wads of US bank notes thrown from the plane Credit: Reuters

Bolivian authorities say they believe it was intended to be picked up by gang members to set up a cocaine production centre or false commercial enterprise.

The US bank notes came in a number of different denominations and were wrapped with a seal from a Paraguayan bank.

Three people were detained and guns and vehicles were also seized as a result of the money being intercepted.

Bolivia is one of the top three cocaine producers in the world, according to the UN.

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Bolivians protest outside French Embassy in La Paz

Protesters have assembled outside the French embassy in La Paz after a plane carrying the Bolivian President Evo Morales was diverted to Austria.

Bolivian protesters outside the French Embassy in La Paz
Bolivian protesters outside the French Embassy in La Paz Credit: Reuters

Angry supporters of the president accused France and Portugal of putting Morales' life at risk after the presidential plane was reportedly denied air permits.

Bolivia's House of Representatives have adopted a resolution calling for Portugal and France to explain their decision to deny Morales' plane passage.

One community leader, Jorge Chura, said the demonstration was to tell France and Portugal "that they have no right to deny the president of a country, such as Bolivia, to land".

Bolivian President's plane pictured on runway in Vienna

The twin-engine aircraft that was carrying Bolivian president Evo Morales remains on the tarmac at Vienna Airport after it was forced to make a stopover in Austria.

Read: Minister: Bolivian president's plane rerouted to Austria

The presidential plane on the runway at Vienna Airport in Austria
The presidential plane on the runway at Vienna Airport in Austria Credit: Reuters

A smiling President Morales was filmed walking into the airport where he greeted waiting reporters.

Bolivian President Evo Morales greets reporters at the airport Credit: Reuters
Bolivian President Evo Morales Credit: Reuters

Minister: Permits denied due to 'unfounded suspicions'

Bolivia's foreign minister David Choquehuanca has told reporters that France and Portugal abruptly cancelled air permits, causing the plane to made an early landing in Austria.

He said the cancellations were made over "technical issues" but that further investigation revealed "there appeared to be some unfounded suspicions that Mr. Snowden was on the plane".

"We don't know who invented this lie," Mr Choquehuanca added.

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Bolivia's President Evo Morales joins mourners

Bolivia's President Evo Morales accompanied Venezuela's Vice President Nicolas Maduro and crowds of mourners to follow Hugo Chavez's casket through the streets of Caracas.

Morales was one of Chavez's closest allies and the two socialist leaders shared many political aims.

Venezuela's Vice President Nicolas Maduro (R) and Bolivia's President Evo Morales join the mourners in the streets of Caracas
Venezuela's Vice President Nicolas Maduro (R) and Bolivia's President Evo Morales join the mourners in the streets of Caracas Credit: REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

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