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Bolivian president: Israel air strikes on Gaza is 'genocide'

Bolivian president Evo Morales said what is happening in Palestine is 'genocide.' Credit: Reuters

During a visit to Peru, Bolivian President Evo Morales publicly condemned Israeli air strikes on the Gaza Strip as "genocide."

He said: "What is happening in Palestine is genocide. Some are saying that it should be investigated. There is no need to investigate if they (Israel) don't punish the instigators and perpetrators of genocide."

More: Iran calls for an end to Israeli bombardment

Pro Evo: President Morales joins Bolivia football team

Evo Morales will wear the No 10 shirt for Sports Boys, a first division team in the south-eastern province of Santa Cruz. Credit: Reuters/Shannon Stapleton

A professional football team in Bolivia have signed the country's president Evo Morales and promise he will appear for 20-30 minutes each game.

The 54-year-old, an avid player and fan of the sport, will be paid the minimum wage of $213 (£127) for his appearances for the Sports Boys team, the club's president announced.

Mr Morales often features in exhibition games and most famously took part in a match on a pitch at Bolivia's highest peak to protest a FIFA ban on high-altitude games.

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UK woman killed by van in Bolivia during world cycle trip

A British woman on a round-the-world cycle trip has been killed in South America after being hit by a van near Bolivia's border with Chile.

Sharon Bridgeman from Devon died after being hit by a van in Bolivia.
Sharon Bridgeman from Devon died after being hit by a van in Bolivia. Credit: north2northcycletour

Sharon Bridgman, from Devon, had been cycling around the world since June 2012 with her husband Tim.

Robert Szembek, the chairman of Okehampton Cycling Club, which the couple belonged to, said they had been on what was meant to be a "a great adventure".

"It is not what you expect to hear, especially when they went right through Africa and rode through some doubtful areas known for problems and had taken precautions like not camping by the road," he said.

Mrs Bridgman, who is believed to be 38, was cycling a short distance either ahead or behind her husband and another couple when she was hit by the vehicle, Mr Szembek understands.

A Foreign Office spokeswoman said it was aware of the death and is providing assistance to the family.

$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.

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".

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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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