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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."

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.

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. 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.

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