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Russia condemns France, Spain, Portugal for blocking Morales's flight

Russia on Thursday condemned France, Spain and Portugal for blocking the flight from Moscow to La Paz of Bolivian President Evo Morales, over suspicions that US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden was on board. "The action of the French, Spanish and Portuguese authorities can hardly be viewed as a friendly step toward Bolivia or Russia," the Russian foreign ministry said in a statement. The plane carrying Morales was forced to land in Vienna after several European nations denied it overfly rights.

Bolivia's Morales home after trip delayed by Snowden affair

Bolivian President Evo Morales urged European countries to "free themselves from the US empire" as he arrived home late Wednesday after his plane was diverted because of suspicions US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden was traveling with him. Morales received a hero's welcome from dozens of cheering supporters when his aircraft touched down near La Paz almost 17 hours after leaving Vienna, an AFP reporter saw.

Morales back in Bolivia after plane drama over Snowden

By Daniel Ramos LA PAZ (Reuters) - Bolivian President Evo Morales arrived home to a hero's welcome late on Wednesday, saying some European countries' refusal to let his plane enter their airspace because of suspicion it carried fugitive U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden was a provocation aimed at all of South America.

Bolivia's Morales home after trip delayed by Snowden affair

Bolivian President Evo Morales denounced European countries as lackeys of America, arriving home late Wednesday on a journey interrupted after suspicions US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden was traveling with him. His plane touched down near La Paz almost 17 hours after leaving Vienna, an AFP reporter observed. It had had to land in the Austrian capital after several European nations denied it overfly rights on the flight back from Moscow. "Some countries of Europe have to free themselves from the US empire," Morales told a cheering crowd at the airport.

Bolivia's Morales home after trip delayed by Snowden affair

Bolivian President Evo Morales arrived home late Wednesday after a flight interrupted by an unscheduled stopover caused by suspicions US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden was traveling with him. His plane touched down near La Paz almost 17 hours after leaving Vienna, an AFP reporter observed. It had to land there after several European nations denied it overfly rights as Morales flew back from Moscow.

Bolivia plane incident infuriates Latin America but little indication region will host Snowden

LA PAZ, Bolivia - The European rerouting of the Bolivian presidential plane over suspicions that National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden was aboard ignited outrage Wednesday among Latin American leaders who called it a stunning violation of national sovereignty and disrespect for the region. But as President Evo Morales arrived home after an unplanned 14-hour layover in Vienna, there was no immediate sign that Latin America anger would translate into a rush to bring Snowden to the region that had been seen as likeliest to defy the U.S. and give him asylum.

Bolivia's Morales arrives home after plane dispute that infuriated Latin America

LA PAZ, Bolivia - Bolivian President Evo Morales is calling the rerouting of his plane over suspicions that National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden was aboard a provocation to Latin America. His presidential plane arrived home in Bolivia's capital around midnight Wednesday local time (4 a.m. GMT Thursday) following an unplanned 14-hour layover in Vienna. His government said France, Spain and Portugal all refused to let it through their airspace, forcing it to land in Austria.

Bolivia says president's plane was not searched in Austria

LA PAZ (Reuters) - Bolivian President Evo Morales' plane was not searched while the leftist leader was stranded in Vienna, the Bolivian defense minister said on Wednesday, contradicting Austrian authorities' statements that a police officer boarded the plane with Morales' permission.

Protest at French embassy over Morales jet diversion

About 100 protesters threw stones and burned the French flag at Paris's embassy in La Paz Wednesday, as Bolivians expressed rage over France's decision to deny their president's aircraft permission to enter its airspace. "Hypocrite France! Colonizer France," shouted the protesters, who included representatives from indigenous groups. "Fascist France, get out of Bolivia!" they chanted.

Bolivia fury after presidential jet diverted over Snowden row

Bolivia's President Evo Morales was heading home Wednesday after his plane was searched in Vienna on suspicion of harboring fugitive US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden, prompting outrage from his government and other Latin American leaders. As he prepared to depart Vienna, Morales lashed out at European countries for denying his jet entry into their airspace overnight, dragging his country into the escalating US spying scandal. The ordeal "was like a near 13-hour kidnapping," he said, adding "I am not a delinquent."
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