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Bolivian president's plane diverted to Vienna

International News Desk, Jul 3 (EFE).- Bolivian President Evo Morales's official plane was diverted to Vienna and kept on the ground for more than 13 hours while it was searched overnight by authorities who suspected that former U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden might be aboard. The presidential plane was forced to land in Vienna around 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday because France and several other European countries refused to allow it to enter their airspace.

Bolivia 'to file UN complaint' over European airspace blockade

Bolivia will file a complaint to UN chief Ban Ki-moon over a move by several European countries to block President Evo Morales's plane from flying over their airspace, the Latin American nation's envoy said Wednesday. "The decisions of these countries have violated international law... We are already making procedures to denounce this to the UN secretary general," Bolivia's ambassador to the UN Sacha Llorenti told reporters in Geneva.

Bolivia's Morales says awaits Spanish OK to fly home

VIENNA (Reuters) - Bolivian President Evo Morales said on Wednesday he was awaiting Spanish permission to fly home through its airspace after he refused Madrid's request to inspect his plane following its diversion to Vienna. France and Portugal abruptly canceled air permits for Morales' plane en route from Moscow on Tuesday, apparently due to fears fugitive ex-U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden could be on board. Bolivian and Austrian officials denied this.

Bolivian president set to head home soon after diverted: Austria

VIENNA (Reuters) - Bolivian President Evo Morales is set to head home soon after his plane had to make an unplanned stopover in Vienna, Austrian President Heinz Fischer said on Wednesday. France and Portugal abruptly canceled air permits for Morales' plane en route from Moscow on Tuesday, apparently amid fears former U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden could be on board. Bolivian and Austrian officials denied this.

Bolivia's Morales 'to consider' Snowden asylum

Bolivia's President Evo Morales said Tuesday his Latin American country was willing to consider US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden's political asylum request. "If there were a request, of course we would be willing to debate and consider the idea," Morales told Russia's state-run RT television in comments translated by the channel from Spanish. Bolivia is one of 21 nations to which the anti-secrecy WikiLeaks website said Snowden had applied for asylum. Morales said Bolivia was ready to assist Snowden but provided no further details.

Ecuador president says spoke to US vice president about Snowden

President Rafael Correa said Saturday he has spoken with US Vice President Joe Biden about Edward Snowden, and that the American official asked Ecuador to reject the fugitive intelligence leaker's asylum request. Correa said the conversation took place Friday and Biden "passed on a polite request from the United States to reject the request." axm/dw

Bolivian paper releases unknown Che documents

Che Guevara's personal letters and a slew of unpublished photographs were published by a Bolivian newspaper Monday, nearly half a century after the Argentine-born Cuban revolution hero's death. La Razon ran a 20-page supplement on the items that the military had secretly kept under lock since 1967. The release included black-and-white photographs, as well as information about the items provided by retired military staff.

Cuba says "distortions" hamper efforts to boost farm output

Havana, Jun 3 (EFE).- The Cuban government is taking steps to rectify "distortions" that are hampering efforts to increase production in the agricultural sector, the government-run media reported Monday. "The measures that for decades have been put into practice in managing the land have not led to the necessary increase in production," Vice President Marino Murillo said at last Friday's Cabinet meeting.

Swiss museum to house work of photo great Burri

A huge trove of photographs taken over half a century by Switzerland's Rene Burri, known for his iconic portrait of cigar-smoking revolutionary Che Guevara, is to be donated to a museum in his homeland, officials said Monday. The Lausanne-based Elysee Museum, a temple for photography buffs from around the globe, said it would become the long-term home for an estimated 30,000 of Burri's works. "Rene Burri has been present wherever history plays out, and, with acumen, has borne witness to the defining moments of his time," the museum said in a statement.

Exclusive: Ecuador plans return to international bond market

By Daniel Bases NEW YORK (Reuters) - Ecuador is planning to issue sovereign debt, perhaps before the end of this year or in the first quarter of 2014, marking a return to international debt markets five years after it defaulted on $3.2 billion of sovereign bonds despite an ability to pay.
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