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South America

La Paz, Apr 3 (Prensa Latina) Bolivian Vice President Alvaro Garcia Linera announced today that the Plurinational Legislative Assembly (ALP) will investigate in a period of six months the involvement of any Bolivian official in alleged bribes of the Brazilian company Odebrecht.

Paris, Apr 3 (Prensa Latina) Venezuela''s Minister of Culture, Ernesto Villegas, presided over the meeting of the UNESCO Chapter of the Movement of Non-Aligned Countries (MNOAL), in which he defended respect for diversity as a key to achieving peace.

Quito, Apr 3 (Prensa Latina) Ecuadorian demand soars today for releasing press team abducted eight days ago on the border with Colombia.

Buenos Aires, Apr 3 (Prensa Latina) While the government points out that inflation is going down, prices though are actually increasing in this capital, where traveling by bus and trains is between nine and 12 percent more expensive this week.

Caracas, Apr 3 (Prensa Latina) Politician Yul Jabour, deputy of the National Constituent Assembly (ANC) of Venezuela, warned today that the international right promotes an escalation to isolate the South American nation and its government.

Buenos Aires, Apr 3 (Prensa Latina) Russian research vessel Yantar, one of many that joined the search for the Argentine submarine ARA San Juan, concluded its participation in the rescue effort without success.

By Mario Hubert Garrido

Baku, Apr 3 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan Deputy Foreign Minister, Samuel Moncada, highlighted today the unity and political coherence reached during debates around the final document of the Ministerial Conference of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) taking place here until Friday, March 6.

Caracas, Apr 2 (Prensa Latina) Culture Minister Ernesto Villegas lamented today the death on Sunday of Venezuelan guitarist Jose Luis Lara, who was the president of the Angostura International Guitar Festival.

La Paz, Apr 2 (Prensa Latina) An earthquake measuring 6.6 on the Richter scale shook southeastern Bolivia at about 09:40 local time, having the epicenter in the province of Luis Calvo in the department of Chuquisaca.

Caracas, Apr 2 (Prensa Latina) The president of the Constitutional Commission of the National Constituent Assembly (ANC), Hermann Escarra, said today that Venezuela''s new constitution will focus on the defense of national sovereignty.

La Paz, Apr 2 (Prensa Latina) President Evo Morales announced today he will ask the Plurinational Legislative Assembly of Bolivia to create a mixed commission to investigate corruption denunciations, linked to Brazilian company Odebrecht.