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Bolivian man claims to have lived for 123 years thanks to quinoa and coca leaves

By Santiago Limachi FRASQUIA, Bolivia (Reuters) – Bolivian indigenous farmer Carmelo Flores, who could be the oldest person to have ever lived, attributes his longevity to quinoa grains, riverside mushrooms and around-the-clock chewing of coca leaves. Speaking in the 4,000-metre (13,123-feet) high hamlet where he lives in a straw-roofed hut,…

Bolivia tries to drum up demand for ‘legal’ coca products —including coca toothpaste

Urged on by President Evo Morales, Bolivians had been trying to turn coca leaf, the base ingredient of cocaine, into popular treats ranging from candies to pastries. (Juan Karita/AP)…   [Image credit: africa924 / Shutterstock.com.]…

Bolivia’s Evo Morales says ‘adiós’ to USAID

Morales said Wednesday he is expelling the USAID from Bolivia for allegedly seeking to undermine his leftist government.(Juan Karita/AP) Bolivia’s President…  …

Bolivians stage miniature festival in tribute to god of abundance

Bolivia is throwing a little party. Literally. It’s a yearly festival in which street vendors hawk everything miniature — from houses to clothes to passports — for small bills of fake money. The old month-long fair that started Thursday is called ‘Alasita,’ which means ‘buy me’ in the indigenous Aymara…

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