Bolivia's leftist president asks U.S. ambassador to leave, protests mount
Bolivia's asks U.S. ambassador to leave, protests mount
- Bolivia's leftist president, Evo Morales, asked the U.S. ambassador on Wednesday to leave the country, blaming him for intensified opposition protests that shut down a natural gas pipeline to Brazil. A State Department spokesman in Washington said Morales' accusations were "baseless" and said the U.S. Embassy in La Paz had not received any request for Ambassador Philip Goldberg to quit the South American nation. Morales, who is a close ally of Venezuela's fiery leftist leader Hugo Chavez, frequently lashes out at Washington and has previously accused Goldberg of siding with his rightist opponents in a bitter...