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Coca spat bares rift over U.S. drug war

Bolstered by the election of a cadre of coca-friendly leaders, opposition is growing across the Andes ridge to a U.S.-led anti-narcotics strategy long seen by people in the region as overbearing and hypocritical. The abrupt announcement by Ecuador’s president-elect, Rafael Correa, that he was canceling a Friday visit to Bogota is the most dramatic manifestation yet of the sentiment. Correa said he couldn’t visit unless Colombia at least temporarily halted aerial spraying of illegal coca crops, the basis of cocaine, along his country’s border. Full Story

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