New elections in Bolivia

Civic Committee President of Potosí, Marco Antonio Pumari,  asked candidate Luis Fernando Camacho for $250,000 in exchange for being his presidential running mate.

The conversation appeared in an audio that Pumari himself recognized as authentic, although he assured that the money was to finance the electoral campaign.

The recording was made on December 3 in Santa Cruz and in it Camacho tells Pumari that he would be "paying for a candidacy" if he agreed to his requests.

Camacho, a key player in the protests that led to the resignation of Evo Morales in Bolivia, denied having leaked the audio and asserted that he expects the full audio to be published and that there are eight witnesses to the conversation. 

Peruvian Navy intercepts narco-submarine 

Peru's navy intercepted a semi-submersible carrying about two tons of drugs in an operation in the Pacific Ocean north of Peru.

The country's Defense Ministry also reported the capture of four crew members.

Although not confirmed, the substance is presumed to be cocaine. 

The seizure occurred just two weeks after a similar vessel, carrying about 3 tons of drugs, was intercepted in Spain.

The Peruvian anti-drug agency estimates that the country produces at least 400 tons of cocaine a year, operated largely by Mexican cartels such as the one in Sinaloa.

Mexican ambassador accused of stealing a book

The Mexican ambassador to Argentina was ordered to return a book he was caught stealing from a famous Buenos Aires bookstore.

Mexican Chancellor Marcelo Ebrard said on Twitter: "For now I have ordered him to return home. If the video proves to be true, he will be fired immediately. Zero tolerance for dishonesty.

The bookstore's security cameras recorded the moment when Mexican Ambassador Óscar Ricardo Valero Recio tried to steal a book, he was held by security guards until the police arrived.

The book Recio apparently tried to steal: Guy Chaussinand-Nogaret's biography of Giacomo Casanova is valued at less than $10.

Maduro swears in 3 million militiamen

Nicolás Maduro swore in 3 million militiamen on Sunday, December 8, while insisting once again on delivering a rifle to each.

Maduro said on national television, "We must continue to expand the weapons system, so that each militiaman has his weapon, his rifle."

The Bolivarian militia, made up of a group of civilians and some ex-militaries, emerged in 2009 to carry out minor tasks.

With the militias, Maduro intends to have greater control over the parallel system of food distribution (Local Committees for Supply and Production).