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Bolivian union group orders end to strike

Boliva's Workers Confederation, a powerful Communist-led union group, summoned its members back to work Monday after a four-day general strike, saying Bolivia's left-wing government, burdened by debt, has promised to halt loan repayments to overseas commercial banks.

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The group also said President Hernan Siles Zuazo had agreed to raise pay and freeze food prices.

Bolivia, regarded as South America's poorest country, has a total foreign debt estimated at $4.4 billion, at least a quarter of which is owed to commercial banks.

The government thwarted a coup attempt last week in which Mr. Siles Zuazo was kidnapped for 10 hours.