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"Pope Francis in Bolivia's arms," reads the front page of today's edition of Bolivian newspaper La Prensa. After three days in Ecuador, the Pope arrives in Bolivia, where he will stay until Friday.

In his homily in Quito on Tuesday, Francis called for an end to repression in the region — and La Prensa"s writes that to coincide with the papal visit, the Bolivian parliament passed a law granting amnesty to prisoners of conscience.

Francis will spend most of Wednesday in the Bolivian capital of La Paz, where he will meet President Evo Morales. Later in the day, he will leave for Santa Cruz, the country's second-largest city, where he will spend the rest of his short stay.

Recent reports in the Bolivian and international media have speculated over whether the Pope will chew coca leaves while he is in the countryside. Coca leaves, which are the main ingredient in cocaine, are widely used in Bolivia to combat altitude sickness, often chewed or brewed as tea. Two of his predecessors engaged in the local custom, and Bolivia's culture minister has invited Francis to do the same.

ABOUT THE SOURCE: La Prensa is a Bolivian daily published in La Paz.

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New Probe Finds Pro-Bolsonaro Fake News Dominated Social Media Through Campaign

Ahead of Brazil's national elections Sunday, the most interacted-with posts on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Telegram and WhatsApp contradict trustworthy information about the public’s voting intentions.

Jair Bolsonaro bogus claims perform well online

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Laura Scofield and Matheus Santino

SÂO PAULO — If you only got your news from social media, you might be mistaken for thinking that Jair Bolsonaro is leading the polls for Brazil’s upcoming presidential elections, which will take place this Sunday. Such a view flies in the face of what most of the polling institutes registered with the Superior Electoral Court indicate.

An exclusive investigation by the Brazilian investigative journalism agency Agência Pública has revealed how the most interacted-with and shared posts in Brazil on social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Telegram and WhatsApp share data and polls that suggest victory is certain for the incumbent Bolsonaro, as well as propagating conspiracy theories based on false allegations that research institutes carrying out polling have been bribed by Bolsonaro’s main rival, former president Luís Inácio Lula da Silva, or by his party, the Workers’ Party.

Agência Pública’s reporters analyzed the most-shared posts containing the phrase “pesquisa eleitoral” [electoral polls] in the period between the official start of the campaigning period, on August 16, to September 6. The analysis revealed that the most interacted-with and shared posts on social media spread false information or predicted victory for Jair Bolsonaro.

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