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Both sides in a bitter dispute that has threatened to fracture Bolivia reached a tentative agreement Tuesday intended to resolve the crisis.

The central government of President Evo Morales, Bolivia's first leader from an Indian majority centered in the western highlands, reached the deal with governors of largely white provinces in the east who have sought more autonomy.

The agreement sets the stage for formal negotiations that are scheduled to begin Thursday. Read full article »

Journalist Martin Arostegui contributed to this report.

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