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Brazil's foreign minister resigns amid tension

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RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -

Brazil's foreign minister has resigned following an embarrassing diplomatic maneuver involving neighboring Bolivia. A new foreign minister has already been named.

   Antonio Patriota resigned Monday evening after a meeting with President Dilma Rousseff in Brasilia.

   A terse, two-paragraph statement from the president's office says the new foreign minister is Luiz Alberto Figueiredo. Most recently he was Brazil's top diplomat at the United Nations.

   A spokeswoman for the presidency says Patriota will now head to New York to take that spot at the U.N.

   Patriota's resignation comes a day after a Brazilian diplomat spirited into the country a Bolivian opposition senator who had been holed up in the Brazilian Embassy in La Paz for more than a year.

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