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Ecuador voters bar ex-president Correa from comeback

Feb 05, 2018 - 10:56 AM

Initial results from the plebiscite show 64% of ballots in favor of restoring the measure which prevents presidents from running indefinitely

REFERENDUM WIN. Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno (L), Vice-President Maria Alejandra Vicuna (L), and Jose Serrano (R), the president of the legislature, celebrate the results of the referendum, at the Carondelet Palace in Quito on February 4, 2018. Juan Ruiz/AFP

Ecuador socialist Moreno wins presidency, rival cries fraud

Apr 04, 2017 - 8:05 AM

Moreno 64 a wheelchair user and champion of disability rights is seen as a more moderate successor to outgoing President Rafael Correa

WINNER. An undated photo shows Lenin Moreno addressing a campaign rally. Photo courtesy Moreno's campaign page on Facebook

Ecuador rivals both claim victory in tight runoff

Apr 03, 2017 - 7:50 AM

The election is being closely watched as a barometer of the political climate in Latin America where more than a decade of leftist dominance has been waning

FACE OFF. Ecuadorean presidential candidates Guillermo Lasso (L) and Lenin Moreno (R). Campaign photos

Ecuador to hold run-off in tense presidential vote

Feb 23, 2017 - 3:25 PM

The election is being watched closely to see if oil producing Ecuador will become the latest leftist run country in Latin America to shift to the right

A calculator is seen on ballots as members of the National Electoral Council count votes in Quito on February 21, 2017. Rodrigo Buendia/AFP

Moreno edges toward outright win in Ecuador presidential vote

Feb 20, 2017 - 12:45 PM

UPDATED The vote is a test of the legacy of outgoing President Rafael Correa

Lenin Moreno, the presidential candidate of the governing Alianza PAIS party, makes the 'V for victory' sign to supporters at a hotel in Quito shortly before the results of the exit polls for the country's general elections are announced on February 19, 2017. Rodrigo Buendia/AFP

Ecuador struck by 6.7 magnitude quake – USGS

May 18, 2016 - 7:06 PM

The president says parts of Manabi and nearby Esmeraldas province are without power witj only minor damage reported in some areas

Survivor rescued 13 days after deadly Ecuador quake

May 01, 2016 - 8:53 AM

The April 16 quake was the worst to strike Ecuador in decades causing buildings to collapse and damaging roads and other infrastructure in tourist areas along the coast

A man passes by debris from a collapsed house in Manta, Manabi, Ecuador, April 22, 2016. Christian Escobar Mora/EPA

Ecuador quake death toll jumps to 646, one week on

Apr 24, 2016 - 8:12 AM

Hopes of finding more survivors are fast evaporating

A man passes by debris from a collapsed house in Manta, Manabi, Ecuador, April 22, 2016. Christian Escobar Mora/EPA

New aftershocks jolt Ecuador still reeling from quake

Apr 23, 2016 - 9:40 AM

UPDATED The official toll from the quake now stands at 602 dead and 130 missing

AFTERMATH. A man passes by debris from a collapsed house in Manta, Manabi, Ecuador, April 22, 2016. Photo by Christian Escobar Mora/EPA

Quake-hit Ecuador announces drastic economic measures

Apr 21, 2016 - 3:13 PM

UPDATED The quake comes as a big economic blow to oil producing Ecuador which has already taken a huge hit from the drop in global crude prices

Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa looks on as he attends a press conference in Quito, Ecuador, April 20, 2016. Fredy Constante/EPA

Anger erupts as 1,700 still missing in Ecuador quake

Apr 20, 2016 - 8:42 AM

Hope of finding more victims alive was fading as the crucial 3 day mark approaches

GRIM SEARCH. Ecuadorian and Colombian firefighters looking for survivors in the rubble in Pedernales, Ecuador, April 19, 2016. Jose Jacome/EPA

Ecuador quake toll continues rising, now at 413

Apr 19, 2016 - 9:39 AM

Foreign countries and organizations dispatched rescue teams to help the search and medical units to treat the thousands of people injured

Rescue workers with trained dogs look for survivors in Pedernales, Ecuador, on April 18, 2016. Joseˆ Jacome/EPA

Rescuers pull out survivors of deadly Ecuador quake

Apr 18, 2016 - 8:08 AM

4th UPDATE The death toll climbs to 350 while the number of people injured also rose

DANGER. General view of the damages after a 7.8 magnitude earthquake in Quito, Ecuador, April 17, 2016. Fredy Constante/EPA

Ecuador quake toll rises to 233 dead

Apr 17, 2016 - 8:54 AM

8th UPDATE Vice President Jorge Glas says the earthquake is the worst seismic movement we have faced in decades

epa05264282 Inhabitants and army forces look for survivors after a 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit the Ecuadorian northern coastal region, in the town of Pedernales, Ecuador, 17 April 2016. At least 233 people were killed and hundreds injured in an earthquake affecting the Ecuadorian northern coastal region. EPA/JOSE JACOME

Assange hopes to walk out of embassy after UN panel ruling

Feb 05, 2016 - 11:27 AM

Should I prevail and the state parties be found to have acted unlawfully I expect the immediate return of my passport and the termination of further attempts to arrest me says WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange

File photo by Gian Paul Lozza/AFP/Sunshine Press Productions

Ecuador president hails UN Assange ruling

Feb 05, 2016 - 9:05 AM

But the British government says it would have to arrest WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange if he leaves the embassy as long as a European arrest warrant is in force

ILLEGAL DETENTION. In this file photo, Wikileaks founder Julian Assange gives a thumbs up prior to delivering a statement on the balcony inside the Ecuador Embassy where he has sought political asylum in London, Britain. File photo by Kerim Okten/EPA

Protests as Ecuador lifts presidential term limits

Dec 04, 2015 - 12:24 PM

Ecuador now joins fellow leftist led Latin American nations Venezuela and Nicaragua in allowing multiple re elections

PROTESTS. Demonstrators clash with riot police officers during a protest against Parliement measures and opposing Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa, near the National Assembly headquarters in Quito, Ecuador, December 3, 2015. Photo by Jose Jacome/EPA

Colombia and Venezuela to normalize ties after border row

Sep 22, 2015 - 9:40 AM

Colombia and Venezuela are locked in a border conflict after Maduro orders the closure of part of the frontier

MADURO IN ECUADOR. Venezuelan president, Nicolas Maduro upon his arrival in Quito, Ecuador, 21 September 2015. Photo by Jose Jacome/EPA

Pope urges dialogue, launches environmental SOS in Ecuador

Jul 08, 2015 - 12:06 PM

The pope recalling his encyclical last month which appealed for quick action against climate change calls for the Earth to be left a better place for future generations

VIVA IL PAPA! Pope Francis (C, back) is welcomed by the crowd as he arrives at the Church and Convent of St. Francis (Iglesia y Monasterio de San Francisco) to meet representatives of the Ecuadorian civil society, in Quito, Ecuador, July 7, 2015. Robert Puglla/EPA

Ecuador lawmakers propose unlimited presidential terms

Jun 27, 2014 - 11:00 AM

The proposal is being pushed by partymates of President Rafael Correa who is on his final term

Ecuador police clash with protesters over Amazon oil drilling

Aug 28, 2013 - 3:54 PM

Four protesters were detained for a few hours but later released Interior Minister Jose Serrano said

FIGHT FOR THE AMAZON. People march during a protest against the exploitation of oil in the Yasuni National Park, an incredibly biodiverse part of Ecuador's Amazon, in Quito on August 27, 2013. AFP / Juan Cevallos

Science wRap: Hyperloop, Amazon oil drilling, Area 51

Aug 18, 2013 - 7:46 AM

In this week s Science wRap: a high concept transport system a carnivorous mammal cancer genes Amazon oil drilling and the legendary Area 51

Oliver Stone to make Chavez 'addendum,' not feature

Jul 03, 2013 - 1:59 PM

Finished film will still be in line with director s progressive cinema

POLITICALLY ANGLED. Stone calls some of his films "at deep odds with conventional myth."

Nations reject Snowden's asylum

Jul 02, 2013 - 9:42 PM

UPDATE Snowden was denied asylum by a host of countries after applying for a safe haven in 21 nations spanning the globe

SOLUTION SEEKING. Presidents Vladimir Putin and Barack Obama are looking for a way out of the impasse caused by Edward Snowden's stay in a Moscow airport. Image courtesy of The Guardian/Laura Poitras, Glenn Greenwald

Snowden denounces US, seeks Russia asylum

Jul 02, 2013 - 7:21 AM

UPDATE Snowden accused Obama of ordering his Vice President Joe Biden to put pressure on leaders of countries where he was seeking asylum

LOOMING LARGE. Archive footage of US whistle-blower Edward Snowden is displayed on a giant screen during a local news program in Hong Kong, China, 23 June 2013. Photo by EPA/Jerome Favre

Europeans demand answers over alleged US bugging

Jul 01, 2013 - 8:21 AM

EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding warned that the long awaited free trade negotiations could be affected if the bugging allegations proved true

The European Union flag at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, 21 May 2013. Photo by EPA/Patrick Seeger

Ecuador yet to decide whether to admit Snowden: Correa

Jun 28, 2013 - 6:49 AM

Ecuador s president has yet to consider giving Edward Snowden asylum

ECUADORIAN ASYLUM? Edward Snowden speaks during an interview with British newspaper The Guardian in Hong Kong, June 6, 2013. Image courtesy of The Guardian/Laura Poitras, Glenn Greenwald

Snowden 'stuck' in Moscow as Ecuador warns on asylum

Jun 27, 2013 - 12:17 PM

The man responsible for one of the biggest intelligence security breaches in US history has not been sighted since arriving in Moscow on a flight from Hong Kong on Sunday

IN TRANSIT. Passengers rest in the transit zone in Sheremetyevo airport terminal F in Moscow on June 26, 2013, where US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden reportedly spent the fourth day with his onward travel. Photo by AFP/Kirill Kudryavtsev

China says claim it facilitated Snowden exit 'groundless'

Jun 25, 2013 - 4:25 PM

China: It is unreasonable for the US to question Hong Kong s handling of affairs in accordance with law and the accusation against the Chinese central government is groundless

WHISTLEBLOWER. Edward Snowden speaks during an interview with British newspaper The Guardian in Hong Kong, June 6, 2013. Image courtesy of The Guardian/Laura Poitras, Glenn Greenwald

US pressures Russia on Snowden, slams China

Jun 25, 2013 - 2:37 PM

The White House pressured Russia to expel fugitive US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden and warned China it had harmed efforts to rebuild trust by allowing him to leave Hong Kong

WHISTLEBLOWER. Edward Snowden speaks during an interview with British newspaper The Guardian in Hong Kong, June 6, 2013. Image courtesy of The Guardian/Laura Poitras, Glenn Greenwald

Mystery as Snowden vanishes in Moscow

Jun 25, 2013 - 7:49 AM

Snowden failed to appear on the Aeroflot flight to Havana from where he had been expected to continue to Ecuador and claim asylum

A Russian airline Aeroflot plane stands for boarding at Moscow's Sheremetievo Terminal D airport, in Moscow, Russia, 24 Jun 2013. Photo by EPA/Sergei Ilnitsky

Snowden to leave Russia as US demands handover

Jun 24, 2013 - 4:12 PM

Edward Snowden prepares to leave Russia for Ecuador while Washington demands Moscow hand him over

WHISTLEBLOWER. Edward Snowden speaks during an interview with British newspaper The Guardian in Hong Kong, June 6, 2013. Image courtesy of The Guardian/Laura Poitras, Glenn Greenwald

Pope Francis urged to work for peace

Mar 14, 2013 - 8:52 AM

World leaders and Catholics hailed the election of Jorge Bergoglio from Argentina as the first Latin American pope urging him to work for religious reconciliation and peace

AFP file

Chavez death: LatAm leaders mourn, US hopes for better ties

Mar 06, 2013 - 9:14 AM

Latin America mourned the death of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez on Tuesday March 5 as the United States expressed hope his passing would lead to improved relations

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez gestures before voting in Caracas on October 07, 2012. AFP PHOTO/Luis Acosta

Ecuador's Correa declares victory in presidential poll

Feb 18, 2013 - 7:42 AM

Rafael Correa declared victory in the first round of Ecuador s presidential vote Sunday February 17 as he celebrated with thousands of supporters in the capital

Venezuela top court upholds delay of Chavez swearing-in

Jan 10, 2013 - 8:51 AM

Venezuela s top court cleared cancer stricken President Hugo Chavez Wednesday January 9 to indefinitely postpone his re inauguration but the opposition said it did not resolve the uncertainties facing the country

The President of the Venezuela's Supreme Tribunal of Justice Luisa Estella Morales (C) speaks during a press conference in Caracas on January 09, 2012. AFP PHOTO / LEO RAMIREZ

South Americans bar new Paraguay leader from summit

Jun 25, 2012 - 11:06 AM

Paraguay s new president was barred Sunday June 24 from participating in a summit of South American leaders next week deepening the country s isolation over the ouster of former president Fernando Lugo