Tag: Ecuador

Wednesday, June 22nd 2016 - 05:20 UTC

Swire and Ecuadorean foreign minister discuss Julian Assange's case in London

“We continue to be deeply frustrated by the lack of progress in this case. I personally expressed this to Foreign Minister Guillaume Long”

UK Minister for the Americas Hugo Swire MP, met with the new Ecuadorean Foreign Minister, Guillaume Long, in London on Monday to discuss assistance in the aftermath of the deadly earthquake that struck the Andean country in April.

Wednesday, May 4th 2016 - 07:15 UTC

Washington Post list of Latin American leaders involved in corruption schemes

In Chile the daughter-in-law of President Bachelet has been charged with tax fraud in a lucrative real estate deal that also possibly involved insider information.

The massive bribery scandal that has enraged Brazilians and pushed President Dilma Rousseff to the verge of impeachment is just one flashpoint among many right now across Latin America, according to a piece from The Washington Post.

Thursday, April 21st 2016 - 12:16 UTC

Ecuador raises taxes to rebuild cities devastated by major earthquake which continues with aftershocks

Late Wednesday, the government raised the death toll to 570 and climbing. Officials listed 163 people as missing while the number of homeless climbed over 23,500.

President Rafael Correa announced Wednesday night that he is raising sales taxes and will charge a one-time levy on millionaires to rebuild cities devastated by Ecuador's worst earthquake in decades. In a televised address, Correa said damages from the 7.8-magnitude quake will likely run into the billions of dollars, adding to already heavy economic hardships triggered by the collapse in world oil prices.

Monday, April 18th 2016 - 08:21 UTC

Ecuador quake primary toll: 262 killed and over 2.500 injured, but climbing

Vice President Jorge Glas said the toll, 262 killed and over 2.500 injured  was likely to rise because a large number of people remained unaccounted for

Aid began to flow in Sunday to areas devastated by Ecuador's strongest earthquake in decades and the death toll continued to rise as people left homeless hunkered down for another night outside in the dark.

Wednesday, April 13th 2016 - 05:03 UTC

Ecuador signs US$ 1 billion investment deals to boost oil production in existing fields

Petroamazonas signed a contract with Pañaturi consortium, made up of China’s Sinopec International and Sinopec Service Ecuador

Ecuadorian state-owned energy firm Petroamazonas EP, which is looking to boost production at nine of its existing oil fields and on Monday signed a series of investment deals amounting to US$ 1 billion for those areas, enlisting the help of both domestic and foreign companies.

Friday, January 22nd 2016 - 07:21 UTC

Ecuador disenchanted with OPEC policy will work as if the cartel 'did not exist'

“With a small cut in production, the price could rise a lot,” Correa told reporters. “Why don’t they do it? I’m tired of insisting.”

Ecuador President Rafael Correa said that his government was “tired” of pushing OPEC to decrease output and that the nation would keep working as if the oil cartel “did not exist.”

Friday, September 11th 2015 - 10:14 UTC

Ecuador's Correa orders dissolution of freedom of expression organization

According to César Ricaurte, the legal process that Secom has started does not make any distinction between partisan politics and political journalism.

Fundamedios, an Ecuadorian organization that defends freedom of expression, is now the one in need of defense, as it faces state-mandated closure. On Tuesday, September 8, its directors reported that they had received a letter from the National Communications Secretariat (Secom), which informed them of the beginning “of the dissolution process” against the institution.

Monday, August 24th 2015 - 10:35 UTC

Franco-Brazilian journalist beaten-up in Ecuador leaves the country but promises to return

Picq's problems may have come about due to her relationship with a prominent indigenous leader present at the protest, Carlos Pérez Guartambel.

Detained, beaten-up and threatened with deportation: Franco-Brazilian journalist Manuela Picq experienced the rough edges of Ecuador's political system after attending an anti-government rally this month backed by union bosses and indigenous leaders.

Monday, August 17th 2015 - 08:07 UTC

Ecuador declares state of emergency as volcano Cotopaxi becomes active

Two minor explosions Friday at Cotopaxi, about 43.5 miles south of Quito, led to a precautionary evacuation of small towns in the center of the country.

Ecuador's President Rafael Correa declared a state of emergency Saturday after increased activity the day before at the giant Cotopaxi volcano, giving the government greater leeway to mobilize financial resources in the event of an eruption.

Monday, August 17th 2015 - 07:54 UTC

Ecuador hits back at the UK over the Assange asylum case in London

Foreign Office minister Hugo Swire said Ecuador's decision to harbor Assange had prevented the proper course of justice.

Ecuador has hit back at the UK government over who is to blame for the deadlock in the case of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. The 44-year-old Australian has been living in Ecuador's embassy in London for more than three years to avoid extradition to Sweden, where he faces sexual assault allegations.


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