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Ecuador
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.

Friday, August 14th 2015 - 08:32 UTC

UK to protest to Ecuador for harboring Assange; policing the embassy has cost 18.8m dollars

“Ecuador must recognize that its decision to harbor Mr. Assange more than three years ago has prevented the proper course of justice...” said Swire

The UK is to make a formal protest to the government of Ecuador over the country's decision to “harbor” Julian Assange, the Foreign Office has said. The Wikileaks co-founder sought asylum at London's Ecuadorean embassy in 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden.

Wednesday, August 5th 2015 - 08:13 UTC

Galapagos penguin numbers recovering with shifts in trade winds and ocean currents

The Galapagos Islands, a chain of islands 1,000 kilometers west of mainland Ecuador, are home to the only penguins in the Northern Hemisphere.

Shifts in trade winds and ocean currents powered a resurgence of endangered Galapagos Penguins over the past 30 years, according to a new study led by researchers at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI). These changes enlarged a cold pool of water the penguins rely on for food and breeding-an expansion that could continue as the climate changes over the coming decades, according to the study.

Tuesday, July 7th 2015 - 08:06 UTC

Pope said Mass to 650.000 people and centered the homily on the family theme

Tens of thousands of people lined the route from the airport, at times rushing police to touch the car and throw flower petals before it.

Pope Francis said Mass for more than 650.000 Ecuadoreans and hinted he wanted a major Vatican gathering this year to find ways to reach out to Catholics who feel excluded by the Church. On the first full day of a three-nation “homecoming” trip to South America, the Argentine-born pontiff was in Ecuador's second city Guayaquil, a steamy port sometimes referred to as the world's “banana capital,” given its bustling fruit trade.

Monday, July 6th 2015 - 07:55 UTC

Francis in Ecuador repeats call 'to hear the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor'

“I thank God for having allowed me to return to Latin America and to be here with you today in this beautiful land of Ecuador”

Francis landed in Ecuador's capital Quito on Sunday to begin an eight-day tour of South America that will also include visits to Bolivia and Paraguay. On his first visit as pontiff to Latin America, the Argentina-born pope is scheduled to conduct masses in both Quito and the coastal city of Guayaquil before flying to Bolivia on Wednesday.

Saturday, July 4th 2015 - 07:21 UTC

Ecuadorians take to the streets to protest against Correa; Pope arrives Sunday

Protests began to widen in early June after Correa tried to impose a 75% tax on inheritances and capital gains from real estate sales.

Thousands of people turned out for protest marches across Ecuador on Thursday to call for the ouster of President Rafael Correa just three days before a visit by Pope Francis. Full demonstrations were reported in the three biggest cities, Quito, Guayaquil and Cuenca, as well as other smaller cities. Correa claimed a 'coup' was on the making.

Friday, June 19th 2015 - 23:45 UTC

Ecuador's Correa suspends controversial death duties debate until after Pope's visit

“We are aiming for a peaceful, joyful and reflective environment during Pope Francis’ visit; I have decided to temporarily withdraw the bills mentioned”

Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa announced he would temporarily withdraw two controversial tax bills from the legislature, saying he would give the public time to debate them. The bills, which would have raised taxes on inheritances and capital gains, generated uproar that led to mass street protests in recent days.

Tuesday, May 5th 2015 - 17:38 UTC

Brad Pitt invited to Ecuador to observe the 'pollution disaster” allegedly caused by Chevron

Correa asked his government to launch a worldwide Internet campaign aimed to warn the Hollywood A-list actor Brad Pitt that he is being “used” by Chevron

US cinema star Brad Pitt has been invited by the Ecuadorian government to observe the pollution in the country's Amazon region allegedly caused by Chevron. President Rafael Correa announced the invitation in his regular weekend report, saying that the oil giant is in preparation of spearheading a film with the movie star about an alleged case against the company.

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