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Ecuador government, protesters agree on deal to end deadly unrest

Oct 14, 2019 - 9:36 AM

(UPDATED) A statement from President Lenin Moreno and CONAIE head Jaime Vargas reads, 'With this agreement, the mobilizations... across Ecuador are terminated and we commit ourselves to restoring peace in the country'

PROTESTS END. Indigenous people celebrate after a meeting with the Ecuadorean president in Quito on October 13, 2019, during which an agreement was reached to end violent protests. Photo by Cristina Vega Rhor/AFP

Ecuador protest talks set for Sunday as capital locks down

Oct 13, 2019 - 3:27 PM

Rolling demonstrations leave 6 people dead and nearly 2,100 wounded or detained

CLASHES. Peasants and indigenous people arrive at Santo Domingo square in Quito on October 7, 2019 following days of protests against the sharp rise in fuel prices sparked by authorities' decision to scrap subsidies. Photo by Cristina Vega/AFP

Clashes at protests in Ecuador over fuel price hike, oil facilities seized

Oct 08, 2019 - 2:28 PM

The clashes come as Ecuador's Ministry of Energy announced activities in 3 oil fields in the Amazon region had been suspended 'due to the seizure of the facilities by groups of people outside the operation'

CLASHES. Peasants and indigenous people arrive at Santo Domingo square in Quito on October 7, 2019 following days of protests against the sharp rise in fuel prices sparked by authorities' decision to scrap subsidies. Photo by Cristina Vega/AFP

Clashes as Ecuador president declares state of emergency

Oct 04, 2019 - 3:03 PM

The protests – the largest in a decade – are led by the transport sector but included students and other groups.

CLASHES. Riot police confront demonstrators during clashes in Quito during a transport strike against the economic policies of the government of Ecuadorean President Lenin Moreno on October 3, 2019. Photo by Rodrigo Buendia/AFP

Almost entire population of Ecuador has online data leaked

Sep 17, 2019 - 10:08 AM

The breach exposes citizens' full names, dates and places of birth, education levels, phone numbers and national identity card numbers


Plane crash in Ecuador's Amazon region kills 4

Aug 25, 2019 - 8:24 AM

The civil aviation authority launches an investigation to determine the cause of the plane crash

Ecuador court orders release of Swede linked to Assange

Jun 21, 2019 - 3:59 PM

The court will require Bini to periodically appear before authorities and bans him from leaving the country as investigations continue over his alleged hacking attacks

RELEASED. Ola Bini, a Swedish national accused of an alleged cyber-attack and who is close to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, gestures before the appeal hearing to his order of preventive detention, at the Provincial Court of Pichincha in Quito, on May 2, 2019. File photo by Rodrigo Buendia/AFP

Ecuador's highest court approves same-sex marriage

Jun 13, 2019 - 2:06 PM

LGBT and human rights activists erupt in celebration in Quito and the port city of Guayaquil, waving rainbow flags that symbolize the gay rights movement

APPROVED! People celebrate after the Ecuador's Constitutional Court approved equal civil marriage, in Quito, on June 12, 2019. Photo by Rodrigo Buendia/AFP)

Swedish court rejects request to detain Assange over 2010 rape case

Jun 03, 2019 - 11:49 PM

The Uppsala district court says the fact that Julian Assange is currently in prison in Britain means he does not need to be formally detained in Sweden to be questioned by Swedish prosecutors

JULIAN ASSANGE. This file photo taken on February 05, 2016 shows WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange coming out on the balcony of the Ecuadorian embassy to address the media in central London. File photo by Ben Stansall / AFP

Ecuador court denies bail to accused hacker linked to Assange

May 30, 2019 - 2:01 PM

The Ecuadorian government accuses Ola Bini of plotting to attack computer systems in the country

OLA BINI. Ola Bini, a Swedish national accused of an alleged cyber-attack and who is close to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, gestures before the appeal hearing to his order of preventive detention, at the Provincial Court of Pichincha in Quito, on May 2, 2019. File photo by Rodrigo Buendia/AFP

Ecuador Amazon tribe win first victory against oil companies

Apr 27, 2019 - 10:45 AM

A criminal court in Puyo, central Ecuador, accepts a Waorani bid for court protection to stop an oil bidding process after the government moved to open up around 180,000 hectares for exploration

VICTORY. The president of the Coodinating Council of the Waorani Nationality of Ecuador-Pastaza, Nemonte Nemquimo (C), celebrates with other Waorani indigenous people after a court ruled in their favor on the tribe's legal challenge to the government's land selloff in Puyo, Ecuador, on April 26, 2019. Rodrigo Buendia / AFP

Ecuador says it's been hit by 40 million cyber attacks since Assange arrest

Apr 16, 2019 - 8:49 AM

Hardest-hit are the foreign ministry, the central bank, the president's office, the internal revenue service, and several ministries and universities

Julian Assange lawyer accuses U.S. of 'persecution'

Apr 12, 2019 - 8:13 AM

'The threats against Julian Assange for political reasons, persecution on the part of the United States, are more current than ever,' says Assange lawyer Baltasar Garzon

ARRESTED. In this file photo taken on May 19, 2017 Wikileaks founder Julian Assange speaks from a balcony at the Embassy of Ecuador in London. Photo by Adrian Dennis/AFP

Quito withdraws Assange's Ecuador citizenship

Apr 11, 2019 - 9:30 PM

(UPDATED) Foreign Minister Jose Valencia says the Ecuadoran government withdrew the citizenship it had granted Assange in 2017 'due to various irregularities found in his paperwork'

ASSANGE. This file photo taken on February 05, 2016 shows WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange coming out on the balcony of the Ecuadorian embassy to address the media in central London. File photo by Ben Stansall/AFP

Timeline of WikiLeaks founder's Ecuadoran stay

Apr 11, 2019 - 7:00 PM

Julian Assange has been living at Ecuador's embassy in London's plush Knightsbridge district since 2012

ASSANGE IN ECUADOR. In this file photo taken on May 19, 2017 Wikileaks founder Julian Assange speaks from a balcony at the Embassy of Ecuador in London. File photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

Magnitude 7.5 earthquake hits Ecuador

Feb 22, 2019 - 9:06 PM

The US Geological Survey says the quake struck before dawn in Ecuador's eastern Amazon region 17 kilometers from the town of Montalvo near the border with Peru

Assange starts legal bid to unseal U.S. charges against him

Jan 23, 2019 - 11:48 PM

Lawyers of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange file his application with the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights

US CHARGES. In this file photo, Wikileaks founder Julian Assange speaks on the balcony of the Embassy of Ecuador in London on May 19, 2017. File photo by Justin Tallis/AFP

Assange's communications to be partly restored by Ecuador government

Oct 15, 2018 - 12:27 PM

The Wikileaks founder was stopped from using the internet or a mobile phone to communicate with the outside world in March.

JULIAN ASSANGE. This file photo taken on February 05, 2016 shows WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange coming out on the balcony of the Ecuadorian embassy to address the media in central London. File photo by Ben Stansall/AFP

Ecuador hit by 6.2 magnitude earthquake – USGS

Sep 07, 2018 - 6:40 PM

The quake hit at 9:12 pm local time (0212 GMT on Friday) at a depth of 93.5 kilometers, near the center of the South American country. It was felt across several provinces, according to Twitter users.

Venezuela arrests 131 accused of economic sabotage

Aug 31, 2018 - 3:07 PM

The arrests include 'several managers of large chains' accused of 'speculating and hoarding basic products' that are subject to prices fixed by the government

ECONOMIC SABOTAGE? In this file photo, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro holds a press conference at the Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas on August 22, 2017. File photo by Juan Barreto/AFP

Thousands of Venezuelans reach Peru as border restrictions tighten

Aug 25, 2018 - 8:31 PM

Colombia has pleaded with its southern neighbors to agree to a combined migration strategy, while Ecuador has called a meeting of 13 Latin American countries next month to discuss the crisis

AT THE BORDER. Venezuelan nationals' visas petitions are attended after midnight at the binational border attention centre (CEBAF) in Tumbes, northern Peru on August 24, 2018. Photo by Cris Bouroncle/AFP

Venezuelans rush to Peru to beat passport deadline

Aug 24, 2018 - 3:39 PM

Peru has decided it will only allow in Venezuelan migrants in possession of a passport. But only around half of the Venezuelans heading south to escape poverty and economic crisis are carrying passports.

PERU-BOUND. Venezuelans heading to Peru walk along the Panamerican highway in Tulcan, Ecuador, after crossing from Colombia, on August 21, 2018. File photo by Luis Robayo/AFP

Colombia says 19 citizens killed in tourist bus crash

Aug 16, 2018 - 5:36 PM

Ecuador's foreign ministry says 23 people were killed in the crash, instead of 24 as previously announced

BUS CRASH. Photo released by the Fire Brigade of Quito showing firefighters working at the scene of an accident where a bus crashed into another vehicle, in the road between Pifo and Papallacta, 30 kilometres east of Quito, leaving at least 24 people dead and 20 injured, on August 14, 2018. AFP PHOTO - Fire Brigade of Quito

Bus accident in Ecuador kills 24

Aug 14, 2018 - 11:07 PM

(UPDATED) The bus, which had foreign license plates, was on a downward stretch of highway 30 kilometers east of Quito when it struck an all-terrain vehicle and overturned, slamming into 3 houses on the side of the road, officials say

Ecuador, Britain in talks over Assange fate

Jul 29, 2018 - 5:58 PM

'Mr. Assange has been in this situation for over 5 years and we have to find a way out for him,' says Ecuador President Lenin Moreno

ASSANGE. This file photo taken on February 05, 2016 shows WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange coming out on the balcony of the Ecuadorian embassy to address the media in central London. File photo by Ben Stansall/AFP

Ecuador will no longer host Colombia peace talks – minister

Apr 19, 2018 - 12:26 PM

Colombia's Foreign Minister Maria Angela Holguin thanks Ecuador for its support and says talks will be transferred to either Brazil, Chile, Cuba, Norway or Venezuela

NO LONGER HOST. This file photo shows a general view during the beginning of the peace talks between the government of Colombia and the ELN guerrilla in Sangolqui, Ecuador on February 7, 2017. File photp by Rodrigo Buendia/AFP

Death toll rises to 13 after Ecuador bus slides off road

Mar 26, 2018 - 1:56 PM

A rescue agency initially reported 12 people were killed and 25 injured. The latest person to have died succumbed to injuries while being treated, the Interior Ministry says.

Assange loses new bid to cancel UK arrest warrant

Feb 13, 2018 - 11:10 PM

(UPDATED) In a court in the British capital, Judge Emma Arbuthnot rejects Julian Assange's lawyers' argument that upholding the warrant was no longer in the public interest.

ASSANGE. This file photo taken on February 05, 2016 shows WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange coming out on the balcony of the Ecuadorian embassy to address the media in central London. File photo by Ben Stansall/AFP

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 grants citizenship to WikiLeaks founder Assange

Jan 12, 2018 - 9:26 AM

Foreign Minister Maria Fernanda Espinosa says the 46-year-old Australian, who has been holed up at the embassy for 5 years to avoid arrest, became an Ecuadoran citizen on December 12

CONTROVERSIAL FIGURE. Foreign Minister Maria Fernanda Espinosa says WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange became an Ecuadoran citizen on December 12. File photo

U.K. denies Assange diplomatic status after Ecuador request

Jan 11, 2018 - 10:43 PM

'The government of Ecuador recently requested diplomatic status for Mr Assange here in the UK. The UK did not grant that request, nor are we in talks with Ecuador on this matter,' the British foreign ministry says in a statement.

STUCK. This file photo taken on February 05, 2016 shows WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange coming out on the balcony of the Ecuadorian embassy to address the media in central London. File photo by Ben Stansall/AFP

Assange told not to interfere in Catalonia – Ecuador president

Dec 17, 2017 - 9:50 PM

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has angered Madrid by using Twitter to pump out messages of support for Catalonia's independence drive and accuse Spain's central government of 'repression'

ASSANGE. This file photo taken on February 05, 2016 shows WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange coming out on the balcony of the Ecuadorian embassy to address the media in central London. File photo by Ben Stansall/ AFP

Messi hat-trick fires Argentina into World Cup

Oct 11, 2017 - 11:59 AM

Messi's virtuoso performance erased the fears of Argentina missing next year's World Cup in Russia

HAT-TRICK. Messi leads Argentina to another appearance in the World Cup. Photo by Juan Ruiz/AFP

Ecuador's president strips his vice president of all functions

Aug 04, 2017 - 10:00 AM

Ecuador Vice President Jorge Glas responds to President Lenin Moreno s move with defiance vowing to see out the rest of his term

POLITICS. Ecuador's Vice President Jorge Glas speaks after reading the presidential decree that removes him from all his functions in Quito on August 3, 2017. Photo by Rodrigo Buendia/AFP

Ecuador's Moreno warns Assange not to interfere in politics

May 26, 2017 - 10:18 AM

His status does not allow him to talk about the politics of any country let alone ours says Ecuador s new president Lenin Moreno

NEW PRESIDENT. Ecuador's new President Lenin Moreno (R), accompanied by Bolivian President Evo Morales (C), is handed a ceremonial staff - a traditional symbol of leadership - during an indigenous ritual at the Cochasqui pyramids in northern Ecuador on May 25, 2017. Photo by Juan Cevallos/AFP

Ecuador confirms Moreno victory after partial vote recount

Apr 19, 2017 - 4:54 PM

Moreno wins the April 2 second round with a 51 15 share – more than 226 000 votes ahead of his conservative rival Guillermo Lasso

ECUADOR ELECTIONS. 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. File photo by Rodrigo Buendia/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

Ecuador officials deny fraud claims in presidential election

Feb 22, 2017 - 8:37 AM

With just over 95 of ballots counted leftist ruling party candidate Lenin Moreno had 39 21 of the vote short of the 40 needed to avoid a runoff

A member of the National Electoral Council counts 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

Quake-prone Pacific nations hold joint tsunami drills

Feb 15, 2017 - 6:22 PM

Civil defense offices will rehearse the relaying of tsunami warnings for large quakes off the coasts of Chile and Peru Colombia and Ecuador the Philippines the Solomon Islands Tonga and Vanuatu

DRILL. In this file photo, teachers evacuate children to higher ground during an earthquake and tsunami drill in Valparaiso, some 120 km west of Santiago, on November 3, 2016. Martin Bernetti/AFP

Colombia opens talks with ELN rebels

Feb 08, 2017 - 3:34 PM

The negotiations with the National Liberation Army (ELN) – the country's last active rebel group – mark a new milestone in the Colombian peace process

General view during the beginning of the peace talks between the government of Colombia and the ELN guerrilla in Sangolqui, Ecuador on February 7, 2017. Rodrigo Buendia/AFP

At least 19 dead, 17 hurt in Ecuador bus crash

Jan 14, 2017 - 6:51 PM

A source at the Integrated Security Service or ECU 911 says the school vehicle was not following a route

WikiLeaks' Assange questioned by prosecutors

Nov 15, 2016 - 9:27 AM

Assange s lawyer Per Samuelsson said the questioning is expected to last several days at the embassy where the founder of the secret spilling website has been holed up for 4 years

This file photo taken on February 05, 2016 shows WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange coming out on the balcony of the Ecuadorian embassy to address the media in central London. Ben Stanstall/AFP

WATCH: Katherine Espín of Ecuador wins Miss Earth 2016

Oct 29, 2016 - 9:03 PM

Miss Earth 2015 Angelia Ong passes on her crown to Katherin Espín of Ecuador

Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Colombia, rebels in talks to try to save peace process

Oct 23, 2016 - 10:53 AM

FARC negotiator: It s an optimistic atmosphere Let s get peace

This file photo taken on June 22, 2016 shows a man passing by a graffiti reading 'Peace for the people' in Cali, Colombia, on June 22, 2016. Luis Robayo/AFP

Ecuador says it cut Assange internet over US election leaks

Oct 19, 2016 - 8:28 AM

The government of Ecuador respects the principle of non intervention in the internal affairs of other states It does not interfere in external electoral processes nor does it favor any particular candidate

NO INTERNET. This file photo taken on June 19, 2016 shows the building housing the Ecuadorian embassy in central London where WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has hold up for four years. Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

Colombia to launch peace talks with ELN rebels

Oct 11, 2016 - 9:35 AM

The Colombian government and the country s second largest rebel group the ELN announce they will launch negotiations on October 27 in Ecuador s capital

JOINT ANNOUNCEMENT. The head of the delegation of the Colombian government Mauricio Rodriguez (L) and Colombia's left-wing guerrilla National Liberation Army (ELN) delegate Pablo Beltran attend a joint press conference at the Foreign Ministry in Caracas, on October 10, 2016. Federico Parra/AFP

Venezuela, Brazil withdraw envoys after Rousseff removal

Sep 01, 2016 - 10:11 AM

The leftist governments of Ecuador and Bolivia also recalled their diplomats from Brasilia

President Michel Temer takes office before the plenary of the Brazilian Senate in Brasilia, on August 31, 2016. Andressa Anholete/AFP