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Galapagos fights temptation of lucrative mass tourism

Puerto Ayora - With its iconic giant tortoises, crested black iguanas, huge ocean manta rays and a veritable menagerie of other cool creatures, the Galapagos Islands are one of the most beautiful places you will probably never visit.Why not?

Ecuador voters bar ex-president Correa from comeback

Quito - Ecuadorans on Sunday voted to bar ex-president Rafael Correa from being able to make a comeback in 2021 by unmistakably backing a referendum question on reimposing presidential term limits.

Galapagos hosts nursery for new species of giant tortoise

Puerto Ayora - Crowded under a rock in the Galapagos archipelago, the baby tortoises wait for the sun to go down to leave their shelter.

Colombia rebels call for new ceasefire, renewed peace talks

Quito - Colombia's last rebel group, the ELN, on Tuesday called for a new ceasefire and the resumption of frozen peace talks with the government as the prospect of open conflict flared anew following a string of deadly attacks.

In the Galapagos, an idyllic hammerhead shark nursery

Santa Cruz - For millions of years, new-born hammerhead sharks have grown up in nurseries sheltered by the mangrove swamps and reefs of the Galapagos Islands, safe from all human threat.

Ecuador president calls Julian Assange a 'problem'

Quito - The president of Ecuador Lenin Moreno on Sunday described WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange as an "inherited problem" that has created "more than a nuisance" for his government.

Ecuador grants citizenship to WikiLeaks founder Assange

Quito - Ecuador said Thursday it had granted citizenship to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in an unsuccessful attempt to provide him with diplomatic immunity and usher him out of its London embassy without the threat of arrest by Britain.

Ecuador grants citizenship to WikiLeaks founder Assange: foreign minister

Quito - Ecuador has granted citizenship to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who has been sheltering at its London embassy for five years to avoid arrest, Foreign Minister Maria Fernanda Espinosa announced Thursday.

Ecuador seeks mediator to resolve Assange standoff: minister

Quito - Ecuador is seeking a mediator to resolve the standoff with Britain on the future of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who has been holed up in its London embassy since 2012, the South American country's foreign minister said Tuesday.

ELN rebels say Colombia ceasefire to end, but can be extended

Quito - Colombia's National Liberation Army (ELN) guerrillas are to end their 101-day ceasefire at midnight Tuesday, but the rebels' leader says there is a "consensus" on the need to extend it.

Ecuador: Correa starts campaign against 'traitor' Moreno

Quito - Ecuador's ex-president Rafael Correa on Saturday kicked off his battle for the support of the ruling party faithful, against President Lenin Moreno.

Ecuador's Correa returns to fight referendum campaign

Quito - Ex-president Rafael Correa returned to Ecuador from Belgium on Friday to lead the campaign against a referendum called by the government effectively to prevent his re-election.

Ecuador's jailed VP stripped of office

Quito - Ecuadoran President Lenin Moreno confirmed on Wednesday that Jorge Glas, his vice president jailed for six years for graft, has been stripped of his office.

Ecuador's jailed VP to be stripped of office

Quito - Ecuador's Vice President Jorge Glas was to constitutionally lose his title late Tuesday because he has been absent for more than three months -- locked up in prison on a six-year sentence for corruption.

Ecuador court paves way to lawmakers dismissing jailed VP

Quito - Ecuador's Constitutional Court on Thursday gave lawmakers authority to start proceedings aimed at dismissing Vice President Jorge Glas -- in prison for graft -- from office.

Ecuador congress opens proceedings on dismissing VP for graft

Quito - The congress of Ecuador voted Sunday to open proceedings on whether to fire Vice President Jorge Glas, who has been convicted of corruption.

Ecuador's VP handed 6 years in prison in Odebrecht graft case

Quito - Ecuador's vice president, Jorge Glas, was sentenced to six years in prison Wednesday for receiving illegal kickbacks from Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht.

Essential Science: Galápagos finches becoming new species

Galápagos finches, famed for being the inspiration behind Charles Darwin’s pioneering work on evolution, have been observed, by research biologists, transitioning into and then becoming a new species.

Feisty ex-Ecuador leader returns to battle 'traitors'

Guayaqui - Ecuador's ex-president Rafael Correa, one of the feistiest characters in Latin American politics, returned home from Belgium on Saturday vowing to save his party from "traitors.

Ecuador warns Assange over support for Spain's Catalonia

Quito - Ecuador has told WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to avoid making statements that could affect the country's international relations after he expressed support for Catalonian independence from Spain, the foreign ministry said Wednesday.
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