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Sexploits of Diego the Tortoise save Galapagos species

Puerto Ayora - He's over 100 years old, but his sex life is the stuff of legend. Diego the Tortoise is quite the ladies' man, and his exploits have helped save his species from extinction.

Ecuador sets October date for Assange questioning

Quito - WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has agreed to answer questions from Swedish investigators probing rape allegations against him from October 17 in Ecuador's embassy in London, Ecuadoran justice officials said Tuesday.

Ecuador begins pumping oil in Amazon nature reserve

- Ecuador began pumping oil Wednesday from a massive field located partly on a protected nature reserve in the Amazon rainforest, drawing criticism from environmentalists and indigenous-rights groups.

Thousands march over dissolved Ecuador teacher union

Quito - Thousands of demonstrators marched in Quito and other Ecuadoran cities Thursday against the socialist government of Rafael Correa and its dissolution of a public teachers' guild.

Ecuador to let Sweden interview Assange at London embassy

Quito - Ecuador says it will let Swedish officials interview Julian Assange at its embassy in London, where the WikiLeaks founder has been sheltering for the past four years.

Strong 6.3 magnitude earthquake shakes Ecuador: USGS

Quito - A strong 6.3 magnitude earthquake struck northern Ecuador in the same area devastated by a powerful and deadly quake in mid-April, the US Geological Survey said.

Assange lawyer says Sweden should recognize UN opinion

Quito - A former Spanish judge who is defending WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on Tuesday urged Sweden to recognize a UN working group opinion that his confinement amounts to arbitrary detention.

Ecuador needs $3.3 billion to rebuild from quake: government

Quito - Ecuador will need $3.3 billion to rebuild after a powerful earthquake devastated a large stretch of its Pacific coast on April 16, the government said Wednesday.

One dead as aftershocks shake quake-weary Ecuador

Quito - Two strong aftershocks killed one person and injured 85 Wednesday as they shook Ecuador a month after a devastating earthquake left some 700 dead, President Rafael Correa said.

One killed in new Ecuador quakes, 85 injured: president

Quito - One person was killed and 85 injured Wednesday as two strong aftershocks shook Ecuador a month after a devastating earthquake left some 700 dead, President Rafael Correa said.

Ecuador struck by 6.7 magnitude earthquake

Quito - A strong earthquake measuring 6.7 on the Moment magnitude scale struck Ecuador early Wednesday, one month after a much larger quake killed some 660 people, the US Geological Survey said.

Footless Ecuadoran mountaineer aiming to scale K2

Alfaro - An Ecuadoran who lost both his feet is aiming to become the first climber to scale the world's toughest mountain, K2, with artificial limbs and without oxygen supplies.

Survivor rescued 13 days after deadly Ecuador quake

Quito - Crews have rescued a 72-year-old survivor of Ecuador's deadly earthquake almost two weeks after it struck the South American country, Venezuela announced.

Ecuador quake death toll jumps to 646, one week on

Quito - Nearly 650 people are now known to have died in the strong earthquake that hit Ecuador one week ago, President Rafael Correa said Saturday, as the toll jumped yet higher.Last Saturday's 7.

New aftershocks jolt Ecuador still reeling from quake

Pedernales - New aftershocks rattled Ecuador on Friday and hopes of finding survivors in the rubble all but evaporated, nearly a week after a huge earthquake that killed more than 600 people and injured thousands.A 6.

Quake-hit Ecuador announces drastic economic measures

Pedernales - With hope of finding survivors fading Thursday, Ecuador began shouldering the cost of its devastating earthquake, announcing drastic economic measures to clean up the ruins of a tragedy that killed at least 570 people.

Coffins pile up in Ecuador stadium-turned-morgue

Pedernales - A hodgepodge of donated coffins in various shapes, sizes and colors is piled in a corner of the football stadium in the Ecuadoran resort town of Pedernales.

New quake rattles jittery Ecuador

Pedernales - A 6.1-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Ecuador, sowing new panic four days after a powerful quake killed more than 500 people and injured over 5,000.

Magnitude 6.1 quake hits off coast of reeling Ecuador

Pedernales - A 6.1-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Ecuador on Wednesday, just four days after another, more powerful quake sparked devastation and killed nearly 500 people, with 1,700 others reported missing.

Ecuador quake: 480 confirmed dead, but 1,700 more missing

Quito - Some 1,700 people are still missing three days after a big earthquake struck Ecuador, an official said Tuesday, raising fears that a death toll currently put at 480 could dramatically rise.
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