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Ecuador says Assange welcome to remain in London embassy

Quito - Ecuador said Thursday that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is welcome to remain in its London embassy, ahead of a UN panel's expected ruling that his stay there amounts to illegal detention."It's a personal decision.

LatAm states ready to oversee Colombia peace

Quito - Colombia's regional neighbors are willing to send representatives for a UN mission to monitor the end of the country's half-century conflict under a hoped-for peace deal with FARC rebels, leaders said Wednesday.

Sweden to question Assange 'soon': Ecuador president

Quito - WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange could face questions from Swedish prosecutors "in the coming days" at his hideout in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, Ecuador's President Rafael Correa said Wednesday.

Ecuador says Assange can leave if no Swedish charges

Quito - Ecuador said Friday that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange can leave his hideout in its London embassy and go into exile in the South American country if Swedish prosecutors do not charge him after questioning him.

Ecuador says will cooperate with Sweden on Assange

Quito - Ecuador said Wednesday it will cooperate with Swedish prosecutors after they formally requested permission to interrogate WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange at his hideout in the Ecuadoran embassy in London.

Amazon peoples change ancestral ways to save forest

- The the indigenous peoples of the Amazon are far removed from the Paris conference rooms where politicians and technocrats in dark suits hashed out a historic deal on curbing climate change to close out the year.

Protests as Ecuador lifts presidential term limits

Quito - Ecuador's Congress voted overwhelmingly to lift presidential term limits from 2021, triggering violent demonstrations that saw police attacked with spears, clubs and home-made rockets.

Chris Algieri returns to Barclays Center to face Erick Bone

Former WBO junior welterweight champion Chris Algieri returns to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn New York on Dec. 5 for his second fight following his unanimous decision loss to Manny Pacquiao at the Venetian Resort & Casino in Macau, China last year.

Scientists identify new Galapagos giant tortoise species

Quito - A team of Ecuadoran and international scientists said Wednesday they have identified a new giant tortoise species on the Galapagos Islands.There are only a few hundred members of the new species, Ecuador's environment ministry said in a statement.

Britain refuses to grant Assange safe passage for medical check

Quito - Britain has refused Ecuador's request to give Julian Assange safe passage for a medical checkup after he had a sharp pain in his right shoulder, Quito's top diplomat said.

Ecuador volcano spews giant ash column

Quito - Ecuador's Cotopaxi volcano, which began erupting in August after being dormant for 138 years, on Thursday coughed up a two-kilometer-high column of ash, officials said.

Colombia and Venezuela to normalize ties after border row

Quito - Colombia and Venezuela have agreed to restore diplomatic dialogue and oversee "progressive normalization" of their border, after a meeting between Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and his counterpart Nicolas Maduro.

Colombia, Venezuela renew ties amid border crisis

Quito - The foreign ministers of Colombia and Venezuela agreed to renew diplomatic contacts that had been interrupted by an ongoing border crisis between the two neighbors.

Venezuelan, Colombian leaders to meet Saturday on border crisis

Quito - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and Colombia's Juan Manuel Santos have agreed to meet on their escalating border crisis, which has uprooted more than 20,000 people, a top diplomat said Thursday.

Climbers' bodies found on Ecuador volcano after 20 years

Quito - Three bodies found on Ecuador's Chimborazo volcano are believed to be those of climbers who went missing some 20 years ago in an avalanche, officials said Sunday.

Volcanic ash rains on central Ecuador, blanketing farms

- Ash from Ecuador's Cotopaxi volcano rained down on a dozen villages in the country's central Andean region Saturday, where agricultural output has been marred by a blanket of soot from explosions that began a week ago.

Ecuador indigenous protesters release soldiers: army

Quito - Indigenous protesters opposed to Ecuador President Rafael Correa briefly detained then released 27 soldiers in the country's southern mountains Thursday, authorities said.

Foreign reporter caught up in Ecuador unrest can stay: Judge

Quito - A judge in Ecuador on Monday refused to deport a Franco-Brazilian journalist who was covering protests against President Rafael Correa's government.

Cotopaxi volcano threatens more than 300,000 Ecuadorans

Quito - Nearly 325,000 people could be affected by an eruption of Cotopaxi, the volcano looming beyond the Ecuadoran capital of Quito, officials said Monday.

Ecuador volcano quiet after prompting state of emergency

Lasso - After rumbling and belching ash, the Cotopaxi volcano was silent Sunday, hours after Ecuador declared a state of emergency and fearful residents were evacuated.
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