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Endangered Galapagos tortoises saved from suspected traffickers

Quito - Nearly three dozen Galapagos tortoises considered vulnerable to extinction will return to Ecuador after being rescued in Peru from alleged traffickers, the Galapagos National Park said.

Ecuador to recount 12 percent of presidential votes

Quito - Ecuador will recount almost 1.3 million ballots from the country's presidential election earlier this month, 12 percent of the total, the National Electoral Council (CNE) has said.Socialist Lenin Moreno won the April 2 second round with a 51.

Ecuador bucks rightward trend, voting Moreno president

Quito - Socialist Lenin Moreno won Ecuador's presidential election, the electoral authority confirmed, bucking a trend in Latin America to extend a decade of leftist rule in the major oil exporter.

Ecuador's new president Moreno a survivor

Quito - He is known for his affable manner and easy smile, but don't mistake Ecuador's new President-elect Lenin Moreno for a softie: beneath the jokes, he is a fierce survivor.

Assange taunts Ecuador opponent after election

Quito - WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange waded into Ecuador's contested presidential election, tweeting his congratulations to the ruling socialist party's candidate and telling his rival he should leave the country.

Ecuador socialist wins presidency, rival cries fraud

Quito - Socialist Lenin Moreno declared himself the "president of all Ecuadorans" Monday after a runoff election win that will extend a decade of leftist rule, but his conservative rival refused to accept the result.

Ecuador rivals both claim victory in tight runoff

Quito - Both candidates in Ecuador's presidential runoff claimed victory on the basis of conflicting exit polls Sunday, setting up a tense wait as the country charts its future after a decade under leftist Rafael Correa.

Moreno and Lasso: Ecuador election contenders

Quito - A champion of social welfare and author of self-help books faces off against a conservative ex-banker promising a change of direction for Ecuador in its runoff presidential election on Sunday.

Moreno and Lasso: Ecuador election contenders

Quito - A joke-cracking socialist in a wheelchair and a conservative ex-banker will face off on April 2 in Ecuador's runoff presidential election, officials have confirmed.

Ecuador headed for runoff in tense presidential vote

Quito - Ecuador's President Rafael Correa admitted Wednesday that his leftist ally Lenin Moreno will have to win a runoff vote to succeed him after a tightly-fought first-round election.

Ecuador officials deny fraud claims in presidency vote

Quito - Ecuadoran officials denied claims of attempted fraud in a tightly-fought election as the last votes were counted Tuesday with the ruling socialists looking likely to face a hard-to-win runoff vote.

Leftist hopes to avoid runoff in tense Ecuador vote

Quito - Leftist Lenin Moreno crossed his fingers Monday for outright victory in Ecuador's presidential vote as impatience grew over a delay in publishing full results that could force a runoff.

Ecuador heads to presidential runoff vote

Quito - Ecuador's presidential election looked headed to a runoff as partial results showed leftist candidate Lenin Moreno fell short of the lead needed to win outright in Sunday's first-round vote.

Yeast found in guts of babies increases asthma risk

A study performed in Ecuador has shown a yeast in the gut of new babies to be a strong predictor that the babies will go on to develop asthma.

Ecuador in key vote for Latin American left

Quito - Ecuador voted Sunday in general elections that could see a pillar of the Latin American left swing to the right -- and potentially deprive WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange of his place of refuge in London.

Ecuador in vote that could alter Assange's fate

Quito - Oil-rich Ecuador votes Sunday in general elections that could lead to fugitive Wikileaks founder Julian Assange being evicted from the country's London embassy.

Body of tortoise 'Lonesome George' returned to Galapagos Islands

Quito - The embalmed body of the giant tortoise known as Lonesome George -- the last known member of a species that was wiped out with his death in 2012 -- returned home to the Ecuadoran Galapagos Islands.

Colombia, ELN announce first accord at peace talks

Quito - Colombia's government and the country's last active rebel force announced a preliminary agreement in their work toward a permanent ceasefire at peace talks on Thursday.

Colombia opens talks with ELN rebels

Sangolqu - Peace negotiators from the Colombian government and the ELN, the country's last active rebel group, got down to business behind closed doors in their first day of talks Wednesday, seeking to end a half-century conflict.

Colombia seeks 'complete peace' at ELN talks

Quito - Colombia opens peace talks Tuesday with its last active rebel group, the ELN, seeking to replicate its historic accord with the FARC guerrillas and deliver "complete peace" after 53 years of war.
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