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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.

Angry Assange starts 5th year cooped in London embassy

London - WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange started his fifth year camped out in the Ecuadoran embassy in London on Sunday, an occasion marked by his supporters with events celebrating whistleblowers.

U.S. top court rejects Ecuador challenge to $96 mn Chevron award

Washington - The US Supreme Court has rejected Ecuador's appeal against a $96 million award it has been ordered to pay Chevron in a dispute over the development of oil fields in exchange for cheap domestic crude.

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.

Assange arrest warrant upheld by Stockholm court

Stockholm - A Stockholm district court on Wednesday maintained a European arrest warrant against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange over a 2010 rape allegation, rejecting his lawyers' request to have it lifted.

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.

Rescuers pull out survivors of deadly Ecuador quake

Pedernales - Rescuers and desperate families clawed through rubble, pulling out survivors two days after an earthquake that killed at least 413 people and devastated a tourist region of Ecuador.

Ecuador quake survivors dig for kin with bare hands

Manta - The desperation driving survivors of Ecuador's powerful earthquake to find loved ones trapped under rubble could be seen in the tools many used in their amateur rescue attempts: none.

Ecuador quake toll rises to 246 dead and 2,527 injured

Quito - The toll from the big earthquake in Ecuador rose on Sunday to 246 dead and 2,527 people injured, the country's vice president said.The latest figures were given by Vice President Jorge Glas as he visited a devastated coastal area.

Flood, then earthquake: Ecuador town suffers double disaster

- First came the flood and then the "long, long" earthquake, a shaking so hard the two-story, covered market came down in a heap in this small town in western Ecuador.

Strong Ecuador quake kills at least 28

Quito - At least 28 people were killed when a powerful 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck Ecuador, knocking down buildings in the country's largest city Guayaquil and cutting power in the capital Quito.

Swedish prosecutors oppose lifting of Assange arrest warrant

Stockholm - Swedish prosecutors said Thursday they were opposed to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's defense lawyers' request to lift a European arrest warrant against him over a 2010 rape allegation.

Assange could leave Ecuador embassy this year: Lawyer

Guatemala City - Julian Assange, the Wikileaks founder holed up in Ecuador's London embassy, could leave his refuge before the end of this year, a high-profile former Spanish judge who leads his legal team told AFP on Wednesday.

Ecuador army plane crash kills all 22 aboard: president

Quito - An Ecuadoran army plane crashed in the Amazon rainforest, killing all 22 people on board, President Rafael Correa said."There are no survivors," Correa wrote on Twitter, several minutes after first posting news of the crash. "This is a tragedy.

Ecuador defense ministry spat ends in shake-up

Quito - Ecuador's top diplomat, Ricardo Patino, will take over as defense minister after the previous chief resigned in a spat over cuts to the military pension fund by President Rafael Correa, officials said Thursday.

Ecuador defense minister steps down after top brass fired

Quito - Ecuador's Defense Minister Fernando Cordero resigned Tuesday, after top military brass were fired for criticizing military benefit cuts by President Rafael Correa.

Assange lawyers ask Swedish court to drop warrant

Stockholm - Lawyers for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said Monday they had asked a Stockholm court to lift a pan-European warrant for his arrest over a 2010 rape allegation.

Ecuador sets presidential vote for February 2017

Quito - Ecuador will hold presidential polls a year from now in February 2017, electoral authorities said Thursday, but leftist President Rafael Correa will not run for re-election to lead the slowing South American economy.

UK press takes swipe at Assange and UN panel

London - British newspaper columnists on Saturday took aim at Julian Assange and the UN panel that found the anti-secrecy campaigner had been "arbitrarily detained".
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Tungurahua volcano in Ecuador erupts  December 18  2012.
Tungurahua volcano in Ecuador erupts, December 18, 2012.
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Ecuador President Rafael Correa on Ecuador TV
Ecuador President Rafael Correa on Ecuador TV
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With supporters  as President  he exclaims   Today I won Ecuador.
With supporters, as President, he exclaims, "Today I won Ecuador.'
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Election poster urging a continuation of a revolution
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Two months into his second term a national poll put his popularity at 90 %.
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Photograph of Bassaricyon neblina "Olinguito" taken in the wild at Tandayapa Bird Lodge, Ecuador
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A protest in Quito, Ecuador. At the centre of the crowd is President Correa, facing tear gas
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A Giant River Otter swims amid rain forest reflections in Anangu Creek in Yasuni National Park, Ecuador.
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Edgar Muenala on stage of Fusion Festival in Surrey, BC.
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Deforestation of the Montane Rainforest in Ecuador, province Zamora-Chinchipe, along the road to Loja-Zamora in 2011.
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Post-Election Poster showing a happy winner.
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Ecuador's diplomatic car awaiting Edward Snowden at Moscow Airport
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Screen capture of oil spill originating in Ecuador in 2013
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Quito, Ecuador
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Police in Ecuador have seized around 200,000 sharks fins which were about to be illegally exported to Asia. The fins - often used to make soup - were discovered after raids on nine locations in the port city of Manta.
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Ecuador's Foreign Minister Ricardo Patiño
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Ecuadorian foreign minister Ricardo Patino shows a photo of a surveillance device found in the embassy in London.
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Ecuador President Rafael Correa on Ecuador TV
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Winning look of Correa
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A shot of the violence taking place in Ecuador after the government announced austerity measures.
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