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Pope Francis to tour Latin America in July

- Pope Francis will make his first visit as pontiff to Spanish-speaking Latin America in July, stopping in Ecuador, Bolivia and Paraguay, the Vatican said Thursday.

Ecuador president says 'seriously threatened'

Quito - Ecuadoran President Rafael Correa abruptly pulled out of a public lunch on Tuesday because of what he called "a serious threat" of attack against him.The threat was being investigated and one person had been arrested.

President of Ecuador: '¡Heil Hitler!'

Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa tweeted "Heil Hitler" on Thursday in response to an opposition politician's tweet about his regime.

Ecuador sees 'light at end of tunnel' in Assange case

Washington - The surprise offer by Swedish prosecutors to question WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange at Ecuador's London embassy over rape allegations offers a clear breakthrough in the deadlocked case, Ecuadoran Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino said Thursday.

Assange appeal lodged with Swedish Supreme Court

Stockholm - Lawyers for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said Wednesday they filed an appeal to Sweden's Supreme Court seeking to quash the 2010 warrant for his arrest on accusations of rape and molestation.

Emergency declared after Galapagos ship grounding

Quito - Ecuador activated a state of emergency Wednesday at the famous Galapagos Islands, authorities said, a week after the stranding of a cargo ship loaded with supplies that included hazardous materials.

Thousands protest in Ecuador against president

Quito - Thousands of people marched Wednesday in Ecuador against the leftist government of President Rafael Correa, denouncing a move that would allow him to extend his rule beyond 2017.

Ecuador court clears way for unlimited presidential terms

Quito - Ecuador's Constitutional Court has given lawmakers the green light to set new rules on term limits that would allow President Rafael Correa to extend his rule beyond 2017.

At least 15 police hurt as thousands rally in Ecuador

Quito - At least 15 officers were wounded and multiple arrests were reported in Quito as thousands gathered for rallies for and against leftist President Rafael Correa, officials said.

Ecuador women turn to boxing to fight sexual violence

Quito - After surviving a harrowing rape attempt, Any Hurtado took up boxing -- and found herself surrounded by other Ecuadoran women using their fists for protection in a country torn by sexual violence.

LatAm losing fear of legalizing drugs: Ecuador president

Guatemala City - Ecuadoran President Rafael Correa said Tuesday that Latin America is "losing fear" of legalizing drugs after decades of fighting traffickers with ample US prodding but limited success.

Assange will not leave until assured no US extradition: lawyer

Sydney - WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will not leave the Ecuador embassy in London until it is guaranteed he will avoid extradition to the United States, his lawyer said Tuesday.

Assange says will leave Ecuador embassy in London 'soon'

London - WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange indicated Monday he would leave Ecuador's embassy in London "soon" but his organisation played down the comment, saying he would not depart until there was an agreement with Britain's government.

Ecuador quake triggers deadly landslides

Quito - A shallow 5.1-magnitude earthquake struck the Ecuadoran capital Quito Tuesday, triggering landslides that killed at least two people and violently shaking buildings and homes.

Swedish court upholds warrant against WikiLeaks founder

Stockholm - A Swedish court on Wednesday decided to uphold an arrest warrant against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange over allegations of sexual assault.

Assange asked to model at London Fashion Week

London - Julian Assange has been asked to star in a fashion show by British designer Ben Westwood at Ecuador's London embassy, where the WikiLeaks founder is currently holed up in a bid to avoid extradition to Sweden.

Ecuador lawmakers propose unlimited presidential terms

Quito - Ecuadoran lawmakers proposed constitutional amendments to allow unlimited presidential terms, following a request from incumbent Rafael Correa.

Ancient Inca roads win coveted World Heritage status

Doha - UN cultural agency UNESCO on Saturday granted its coveted World Heritage status to a vast and ancient Inca road system spanning six countries in South America.

Hitzfeld's second half changes steer Switzerland past Ecuador

With both sides possessing exciting wide players, this match was always going to be played down the flanks. The midfield is filled with industrious players, whereas the creativity and pace lie within the wingers and fullbacks.

Panama arrests fugitive Ecuadoran ex-lawmaker

Panama City - Police in Panama on Monday arrested a fugitive former opposition lawmaker from Ecuador who is wanted in his homeland for complicity to murder.Tito Galo Lara was taken into custody in the province of Veraguas, police spokeswoman Mara Rivera told AFP.

Ecuador sentences ex-president to 12 years in absentia

Quito - An Ecuadoran court sentenced exiled ex-president Jamil Mahuad to 12 years in jail for corruption.Mahuad, who served from 1998 to 2000, lives in the United States. Interpol has issued a warrant for his arrest.

Ecuador emergency over stricken Galapagos freighter

Quito - Ecuador declared an environmental emergency in the Galapagos Islands Thursday, after a freighter carrying pollutants ran aground last week.

Freighter runs aground in the Galapagos

Quito - An Ecuadoran freighter ran aground in the Galapagos islands, but "for the moment" does not pose a threat to the Pacific archipelago's unique environment, the Galapagos National Park said.

Referendum on oil drilling in Ecuador preserve rejected

Pichincha - Ecuador's election authority has rejected a petition for a referendum on oil exploration and development in Yasuni, a unique nature preserve in the Amazon rain forest.

U.S. will cut off anti-drug assistance to Ecuador

Washington - The United States will end decades of anti-drug trafficking assistance to Ecuador this month, pulling its staff from the INL office in the South American nation, a top official said.

Ecuador expels US officers, cancels military program

Quito - Ecuador's President Rafael Correa has ordered all US military officers to leave the country by the end of month and canceled a security cooperation program with the Pentagon, US officials said on Friday.

Op-Ed: Resurgent Latin America and waning American power

Washington - Singing dirges for American power must be one of the most reused themes in international relations nowadays. And it’s not that surprising.

Villagers eye Ecuador volcano after spectacular eruption

Quito - Villagers and experts warily eyed an Ecuador volcano Saturday that spewed a 10-kilometer (six-mile) high column of ash a day earlier in a spectacular eruption.

Ecuador's 'throat of fire' belches giant ash column

Quito - A volcano in central Ecuador spewed up a column of hot ash and smoke 10 kilometers (six miles) high, increasing fears of an eruption.

Chileans scramble for supplies after new quake

Iquique - Chileans desperate for supplies stood in long lines outside shops after strong aftershocks from a deadly 8.2-magnitude earthquake forced them to spend another night out in the cold.
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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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Screen capture of oil spill originating in Ecuador in 2013
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With supporters, as President, he exclaims, "Today I won Ecuador.'
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Ecuador's diplomatic car awaiting Edward Snowden at Moscow Airport
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Election poster urging a continuation of a revolution
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Photograph of Bassaricyon neblina "Olinguito" taken in the wild at Tandayapa Bird Lodge, Ecuador
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Ecuador's Foreign Minister Ricardo Patiño
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Tungurahua volcano in Ecuador erupts, December 18, 2012.
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Two months into his second term a national poll put his popularity at 90 %.
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Edgar Muenala on stage of Fusion Festival in Surrey, BC.
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Ecuador President Rafael Correa on Ecuador TV
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Ecuador President Rafael Correa on Ecuador TV
Ecuador President Rafael Correa on Ecuador TV
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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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