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Swedish prosecutors receive translation of Assange questioning

Stockholm - Swedish prosecutors said Wednesday they have received a translation of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's interrogation four months after he was questioned on a rape allegation.

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.

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.

Assange urges UK, Sweden to 'restore his liberty'

London - WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange made a renewed plea on Monday for Sweden and Britain to respect a United Nations panel ruling that said he was being arbitrarily detained.

At least 20 dead, 17 hurt in Ecuador bus crash

Quito - At least 20 people died and 17 were injured when a school vehicle collided with a bus in southwestern Ecuador, President Rafael Correa said Saturday."There are 20 people killed... and 17 injured," he said in his weekly address.

WikiLeaks urges leaks of departing Obama White House docs

Washington - WikiLeaks appealed Tuesday for leaked White House documents before President Barack Obama leaves office, as its founder Julian Assange again denied Russia was the source of hacked Democratic party emails that hurt Hillary Clinton's bid for the US presi...

Race to succeed Correa opens in Ecuador

Quito - Campaigning opened Tuesday for Ecuador's February 19 general elections, which will decide who succeeds leftist President Rafael Correa after a decade in power.

Ecuador quake, aftershocks leave three dead, serious damage

Quito - A 5.7-magnitude earthquake followed by 37 aftershocks rattled Ecuador's Pacific coast before dawn Monday, causing three deaths and heavy damage to hotels and homes in resort towns, officials said.

Ecuador quake, aftershocks leave two dead, serious damage

Quito - A 5.8-magnitude earthquake followed by more than 20 aftershocks rattled Ecuador's Pacific coast before dawn Monday, causing two deaths and heavy damage to hotels and homes in resort towns, officials said.

Assange claims sex was 'consensual' in released testimony

London - WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has told authorities investigating him over a rape allegation that his accuser "made it very clear" she wanted to have sex, according to testimony he released Wednesday.

UN panel rebuffs Britain over Assange ruling

Geneva - A UN panel has rejected Britain's request to review a ruling that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is being arbitrarily detained, according to a statement released late Wednesday in Geneva.

Britain has Assange DNA sample: Ecuador

Quito - British police have received a genetic sample from Wikileaks founder Julian Assange for Swedish prosecutors to use in their rape investigation against him, an official said Monday.

WikiLeaks' Assange questioned by prosecutors

London - Prosecutors were questioning WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange at the Ecuadoran embassy in London on Monday, the latest twist in the long-running legal battle over a rape allegation against him.

Ecuador to question Assange on rape allegations

Stockholm - Julian Assange will be questioned next week over longstanding rape accusations, Sweden's public prosecutor's office announced Monday, saying an Ecuadorian prosecutor would visit the WikiLeaks founder in the embassy where he has been holed up since 2012...

Assange, Ecuador's awkward guest who just won't leave

Quito - For Ecuador, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has become the worst kind of guest: he makes messes he doesn't clean up, he spills secrets, he meddles, and there's no telling when he will leave.

Ecuador says it cut Assange internet over US election leaks

Quito - Ecuador said it had cut the internet access of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who is holed up at its London embassy, due to leaks by the anti-secrecy website that could impact the US election.

Assange interrogation postponed: Ecuador prosecutors

Quito - The interrogation of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on a Swedish rape accusation has been postponed by a month at his request, Ecuadoran prosecutors said Wednesday.

Ecuador's Correa names successor for 2017 election

Quito - Ecuador's ruling party on Saturday named Lenin Moreno -- who uses a wheelchair and has been a champion of the rights of people with disabilities -- as its candidate to succeed President Rafael Correa.

Julian Assange arrest warrant upheld by Swedish court

Stockholm - WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange faced another setback in his legal stand-off with Sweden Friday after an appeals court rejected his request to lift an arrest warrant for him over a 2010 rape accusation.

Swedish court to rule on Assange arrest warrant

Stockholm - A Swedish appeals court will on Friday decide whether to maintain an arrest warrant for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange over a 2010 rape accusation which he fears could lead to his extradition to the US.

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.
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With supporters, as President, he exclaims, "Today I won Ecuador.'
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Screen capture of oil spill originating in Ecuador in 2013
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Tungurahua volcano in Ecuador erupts  December 18  2012.
Tungurahua volcano in Ecuador erupts, December 18, 2012.
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A shot of the violence taking place in Ecuador after the government announced austerity measures.
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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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Photograph of Bassaricyon neblina "Olinguito" taken in the wild at Tandayapa Bird Lodge, Ecuador
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Election poster urging a continuation of a revolution
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Winning look of Correa
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Ecuador President Rafael Correa on Ecuador TV
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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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Ecuador's Foreign Minister Ricardo Patiño
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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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Edgar Muenala on stage of Fusion Festival in Surrey, BC.
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Two months into his second term a national poll put his popularity at 90 %.
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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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Post-Election Poster showing a happy winner.
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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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Ecuador's diplomatic car awaiting Edward Snowden at Moscow Airport
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Quito, Ecuador
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