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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.

Venezuela sends opposition leader back to jail, expels Ecuadoran lawmakers

Caracas - Venezuela sent an opposition leader who was under house arrest back to jail and expelled a delegation of Ecuadoran lawmakers, amid rising political tension over a campaign to recall leftist President Nicolas Maduro.

Thousands march over dissolved Ecuador teacher union

Quito - Thousands of demonstrators marched in Quito and other Ecuadoran cities Thursday against the socialist government of Rafael Correa and its dissolution of a public teachers' guild.

Ecuador to let Sweden interview Assange at London embassy

Quito - Ecuador says it will let Swedish officials interview Julian Assange at its embassy in London, where the WikiLeaks founder has been sheltering for the past four years.

Assange appeals European arrest warrant

Stockholm - WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has appealed a Stockholm district court's decision to maintain a European arrest warrant against him over a 2010 rape allegation, his lawyer said on Wednesday.

Strong 6.3 magnitude earthquake shakes Ecuador: USGS

Quito - A strong 6.3 magnitude earthquake struck northern Ecuador in the same area devastated by a powerful and deadly quake in mid-April, the US Geological Survey said.

Ecuador gets $364 mn in emergency support from IMF

Washington - The International Monetary Fund said Friday it approved a $364 million emergency loan to Ecuador after the country was hard-hit by an earthquake in April.

Ecuador denounces spying on Assange at London embassy

Geneva - Ecuador's foreign minister voiced suspicion on Wednesday that British intelligence was perpetually spying on his country's embassy in London, where Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is camped out. "There are cameras everywhere.

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.
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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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Ecuador's diplomatic car awaiting Edward Snowden at Moscow Airport
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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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Two months into his second term a national poll put his popularity at 90 %.
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Screen capture of oil spill originating in Ecuador in 2013
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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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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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Edgar Muenala on stage of Fusion Festival in Surrey, BC.
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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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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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Winning look of Correa
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Post-Election Poster showing a happy winner.
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