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Ecuador grants citizenship to WikiLeaks founder Assange

Quito - Ecuador said Thursday it had granted citizenship to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in an unsuccessful attempt to provide him with diplomatic immunity and usher him out of its London embassy without the threat of arrest by Britain.

Ecuador grants citizenship to WikiLeaks founder Assange: foreign minister

Quito - Ecuador has granted citizenship to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who has been sheltering at its London embassy for five years to avoid arrest, Foreign Minister Maria Fernanda Espinosa announced Thursday.

UK denies Assange diplomatic status after Ecuador request

London - Britain said Thursday it has denied a request by Ecuador to issue diplomatic status to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who has been living in the country's London embassy since 2012.

Ecuador seeks mediator to resolve Assange standoff: minister

Quito - Ecuador is seeking a mediator to resolve the standoff with Britain on the future of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who has been holed up in its London embassy since 2012, the South American country's foreign minister said Tuesday.

Ecuador: Correa starts campaign against 'traitor' Moreno

Quito - Ecuador's ex-president Rafael Correa on Saturday kicked off his battle for the support of the ruling party faithful, against President Lenin Moreno.

Ecuador's Correa returns to fight referendum campaign

Quito - Ex-president Rafael Correa returned to Ecuador from Belgium on Friday to lead the campaign against a referendum called by the government effectively to prevent his re-election.

Ecuador's jailed VP stripped of office

Quito - Ecuadoran President Lenin Moreno confirmed on Wednesday that Jorge Glas, his vice president jailed for six years for graft, has been stripped of his office.

Ecuador's jailed VP to be stripped of office

Quito - Ecuador's Vice President Jorge Glas was to constitutionally lose his title late Tuesday because he has been absent for more than three months -- locked up in prison on a six-year sentence for corruption.

ELN pledges to keep up Colombia peace talks even if ceasefire ends

Bogota - Colombia's last rebel group, the ELN, promised Friday it would continue negotiating a peace deal with the government even beyond a temporary ceasefire due to end January 9.

Ecuador court paves way to lawmakers dismissing jailed VP

Quito - Ecuador's Constitutional Court on Thursday gave lawmakers authority to start proceedings aimed at dismissing Vice President Jorge Glas -- in prison for graft -- from office.

Ecuador congress opens proceedings on dismissing VP for graft

Quito - The congress of Ecuador voted Sunday to open proceedings on whether to fire Vice President Jorge Glas, who has been convicted of corruption.

Assange told not to interfere in Catalonia: Ecuador president

Madrid - Ecuador has warned WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange not to interfere in Catalonia's separatist crisis, Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno said in an interview published Sunday.

Ecuador's VP handed 6 years in prison in Odebrecht graft case

Quito - Ecuador's vice president, Jorge Glas, was sentenced to six years in prison Wednesday for receiving illegal kickbacks from Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht.

Feisty ex-Ecuador leader returns to battle 'traitors'

Guayaqui - Ecuador's ex-president Rafael Correa, one of the feistiest characters in Latin American politics, returned home from Belgium on Saturday vowing to save his party from "traitors.

Ecuador warns Assange over support for Spain's Catalonia

Quito - Ecuador has told WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to avoid making statements that could affect the country's international relations after he expressed support for Catalonian independence from Spain, the foreign ministry said Wednesday.

Ecuador VP indicted in Odebrecht case

Quito - Ecuador's Vice President Jorge Glas and 12 others were indicted Tuesday for unlawful association in the giant corruption case involving Brazilian constructor Odebrecht.

Ecuador VP facing indictment in Odebrecht case

Quito - Ecuador's attorney general on Thursday accused Vice President Jorge Glas of unlawful association in the giant corruption case involving Brazilian constructor Odebrecht.

Ecuador prosecutor accuses Odebrecht of tax fraud

Quito - The Ecuadorian prosecutor's office announced Tuesday it will press tax fraud charges against Brazilian construction conglomerate Odebrecht -- also embroiled in a corruption scandal spanning Latin America and Africa.

Colombia government and ELN begin fourth round of peace talks

Sangolqu - The Colombian government and the National Liberation Army (ELN) -- the country's last active guerrilla group -- Wednesday began the fourth round of peace talks amid an historic ceasefire between the two.

Jailed Ecuador VP says he is target of construction giant's revenge

Quito - Ecuador's vice president, Jorge Glas, in jail pending a criminal investigation into allegations he took $16 million in bribes from Brazil's Odebrecht, told AFP Saturday he is a victim of revenge by the construction giant.

Ecuador vice president ordered to jail over graft allegations

Quito - Ecuador's vice president, Jorge Glas, was ordered locked up Monday pending a criminal investigation into allegations he took $16 million in bribes from Odebrecht, a Brazilian construction giant that paid illegal kickbacks to win public contracts.

'Extinct' giant tortoise to be bred in captivity

Quito - A species of Galapagos giant tortoise thought to have been made extinct 150 years ago will be bred in captivity, officials said, after DNA studies showed specimens discovered in the last decade shared similar genetic makeup.

Ecuador prison for Chinese fishers caught in Galapagos

Quito - A court in Ecuador sentenced the crew of a Chinese ship caught fishing endangered sharks in the Galapagos marine reserve to prison terms on Sunday.

Ecuador's congress clears path for corruption inquiry against VP

Quito - Ecuador's congress on Friday voted unanimously to allow a criminal inquiry against Vice President Jorge Glas in the sweeping corruption scandal around the Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht.

Ecuador's president strips VP of all functions

Quito - Ecuador's President Lenin Moreno on Thursday stripped his vice president, Jorge Glas, of all his functions after his deputy delivered a stinging critique of the new leftist leader.

Selling $600 frogs -- to save them from poachers

Quito - Poachers in Ecuador have long known the hefty prices their country's rare frogs can fetch. But now environmentally conscious firms are starting to sell the amphibians too -- to try to save them from the black market and threatened extinction.

Ecuador designers reinvent indigenous style for modern age

Riobamba - After years of taking a backseat to Western style, indigenous fashion is re-emerging in Ecuador, thanks to a new generation of designers who are re-imagining traditional clothes."Make the turn snappy!

Fourteen killed in Ecuador bus accident

Quito - Fourteen people were killed and 26 injured when a bus drove off the highway in central Ecuador, flipped and caught fire, local police said Saturday.

Assange lawyer says UK breaking international law

Quito - Julian Assange's lawyer accused Britain on Thursday of breaking international law by denying the WikiLeaks founder safe passage out of the country if he leaves Ecuador's embassy in London."Britain is...

New Ecuador leader says 'hacker' Assange can stay at embassy

Quito - Ecuador's new President Lenin Moreno criticized Julian Assange as a "hacker" but stressed his country would continue providing asylum to the WikiLeaks founder fleeing international arrest.
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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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Tungurahua volcano in Ecuador erupts, December 18, 2012.
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Screen capture of oil spill originating in Ecuador in 2013
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