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Clash on Ecuador-Colombia Border Leaves 6 Dead

An Ecuadorian soldier and five Colombian irregulars died Thursday in an armed clash on the northern border in the province of Sucumbios, officials in Quito said. continue reading »

Ecuador to Boost Agricultural Productivity with $15 Million Loan

Ecuador will receive a $15 million loan from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) for an investment program to increase agricultural productivity and improve market access for rural families in one of its poorest provinces. continue reading »

Ecuadorian President Has Conversation with Joe Biden Over Snowden

Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa said U.S. Vice President Joe Biden urged him in a phone conversation not to grant asylum to whistle-blower and former CIA employee Edward Snowden, who is wanted by U.S. authorities for revealing details about classified surveillance programs. continue reading »

U.S. Concerned About Restrictive Communications Law in Ecuador

The United States is concerned by the Ecuadorian National Assembly’s passage last Friday of a Communications Law that could restrict freedom of the press and limit the ability of independent media to carry out its functions as a critical part of Ecuador’s democracy. continue reading »

Galapagos Fabled Giant Tortoise “Lonesome George” to Go On Display

The body of the giant tortoise known as "Lonesome George," which died a year ago, is being embalmed in the United States, a process after which it will be returned to Ecuador to be exhibited in the Galapagos archipelago. continue reading »

Rafael Correa Sworn In For Another Term as President of Ecuador

Left-leaning economist Rafael Correa took the oath of office Friday for what he says will be his final term as president of Ecuador. The 50-year-old Correa, who became head of state in 2007, convened an early election in 2009 under the new constitution he promoted. continue reading »

Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration Travels to Ecuador, Colombia

Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM) Anne C. Richard will travel to Ecuador, May 17-18, and Colombia, May 19-23. continue reading »

Amazon Nations Organize Observation Center to Protect Rainforest

Countries that share the Amazon basin resolved in the Ecuadorian city of Coca to create an observation center charged with promoting studies and coordinating actions to protect the rain forest, considered the lung of the planet. continue reading »

Pope Francis Receives Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa

Pope Francis received Friday Ecuador's President Rafael Correa and the two men discussed the situation in Latin America, respect for indigenous populations and the importance of a permanent dialogue between church and state. continue reading »

Ecuador to Launch First Domestically Made Satellite in April

Ecuador will send its first domestically produced satellite into orbit in late April from a launch center in China, the Andean nation's president, Rafael Correa, said Saturday. continue reading »

Highly Regarded Journalist Murdered in Ecuador

Ecuadorian broadcast journalist Fausto Valdiviezo was fatally shot in his car, authorities said Friday. "We are dismayed by the murder of Fausto Valdiviezo. An embrace of solidarity for his family and the commitment that the murder will not go unpunished," the country's president, Rafael Correa, said on Twitter. continue reading »

Robbery Attempt in Ecuador of Visiting Argentine Vice President Thwarted

Ecuadorian authorities have announced that a robbery attempt was thwarted against visiting Argentine Vice President Amado Boudou this last Friday. continue reading »

Galapagos Islands’ Residents Encouraged to Discover Wildlife

The recent discovery of a rare fish species by residents of the Galapagos Islands marks the latest in a series of finds by inhabitants of the famed Ecuadorian archipelago, who are to be further encouraged in their efforts by a government-sponsored "Citizen Science" program. continue reading »

Spanish Singer Miguel Bose Performs for 11,000 in Quito

Spanish singer-songwriter Miguel Bose promoted peace and solidarity at a concert in the Ecuadorian capital, during which he treated the crowd of 11,000 to a broad sampling of his musical output. continue reading »

New Quito, Ecuador Airport Boosts Latin America’s Longest Runway

The new $630 million airport in the Ecuadorian capital has the longest runway in Latin America, officials said. continue reading »

Latin America News: As Excepted Rafael Correa Re-elected President in Ecuador by Landslide Vote

Incumbent Rafael Correa romped to victory in Ecuador's presidential election, taking nearly 57 percent of the vote in a field of seven candidates, the CNE electoral council said Monday. continue reading »

Elections Underway in Ecuador, President Correa Seeks Reelection

Ecuador is holding general elections on Sunday, with the focus of the vote on President Rafael Correa, who is facing off against seven challengers in his bid for re-election. continue reading »

18 Prisoners Escape Maximum-Security Prison in Ecuador

At least 18 inmates escaped from a maximum-security prison in the coastal city of Guayaquil, Ecuadorian authorities said. continue reading »

Ecuador Looking for Major International Support for Environmental Project

Ecuador's government hopes to raise about $240 million this year for the Yasuni-ITT environmental project, which would place large oil reserves in a section of the Amazon off limits to development, acting President Lenin Moreno said. continue reading »

Ecuador Presidential Campaign Suspended After 2 Die, 4 Wounded at Political Rally

Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa's MAP party announced Tuesday that it is suspending the campaign for the Feb. 17 election after two people were killed and four others wounded in an attack on a rally where the head of state was due to speak. continue reading »