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German National Sentenced to 4 Years in Ecuador For Stealing Galapagos Iguanas

A court handed down a four-year prison term to a German citizen caught trying to smuggle four iguanas out of the Galapagos islands, the directors of Ecuador's Galapagos National Park said. continue reading »

Latin America News: Ecuador Seizes Peru Fishing Vessels for Border Violations

The Ecuadorian navy last week intercepted four Peruvian boats with 10 citizens of that nation aboard that were fishing in its territorial waters, the National Directorate of Aquatic Areas, or Dirnea, announced Monday. continue reading »

Latin America News:  Ecuador Oil Production Increases by Nearly 3 Percent

Ecuador increased its oil production by 2.9 percent in the third quarter of 2012, compared to the same period a year earlier, to an average of 508,800 barrels per day (bpd), the Central Bank said. continue reading »

Ecuadorian Soccer Star Jefferson Montero Looking to Return to Spain

Jefferson Montero, an Ecuadorian midfielder with Mexico's Morelia, said he wanted to return to play in Spain, where he was a member of Real Betis from 2009 to 2012. continue reading »

ICSID Rules Ecuador Unlawfully Seized U.S. Firm’s Investments

The World Bank's International Center for the Settlement of Investment Disputes has handed down a ruling against the Ecuadorian government, finding that it "unlawfully expropriated" U.S. firm Burlington Resources' investments in two oil blocks. continue reading »

Scientists Discover Tortoises With Genes Similar to Ecuador’s “Lonesome George”

Lonesome George, the last tortoise of his species, is not gone forever, since his genes survive in 17 tortoises living in a volcano in the Galapagos Islands, Ecuadorian officials said on Wednesday. continue reading »

Young People in Ecuador Attempt to Register Donkey as Candidate for Assembly

A group of young people in the coastal province of Guayas in Ecuador recently attempted to register a donkey as a candidate for the Assembly. The group, which calls itself "Outraged", unhappy with the qualit continue reading »

Ecuador Ambassador to U.S. in Chicago This Week

Her Excellency Nathalie Cely Suarez, Ambassador of the Republic of Ecuador to the U.S. will be in Chicago, and is being hosted by The Chicago Council on Global Affairs. continue reading »

Chevron Subsidiaries Appeal Asset Embargo in Argentina

Two Argentine subsidiaries of Chevron Corp. have appealed a court ruling freezing the U.S. oil supermajor's assets in the South American country. continue reading »

Chevron’s Assets Frozen by Argentine Court

An Argentine judge has embargoed the assets of U.S. oil supermajor Chevron Corp. in the South American country, a victory for plaintiffs trying to collect on a $19 billion judgment against the company in Ecuador for environmental damage. continue reading »

Ecuador Receives $100M Credit to Improve Housing in Poor Communities

A $100 million credit from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) will help more than 16,000 poor households build better and more secure houses in Ecuador. continue reading »

New Oil Blocks to be Actioned in Ecuador’s Amazon Region

Ecuador will auction contracts for new Amazon oil blocks believed to contain as much as 1.6 billion barrels, Non-Renewable Natural Resources Minister Wilson Pastor said Friday. continue reading »

Chevron Facing More Trouble in Ecuador, Judge Orders Seizure of Assets

In a collection victory for plaintiffs who won a $19 billion judgment against U.S. oil supermajor Chevron, an Ecuadorian judge has ordered the company to turn over its assets in the Andean nation. continue reading »

DOL Announces $10M in Funding to Reduce Child Labor in Ecuador, Panama

The U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of International Labor Affairs is seeking eligible applicants under two competitive grant solicitations to implement projects that will reduce child labor in Ecuador and Panama. continue reading »

Ecuador Ordered to Pay $1.7 Billion for Oil Contract Termination

The International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes has ordered Ecuador to pay more than $1.7 billion in damages to U.S. oil company Occidental Petroleum for terminating its contract in 2006. continue reading »

Spain’s Crown Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia Wrap up Panama Trip and Head to Ecuador

Spain's Crown Prince Felipe and his wife wrapped up their visit to Panama with tours of the Panama City metro project and a canal-expansion construction site. Those two infrastructure projects, the most important being undertaken by President Ricardo Martinelli's administration, are being built with Spanish firms' participation and demonstrate their ability to take on big challenges. continue reading »

Security Personnel Rescue Kidnapped Female Tourists in Ecuador

Police and armed forces personnel rescued two foreign tourists - an Australian and a Briton - who were kidnapped last week by unidentified individuals in Ecuador's Sucumbios province, which is on the border with Colombia, officials said. continue reading »

Fires In Ecuador Kill 5, Wipe of 43,500 Acres of Land

The fires devastating Ecuador have now consumed more than 17,600 hectares (43,500 acres) of woodland, upland valleys and crops, and have left five people dead and 73 injured, according to the SNGR emergency management office. continue reading »

Oil Production in Ecuador Over 500,000 Barrels Per Day

Crude production in Ecuador rose in July to 508,000 barrels per day, its highest level since February 2011, the Central Bank said. continue reading »

Ecuadorian-American Hostage Released in Ecuador, $3 Million Ransom Requested

Police in Ecuador freed an "Ecuadorian-American" citizen after 40 days in captivity and for whom his captors demanded a $3 million ransom, police said. continue reading »