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During an interview with the BBC, Ecuadorian foreign minister Guillaume Long said that the embassy of his country in the UK, where WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been holed up, is under siege.

2 days 13 hours

Once Ecuador requested the U.S. for TPS (Temporary Protected Status) for immigrants illegally living in the country, the final decision can only be made by the North American country, Esther Cuesta, vice minister of Foreign Affairs confirmed Tuesday.

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Ignacio Ramonet, Spanish journalist based in France, said Tuesday that the creation of a planet’s movement to promote the concession of a Nobel Peace Prize for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, Chelsea Manning and Edward Snowden is under way.

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Sweden’s request to interview Assange is only an excuse to prosecute him, lawyer Baltazar Garzon, member of Julian Assange’s defense team, affirmed.

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President Rafael Correa inaugurated Tuesday the first of 34 technological institutes with modern equipment and infrastructure on the sidelines of a program that aims at strengthening technical education in order to attack one of the main problems for development which is improving production.

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Officials from the Ministry of Health (MPS) and the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO) recommended the Ecuadorian population to protect themselves from zika virus with small actions such as permanently using mosquito repellent, wearing white clothes with long sleeves and eliminating water containers.

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Since Monday, Ecuadorians will be able to pay their bills and property taxes through their cellphones, using e-money, Ecuador’s Central Bank (BCE) announced.

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In 2015, Ecuador reported a new historic record of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) inflows with an increase of 37% compared to 2014, the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) informed Wednesday during the presentation of its annual report on this matter.

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After the approval of the Law on Balanced Finances, the Ecuadorian government has delivered more than 11,000 VAT tax refunds for purchases with e-money, Diego Martinez, manager at the Ecuadorian Central Bank said Wednesday.

2 weeks 1 day

The construction and operation of Posorja deep-water port, in the province of Guayas, will contribute with 1,2% of Ecuador’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP), Otto Bottger, DP World Posorja S.A. representative, affirmed.

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Ecuadorian attorney general Galo Chiriboga Zambrano regretted the U.S. poor cooperation to speed up extradition requests of the Andean country regarding some legal cases, some of which date back 16 years.

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Four years ago and after rejection from political opponents and media in the country, the Ecuadorian National Assembly approved, with 108 concurring votes, the Organic Law on Communication (LOC).

1 week 3 days

Ecuadorian president Rafael Correa affirmed Monday that Leyla Hadad Perez, known as “SWAT Agent” and head of the CIA in Ecuador was expelled from the country in 2008, and defended the investigation conducted by Telesur on the CIA involvement in the South American country.

2 weeks 1 day

Ecuadorian president Rafael Correa did not rule out the possibility of including, in 2017 elections, a question on the advisability of disqualifying candidates or public workers who own companies or capital in tax havens.

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Ecuadorian foreign minister Guillaume Long held that secretary general of the Organization of American States, Luis Almagro, has exceeded his authority by adopting a stance on Venezuela’s situation which leads to aggravating the conflict of the right-wing opposition with the government of president Nicolas Maduro.

2 weeks 10 hours

The Ecuadorian government will present the proposal to reform the Inter-American Human Rights System again, “focusing” on the Inter-American commission (IACHR), during the 46th General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS) to be held in Dominican Republic between June 13 and 15, foreign minister Guillaume Long told Andes Agency during an interview.

2 weeks 2 days

Ecuadorian president Rafael Correa describes as “powerful” the reports made by TeleSur on the CIA’s involvement in the country and its relation with journalists, media and politicians to destabilize his government through smear campaigns.

1 month 1 week

The Ecuadorian government expressed Thursday its concern about political events in Brazil and reaffirmed the “wholehearted support to Brazil and the constitutional government of president (Dilma) Rousseff, who legitimately won the last democratic elections.”

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Ecuadorian mountaineer Santiago Quintero has a dream of conquering the Summit of K2 since he was young; it is located in the Karakoram mountain range in the Himalayas and is 8,611 masl. After failing to do it in 2009, he started a new expedition on Monday which he expects to successfully end next July 31st.

3 months 1 week

National mountaineer Santiago Quintero will promote Ecuador from the world’s most difficult mountain, K2, which he plans to climb by mid this year and was at 240 meters from the top in 2009.

5 months 1 week

Last year's winner Nasser Al-Attiyah won Thursday's Dakar Rally 11th stage, held in searing heat which made the going extra tough for the motorbike competitors. Mini driver Al-Attiyah picked up his second stage victory of this year's Dakar, completing the drive from La Rioja to San Juan almost six minutes clear of Sebastien Loeb.

5 months 1 week

The multi-million dollar FIFA museum, the project of fallen world football chief Sepp Blatter, will open its doors on February 28 in Zurich, two days after the election of his successor, FIFA announced on Tuesday.

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Ana Rodriguez, minister of Culture (in charge), said it is “important” to implement a Culture Law currently debated at the National Assembly which has been an unpaid debt in the country.

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He had a unique sensitivity to capture the suffering of oppressed classes, the feelings of the poor, sadness from streets, mother’s sensitivity, love, passion, life and death. His work reflects the indigenous roots of Latin American peoples, their feelings, struggles and dreams.

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On December 31st afternoon and night, Ecuadorians celebrate some deep-rooted traditions; one of them is making effigies that represent the best and worst of the year. These are burned at midnight to receive the new year.

9 months 3 weeks

Renata Flores Rivera has teenage cuteness, a velvety voice and a mission: to revive the Quechua language with songs like "Chaynatam ruwanki cuyanaita" -- better known as "The Way You Make Me Feel."

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During an interview with the BBC, Ecuadorian foreign minister Guillaume Long said that the embassy of his country in the UK, where WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been holed up, is under siege.

2 days 16 hours

Once Ecuador requested the U.S. for TPS (Temporary Protected Status) for immigrants illegally living in the country, the final decision can only be made by the North American country, Esther Cuesta, vice minister of Foreign Affairs confirmed Tuesday.

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Ignacio Ramonet, Spanish journalist based in France, said Tuesday that the creation of a planet’s movement to promote the concession of a Nobel Peace Prize for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, Chelsea Manning and Edward Snowden is under way.

1 week 2 days

The National Assembly approved Tuesday an agreement between the governments of Ecuador and China to mutually exempt a visa requirement to enter their territories. The measure was approved with 95 concurring votes.

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Officials from the Ministry of Health (MPS) and the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO) recommended the Ecuadorian population to protect themselves from zika virus with small actions such as permanently using mosquito repellent, wearing white clothes with long sleeves and eliminating water containers.

Ecuador reported 25,692 divorces in 2015, this means 119% more than in 2005 when the rate was 11,725 while the number in marriages decreased 9,8% according to the last figures of Statistics on Marriages and Divorces published by the National Institute of Statistics and Census (INEC).

President Rafael Correa announced Saturday that the government expects to build 200 Millennium schools in the provinces of Manabí and Esmeraldas, seriously affected by last April 16 earthquake.

Four years ago and after rejection from political opponents and media in the country, the Ecuadorian National Assembly approved, with 108 concurring votes, the Organic Law on Communication (LOC).

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Gazing at the vicuñas run freely in the field, looking how chuquiragua plants bloom in the white snow, bumping into an Andean fox or admiring the beauty of the Andean landscape painted with all rainbow colors… this is how walks to the Fauna Production Reserve in Chimborazo are like, a special place to connect with nature.

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The construction of a deep-water port is important news for Ecuador because it involves the country’s port development since this is a work with a 1,250 billion-dollar investment from Arab Emirates' DP World, a company recognized worldwide.

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Since 1996, Ecuador started going through political, economic and social instability periods. The governments of Abdala Bucaram, Jamil Mahuad and Lucio Gutierrez, who came to power with promises of change, created more uncertainties than certainties and succumbed before fulfilling their mandates before the unrest of the people increasingly impoverished by neo-liberal measures applied.

Schools where one teacher had to teach students from all levels, damaged infrastructure, no playgrounds and unventilated classrooms were the conditions under which children from rural areas in Joya de los Sachas, province of Orellana, had to study.

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With festivals, artists’ performances and other initiatives, tour operators from the province of Guayas and other places of the country aim at boosting tourism in beaches, especially during the holiday which starts this Friday.

The tourist sector in the areas affected by last April 16 quake will be benefited with measures established in the bill on Solidarity.

Gazing at the vicuñas run freely in the field, looking how chuquiragua plants bloom in the white snow, bumping into an Andean fox or admiring the beauty of the Andean landscape painted with all rainbow colors… this is how walks to the Fauna Production Reserve in Chimborazo are like, a special place to connect with nature.

Ecuador’s tourist sector is completing preparations to receive more than 30,000 world delegations in Quito, which will host the Conference of Housing and Sustainable Urban Development between October 17 and 21.

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