QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Researchers in Ecuador say they have discovered a "nursery" of hammerhead sharks off the coast of the Galapagos Islands, a find that may help them track and protect the...
Assange presses Ecuador to grant basic rights under asylum
QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is seeking a court injunction pressing Ecuador to provide basic rights he says the country agreed to when it first granted him asylum at its London embassy.
Assange's attorneys filed papers Friday in a Quito court. The Australian ex-hacker sought asylum from Ecuador in 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden.
Assange says his host must pay for his doctor visits, WiFi connection and relax strict rules that make visits difficult.
Wannabe Facebook owner who fled arrest is caught in Ecuador
NEW YORK (AP) — A New York man who was arrested for falsely claiming he was owed half-ownership of Facebook but then fled the country has been captured in Ecuador, authorities said Thursday.
Prosecutors notified a judge presiding over his case in Manhattan federal court that Paul Ceglia was arrested in the morning. They said he'll appear in a court in Quito, Ecuador's capital, within a day.
Bus crash in Ecuador kills 24 people, injures 22
QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — A bus apparently lost its brakes, then hit another vehicle at high speed and rolled over four times, killing at least 24 people and injuring 22 while smashing into several houses along a highway near Ecuador's capital early Tuesday, officials said.
The Colombian-registered bus was traveling to Quito when it hit a smaller vehicle in an area known as dead man's curve at about 3 a.m., Ecuadorean authorities said.
Ecuador says it is launching security effort with US
QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Officials in Ecuador say they are launching a security effort with the United States in a further sign that frosty relations between the two nations are thawing.
Defense Minister Oswaldo Jarrin spoke Thursday in Quito, saying Ecuador is also buying weapons, radar sets, six helicopters and other equipment, but gave no details.
Jarrin says cooperation with the U.S. will include training and intelligence sharing.
QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — An Ecuadoran judge ordered Tuesday that former President Rafael Correa, who is out of the country, be jailed after failing to appear in court in connection with a probe into the kidnapping of an opposition lawmaker.
Chief prosecutor Paul Perez demanded Correa's arrest and extradition from Belgium, where he currently resides, after the 55-year-old former leader failed to appear at court in Ecuador's capital as required under the terms of an investigation.
QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — The Latest on U.S President Mike Pence's visit to Latin America (all times local):
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence called on Central American governments to do more to contain illegal immigration because the "need for stronger actions is more urgent than ever."
Speaking in Guatemala City to the leaders of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, Pence said that "this exodus has to end."
QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — The players race down the field chasing a soccer ball and trying to kick it into their opponents' goal. Unlike most soccer players the world over, many of these athletes compete while using crutches. Others are missing arms.
The action came in Ecuador's just-completed second soccer tournament for amputees, and even though the country's national team didn't qualify for the World Cup beginning this month in Russia, the enthusiasm of players and fans alike was contagious.
Ecuador to suspend mediation of Colombia peace talks
QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Ecuador said Wednesday that it is suspending its role as a mediator in peace talks between the Colombian government and that nation's last major rebel army.
The decision appeared to have caught off guard Colombia's government, which initially denied having been informed of the decision and then scrambled to play down its significance, saying it would work to find a new host for talks that have been taking place in the neighboring country for more than a year.
QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Ecuador's President Lenin Moreno on Friday confirmed that three press workers kidnapped along the conflictive border with Colombia had been killed, opening the door to a military strike against their captors.
Moreno spoke after a 12-hour deadline ended with the captors failing to demonstrate the hostages were still alive. It's still not clear how they died but Moreno denied the hostage takers' unsubstantiated claims it was the result of a stealth military operation.
We traveled to Ecuador to see the beautiful colonial city of Quito and learn about the curious animals of the Galapagos Islands. We learned much more. Not dissimilar from its northern neighbor Venezuela, Ecuador has experienced an economic growth spurt from its Amazon oil reserves beginning in the...
Ecuador again tells Assange to not meddle in other countries
QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Ecuador on Wednesday again urged Julian Assange to not interfere in the affairs of other countries after Spain complained about his contacts with Catalan secessionists, though the government said the Wikileaks founder would continue enjoying political asylum in its London embassy.
President Lenin Moreno is scheduled to visit Spain in December, and his government released a statement saying Assange's comments do not reflect its own views.
Ecuador president: Manafort pitched deal for China investors
QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Ecuadorean President Lenin Moreno said Monday that he met with President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman this year together with a group of Chinese businessmen interested in acquiring a stake in the nation's power company.
In Ecuadorean cave, meals offered in darkness by the blind
QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — On the outskirts of Ecuador's capital, young couples and families venture into a pitch-black cave in search of an unlikely experience: a meal in the dark.
Blind waiters guide guests to their tables and deliver tangy fruit juices and appetizing dishes like caramelized vegetables and sweet fried bananas — foods the owner believes can taste even more delightful when diners can't see what they are eating.
Scientists hope to restore extinct Galapagos tortoise
QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Scientists in Ecuador's Galapagos islands are hoping to restore a tortoise species believed extinct since the 1800s.
The Chelonoidis elephantopus lived on Floreana Island and was captured by seamen in large numbers for food during long journeys across the Pacific. The species is thought to have disappeared shortly after Charles Darwin's celebrated visit to the treasured archipelago.
Colombia signs cease-fire deal with last guerrilla group
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombia's government and last remaining major rebel group signed a bilateral cease-fire Monday ahead of Pope Francis' visit this week, an agreement seen as a significant step toward negotiating a permanent peace deal.
The deal struck in Quito, Ecuador, where talks with the National Liberation Army, or ELN, have been taking place since February, goes into effect Oct. 1. It runs through Jan. 12 and can be renewed if both sides agree.
QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — A strong earthquake struck off Ecuador's coast Friday evening, sending people running into the streets of the country's major cities. Authorities said there were no reports of casualties or serious damage.
The U.S. Geological Service said the tremor had a preliminary magnitude of 6.0 and was centered about 30 kilometers (20 miles) northeast of Bahia de Caraquez. The quake occurred about 7 kilometers (6 miles) below the Earth's surface.
QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Ecuadorean President Lenin Moreno is calling WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange a hacker.
But Moreno added Monday that even though he considers Assange a hacker, Ecuador's government will allow the Australian to remain at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London.
Assange responded on Twitter that he is a journalist and editor, and said even the U.S. does not call him a hacker.
QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Authorities have removed the last remaining protesters stationed in front of Ecuador's National Electoral Council calling for a vote-by-vote recount of the presidential election results.
Police officials ordered the demonstrators to leave early Tuesday after more than a week of protests in support of candidate and former banker Guillermo Lasso.
QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Conservative candidate Guillermo Lasso says his campaign for the presidency of Ecuador detected irregularities at almost 2,000 polling tables where his opponent handily won in Sunday's presidential runoff.
Lasso, in a press conference Wednesday, presented the strongest argument yet backing up his claims that ruling-party candidate Lenin Moreno won the election through fraud.
QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Supporters of Ecuadorean opposition leader Guillermo Lasso gathered in the streets for a second night Monday to protest what they consider fraud at the ballot box that tilted a presidential runoff in favor of his leftist rival.
QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Ruling party candidate Lenin Moreno looked headed to victory in Ecuador's presidential runoff Sunday but his rival refused to recognize the results, claiming he was the victim of fraud in what could set the stage for protests.
The election in the small Andean nation of 16 million was being watched closely for whether it marked a comeback for leftist candidates after a string of right-wing victories across Latin America,
QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — The Latest on Ecuador's presidential election (all times local):
Thousands of outraged supporters of opposition Ecuadorean presidential candidate Guillermo Lasso shouted "fraud" and broke through metal barricades to almost reach the entrance of the electoral council's headquarters in Quito before being pushed back by police. A similar scuffle took place outside the electoral offices in Guayaquil.
Body of missing US businessman found in Ecuador
QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Ecuadorean officials say they've found the body of a U.S. businessmen buried beneath a house.
The prosecutor's office says a woman under investigation in the January disappearance of Jonathan Charles Gilchrist led them to the body of the 65-year-old, which was found beneath concrete about 6 feet (2 meters) deep at a house in the city of Guayaquil.
Prosecutor Santiago Rivadeneira said Friday that two residents of the house have been detained.
QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Ecuador until recently looked like the next domino to fall in a right-wing resurgence in Latin America. Trapped in recession and disgusted by corruption scandals, voters seemed poised to kick out the leftists who have ruled for a decade and hand power to conservative banker Guillermo Lasso.
Quito pounces on Steffen blunder as Dynamo beat Crew 3-1
HOUSTON (AP) — Romell Quioto scored 67 seconds into the match after intercepting a poor clearance by Columbus goalkeeper Zack Steffen, and Houston Dynamo beat the Crew 3-1 on Saturday night.
Will Trapp passed back to Steffen, and the goalkeeper attempted to slow, rolling pass back to the midfielder. Quioto intercepted the ball just outside the penalty area, took several touches and beat Steffen between the legs with a right-footed shot from about 14 yards.
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The days are numbered for clay-court tennis in Latin America.
The clay-court circuit lost a major event several years ago when the Mexican Open in Acapulco switched to hardcourts. The tournament is on this week.
The Rio Open, which ended on Sunday, is likely to be next. And it could signal the end of several smaller clay-court tournaments in Quito, Buenos Aires and Sao Paulo.
Ecuador election cliff-hanger: Leader near outright victory
QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Vote counting in Ecuador's presidential election dragged into a third day Tuesday with ruling party candidate Lenin Moreno still just short of a definitive first-round victory and supporters and opponents of outgoing President Rafael Correa trading heated accusations.
Estrella Burgos wins again at Ecuador Open
QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Victor Estrella Burgos won his third straight title at the Ecuador Open, defeating Paolo Lorenzi 6-7 (2), 7-5, 7-6 (6) Sunday.
Sunday's title was the third in ATP singles for the unseeded Dominican, and they've all come on clay in Quito.
The third-seeded Lorenzi was trying for his second ATP singles title after winning last year on clay in Kitzbuehl, Austria.
Bellucci into the quarterfinals on clay in Quito
QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Fourth-seeded Thomaz Bellucci of Brazil reached the quarterfinals of the Ecuador Open on Wednesday, defeating Janko Tipsarevic of Serbia 7-6 (8), 7-6 (2).
In another second-round match in the clay-court tournament, No. 8 Renzo Olivo of Argentina had a 7-6 (3), 2-6, 6-3 win over Santiago Giraldo of Colombia.
In the first round, Victor Estrella Burgos of the Dominican Republic beat Andrej Martin of Slovakia 3-6, 6-2, 6-4 and will next play No. 1-seeded Ivo Karlovic of Croatia.
Colombia begins formal peace talks with No. 2 rebel group
QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Colombia's government and the nation's second-largest rebel group formally started peace talks Tuesday in neighboring Ecuador, seeking to follow up on the peace accord already reached with the biggest rebel movement.
The National Liberation Army, known as the ELN, and government had held exploratory talks for more than three years before getting the formal negotiations started in Quito.
Leaks put Assange at odds with Ecuador’s warming up to US
QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is finding himself in open conflict with his Ecuadorean protectors as the group's latest dump targeting Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign runs afoul of the South American government's goal of warming up to Washington.
Experts meet in Ecuador to dream up the city of the future
QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Thousands of experts and leaders from around the world are gathering in South America to dream up the city of the future even as the continent struggles with urban planning issues such as slums that have dogged the continent for decades.
The third United Nations Habitat Conference kicked off in Quito on Monday with the goal of tackling haphazard growth and fostering livable, self-sustaining cities amid a boom in the global urban population.
QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Two strong earthquakes shook the northwestern coastal area of Ecuador on Sunday night, the latest aftershocks from a powerful tremor that killed hundreds of people in April. Authorities said there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries from the latest quakes.
The U.S. Geological Service measured the first quake at magnitude 5.9 and said it was centered about 41 kilometers (25.5 miles) south of the coastal city of Esmeraldas. The second...