QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Ecuador is headed to a runoff presidential election in April with its deep political divisions evident after the first round of voting, which saw a young leftist backed by a...
QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — A young leftist backed by a convicted-but-popular former president led the field of 16 candidates in early returns from Ecuador’s presidential election Sunday, which was held...
QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — An Ecuadorian court found former President Rafael Correa guilty of corruption Tuesday and sentenced him to eight years in prison, further sullying the legacy of one of the...
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Wednesday that he's working on a trade deal with Ecuador's President Lenin Moreno, who became the first chief of state from the small South American...
QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Prosecutors opened what some are calling Ecuador’s trial of a century Monday against former President Rafael Correa and 20 other high-ranking politicians and business leaders...
QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Three lawmakers aligned with former Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa have taken refuge in the Mexican Embassy in Quito amid the country's subsiding...
BRUSSELS (AP) — Former Ecuador President Rafael Correa on Thursday dismissed as "nonsense" allegations that he is plotting with Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro to destabilize the current...
QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Twitter has taken down 1,019 accounts in Ecuador, saying they're mostly fake and aimed at undermining President Lenín Moreno.
QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — In a story May 15 about an agreement between Ecuador and the U.S. Agency for International Development, The Associated Press reported erroneously that aid for Venezuelan...
QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Facebook has blocked the page of former Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa in what the firebrand leader is lambasting as part of a "brutal persecution."
QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Officials in Ecuador alleged Wednesday that Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro's administration gave ex-President Rafael Correa $281,000 intended to destabilize the government...
LIMA, Peru (AP) — Interpol has rejected the Ecuadorian government's request to issue an international call for the arrest of a former president who is being investigated for the alleged kidnapping of an opposition leader, officials said Wednesday.
Ecuador's Supreme Court said the international police agency refused to issue a red notice for Rafael Correa, who has been accused of ordering the 2012 kidnapping of political rival Fernando Balda.
QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Ecuador's President Lenin Moreno on Monday suspended his vice president, who faces allegations that as a congresswoman she took kickbacks from a staff member.
The removal of Maria Alejandra Vicuna came after she requested an unpaid leave of absence until January so she could prepare her defense in a probe started last week by Ecuador's chief prosecutor. She said she was doing so as not to interfere with government work.
QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Ecuador's top court ordered former President Rafael Correa on Wednesday to stand trial for his alleged role in the 2012 botched kidnapping of an opposition lawmaker.
Correa was charged in September by prosecutors of orchestrating Fernando Balda's kidnapping in Bogota after he fled to Colombia's capital to escape what he considered persecution by Correa.
QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Medical workers were evaluating a former Ecuadorian vice president convicted in Latin America's biggest graft scandal following a health scare after more than two weeks on a hunger strike, authorities said late Tuesday.
Ecuador's government announced that Jorge Glas is stable but will be transported to a medical facility where he can receive intravenous fluids and electrolytes.
Former Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa stated earlier on Twitter that Glas' health had declined.
QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Ecuador says it is resuming an anti-drug air operation with the U.S. a decade after the South American nation booted the U.S. military from an air base.
Vice Minister of Defense Diego Gomez says a U.S. P3 Orion plane equipped with technology that can help it detect illegal fishing boats or vessels carrying drugs began test flights over Ecuador on Thursday.
The plane's crew will include U.S. and Ecuadorian officers and will be authorized to use three airports in Ecuador.
QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Ecuador has withdrawn from a regional bloc led by Venezuela in a bid to further distance itself from that country's socialist government.
Foreign minister Jose Valencia said on Thursday that Ecuador has decided to abandon the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America, or ALBA, immediately because Ecuador wants to be "independent" of organizations that are trying to impose "specific views" on Latin America's social and political issues.
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) — Ex-President Rafael Correa asked for international protection Friday after an Ecuadorean judge ordered that he be jailed for missing a court date, even though the former leader is living in Europe.
Correa appealed to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights for protection, saying he is in grave danger from the criminal prosecution. While in power, he denounced the commission as being illegitimate.
QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — An alliance whose backers once dreamed creating a sort of South American version of the European Union may lose its headquarters.
Ecuador's President Lenin Moreno said Thursday he plans to ask the Union of South American Nations to give up its central office near Ecuador's capital.
Half of UNASUR's nations suspended their memberships this year and the alliance hasn't had a secretary-general since early 2017.
LOUVAIN-LA-NEUVE, Belgium (AP) — Former President Rafael Correa on Thursday called Ecuador's demand for him to be jailed and extradited from Belgium just a power ploy by the government to stamp out opposition, adding that it will instead push him back to the forefront of politics.
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) — Ecuador's highest court has ordered former President Rafael Correa included in an investigation into a 2012 botched kidnapping of an opposition lawmaker.
The judge in charge of the case gave Correa a month to clear his name. He has not been charged.
The proceedings Monday dealt with an investigation into Fernando Balda's kidnapping in Bogota after he fled to Colombia's capital to escape what he considered persecution by Correa.
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(THE CONVERSATION) After 10 years in power, Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa will step down.
QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Ecuadorean President Lenin Moreno said Wednesday that he has asked for his leftist predecessor be investigated for allegedly taking campaign contributions from Colombian guerrillas.
QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — With a fresh victory in hand, Ecuadoreans will be looking for President Lenin Moreno to move beyond the political duel with his domineering predecessor and focus his attention on the nation's stagnant economy.
Ecuadoreans voted by a landslide in a nationwide referendum Sunday to limit presidents to just one re-election, barring three-time former President Rafael Correa from returning to power.
QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Ecuadoreans voted overwhelmingly Sunday to limit presidents to two terms in a nationwide referendum that proved a blow to former President Rafael Correa.
Quick count results showed voters approved by an almost 2-to-1 margin a measure reinstating the term limits that Correa eliminated from the constitution in 2015.
QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — The latest on Ecuador's national referendum (all times local):
Ecuadoreans have voted overwhelmingly to limit presidents to two terms in a nationwide referendum that is seen as a critical test of former President Rafael Correa's enduring political strength.
Quick count results showed voters in Sunday's national referendum approved by an almost 2-to-1 margin a measure reinstating term limits that Correa eliminated from the constitution in 2015.
QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Sitting in his wheelchair on a brightly lit stage, Ecuadorean President Lenin Moreno launched into a sermon about why no political leader should be allowed to remain in office for years on end.
"No one should think they are the owner of power," said Moreno, who was clad in a black leather jacket.
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QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Protesters have hurled trash on a vehicle used by former Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa as he campaigns against a referendum that could prevent him from seeking re-election.
Correa's silver SUV was left covered in plastic plates, cups and mud in Wednesday's incident in the city of Quininde. The ex-head of state was trapped for almost three hours inside the building of a radio station where he was giving an interview as police controlled the protesters.
QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Former President Rafael Correa on Tuesday left the political party that helped cement his rise to power in Ecuador, the latest step in a fight with the man he chose to succeed him and continue his "Citizens' Revolution."
Correa announced he is removing himself from Alianza Pais, the leftist movement he founded in 2006. More than two dozen other leaders and lawmakers are also quitting.
ELKHART, Ind. (AP) — Hundreds of people gathered at a public meeting in opposition to a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement facility proposed in northern Indiana.
More than 300 people attended the meeting Thursday in Elkhart to voice their concerns of the potential 1,240-bed facility. The meeting follows a November protest in Goshen.
Residents said the ICE detainee center will drive away a large portion of the population. They also said it could increase county's workforce shortage.
QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Ecuador's president on Wednesday called a nationwide referendum that will include a question asking voters whether they want to revoke a law pushed forward by his predecessor allowing presidents to be indefinitely re-elected.
QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Former Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa returned home Saturday for the first time since leaving office as he gears up for a political fight against his hand-picked successor.
A chaotic scene awaited Correa at the arrival terminal of Guayaquil's airport, where police were called in as dozens of his supporters exchanged insults and even a few blows with a smaller crowd of protesting critics.
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.
MADRID (AP) — Former Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa called on his successor Lenin Moreno to explain to his country why he met with the indicted former campaign chairman for U.S. President Donald Trump earlier this year.
"If they keep it secret it's because they are hiding something," Correa said in an interview Saturday with The Associated Press in Madrid, adding that "political agreements should be out in the daylight."
QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Ecuador's President Lenin Moreno angrily denounced his predecessor on Friday for planting a hidden video camera in his office so that he could spy on him remotely.
"Shocked and furious," Moreno wrote in a message on Twitter to denounce the discovery of the device, which he said violated his privacy.
QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Ecuador's congress cleared the way Friday for Vice President Jorge Glas to be investigated for allegedly taking bribes from a Brazilian construction giant involved in a sprawling regional graft scandal.
The unanimous vote by the legislature makes Glas the highest-ranking official in Ecuador to be probed for purportedly receiving some of the $33 million that Brazil's Odebrecht has acknowledged paying in exchange for contracts.
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QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — The planned sale of a presidential jet in Ecuador has reignited a spat between the nation's leader and his predecessor, political allies just months ago.
Former President Rafael Correa lashed out at Lenin Moreno on Tuesday after his hand-picked successor said he would sell one of two presidential jets, luxury cars and other government assets to help close a gaping hole in the OPEC nation's budget.
QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — For Ecuadorean President Lenin Moreno, watching his mentor and predecessor Rafael Correa fly to Europe this week for an extended vacation likely wasn't a sad farewell.
After months of them standing side-by-side on the campaign trail, a schism has opened between the two leftist allies, with the bad blood spilling out into sniping over social media and threatening to hamstring their ruling political party.
This photo gallery highlights some of the top news images made by Associated Press photographers in Latin America and the Caribbean that were published in the last week.
Demonstrators were out in force on the streets of Brazil to express anger at President Michel Temer, who is struggling to retain power after the release of a recording that appears to capture him approving hush money for a convicted former lawmaker. He has denied wrongdoing and insists he will not resign.
QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Walking away from the spotlight can be tough on any retiring head of state, but former Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa's party indicates his intense schedule during the final days in office may have made him ill.
Correa checked himself into a hospital with a high fever Wednesday after handing power to his hand-picked successor, Lenin Moreno.
QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Ecuador's incoming President Lenin Moreno is following through on a promise to try and heal divisions stirred by a decade of polarizing leftist rule by naming several people from the private sector to key cabinet posts.
Moreno was sworn into office Wednesday after narrowly defeating a conservative former banker in last month's runoff.
QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — A recount of nearly 1.3 million votes cast in Ecuador's presidential election Tuesday showed no significant differences over previous results handing a narrow victory to Rafael Correa's handpicked successor.
Lenin Moreno defeated former banker Guillermo Lasso by a slightly larger margin than previously revealed but still less than 3 percentage points, according to the recount of about 10 percent of the votes.
QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Ecuador election officials will recount nearly 1.3 million votes cast in the Andean nation's presidential election, though opposition leader Guillermo Lasso on Friday dismissed the gesture as a farce that would do nothing to quell accusations of fraud.
The National Electoral Council announced late Thursday it would recount all ballots contested by both parties, about 10 percent of the total vote.
QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Opposition candidate Guillermo Lasso filed a complaint Wednesday challenging Ecuador election results that show he narrowly lost to President Rafael Correa's handpicked successor.
The former banker is demanding a recount of all votes cast in the election, repeating accusations of fraud and saying if Lenin Moreno takes power he will head an illegitimate government.
"It's necessary to be in the streets," he told supporters at an event announcing the election challenge.
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) — Ecuadorean prosecutors and police on Friday searched the office of a Gallup polling affiliate whose presidential election exit poll fueled protests by projecting a six-point win for the losing opposition candidate.
An exit poll by Cedatos and two other firms showed conservative banker Guillermo Lasso winning Sunday's race. Official results wound up showing him losing by two points to ruling-party candidate Lenin Moreno.