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Ecuador indigenous, president open talks over protests

Oct. 13, 2019 9:20 PM EDT

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — President Lenín Moreno and leaders of Ecuador's indigenous peoples sat down Sunday evening to a nationally broadcast negotiating session aimed at defusing nearly two weeks of protests that have paralyzed the economy and left seven dead and hundreds injured in clashes with police....

The Latest: UN: talks to end Ecuador crisis to start Sunday

Oct. 13, 2019 8:54 AM EDT

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — The Latest on Ecuador's crisis (all times local): 7:45 a.m. The United Nations and Ecuadorian Bishops' Conference have announced that talks between indigenous protest leaders and Ecuador's government will begin at 3 p.m. local time (4 p.m. EDT) Sunday. A statement from the U.N. office...

Pope, Amazon bishops alarmed by Ecuador violence

Oct. 13, 2019 7:30 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is appealing for peace in Ecuador following a day of attacks on government buildings and media offices that prompted a curfew. Francis issued the appeal Sunday also in the name of all the bishops of the Amazon, including from Ecuador. They are in Rome to discuss church...

President orders army onto streets of Ecuadorian capital

Oct. 13, 2019 12:07 AM EDT

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Ecuador's army took to the streets after President Lenín Moreno ordered the first 24-hour curfew in decades in response to a day of attacks on government buildings and media offices. By Saturday night, soldiers had retaken control of the park and streets leading to the National...

The Latest: Ecuador's president offers some concessions

Oct. 12, 2019 11:25 PM EDT

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — The Latest on Ecuador's political crisis (all times local): 10:25 p.m. President Lenín Moreno has announced some possible concessions in an economic package that was opposed by many Ecuadorians. But he says he won't restore fuel subsidies, whose removal had triggered nationwide...

AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Latin America, Caribbean

Oct. 11, 2019 12:13 AM EDT

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 past week. Anti-government protests convulsed Ecuador, with indigenous groups, union activists and others blocking roads and clashing with police after...

A look at who's who in Ecuador's deadly political crisis

Oct. 11, 2019 12:11 AM EDT

Over a week of deadly unrest has plunged Ecuador into crisis, with clashes, looting, blockades, hundreds of arrests, a state of emergency declaration, stalled economic activity and government operations moved out of the capital. The protests erupted over an end to subsidies that kept fuel prices low, while...

Defiant protesters in Ecuador parade captive police officers

Oct. 10, 2019 10:05 PM EDT

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Anti-government protesters paraded captive police officers on a stage Thursday, defying Ecuadorian authorities who are seeking dialogue with opponents, particularly indigenous groups, after deadly unrest that was triggered by fuel price hikes. Some of the officers were later forced to...

Ex-Ecuador president wants new vote, denies planning coup

Oct. 10, 2019 11:02 AM EDT

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 Ecuador government amid violent unrest sparked by fuel price hikes. In an interview with The Associated Press, Correa...

Ecuador's protesters march; clashes break out in Quito

Oct. 9, 2019 7:34 PM EDT

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Thousands of protesters staged anti-government rallies Wednesday, seeking to intensify pressure on Ecuador's president after a week of unrest sparked by fuel price hikes. Stone-throwing demonstrators clashed with police using tear gas to fend off crowds, including around the empty...