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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....

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...

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...

US nuclear, uranium mining industries hope for Trump bailout

Oct. 9, 2019 5:27 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A plea from uranium mining companies and nuclear power plant operators for tax breaks and other federal financial boosts is going before President Donald Trump, as his administration studies reviving the U.S. uranium industry in the name of national security. Trump is scheduled to receive...

AP Explains: Crisis in Ecuador over end to fuel subsidies

Oct. 8, 2019 12:03 AM EDT

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Ecuador has endured days of popular upheaval since President Lenín Moreno scrapped fuel price subsidies, a step that set off protests and clashes across the small South American country. Here's a look at the chaos that has plunged Ecuador into one of its worst political crises in...

Ecuador arrests taxi leader; transport unions end protest

Oct. 4, 2019 9:14 PM EDT

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Ecuadorian authorities dispatched military vehicles to ferry civilian passengers Friday and arrested several transport union leaders following a strike that shut down taxi, bus and other services in response to a rise in fuel prices. The country's transport federations later announced...