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This Jan. 12, 2020 photo provided by Galapagos National Park shows La Cubre Volcano erupting on Fernandina Island, Galapagos, Ecuador. The volcano last erupted in mid-2018 on the island that is home to a number of species, including iguanas, penguins, flightless cormorants and rats. (Galapagos National Park via AP)

Volcano spews lava on Galapagos island

Jan. 13, 2020 12:47 PM EST

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — A volcano on an uninhabited island in the Galapagos has begun erupting, spilling lava down its sides toward the sea. Ecuador's Galapagos National Park said the La Cumbre volcano on Fernandina island began erupting Sunday night. The 1,476-meter (4,842-foot) volcano last erupted in...

This image made from video shows dead kangaroos and sheep after wildfires hit the Kangaroo Island, South Australia Sunday, Jan. 5, 2020. Milder temperatures Sunday brought hope of a respite from wildfires that have ravaged three Australian states, destroying almost 2,000 homes. (Australian Broadcasting Corporation via AP)

Wildfires threaten unique critters on Australian 'Galapagos'

Jan. 5, 2020 7:38 PM EST

SYDNEY (AP) — It has been described as Australia's Galapagos Islands and has long been a refuge for some of the country's most endangered creatures. But devastating wildfires over recent days have undone decades of careful conservation work on Kangaroo Island and have threatened to wipe out some of the...

FILE - In this Wednesday May 1, 2019 file photo, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is taken from court, where he appeared on charges of jumping British bail seven years ago, in London. The alleged rape investigation involving WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who is currently in prison in Britain, has been discontinued, a Swedish prosecutor said Tuesday Nov. 19, 2019. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, File)

Lawyer: US charges against WikiLeaks' Assange 'political'

Dec. 19, 2019 10:18 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Lawyers for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange told a London court Thursday that he should not be extradited to the United States to face spying charges because the offenses he is accused of are political in nature. U.S. authorities accuse Assange of scheming with former Army intelligence...

In this Tuesday 5, Nov. 2019 photo, Nelly Valbuena talks about about cannabis therapy during an interview at her house in Quito, Ecuador. Unrelenting pain in her hips and weeks of insomnia have left Valbuena clamoring for relief following her metastatic breast cancer diagnosis. Valbuena is pushing Ecuador's government to put into effect recently passed legislation permitting medicinal use of cannabis products so that others like her suffering from agonizing illnesses can have new options for pain relief. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa)

Patients rally in Ecuador for legal use of medical cannabis

Dec. 16, 2019 10:43 AM EST

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Unrelenting pain in her hips and weeks of insomnia left Nelly Valbuena desperate for relief from her metastatic breast cancer. The university professor found freedom from her disease’s cruel side effects in an unexpected remedy: CBD, a compound extracted from the cannabis...

In this Oct. 7, 2019, photo, dance instructor Ned Pavlovic, a native of Serbia, teaches his student Rouhy Yazdani, a native of Iran who now lives in Milford, Conn., some ballroom dance moves at the Fred Astaire Dance studio in Orange, Conn. Owners of Ballroom dance studios including the Fred Astaire studio say the immigration clampdown has made it even more difficult to find qualified instructors. The small business owners, U.S. dance studio chains and immigration attorneys say there's greater backlogs for visa applications and an overall increase in evidence requests, including for redundant and unnecessary documents. (AP Photo/Susan Haigh)

Ballroom dancers say immigration clampdown hurting business

Dec. 2, 2019 9:29 AM EST

ORANGE, Conn. (AP) — When no Americans replied to her ads seeking a dance instructor, studio owner Chris Sabourin looked overseas. But she was stymied again by a federal tightening of visa application rules she and others contend is hampering the ballroom dance industry. Sabourin had to eventually give up...