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5 firefighter dogs who rescued people from natural disasters are honored in Ecuador as they retire

May. 21, 2024 00:18 AM EDT

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Five rescue dogs were honored by Ecuador’s Fire Department on Monday at a ceremony formally retiring them after seven years of service and turning them over to new adoptive owners. Lt. Col. Esteban Cardenas said the dogs — Ares, Kratos, Zeus, Titan and...

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange facing pivotal moment in long fight to stay out of US court

May. 19, 2024 02:59 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The host of a news conference about WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's extradition fight wryly welcomed journalists last week to the “millionth” press briefing on his court case. Deborah Bonetti, director of the Foreign Press Association, was only half joking....

Protesters rally in Peru against decree classifying seven gender identities as “mental illness”

May. 17, 2024 21:41 PM EDT

LIMA, Peru (AP) — Sexual diversity activists protested in Peru’s capital in front of the health ministry Friday to demand that the government repeal a decree that characterizes seven gender identities, including transgenderism, as “mental illnesses.” Protesters also gathered...

8 people were killed in a shooting attack at a bar in Ecuador, local police say

May. 11, 2024 16:09 PM EDT

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — A shooting attack during a birthday party at a bar in Ecuador on Saturday left eight people dead, police said, as the country experiences an escalating wave of gang-fueled violence. It was unclear if the attack in the coastal province of Santa Elena was...

Ecuador defends raid on the Mexican Embassy and tells top UN court it acted to take in a criminal

May. 01, 2024 06:14 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Ecuador on Wednesday defended its storming of the Mexican Embassy in Quito last month, telling judges at the United Nations' top court that it acted to take in “a common criminal” — Ecuador's former vice president — who was holed up inside the diplomatic...

Mexico is taking Ecuador to the top UN court over its storming of the Mexican Embassy

Apr. 30, 2024 09:54 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Mexico accused Ecuador of a blatant violation of international law before the top U.N. court on Tuesday, asserting there was no legal defense for storming the Mexican Embassy in Quito to arrest a former vice president who had just been granted asylum by Mexico. ...

Ecuador files complaint against Mexico at top UN court in spat over embassy raid

Apr. 29, 2024 14:47 PM EDT

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Ecuador filed a complaint Monday at the top U.N. court over what it called Mexico’s illegal move to grant political asylum to a former Ecuadorian vice president, which led to Ecuador’s highly criticized raid on a Mexican embassy earlier this month. The...

Ecuadorians vote overwhelmingly in referendum to approve toughening fight against gangs

Apr. 22, 2024 00:23 AM EDT

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Ecuador’s fledgling president got a resounding victory Sunday in a referendum that he touted as a way to crack down on criminal gangs behind a spiraling wave of violence. An official quick count showed that Ecuadorians overwhelmingly voted “yes” to all...

Venezuela closes its embassy in Ecuador to protest the police raid on the Mexican Embassy there

Apr. 16, 2024 21:23 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro ordered the closure of his country’s embassy and consulates in Ecuador on Tuesday in solidarity with Mexico in its protest over a raid by Ecuadorian authorities on the Mexican Embassy in Quito. Maduro and other presidents...

Ecuador rations electricity as drought persists in the northern Andes

Apr. 16, 2024 19:42 PM EDT

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Ecuador on Tuesday began to ration electricity in the country's main cities as a drought linked to the El Niño weather pattern depletes reservoirs and limits output at hydroelectric plants that produce about 75% of the nation’s power. The power cuts were...