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Ecuador, cocaine’s stopover on the way to market

GUAYAQUIL, Ecuador — If smuggling cocaine onto an airplane sounds dicey, then imagine navigating 2,000 miles on the open sea in a homemade submarine with half a ton of the white stuff and no oxygen tanks. Ecuadorean seized such a vessel, highlighting this nation’s burgeoning reputation as a transit point for cocaine out of the Andes and onward to the streets of New York, Sydney, Moscow and Bangkok.

Ecuador President Rafael Correa threatens to resign if abortion decriminalized

"They can do whatever they want. I will never approve the decriminalization of abortion," said Correa, referring to members of his own governing alliance, who have been pushing for the change.

Ecuador President Rafael Correa threatens to abolish print newspapers

The president recently abandoned a plan to keep Yasuni National Park off limits for oil drilling in exchange for a $3.6 billion payment from international donors.

Edward Snowden breaks his silence with WikiLeaks statement

"In the end the Obama administration is not afraid of whistleblowers like me, Bradley Manning or Thomas Drake," Snowden said. "It is afraid of an informed, angry public demanding the constitutional government it was promised — and it should be."

Ecuador proposes talks with UK over Wikileaks' Julian Assange

Ecuador has offered to meet with the United Kingdom over the fate of Wikileaks' Julian Assange.

Pedro Portugal, Ecuadorean businessman, found in New York after kidnapping

Police have rescued an Ecuadorean businessman who was held hostage for a month while captors asked for $3 million ransom.
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The lower Manhattan skyline on April 27, 2012. (DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)
Three men forced Queens accounting company owner Pedro Portugal into an SUV in broad daylight on April 18, then hid him in a warehouse in Long Island City, Queens.

Ecuador’s wheelchair revolution

QUITO, Ecuador — South America isn’t known for being accessible for the disabled. If Ecuador’s vice president, Lenin Moreno, has his way, that’s about to change.

Canadian judge hears $19 billion Ecuador lawsuit case

Ontario Superior Court Justice David Brown agreed to hear the case but was skeptical of whether he could issue a ruling since an appeal is pending in Ecuador's constitutional court.

With Correa up for re-election, Assange is poised for 4 more years of Ecuador gov't love

Their relationship started with an interview and blossomed into asylum. Now Julian Assange could get a new lease on Ecuador's support as President Rafael Correa seeks a third term.
Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa is running for a third term in the South American country’s February 2013 election, and he will probably win. It’s a sign that Julian Assange — the Aussie WikiLeaks founder holed up in Ecuador’s embassy in London since June — has proved he can make allies with staying power.

UPDATE: Ecuador: 2 kidnapped tourists rescued

Ecuadorian authorities said the tourists were abducted on Friday by what they suspect is a Colombian group.
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