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Ecuador accuses U.S. researchers of unethical indigenous blood sales

Ecuador says US scientists unethically sold indigenous blood (via AFP) US scientists took thousands of unauthorized blood samples from an indigenous group known for a unique genetic profile and disease immunity, some of which have been sold, Ecuador charged Monday. There were some “3,500 procedures” in which blood was…  …

Ecuador sentences ex-president living in the U.S. to 12 years in jail for corruption

An Ecuadoran court sentenced exiled ex-president Jamil Mahuad to 12 years in jail for corruption. Mahuad, who served from 1998 to 2000, lives in the United States. Interpol has issued a warrant for his arrest. But the US has no extradition treaty with……

Ecuador threatens to sue Britain over asylum for Julian Assange

Ecuador threatened Friday to sue Britain in international venues over the status of Julian Assange if it rejects a proposal to submit the matter to a bilateral commission. The WikiLeaks founder took refuge in Ecuador’s London embassy in August 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden for questioning in two sexual…

Ecuador finds microphone hidden in London embassy where Assange is living

By Estelle Shirbon LONDON (Reuters) – Ecuador has found a hidden microphone inside its London embassy, where WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is living, and will disclose on Wednesday who controls the device, its foreign minister said. Ricardo Patino said the microphone was found inside the office of the Ecuadorean ambassador…

Ecuador: Decision to grant Edward Snowden asylum could take months

By Alessandra Prentice and Steve Gutterman MOSCOW (Reuters) – A former U.S. spy agency contractor facing charges of espionage remained in hiding at a Moscow airport on Wednesday while the prospect grew of a protracted wrangle over his fate. Ecuador, where Edward Snowden has requested asylum, said a decision could…

Ecuador asylum expected to take weeks as Snowden waits in Moscow airport

By Alessandra Prentice and Steve Gutterman MOSCOW (Reuters) – A former U.S. spy agency contractor facing charges of espionage remained in hiding at a Moscow airport on Wednesday while the prospect grew of a protracted Russian-U.S. wrangle over his fate. Ecuador, where Edward Snowden has requested asylum, said a decision…

Snowden seeks asylum in Ecuador

Edward Snowden has requested asylum in Ecuador, the Ecuadoran foreign minister said Sunday, as he seeks to escape US justice for revealing secrets of a vast phone and Web surveillance drive. Minister Ricardo Patino made the announcement on his Twitter account. Ecuador has been sheltering WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange at…

Julian Assange celebrates one-year anniversary of asylum in Ecuador Embassy

LONDON — It is an odd sight: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is wearing a jacket and tie, but no shoes. Then again, if you have not stepped outside Ecuador’s London embassy for a year, shoes are largely pointless. In an interview with AFP to mark this strange anniversary, the man…

Ecuador imposes ‘gag order’ on radio and TV stations

Ecuador slashed the private sector’s share of radio and television frequencies Friday and restricted content, the culmination of a battle between the president and media he accuses of undermining him. Leftist President Correa has long had tense relations with private news outlets and has come under fire from international rights…

7.0 magnitude earthquake in Colombia felt as far away as Quito, Ecuador

A 7.0 magnitude quake shook southern Colombia Saturday and was felt as far away as Quito, Ecuador, authorities said. The quake, occurring at a depth of 129 kilometers (80 miles) at 1416 GMT, was located 11 kilometers (7 miles) southwest of Pasto, Colombia, a city of 400,000 people at the…

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