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Ecuador seeks to extend libel penalties to cover social media

The Ecuadoran government has proposed legal changes to punish libel disseminated over social networks like Twitter or Facebook, a top official said Wednesday. Alexis Mera, President Rafael Correa’s secretary for legal affairs, said the move aimed not to control content on social networks, but to extend to them the same…

Ecuadoran President Rafael Correa leader rebukes Wikileaks’ Julian Assange for mocking Australian politicians

Ecuadoran President Rafael Correa on Friday chastized WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange for making fun of Australian politicians in a video shot at his place of refuge in Ecuador’s London embassy. “We have sent him a letter: he can campaign politically, but without making fun of Australian politicians. We are not…

Ecuador police clash with protesters over Amazon reserve oil drilling plan

Police in Ecuador clashed with ecologists and indigenous people protesting plans to open up a huge Amazon reserve to oil drilling. Four protesters were detained for a few hours but later released, Interior Minister Jose Serrano said on Tuesday. President Rafael Correa had announced a plan to declare the Yasuni…

Ecuador’s president denounces Chevron as ‘enemy of our country’

Ecuador’s firebrand leftist President Rafael Correa lambasted US oil giant Chevron as an enemy for allegedly besmirching his country as part of a lengthy court battle over Amazon pollution. Last year an Ecuadoran court ordered Chevron to pay $19 billion dollars for polluting the rain forest. The case is still…

Ecuador revokes Edward Snowden asylum documents as Assange frustration grows

President Correa revokes Snowden’s temporary travel document amid concerns WikiLeaks founder is ‘running the show’ The plan to spirit the surveillance whistleblower Edward Snowden to sanctuary in Latin America appears to be unravelling amid tension between Ecuador’s government and Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks. President Rafael Correa halted an…

Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa considering request to give Edward Snowden asylum

Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa, who has given the United States headaches throughout his tenure, risks more trouble if he grants political asylum to US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden. Much greater powers — China and Russia — have vexed the United States during Snowden’s global cat-and-mouse game, but this Andean nation…

Protesting natives shut down Ecuador capital

QUITO — Protesting natives supported by opponents of President Rafael Correa brought Ecuador’s capital to a standstill Thursday, demanding an end to policies they say will open the Amazon rainforest to vast mining projects and ravage the environment. Protests were prompted partly by a recent agreement between Ecuador and China…

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