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BUSINESS
August 5, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The head of Ecuador's state oil company said he resigned at the government's request Wednesday, hours after he demanded an end to a contract allowing Occidental Petroleum Corp. to operate in the country. "The minister of energy has asked for my resignation and I presented it a few moments ago," Petroecuador President Carlos Pareja told reporters. The government has the final say on whether to end the contract with Occidental.
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WORLD
March 3, 2008 | Chris Kraul, Times Staff Writer
Ecuador and Venezuela said Sunday that they were moving thousands of troops to Colombia's borders, a day after Colombian forces killed a leftist rebel leader in Ecuadorean territory. Bogota later charged that high officials in Ecuador met recently with the slain rebel, Raul Reyes, to accommodate the guerrillas' presence there.
WORLD
March 7, 2008 | Chris Kraul, Times Staff Writer
Even at a rally where the placards, chants and speeches carried a distinctly anti-government flavor, Colombians on Thursday backed President Alvaro Uribe after his soldiers' risky incursion into Ecuador to kill a leftist rebel leader. The incursion Saturday brought reproval from the Organization of American States and prompted neighbors Ecuador and Venezuela to mass troops at their borders and cut diplomatic ties.
SPORTS
June 8, 2002 | MIKE PENNER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Mexico Coach Javier Aguirre's message to his players has been urgent if unoriginal: There's no tomorrow. There's no tomorrow for Ecuador if it cannot beat Mexico on Sunday, there's no tomorrow for Mexico if it cannot salvage at least a tie against its Latin American rival ... although, to be perfectly honest about it, Aguirre's future is fairly set, win, lose or draw.
SPORTS
November 8, 2001 | GRAHAME L. JONES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The 2002 World Cup gained its third debutante Wednesday night when Ecuador qualified for soccer's quadrennial world championship by tying Uruguay, 1-1, in Quito, Ecuador. That result, combined with floundering Brazil's 3-1 loss to Bolivia in La Paz, Bolivia, also secured Paraguay a place in the 32-nation field for the May 31-June 30 tournament in Japan and South Korea.
WORLD
September 29, 2008 | Chris Kraul, Times Staff Writer
Voters overwhelmingly approved a new constitution Sunday that will concentrate power in the hands of socialist President Rafael Correa, advance his reformist agenda and enable him to remain in office until 2017, exit polls indicated. The constitution was drafted last summer by a special congress convened by Correa, who was elected in a 2006 landslide by voters exasperated by this country's chronic corruption, political instability and ineffectual lawmakers.
WORLD
October 15, 2006 | Chris Kraul, Times Staff Writer
An audacious South American politician has made an unflattering comparison between President Bush and the devil, threatened to nationalize oil production and expressed his commitment to popular revolution. And it's not Hugo Chavez. The rhetoric of Rafael Correa, the favorite in today's presidential election here, could pass for that of Chavez, the Venezuelan leader. Correa, a 43-year-old U.S.-educated economist, has struck a stridently anti-U.S.
BUSINESS
December 1, 2006 | Elizabeth Douglass, Times Staff Writer
Fast-growing oil producer Angola, along with Ecuador and Sudan, may join OPEC, an expansion that would bolster the cartel's influence over oil prices worldwide. Officials in Angola and Sudan said Thursday that the African nations planned to apply for membership in the 11-nation Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries. That follows a similar declaration this week by Rafael Correa, the newly elected president of Ecuador, a former OPEC member that left the group in 1992.
WORLD
November 25, 2002 | T. Christian Miller, Times Staff Writer
In a stunning turn of events, a left-leaning former army colonel declared victory in Ecuador's presidential election Sunday, just two years after he was jailed for leading a coup. With 97% of the vote counted, former Col. Lucio Gutierrez had a commanding lead over billionaire banana magnate Alvaro Noboa, 54.4% to 45.6%. Gutierrez, a political unknown who has never held elected office, ran a campaign short on details and long on promises. One of his main pledges was to fight corruption.
SPORTS
June 10, 2002 | MIKE PENNER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Mexico's slogan for this unlikely World Cup campaign, Si Se Puede, has always been an iffy proposition at best--and an invitation for disaster at worst. The rough English translation, "Yes We Can," was once the battle cry for a certain Anaheim baseball team, and if Mexican soccer federation officials are a little foggy on their Angel history, maybe it's wise not to tell them that when the pressure's on, the Angels can be counted on to kick the ball with the best of them.
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