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June 13, 2001 | From Associated Press
An avalanche of rock and mud slammed down on a group of stranded motorists in the Andes east of the capital on Tuesday, killing at least 36 people, Ecuadorean authorities said. Torrential rains set off the landslide that swept the victims as they hovered around a campfire, trying to get warm after their vehicles were blocked by an earlier avalanche, the Civil Defense office said. The tragedy occurred early Tuesday about 30 miles east of Quito, according to a statement by the office.
October 1, 2010 | By Chris Kraul and Paul Rosero, Los Angeles Times
Amid volleys of gunfire and concussion grenade blasts, Ecuadorean armed forces Thursday night rescued President Rafael Correa from a hospital where he had been held for several hours against his will by police mutineers. The rescue ended a 12-hour standoff between the government and dissident police officers who shoved Correa and threw tear gas canisters at him Thursday morning when he arrived at a north Quito police barracks to confront protesters upset over his veto of legislation that would have given police better benefits and salaries.
March 15, 1987 | Associated Press
The government imposed emergency economic measures Saturday to deal with an earthquake-induced disaster that crippled Ecuador's oil industry and forced the nation to suspend payments on its foreign debt. Prices of fuel, gasoline and public transportation were increased. The government froze the prices of basic foods and vowed to respond with an "iron hand" to speculators who might try to profit from the disaster.
March 13, 1987 | Associated Press
As many as 2,000 people may have been killed in northern Ecuador in an earthquake and series of aftershocks that caused flooding and deadly mud slides last week, Prefect Jorge Gonzalez of Napo province said Thursday. Gonzalez, the chief administrator of the most seriously affected province, said he based his estimate on aerial inspection of the area. He reported that several villages were wiped out when544501618streets, splintering homes and entombing people in debris as high as rooftops.
September 16, 2013 | By Pablo Jaramillo Viteri and Chris Kraul
QUITO, Ecuador - Colombia has agreed to pay $15 million to settle a lawsuit filed by Ecuador for human and economic damage caused by spraying an anti-coca herbicide that blew across the countries' common border. The settlement of the 2008 lawsuit brought by Ecuador before the International Court of Justice at The Hague was announced by both governments Friday. In a statement, Colombia's Foreign Ministry said the “friendly agreement” included money to encourage economic development in Ecuador's border zone.
February 17, 2013 | By Pablo Jaramillo Viteri and Chris Kraul, Los Angeles Times
QUITO, Ecuador - Ecuador's incumbent president, Rafael Correa, swept to an easy reelection victory Sunday, winning 58% of the vote according to a preliminary official sampling - an overwhelming margin that entitles him to a third term without having a runoff. The 49-year-old leftist economist easily outdistanced his closest finishers, banker Guillermo Lasso with 24%, former President Lucio Gutierrez with 6%, and banana exporter Alvaro Noboa with 4%, according to a snap count released by the national electoral commission.
January 5, 1986 | JORGE AGUIRRE, Reuters
Just five miles from Quito, Pichincha volcano groans and hisses with renewed activity, a possible warning of an eruption that scientists say could threaten the 1 million people of the Ecuadorean capital. Four years ago Pichincha--also known as El Guagua, "the child," in the local Indian language of Quechua--awoke after lying dormant for years. A winding road was built up its 15,918 foot slopes so scientists could keep a closer watch.
June 23, 2013 | By Pablo Viteri
QUITO, Ecuador - Edward Snowden has requested asylum in Ecuador, the government said Sunday. In a brief comment on his Twitter account, Ecuador's foreign minister, Ricardo Patino, said simply: “The government of Ecuador has received an asylum request from Edward Snowden.”   Although Patino gave no indication of whether the government of President Rafael Correa would grant the request, he had said previously that the government would consider...
July 1, 2013 | By Carol J. Williams
Fugitive NSA leaker Edward Snowden issued a plaintive appeal Monday from his diplomatic limbo at a Moscow airport, accusing the Obama administration of using the "bad tools of political aggression" to render him stateless. Snowden, whose U.S. passport was revoked after he began his globe-trotting flight from justice for leaking national security secrets, lamented in a statement posted on the WikiLeaks website that President Obama was obstructing his right to seek asylum by threatening countries willing to grant it. Snowden has been holed up in a transit area of Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport for more than a week and the strain of being trapped in a judicial standoff of his own making was palpable in his accusatory statement.
April 25, 2014 | By Larry Bleiberg
QUITO, Ecuador - As the four-car train rolls through the clouds and begins its descent of the Andes, Bette Bleeker has a practical concern. "I hope someone checked the brakes," the Chicago resident asks. It's a fair question, given the 1,755-foot descent we're about to make on the Devil's Nose, one of the steepest sections of railroad in the world. The historic route requires several switchbacks, including one length where the train reverses direction and heads backward as it gingerly stair-steps down the highlands.
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