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Fight between rival gangs in Ecuador prison leaves at least 13 dead

A fight between rival gangs in a prison in Ecuador has left at least 13 inmates dead and two injured, officials say. The deadly fight broke out just two months after 44 inmates were killed in a confrontation at the same jail in the city of Santo Domingo. The authorities said they had regained full […]

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At least 14 killed in landslide and flooding in Ecuador’s capital Quito

Massive flooding in Ecuador’s capital and a resulting landslide have killed at least 14 people, according to authorities in Quito. The floods on Monday were caused by heavy rains on the slopes of the Pichincha volcano, which overlooks the city. Local authorities said in a statement that 75 litres of rain per square metre fell […]

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Wolf Volcano erupts on Galapagos island home to critically endangered pink iguana

A volcano has erupted on an island in the Galapagos that is home to a critically endangered iguana, the Galapagos National Park announced on Friday, but it said the species was far from the affected area. The Wolf volcano’s slopes host the pink iguana, only 211 of which were reported to be left on Isabela, […]

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Ecuador makes Covid-19 vaccine mandatory for all above aged five

Ecuador announced that the Covid-19 vaccine will be mandatory for most citizens, saying the measure is needed because of a rise in infections and the spread of variants such as Omicron. The health ministry said there were enough doses to “immunise the entire population”. Those with a medical justification will be exempt. All others aged […]

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Mexico announces multi-nation group to combat migrant smuggling after truck crash

Mexico formulated a multi-nation working group to look into people-smuggling in the wake of the truck crash that resulted in the deaths of at least 54 people, the majority said to be Central American migrants. Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said the group would be made up of Mexico, Guatemala, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador and the […]

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Ecuador Prison Riots: 68 inmates killed in clashes between rival gangs

At least 68 prisoners have been killed in new fighting at an Ecuadorian prison where more than a hundred inmates died in clashes between rival gangs in September, officials say. The riot at the Litoral Penitentiary in the city of Guayaquil reportedly began on Friday evening. Police tactical units who have entered prison buildings have found […]

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Álex Quiñónez: Ecuador sprinter shot dead outside shopping centre in Guayaquil

Ecuadorian sprinter Álex Quiñónez was fatally shot in the port city of Guayaquil, police said on Saturday. The sprinter was shot along with another person outside a shopping centre. The motive is yet unclear. Ecuador’s athletics federation described the 32-year-old as the country’s greatest sprinter. President Guillermo Lasso promised that those behind the killing will […]

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Ecuador to release up to 2,000 prisoners to reduce overcrowding in detention centres

Ecuador will pardon as many as 2,000 prisoners, the head of the country’s prison authority has announced, as the South American nation seeks to reduce overcrowding in its detention centres after a deadly riot this week. Bolivar Garzon, director of the SNAI prison authority, said on Friday that the government would prioritise elderly and female […]

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At least 116 people killed in fight between rival gangs in Ecuador’s prison

At least 116 people are now known to have died in a fight between rival gangs in Ecuador’s jail, officials say, making it the worst prison violence in the country’s history. At least five inmates were decapitated in Tuesday’s clashes in the city of Guayaquil, while others were shot dead. Police commander Fausto Buenaño says […]

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Ecuadorian court rules in favor of revoking citizenship of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange

An Ecuadorian court ruled in favor of revoking the citizenship of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, according to a judgment published by the Judicial Branch of Ecuador. The court’s decision nullified Assange’s status as a naturalized citizen of Ecuador, which was granted to him in December 2017 by then-President Lenín Moreno. Carlos Poveda, Assange’s lawyer in […]

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Ecuador: 27 inmates killed in prison riots, government declares state of emergency

Twenty-seven inmates were killed in riots in two jails in Ecuador this week that forced the government to declare a state of emergency. President Guillermo Lasso had issued the order “to mobilise all necessary human and economic resources to re-establish order” in Ecuador’s prisons after violence erupted on Wednesday at jails in Guayas, in southwestern […]

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Giant tortoise thought extinct a century ago found living in Ecuador’s Galápagos Islands

The giant tortoise Ecuador found in 2019 in the Galápagos Islands is a species considered extinct a century ago. The Galapagos National Park is preparing an expedition to search for more of the giant tortoises in an attempt to save the species. The turtle was found two years ago on Fernandina Island, one of the […]