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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 […]

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Darwin’s Arch: Famous rock formation off the Galapagos Islands has collapsed

A famous rock formation off the Galapagos Islands known as Darwin’s Arch collapsed on 16 May 2021, leaving two pillars. The Ecuadoran Ministry of Environment said it was due to “natural erosion”. “The collapse of Darwin’s Arch, the attractive natural bridge found less than a kilometre from the main area of Darwin Island, was reported,” […]

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Ecuador customs officials rescue 185 baby tortoises from smugglers

The customs department in Ecuador rescued 185 baby tortoises packed inside a suitcase that was being sent from the Galápagos Islands to the mainland on Sunday. The reptiles were wrapped in plastic and were found during a routine inspection at the main airport on the island of Baltra. Officials said ten of them had died. […]

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Gang war inside Ecuador jails leaves at least 75 inmates dead

At least 75 inmates died in three jails in Ecuador, one of the deadliest fighting recorded in years. Authorities deployed military and riot police to quell the violence that started on Tuesday. Officials suspect the fights were prompted by a battle for control of the jails after a gang leader was killed in December. The […]

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Ecuador clinic busted for injecting thousands with fake Covid-19 vaccine

An alternate medical centre in Ecuador was caught administering thousands of fake COVID-19 vaccines and was shut down by police. The local government informed that the health clinic in Quito were administering fake vaccines to tens of thousands of patients. The facility was raided by police and health officials on Tuesday. Quito security chief César […]

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ILLEGAL Chinese fishing vessels STRAY near UNESCO heritage site

The Chilean Navy is closely watching Chinese fishing vessels in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ), authorities say. A Chinese fishing fleet has been accused by conservation group Oceana of “pillaging” the waters off the Galapagos Islands for squid. The fleet is made up of more than 400 fishing vessels, of which 11 are currently in […]

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Indigenous Amazon tribe SUES Chinese oil firm for contaminating their ancestral lands

An indigenous Amazon tribe has filed a lawsuit against state-owned Chinese oil company PetroOriental in Ecuador, accusing it of contaminating their ancestral lands by burning off natural gas from oil wells. “Our very survival is threatened as a result of climate change.” “We have seen our way of life altered forever,” the complaint of the […]

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China bans fishing off Galapagos Islands, after 260 Chinese boats strayed near UNESCO heritage site

China has banned its vessels from fishing off the Galapagos Marine Reserve from September to November, after Ecuador expressed concern over a massive fleet in the area. Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin in a press conference on Thursday said that China and Ecuador have been “maintaining friendly communication through bilateral channels” on the matter. Ecuador […]

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Ecuador woman who was declared dead from the coronavirus has been found alive

A 74-year-old Ecuadorean woman who was declared dead from the coronavirus has been found alive, in a case of mistaken identity. The family of Alba Maruri were informed of her death last month and later sent what they were told were her ashes. But Ms Maruri awoke from a three-week coma in hospital on Thursday […]

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30 tortoises that descended from two extinct species found in Volcano Island

Conservationists say they have found 30 giant tortoises partially descended from two extinct species, including that of the famed Lonesome George, around the largest volcano on the Galapagos Islands. The Galapagos National Park and Galapagos Conservancy said they discovered a young female who has a direct line of descent from the Chelonoidis abingdonii species of […]

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Ecuador denies giving Nithyananda asylum

The Ecuadorian government denied that it has granted asylum to Nithyananda or helped him purchase any land in the South American country. The Embassy of Ecuador said the country had, in fact, denied Nithyananda’s request for asylum, and he had left the country for Haiti. “All the information, whatever, which is published in digital and […]