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South America ignores Europe and reopens as virus peak nears

(AP) — South American countries on Monday began easing COVID-19 restrictions even as the region hurtles toward its viral peak, disregarding the example set by European nations that were battered earlier by the virus. Some of Brazil’s hardest hit cities, including the jungle metropolis Manaus...

Four Costa Ricans back from Ecuador tested positive for covid-19

Four of the 40 Costa Ricans who arrived on April 29 on a flight from Ecuador tested positive for the new Covid-19 coronavirus, the Ministry of Health confirmed Thursday. After arriving in Costa Rica, health authorities located at the Juan Santamaría Airport performed (without exception)...

Deaths and desperation mount in Ecuador, epicenter of coronavirus pandemic in Latin America

Dead bodies are lying at home and in the streets of Guayaquil, Ecuador, a city so hard-hit by coronavirus that overfilled hospitals are turning away even very ill patients and funeral homes are unavailable for burial. Data on deaths and infections is incomplete in Ecuador,...

Latin America Surpasses 100,000 Infections From COVID-19

Latin America, with population of more than 653 million, has more than 100,000 people infected with the new coronavirus, and almost 5,000 deaths, with Brazil being the country most affected by the pandemic. Topping the list is Brazil, with a population of almost 210 million,...

The Church’s response to Covid-19 in Ecuador

From Vatican News. Father José Barranco is a Comboni missionary based in Ecuador, the Latin American nation most affected by the coronavirus. Speaking to Vatican News, he describes the situation in Guayaquil, a port city of 2.3 million inhabitants, and home to almost half...

Tica in Ecuador: “The streets are full of corpses, hospitals are collapsed, it is terrifying”

Between tears and despair, Sylvia Piedra, a 44-year-old Costa Rican mother, told her story of she lives daily facing the coronavirus pandemic in the city of Guayaquil, Ecuador, one of the areas most affected by covid-19 in Latin America. Originally from Puriscal, the mother of...

Ecuador struggles to bury the dead as bodies pile up

The accumulated dead in the city of Guayaquil, Ecuador, are so many that they are building"camp for the dead" as it struggles with one of the worst COVID-19 outbreaks in Latin America. Guayaquil and the province where the city is located, Guayas, are being hit...

SKECHERS Launches New Subsidiary in Latin America

SKECHERS USA, a global leader in the lifestyle and performance footwear industry, announced that the Company is transitioning its business in Latin America from a third-party distributor to a wholly-owned subsidiary, SKECHERS Latin America LLC. The subsidiary will oversee more than 30 countries in the...

Opinion: Latin America’s upheaval tips towards chaos

At first glance, the protests in Ecuador, Chile, Bolivia and most recently Colombia seem to have much in common. They were largely peaceful demonstrations, with occasional instances of violence and vandalism and security forces suppressing any mayhem with an iron fist. The protests have also...

Ecuador President Strikes Deal To Cancel Austerity Package and End Protests

QUITO, Ecuador — Thousands of Indigenous and student protesters celebrated their victory over the government of Ecuador on Monday by clearing the streets of the capital of debris, following an agreement to cancel an economic austerity package that had ignited 11 days of protests...

Ecuador president Moreno leaves Quito amid growing unrest

As thousands of anti-government protesters poured into Ecuador's capital Quito, the nation's president, Lenin Moreno, moved to the southern port city of Guayaquil and announced he was facing an attempted coup. Nationwide protests, including road blocks, looting and escalating clashes, first started earlier this week...

The Latin American left isn’t dead yet

Argentina, Bolivia and Uruguay will all hold presidential elections in October. And, for now, leftists are strong contenders in all three countries. This is a somewhat unexpected development. Beginning in 2015, conservatives toppled major leftist strongholds, including in Brazil, Argentina and Chile. The socially progressive...

Amazon Leaders Agree To Protect The Rainforest

Seven South American countries - Colombia, Brazil, Bolivia, Ecuador, Guyana, Peru and Suriname - on Friday signed the "Pact for the Amazon" to protect the world's largest tropical forest, which has been been burning in its Brazilian region for weeks. "What happens in the Amazon...

Ecuador: Women Demand Decriminalization of Abortion in Rape Cases

Dozens of women protested Tuesday outside the Ecuadorian National Assembly in the capital of Quito, demanding the decriminalization of abortion in cases of rape. Lawmakers are currently debating penal reforms, including one that would expand abortion access. Holding signs that read "Surviving an abortion is...

Consensus coming closer on taxing digital economy

(BNamericas) Nearly 130 countries have agreed on a global roadmap proposed by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), which could lead to an international consensus to level out the taxation of internet giants by the end of 2020. The 129 members of OECD’s...

Ecuador sick of Assange, to be kicked out of Ecuadorian embassy: WikiLeaks

WikiLeaks said its founder will be expelled from Ecuador's London embassy within "hours to days." The non-profit said the INA papers scandal, which has implicated Ecuador's president, was the pretext for the expulsion. WikiLeaks tweeted late Thursday that its founder, Julian Assange, will be expelled...

The gardens of Quito: Urban farming in one of the world’s highest cities

Project goal: The Participatory Urban Agriculture Program (AGRUPAR) was set up by the Quito municipality's Economic Development Agency in 2002. The goal is to improve food security and preserve as many green spaces as possible in Quito, Ecuador, one of the world's highest capital...

Guaido Says He’ll Return Home After Ecuador Visit; Risks Arrest

Venezuelan opposition leader and self-proclaimed “interim” president, Juan Guaido, on Saturday said he will go home after his visit to Ecuador, raising the prospect of a showdown with the Maduro government that he is trying to force from power and risking arrest. Ecuador’s President Lenin...

Venezuelan oil fueled the rise and fall of Nicaragua’s Ortega regime

The downfall of Nicaragua’s President Daniel Ortega has been dizzyingly fast. In January 2018, he had the highest approval rating of any Central American president, at 54 percent. Today, Nicaraguans are calling for Ortega’s resignation. Chávez greets Ortega during a welcoming ceremony in Caracas. Reuters/Carlos...

Peru, Ecuador to Tighten Entry Rules for Venezuelans Amid Migration Spike

The Peruvian Authorities are reportedly going to start barring Venezuelan migrants from entering the country unless they have passports, the government sources familiar with the matter told Reuters on Thursday. According to Reuters, the measure aims to curb a surge in immigration from economic crisis-hit...

More than half a million Venezuelans fled to Ecuador this year, UN says

More than half a million Venezuelans have crossed into Ecuador this year as part of one of the largest mass migrations in Latin American history, the United Nations said on Friday. More than half a million Venezuelans have sought refuge in Ecuador to escape crime...

Ecuador Declares State of Emergency in 3 Regions Over Venezuelan Refugee Influx

The government of Ecuador on Wednesday introduced a state of emergency in three provinces of the country due to the influx of refugees from Venezuela, the Ecuadorian Foreign Ministry said. The state of emergency is in place in Carchi, Pichincha and El Oro provinces, the...

Ecuador congress affirms parents’ rights to educate kids on sexuality

The National Assembly of Ecuador on July 31 unanimously upheld the right of parents to educate their children “in accordance with their principles, beliefs, and educational choices” without interference from the State in issues such as sex education. The legislature's gesture came in response to...

Ecuador Spends Some $5M to Protect WikiLeaks’ Assange – Reports

Ecuador spent at least US$5 million on a spy operation to support and protect WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in its embassy in London, media reported. Documents seen by The Guardian newspaper revealed that millions were put into a secret intelligence operation, dubbed "Operation Guest," and...

Catch an Early Wave! Buy a Home in One of the World’s Best Affordable Beach Towns

Somewhere between whipping up batches of fresh (and medicinal) mint mojitos in your cramped city apartment after work and getting sunburned on exotic beaches during your two measly weeks of vacation a year, a lightbulb switches on. Why not live the tropical life all...

Colombia extradites ‘Pablo Escobar of Ecuador’ to US

A suspected drug chief known as the “Pablo Escobar of Ecuador” was extradited to the US on Saturday, Colombia’s chief prosecutor’s office has announced. Police officers escorting a man identified as Washington Edison Prado after his arrest in Colombia in April. Photograph: AP Washington Edison Prado...

Make Latin America Great Again!

By Colin - I first visited Latin America in 2007 and moved here in 2008. I think it’s great. But not everybody thinks so. They might think Mexico or Brazil are great, or Peru or Argentina. But nobody thinks Uruguay is great. Nobody thinks Ecuador...

Ecuador’s President Lenín Moreno tries to bury the legacy of his predecessor

LESS than a year after electing a president, Ecuadoreans will vote on whether to bar a former one from returning to office. Seven questions will appear on the ballot in a referendum to be held on February 4th. The most important is whether to...

Costa Rica – Ecuador Swimway Proposed To Protect Marine Life

A group of scientists, marine ecosystem protectors and government officials from several countries throughout the Americas are working together to create the “Galapagos-Cocos Swimway.” The swimway will be a “new type of international (marine) management” system, Carlos Chacon, Director of Pacific Network (Red Pacifico in...

Researchers Propose Ecuador-Costa Rica Swimway To Protect Marine Life

A group of scientists, marine ecosystem protectors and government officials from several countries throughout the Americas are working together to create the “Galapagos-Cocos Swimway.” The swimway will be a “new type of international (marine) management” system, Carlos Chacon, Director of Pacific Network (Red Pacifico in...

UNESCO Recognizes Panama’s Hats: No, Not The Panama Hat, The Other One

LA PINTADA, Panama (AP) — Cultural authorities at UNESCO have recognized the artisans of Panama for their distinctive woven hats. No, not those hats; the famed “Panama hat” comes from Ecuador. In this Dec. 16, 2017 photo, Pasion Gutierrez, 81, holds a finished traditional Panamanian...

Ecuador Prolongs Asylum for Wikileaks Founder Assange

Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno said that his country would continue to support and provide asylum to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who has been residing in Ecuador’s embassy in London for five years, as there is a threat to whistleblower’s life. Ecuador decided to provide political asylum...

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