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Ecuador: Equatorial republic in South America
Ecuador, officially the Republic of Ecuador, is a country in northwestern South America, bordered by Colombia on the north, Peru on the east and south, and the Pacific Ocean on the west. Ecuador also includes the Galápagos Islands in the Pacific, about 1,000 kilometres (621 mi) west of the mainland. The capital and largest city is Quito.


Ecuador hospitals under pressure, on verge of collapse [Video]

Ecuador hospitals under pressure, on verge of collapse

In the past month, the city has allowed some businesses to reopen after a lockdown, which is partly why new coronavirus cases increased.

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Ecuador: Indigenous community use tradition to keep COVID-19 out [Video]

Ecuador: Indigenous community use tradition to keep COVID-19 out

An Indigenous community in Ecuador is defying the odds, relying on tradition, social cohesion, and lockdowns.

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Poland seizes three tonnes of cocaine hidden in barrels of frozen pineapple [Video]

Poland seizes three tonnes of cocaine hidden in barrels of frozen pineapple

A video and photographs released by the police on Tuesday show investigators using axes to break through the frozen pulp to find the cocaine.

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Venezuelan migrants stranded after border with Colombia closed [Video]

Venezuelan migrants stranded after border with Colombia closed

With the spread of the coronavirus worsening across Latin America, thousands of Venezuelan migrants in Colombia, Ecuador and elsewhere are trying to return home.

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Ecuador: Families desperate to find relatives' remains [Video]

Ecuador: Families desperate to find relatives' remains

Families in Ecuador desperately search for the remains of their loved ones, as hospitals and morgues become inundated with coronavirus victims.

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Colombia's confirmed coronavirus cases rise above 50,000

Reported coronavirus cases in Colombia have risen to over 50,000, the country's health ministry said on Sunday, as neighboring Ecuador approaches the same milestone.
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Ecuador volcano eruption leaves several cities covered in ash

The eruption of a volcano in Ecuador's Amazon region left several cities covered in ash on Tuesday, fueling concerns of a potential health impact as the South American nation slowly emerges from a..
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In morgues and shipping containers, Ecuadorians search for lost dead

Dolores Centeno has scoured the morgues and cemeteries of Guayaquil, Ecuador's largest city, for two months searching for her father's body.
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Colombian businessman makes hospital bed-coffin combo to serve coronavirus dead

Disturbing images of bodies of dozens of coronavirus victims awaiting burial on the streets of Ecuador's largest city Guayaquil has motivated a businessman in neighboring Colombia to design something..
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Ecuador's largest city eases quarantine as COVID-19 deaths decline

Ecuador's largest city allowed some businesses to reopen on Wednesday following a fall in daily deaths from the coronavirus pandemic that had for weeks required the city to remain in quarantine.
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Rural Ecuador faces coronavirus outbreak without doctors

When a group of villagers in the Ecuadorean fishing community of El Real came down with coughs and fevers in early April, nobody was sure if they had the coronavirus - and no health workers were..
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As Guayaquil stabilizes, Ecuador's capital braces for virus wave

As the coronavirus outbreak in Ecuador's largest city of Guayaquil begins to stabilize, the government is bracing for worsening spread in the highland capital Quito, where at least six people have died..
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Ecuador indigenous community fears extinction from COVID-19

One of Ecuador's indigenous communities fears it could be wiped out as coronavirus infections rise in its territory, prompting dozens of its members to flee into the Amazon rainforest for shelter from..
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IMF approves $643 million in pandemic aid for Ecuador: ministry

The International Monetary Fund has approved a request from Ecuador for emergency financing to fight the coronavirus pandemic, granting a $643 million loan, the Andean country's economy ministry said..
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Ecuador has stabilized number of new coronavirus cases: president

Ecuadorean President Lenin Moreno said on Thursday that the number of new coronavirus cases had stabilized and death counts were falling after the outbreak overwhelmed sanitary authorities in the..
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Ecuador woman learns sister is alive after cremating someone else's body

An Ecuadorean woman in coronavirus-ravaged Guayaquil city learned on Friday that her sister was alive, weeks after cremating a misidentified body that health authorities had given her after proclaiming..
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Trump says U.S. sending ventilators, coronavirus help to Latin America, Asia

The United States will send ventilators to three countries in Latin America - Ecuador, El Salvador and Honduras - as well as to Indonesia, President Donald Trump said on Friday, as the coronavirus..
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Ecuador coronavirus cases top 22,000 after release of delayed tests

Ecuador's confirmed coronavirus cases more than doubled to a total of 22,719 after the government released a batch of delayed test results, the Andean country's interior minister said on Friday.
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U.S. sending ventilators to Ecuador, Indonesia: Trump

The United States will send ventilators to Ecuador and Indonesia, President Donald Trump said on Twitter on Friday after he spoke to the leaders of both countries.
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Ecuador's coronavirus case total is twice as high as confirmed: minister

Ecuador's health minister said on Thursday the country's coronavirus case total was twice as high as previously confirmed, as authorities added 11,000 new infections that resulted from delayed testing.
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Venezuelan migrants leave Ecuador as coronavirus hits economy

Venezuelan migrants in Ecuador are setting out on perilous journeys to return to their crisis-stricken homeland or to join family in other Latin American countries as a lockdown meant to contain the..
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Coronavirus cases in Ecuador top 10,000, doubling about once a week

Ecuador reported over 10,000 cases of coronavirus on Monday, the fourth-highest tally in Latin America, as the disease ravages the economy of the oil-producing country.
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In Ecuador pandemic, chronic illnesses are going untreated

Ecuadoreans who suffer chronic illnesses such as cancer and kidney failure are struggling to get treatment amid the coronavirus pandemic as basic supplies go short and hospitals suspend some services..
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Ecuadorian firefighter livens up coronavirus lockdown playing trumpet

With Ecuador in lockdown to battle one of the worst outbreaks of the new coronavirus in Latin America, a Quito firefighter is seeking to raise spirits by serenading the capital's residents with folk..
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Assange fathered two children while holed up in embassy, lawyer says

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange fathered two children with a lawyer who was representing him while he was holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy in London fighting extradition, the lawyer told a British..
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Ecuador announces humanitarian account and social measures to address pandemic

Ecuadorean President Lenin Moreno announced on Friday the creation of a humanitarian assistance account that will be funded with contributions from companies and citizens to address the economic..
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Ecuadorean prisoners to manufacture coffins as coronavirus creates shortage

Hundreds of prisoners in Ecuador will begin making coffins to help cover a shortage emerging in Guayaquil, the country's largest city and the epicenter of one of the worst outbreaks of the new..
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Ecuador's Moreno calls for probe into handling of corpses in coronavirus outbreak

Ecuadorean President Lenin Moreno on Wednesday called for an investigation into how local authorities handled the bodies of coronavirus victims in Guayaquil, the epicenter of the country's outbreak..
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Ecuador builds emergency cemeteries due to coronavirus outbreak

Ecuador's government is preparing an emergency burial ground on land donated by a private cemetery in Guayaquil, the country's largest city, to address a shortage of burial plots as the novel..
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Ecuador's former president found guilty of corruption

An Ecuadorian court sentenced former president Rafael Correa on Tuesday to eight years in prison after finding him guilty of corruption charges.
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Ecuador stores coronavirus victims in giant fridges as morgues fill up

Ecuador's government has begun storing the bodies of victims of the coronavirus in giant refrigerated containers as hundreds of deaths in the city of Guayaquil, the center of the country's outbreak,..
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Ecuador builds 'special camp' for coronavirus victims as bodies lie in homes

Ecuador's government said on Thursday it was building a "special camp" for coronavirus victims in the country's largest city of Guayaquil, where an outbreak has killed over 80 people, with many bodies..
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Ecuador struggles to collect the dead as coronavirus spreads

Ecuadorean authorities said on Monday they would improve the collection of corpses, as delays related to the rapid spread of the new coronavirus has left families keeping their loved ones' bodies in..
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Amid pandemic, Ecuador removes 100 corpses from homes in its biggest city

Ecuadorean authorities have removed 100 corpses from homes in the city of Guayaquil in three days, the interior minister said on Friday, following residents' complaints that they have no way to dispose..
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EU asks Ecuador to guarantee airport access after runway blocked with trucks

The European Union on Thursday asked Ecuador to guarantee access to its airports to ensure it can airlift citizens out of the South American nation, following an unusual incident in which a city mayor..
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Ecuador confirms five new cases of coronavirus, all close to initial patient

Ecuador has confirmed five cases of the new coronavirus in patients who all had direct contact with an elderly woman who brought the virus to the Andean country from Spain, health minister Catalina..
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Ecuador confirms its first case of new coronavirus

Ecuador has confirmed the first case of a fast-spreading new coronavirus in the Andean country, its health minister said on Saturday.
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Ecuador concerned about recovery of sunken barge in Galapagos: minister

Ecuador's environment minister, Raul Ledesma, said on Monday that a situation involving a sunken barge in the Galapagos Islands which was carrying 600 gallons of diesel is under control but added that..
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Wikileaks' Assange appears in court in Spain spying investigation

Jailed WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange appeared in a Madrid court via videolink from Britain on Friday as part of an investigation into his allegations that a Spanish firm spied on him while he lived..
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Have cancelled Nithyananda's passport, rejected application for new one: MEA

This comes amid reports that Ecuador has denied Nithyananda's request for refuge.
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Ecuador denies Nithyananda's request for refuge; says he may be heading to Haiti

Nithyananda, who hails from Tamil Nadu, is accused of rape, kidnapping and had left the country in mysterious circumstances. He claims to have formed a Hindu nation on an island of Ecuador.
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Rape-accused godman Nithyananda forms his own country 'Kailaasa' near Ecuador

Although the exact location of the country is still a mystery, reports suggest that it is located on a private island near Ecuador.
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Ecuador probing influx of Cubans before anti-austerity protests

Ecuador on Wednesday said it was investigating the arrival of an unusual number of Cubans carrying a special class of passport in the run-up to October protests in the Andean nation, as part of a probe..
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Peru announces reforms to 'improve lives' as protests rock neighboring countries

Peru's government on Wednesday announced plans for an ambitious reform package including better health care and a higher minimum wage amid regional protests against market reforms and social injustice..
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Ecuador's indigenous group says government talks on hold due to 'persecution'

Ecuador's indigenous movement said on Wednesday that it paused talks with President Lenin Moreno because of the government's "persecution" of the group's leaders since a halt to violent anti-austerity..
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Ecuador's Moreno announces tax reform after rolling back fuel price hike

Ecuadorean President Lenin Moreno on Friday proposed a new tax on corporations and a simplification of the tax system to improve government finances after a plan to eliminate fuel subsidies was met..
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Ecuador seen with few options to 'square the fiscal circle' after scrapping subsidy cuts

Ecuadorean President Lenin Moreno's hastily ditched plan to terminate fuel subsidies put an end to days of indigenous-led protests but has left him with few good options to cleanse public accounts and..
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Ecuador's indigenous re-assert influence but face obstacles to power

Ecuador's indigenous leaders, emboldened by their success in derailing IMF-backed fuel-subsidy cuts, have set their sights on high office, but experts say they face formidable obstacles - a small..
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Mexico offers protection to six people at its embassy in Ecuador

The Mexican embassy in Ecuador's capital Quito has offered protection and shelter to six people, including legislators and their spouses, Mexico's foreign ministry said on Monday.
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Ecuador's Moreno scraps fuel subsidy cuts in big win for indigenous groups

Ecuadorean President Lenin Moreno on Monday officially scrapped his own law to cut expensive fuel subsidies after days of violent protests against the IMF-backed measure, returning fuel prices to prior..
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Ecuador's Moreno signs decree ditching fuel subsidy cuts after protests

Ecuador's President Lenin Moreno signed on Monday an official decree, repealing his own fuel subsidy cut that sparked days of violent, indigenous-led protests, and reverting fuel prices to their..
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Ecuador's Moreno calms protests with vow to repeal fuel subsidy cuts

Ecuadorean President Lenin Moreno on Monday promised to repeal an IMF-backed decree that slashed fuel subsidies, as triumphant protesters who had agitated against it went home and the capital picked up..
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Ecuador's Moreno says will repeal fuel subsidy cuts in coming hours

Ecuadorean President Lenin Moreno said on Monday that he will repeal a decree that slashed IMF-backed fuel subsidies "in coming hours," confirming that he had given into a key demand of protesters who..
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Ecuador's president strikes 'peace' deal, agrees to change fuel subsidy cuts

Ecuador's President Lenin Moreno agreed to swap a law that ended decades-old fuel subsidies for new legislation that will direct more resources to the needy, part of a deal he struck on Sunday with..
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