Ecuador

Ecuador capital struck by magnitude 4.2 quake

A magnitude 4.2 earthquake shook Ecuador’s capital Quito on Monday, cutting off power in some neighborhoods but causing no immediate casualties or significant damage, the country’s geophysics agency announced. The epicenter of
3 weeks ago
Electoral workers count votes at a polling station during a referendum on tougher measures against organized crime in Guayaquil, Ecuador, on April 21, 2024. - Ecuadorans voted Sunday in a referendum on proposed tougher measures to fight gang-related crime. The once-peaceful South American country has been grappling with a shocking rise in violence that has seen two mayors killed this week. (Photo by Gerardo MENOSCAL / AFP)

Ecuador approves extradition, anti-gang measures

A solid majority of Ecuadoran voters on Sunday approved the extradition to the United States of organized crime bosses in a referendum on measures against drug trafficking and gangs, the electoral council
3 months ago
View of the Turi prison in Cuenca, Ecuador, after Ecuadorean soldiers and police forces regained control on January 14, 2024. - Ecuador's security forces worked Sunday to regain control of prisons that had fallen into the hands of gang members, after securing the release of nearly 180 officials held hostage inside the jails. The country's simmering security crisis erupted last week as the government and powerful narco gangs declared all-out war on each other, after the prison escape of a dangerous drug lord. (Photo by FERNANDO MACHADO / AFP)

Ecuador regains control of prisons after hostages freed

Ecuador's security forces on Sunday took back control of several prisons that had fallen into the hands of gang members, after securing the release of more than 200 officials held hostage inside
6 months ago
Aerial view showing some prisoners inside of the Del Litoral penitentiary facilities, following the escape of several prisoners earlier today, in Guayaquil, Ecuador on January 13, 2024. - Since the escape almost a week ago of the feared leader of the Choneros gang Adolfo Macias, alias "Fito," Ecuador -- which has become a hub for drug trafficking in recent years -- is experiencing an unprecedented security crisis and the gangs, which number some 20,000 members, have gone on a spree of violence, spreading terror. (Photo by Enrique ORTIZ / AFP)

All hostages seized in Ecuador prison riots freed

All 136 hostages seized during prison riots in Ecuador were freed on Saturday night, prison authorities said.
6 months ago
Grab from a handout video released by Ecuador's presidency press office showing Ecuador's President Daniel Noboa announcing a state of emergency for the entire country, including the prison system, following the escape of the leader of the largest drug gang from a prison in Guayaquil (southwest), in Quito, on January 8, 2024. - The 60-day measure empowers Noboa to mobilise the military to take to the streets and enter penitentiaries on the grounds of a "grave internal commotion" in the nation, as well as suspend citizens' rights. He also ordered a six-hour curfew between 23:00 and 05:00 local time (04:00 to 10:00 GMT). (Photo by Handout / Presidencia Ecuador / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT 'AFP PHOTO / PRESIDENCIA ECUADOR' - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS - RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT 'AFP PHOTO / PRESIDENCIA ECUADOR' - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS / BEST QUALITY AVAILABLE

Four officers kidnapped in Ecuador during state of emergency

At least four police officers were kidnapped in Ecuador following a declaration of a state of emergency on Monday after a dangerous narco boss escaped from maximum security detention.
6 months ago
Ecuador's new President Daniel Noboa delivers his first speech during his inauguration at the National Assembly in Quito on November 23, 2023. - Ecuador's new president, the 35-year-old millionaire heir to a banana empire, Daniel Noboa, took office Thursday as the leader of a country gripped by a bloody drug war. (Photo by Rodrigo BUENDIA / AFP)

Ecuador’s youngest-ever president Daniel Noboa takes office

Ecuador's new president, the 35-year-old millionaire heir to a business empire, Daniel Noboa, took office Thursday as the leader of a country gripped by a bloody drug war.
8 months ago
Ecuador's presidential candidate for the National Democratic Action Party, Daniel Noboa speaks to supporters after learning the first results of the presidential runoff election in Olon, Santa Elena province, Ecuador, on October 15, 2023. - Banana empire heir Daniel Noboa, 35, took the lead in Ecuador's presidential election over his socialist rival Luisa Gonzalez with 52 percent of votes cast, according to the electoral authority. (Photo by MARCOS PIN / AFP)

Ecuador’s youngest-ever president vows to ‘restore peace’

Car horns in Quito blared in celebration Sunday as banana empire heir Daniel Noboa, 35, became Ecuador's youngest-ever president-elect, vowing to "restore peace" to a country ravaged by a bloody drug gang
9 months ago
Relatives of inmates wait for information outside a prison in Guayaquil, Ecuador, on September 29, 2021, after a riot occurred. Ecuador declared on Wednesday a state of exception for the prison system, in crisis due to overpopulation and violence between drug gangs, after a riot that left more than 100 prisoners dead and 52 wounded. Fernando MENDEZ / AFP

Six inmates killed in latest Ecuador prison unrest

Six inmates were killed Friday during a disturbance inside a Guayaquil prison, authorities said, in the latest deadly unrest to strike Ecuador’s penal system. “An event occurred” in one of the cellblocks
10 months ago
The AI-powered app Clothoff was used to create the images, Euronews reported.Stefani Reynolds/AFP/Getty Images

Ecuador probes AI-generated pornographic videos

Ecuadoran prosecutors launched an investigation on Thursday into the distribution of videos generated by artificial intelligence that showed sexual content using images of students.
10 months ago
An Indigenous woman casts her vote at a polling station in Tarqui, canton of Cuenca, Azuay Province, during the Ecuadorean presidential election and referendum on mining and petroleum, on August 20, 2023. - Ecuador holds a presidential election after a campaign marked by the murder of a top candidate and vows to tackle the lawlessness that has engulfed the once-peaceful nation. Alongside the presidential vote, two key referendums are taking place in one of the world's most biodiverse countries. One will ask voters to choose whether to continue oil drilling in the Amazon, and another focuses on whether to forbid mining activities in the Choco Andino forest. (Photo by Cristina Vega RHOR / AFP)

Ecuador heads to presidential run-off pitting left against right

Ecuadorans will choose between returning to socialism or preserving the conservative status quo in a presidential run-off set for October after Sunday's first round produced a left-right clash rather than an outright
11 months ago
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