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Quito decides to end city beauty pageant

Beauty pageants in Ecuador may soon go the way of the horse and buggy and bib and tucker. Calling pageants “archaic and discriminatory,” the chairwoman of the board that has traditionally staged the Queen of Quito contest, announced Tuesday that there would be no beauty pageant in 2019. Liliana Yunda, sister of Quito Mayor Jorge […]

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Gastronomy museum and restaurant, $3 dentistry clinic gets good reviews, Bus terminal dilemma, Neighborhood security strengthened

Lunes, 15/7/2019 Hola, Todos – Actividades – De la pagina cultural – La Condamine – The members of the Comité Turistico Cultural de la calle La Condamine have active arts and cultural activities during the weekends. The galleries and arts centers which are next to the Cruz del Vado will have shows of paintings, sculpture, […]

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Report claims Assange used Ecuador’s London embassy as command center for Wikileaks activity, meeting frequently with Russian agents

By By Marshall Cohen, Kay Guerrero and Arturo Torres New documents obtained exclusively by CNN reveal that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange received in-person deliveries, potentially of hacked materials related to the 2016 US election, during a series of suspicious meetings at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London. The documents build on the possibility, raised by special […]

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Reading beyond the headlines: How much coffee is really healthy?

By Jacqueline Howard Is coffee safe or risky for your heart? Two recent studies appear to contradict each other on this question, which often leaves coffee-lovers scratching their heads. A study presented at the British Cardiovascular Society conference in June 2019 suggests that drinking five cups of coffee a day was no worse for the arteries than […]

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Coca, no cola: The leaf that energizes the Andes

Editor’s note: This is a first of a series of articles about exploring Latin America. By R.S. Gompertz Coca leaf was the original special ingredient in America’s now favorite soft drink. The “intellectual beverage” was advertised to be a “valuable brain tonic and cure all for nervous affections.” The leaf was eventually made illegal but […]

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Cuenca Ecuador’s Best Day Trips

Though the historical center of Cuenca (as Ecuador’s third largest city) has a lot to offer in and of itself, there are so many other places in and around the Cuenca area that can each create a single day’s adventure (or even an overnight stay if desired)! And so, whether you call Cuenca home or […]

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China, not Juan Guaido or the U.S., will determine the future of Venezuela

By Carlos Eduardo Pina On January 23, when U.S.-backed opposition leader Juan Guaido declared himself interim president of Venezuela, he thought deposing President Nicolas Maduro from power would be easy. He had a simple, three-thronged plan: declare Maduro’s presidency illegitimate by exposing the irregularities in the election that brought him to power, establish a transition […]

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Ecuador takes top honors at World Travel Awards ceremony; Cuenca wins again

For the second consecutive year, Ecuador took home more trophies at the South America World Travel Awards ceremony than any other country. Among its honors, were: Top overall city destination (Quito); top beach destination (Galapagos); top business destination (Guayaquil); and top vacation city destination (Cuenca). In addition, Ecuador was also recognized for having the continent’s […]

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