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‘Cat in the embassy’ and personal hygiene are part of latest Julian Assange intrigue

Included in the conditions for restoring Julian Assange’s internet access at Ecuador’s London embassy is that he take care of his cat, clean his bathroom and take baths. Last week, Ecuador’s foreign ministry released other conditions for the restoration of Assange’s internet access, including a prohibition on attacking other governments on social media and new […]

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The foods of the Americas: The potato changes culinary history forever

Editor’s note: This is the first in a series on notable ingredients native to the Americas that today are influential and essential in cuisines around the world. By Michelle Bakeman I was born in Richmond, Virginia. My father is from Buffalo, New York, and my mother is from Viña del Mar, Chile. While I was […]

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Roasted pig’s head from Ecuador discovered during canine baggage check at Atlanta

A U.S. Customs and Border Protection beagle named Hardy detected a roasted pig head in checked luggage at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. Hardy, a six-year-old rescue beagle, alerted his handler to a bag belonging to a traveler from Ecuador. Inside was the pig head, which weighed nearly 2 pounds. Carey Davis, director for the Port of […]

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Population tops 17 million, Cuenca holidays are 4-day weekend, School social media ban

Ecuador’s population tops 17 million Ecuador’s population has topped 17 million for the first time, according to the National Institute of Statistics and Census (INEC). The latest population report, showing the country with 17,096,789 legal residents, was released on Thursday. INEC also reports that Guayas Province continues to lead all provinces in population, with 3.6 […]

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Ecuador delays restoration of Assange’s internet access, lays out strict communication rules

By Cassandra Fairbanks Despite reports that Julian Assange’s internet privileges has been restored in Ecuador’s British embassy, the WikiLeaks founder remained unconnected Monday night. Embassy officials said that the delay is the result of making certain that Assange understands the consequences of violating the rules of communicating with the outside world. Assange was presented with […]

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Intermittent fasting: Does timing when you eat lead to longer life?

By Monique Tello, MD, MPH Contributing Editor to the Harvard Health Blog Intermittent fasting: Surprising update There’s a ton of incredibly promising intermittent fasting (IF) research done on fat rats. They lose weight, their blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugars improve … but they’re rats. Studies in humans, almost across the board, have shown that […]

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Venezuela says opposition leader killed himself, supporters say he was murdered

A Venezuelan opposition councilman, who was detained over what officials say was a drone assassination attempt on President Nicolás Maduro in August, has committed suicide, the government says. Fernando Albán jumped from the 10th floor of the building of the National Intelligence Service (SEBIN) where he was detained, Prosecutor General Tarek William Saab said last […]

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Banks are warned of unauthorized charges to customers but whistleblower loses his job

The government is warning banks about adding unauthorized charges to customer accounts following a report by a television announcer about the practice, which he claims is widespread. For his efforts, announcer Mauricio Ayora, better known as ‘Caterva’, may have lost his job at publicly owned TC Television. According to social media accounts, banks have been […]

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