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Sexual diversity activists protested in Peru’s capital in front of the health ministry Friday to demand that the government repeal a decree that characterizes seven gender identities, including transgenderism, as “mental illnesses.” Protesters also gathered outside the Peruvian Embassy in Ecuador’s capital, Quito. Ecuador’s government recognized gender diversity in 2019. The demonstrations coincided with the...
By Avery Elizabeth Hurt Want to know the current population of India? The internet is your best bet. Need a quick refresher on the phases of the moon? Go ahead, read a story online (or two or three). But if you really need to learn something, you’re probably better off with print. Or at least that’s what a lot...
By Thomas Graham Panama’s presidential frontrunner has vowed to “close” the Darién Gap, the swampy jungle straddling the border with Colombia that has become an unavoidable ordeal for many US-bound migrants – but experts criticised the idea as unworkable and potentially dangerous. Presided over by criminal groups and corrupt officials, the Darién Gap is one of the...
Five soldiers and three civilians were killed Friday morning when their army helicopter crashed in a remote area of Tiwino canton in Pastaza Province. The civilians were officials from Ecuador’s Risk Management Secretariat. The flight was carrying food and other supplies to three Amazon communities affected by recent flooding. The crash occurred at 9:30 a.m....
By Andrei Ionescu A team of infectious disease specialists has issued an urgent call to action for the medical community, emphasizing the need for heightened awareness and preparedness to address the rising impact of climate change on disease transmission and outbreaks. The study was led by the University of California Davis (UC Davis), Harvard University and the Massachusetts General Hospital,...
In a series of Wednesday morning raids, police arrested at least 15 suspects in the Attorney General’s La Plaga corruption investigation. Arrests were made in Cuenca, Guayaquil, Quito, Portoviejo, Manta, Machala and Santo Domingo and included current and former judges, police officers, prison officials, court officials and private practice attorneys. Arrested in Cuenca were Judge...
By Manuel Rueda Colombia and Panama are failing to protect hundreds of thousands of migrants who cross the Darien jungle on their way to the U.S. and have become increasingly vulnerable to robberies and sexual violence, Human Rights Watch said in a report published on Wednesday. The watchdog called on both countries to appoint high-level...
A panel of U.N.-backed human rights experts on Thursday accused Nicaragua ‘s government of committing “serious systematic human rights violations, tantamount to crimes against humanity.” The allegation follows an investigation into the country’s expanding crackdown on political dissent. The government of President Daniel Ortega has gone after opponents for years, hitting a turning point with...
By Jinping Xu Although about 1 in 8 men in the U.S. will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during their lifetime, only about 1 in 44 will die from it. Most men diagnosed with prostate cancer die from other causes, especially those with a low-risk prostate cancer that usually grows so slowly it isn’t life-threatening....
U.S. Treasury Assistant Secretary Brent Neiman is holding meetings with government officials and private sector leaders in Ecuador this week as the South American country seeks U.S. financial support amid escalating violence. The visit by Neiman, Treasury’s top official on international finance, is the latest by U.S. officials to Ecuador as Washington works to boost...
By Christine Chung On a recent Thursday morning in Queens, travelers streamed through the exterior doors of La Guardia Airport’s Terminal C. Some were bleary-eyed — most hefted briefcases — as they checked bags and made their way to the security screening lines. It was business as usual, until some approached a line that was almost...
By Diego Lopez Marina In a February 14 statement, the Ecuadorian Bishops’ Conference expressed its “profound concern and disagreement” with the Constitutional Court’s February 7 decision to decriminalize euthanasia in the country. “Human life is sacred and inviolable. Any complicity with death ends up being paid for by the weakest and most vulnerable. A society...

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Week of June 16

Noboa’s Government Moves to End Fuel Gasoline Subsidies, Highlighting Inequities for Low-Income Groups.

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Cuenca-Girón-Pasaje Road to Temporarily Close for Pipeline Replacement.

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Ecuador to Initiate Construction of $52 Million ‘Bukele-Style’ Prison to Combat Organized Crime.

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