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Correa denies knowledge of Air Force general’s murder in National Assembly testimony

In a Tuesday video link from Belgium to Ecuador’s National Assembly, former president Rafael Correa denied receiving the missing third report on the murder of former Air Force General Jorge Gabela. In his testimony, the former president also questioned the role of special Argentinian investigator Roberto Meza, saying his findings were “only inputs” into the […]

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Gloria

It was mid-afternoon as I walked west up Presidente Córdova under a mostly cloudy sky. Areas of blue opened on occasion, allowing some interesting light to filter through. I was with my ten mentorees, all successful applicants to an artists call earlier this spring. My exposition, “Decisive Moment,” has now been open in Cuenca’s Museo […]

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National Assembly revokes honor to Cuenca priest accused of sexual abuse

Ecuador’s National Assembly has revoked an educational award to Cuenca priest César Cordero. Cordero is the founder of Cuenca’s Catholic University and the city’s annual Pase del Niño celebration. Six former students have accused him of sexual assault and prosecutors say he may be guilty of dozens of other abuses. The Tuesday vote to strip […]

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Another deadly bus crash kills 24 east of Quito

In the second deadly bus accident in two days in Ecuador, 24 people were killed and another 19 injured when a bus careened into another vehicle at high speed and overturned on a highway east of Quito. On Sunday, 12 people died and 30 were injured when a bus crashed into a bridge abutment west […]

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Pizza for a buck: Foreigners compete in growing Cuenca fast food market

They’re almost all Colombians and Venezuelans. Most of them had worked for years in the restaurant business, some of them as owners, before arriving in Cuenca. Today, they compete in a rapidly growing niche of the city’s fast food market, selling pizza and a soda for a dollar and, in some cases, 75 cents. A […]

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Cuenca Expat Assist is a new community service helping those in need

By Robert Bradley In January of this year, I wrote a column for CuencaHighLife drawing attention to the difficulties facing senior expats who, for any number of reasons, find themselves alone — strangers in a strange land. My report detailed the plight of elderly singles in Cuenca unable, or unwilling, to ask for assistance when […]

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Government suspends operations of Guayaquil bus company involved in deadly crash

Ecuador’s National Transit Agency (ANT) has suspended all operations of Señor de los Milagros, the Guayaquil-based company operating the bus that crashed Sunday in the Cajas Mountains, killing 12 and injuring 30. The ANT reported Monday that the company, which owns 54 buses, only had permission to operate in Guayas Province and not inter-provincially. In […]

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A couple beers, a crazy idea and the Cuenca Gringo Kazoo Marching Band is born

By Brian Hitsky Goofy is good. Silly is fine. Fun is always appropriate and beneficial. But by combining all three attributes together, one begins to understand the makings of an idea hatched in the farthest reaches of Ned Flottman’s mind. A couple of beers are also credited with helping his thinking process along. Flottman, a […]

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Indigenous confederation breaks with Moreno, says it may take its cause to the streets

The president of the Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador (CONAIE) is criticizing the policies of President Lenin Moreno, claiming they perpetuate those of Rafael Correa and “violate the collective rights of indigenous peoples.” In particular, Jaime Vargas says that CONAIE disagrees with the new economic law that forgives debts and fines to corporations while […]

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Bus crash in the Cajas kills 12, injures 30, Budget deficit drops $1.5 billion, Quito declares state of emergency as more refugees arrive

Twelve die, 30 are injured in Cajas bus crash A bus carrying Guayaquil football fans home from Sunday’s game between Barcelona and Deportivo Cuenca overturned Sunday in the Cajas Mountains, 25 miles west of Cuenca, killing 12 and injuring 30. According to survivors, the brakes on the bus operated by the El Señor de los […]

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