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Colombia says bomber was leftist guerrilla with illegal drug connections; Ecuadorian students say they will remain at Bogotá police academy

The chief suspect in a car bombing that left 21 people dead Thursday near Bogotá was a member of the ELN leftist guerrilla group, the Colombian government said Friday. Colombian defense minister Guillermo Botero said that an investigation has “positively confirmed” that José Aldemar Rojas Rodríguez was a member of the guerrilla army that has […]

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U.S. wants information about Assange visitors at the Ecuadorian embassy in London

U.S. investigators will on Friday begin to question diplomatic staff who were stationed at the Ecuadorian embassy in London during WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s years-long stay about his visitors, according to the whistleblower group. It follows international subpoenas from the US Department of Justice, which is probing a report that President Donald Trump’s disgraced former […]

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Colombia police academy bombing kills 21, including an Ecuadorian; Tragedy sparks fears of a return to the ‘days of Escobar’

Twenty-one people have been confirmed killed and another 52 injured in a car bombing at a Colombian police academy in Bogotá, recalling the high-profile attacks associated with the bloodiest chapters of the country’s guerrilla and drug conflicts. One Ecuadorian was killed in the blast and another, Carolina Sanango, 20, from Cuenca, was injured. Among the […]

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A new park and a new pizza restaurant

You may have noticed that the title of this column has been changed to acknowledge that my wife (and resident expert on Japanese food) and I are collaborating on these reviews. Also, these reviews will no longer be limited strictly to restaurants; indeed, we have been given free rein to talk about any food-related issues. […]

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Can you eat pasta without gaining weight? It depends!

Quick! Don’t think about it, just answer. What is the very first item you should read on the Nutrition Facts label? If you said calories, you’re wrong. Fat grams? Nope. Carbohydrates? Wrong again. The most important piece of information on the Nutrition Facts label is the serving size. Know that, and you know everything you […]

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Venezuela temporarily blocks Wikipedia page that challenges Maduro’s legitimacy

By Global Voices staff Wikipedia became inaccessible for most Venezuelans on January 12, following a high-stakes conflict over the legitimacy of two dueling political leaders: President Nicolás Maduro and the National Assembly President Juan Guaidó. Reported by users and then confirmed by technical experts at Netblocks, the block was likely triggered by the inauguration of […]

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Government’s employment plan is a failure, Lasso says; ‘Time to open Ecuador to the world’

The man who narrowly lost to President Lenin Moreno in the 2017 election claims that the government’s plan to provide better jobs for Ecuadorians isn’t working. “The model to improve employment has failed miserably, especially for young people,” Guillermo Lasso says. Quoting the latest jobs report, Lasso said that six out of 10 Ecuadorians do […]

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Gov’t denies plan to privatize hydro plants, Tram-bus coordination meetings set, Study identifies city sidewalk problems, Modern jewelry design

Miércoles, 16/1/2019 Hola, Todos – Actividades – De la pagina cultural – Concierto – The rock band “Tribus” will launch their new album el viernes a las 20:00 in the Teatro Carlos Cueva Tamaria. They will also play material from their last album, “El Guardián de las almas perdidas” (The Guardian of the lost souls). […]

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El acordeonista

I turned up my collar to the demands of a brisk, damp wind as I skirted the corner of Pío Bravo and Manuel Vega on the east side of El Centro. It was late in November, 2016, and I was plying the streets for photo ops. The light was poor. I shouldn’t have been poking […]

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Communities west and south of Cuenca are warned of El Niño vulnerability

The National Risk Management Secretariat (Sgnr) is warning authorities in several cantons in Azuay and Cañar Provinces of their vulnerability to the El Niño weather system developing in the Pacific Ocean. Pucará, Santa Isabel, Camilo Ponce Enríquez, Cuenca, Suscal and La Troncal were named in the Sgnr’s most recent advisory which recommended that the communities […]

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