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Spain will extradite former intelligence chief

Spain has agreed to extradite Ecuador’s former intelligence director, Pablo Romero. Romero is wanted, along with former president Rafael Correa in connection to the 2012 kidnapping in Colombia of politician and Correa critic Fernando Balda. “We are pleased to announce that the Spanish court has agreed to Ecuador’s request to extradite Pablo Romero Quezada, ex-director […]

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Ecuador recovers $13.5 million in ‘corrupt money’ in case involving uncle of former vice president

A federal investigation has resulted in the recovery of $13.5 million in bribes paid by the Brazilian construction company Odebrecht. According to Diana Salazar, director of the Financial and Economic Analysis Unit (UAFE), it is the first significant “repatriation of corrupt money” since investigations began three years ago. The return of the $13.5 million was […]

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New hydro plant opens south of city, Alleged thief rescued from lynch mob, Higher IESS fees rejected, New exhibitions, Music festival

Lunes, 14/1/2019 Hola, Todos – Actividades – De la pagina cultural – Exposición – As part of the Bienal, the show, “El Ocaso de la Naturaleza: Ecosistemas y paisajes en el arte ecuatoriano actual” (The Sunset of Nature: Ecosystems and landscapes in current Ecuadorian art) will be showing at the Salón del Pueblo Efraín Jara […]

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The magic button

Last week’s column started quite a bit of discourse in the comments section of CuencaHighLife.com. I responded to some of those comments, something that I don’t usually do anymore. More often than not I don’t respond to anything that is said about me, I just let the conversation go and let others jump in .But […]

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Debate begins in Assembly to liberalize abortion law; Catholics rally opposition

The debate to decriminalize abortion in cases of rape, fetal deformity, and incest is underway in Ecuador’s National Assembly. Earlier attempts to liberalize the country’s law, which currently allows abortion only if a mother’s life is in danger, were blocked by former president Rafael Correa. The new proposal is being fiercely opposed by the Catholic […]

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El Nino alert extended as rain continues

Ecuador’s Secretariat of Risk Management (Sngr) has added two inland provinces to the yellow alert warning zone for potential damage from the developing El Niño weather system in the Pacific Ocean. Los Ríos and Santo Domingo de los Tsáchilas Provinces join Esmeraldas, Manabí, Guayas, Santa Elena, El Oro in the area designated as “high risk.” […]

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This week in Cuenca: Free movies, ‘Oldies but Goodies’ dance, Ecuador art history salon

If you plan your time around what’s happening in Cuenca’s creative community, then this column is for you. Published every Monday, “What’s Happening Under the Domes”highlights the exhibits, concerts, workshops and other not-to-be-missed artistic events scheduled for the coming week. We cannot guarantee a complete listing, but we’ll try our best to keep you informed. This week: […]

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Senior benefits and financial benefits for seniors in Ecuador

Each and every year, Ecuador remains one of the best (most nominated/voted) places in the world for retirees to enjoy their retirement on a budget (not to mention having a great weather climate, plus the US dollar as its sole currency at that!). It is also one of the few countries in the world that […]

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Orchestra plays Sunday, Rotary club projects, Guayaquil fire kills 18, Day laborers relocated, New emergency vehicles

Sábado, 12/1/2019 Hola, Todos – Actividades -De la pagina cultural – Book recommendations for the week: Serotonina by Michel Houellebecq <Whooey – how do you pronounce that!?>, publisher: Anagrama. Cortés. La biografía más reveladora by Christian Duverger, publisher: Taurus. Los premios de Alicia by Guillermo Martiínez, publisher: Destino. <Don’t ask me where to get these. […]

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Medellin’s ‘fantasy’ could be ending as murder rate and unemployment continue to rise

By Adriaan Alsema Medellin, the city that was once boasted as an example of transformation, registered an increase in homicides for the third consecutive year in 2018. Mayor Federico Gutierrez appears to be losing control over the city’s public administration, with disastrous consequences for the municipal treasury, economic development and public security. Homicides increased 7% […]

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