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Ecuador explains decision to expel Assange, alleges that WikiLeaks hackers work in Ecuador

Speaking before Ecuador’s National Assembly Thursday afternoon, Foreign Minister José Valencia justified the government’s decision to revoke the asylum of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and turn him over to British authorities. Among the reasons Valencia gave were “countless acts of interference in the internal politics of other countries,” personal attacks on embassy personnel and visitors, […]

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Cuenca festival activities, Tram report, Mora wine for your health, Bird exhibition at Pumapungo, Another ex-president heads to jail

Jueves, 11/4/2019 Hola, Todos – I will be taking a break/vacation from translating from 20/4 to 6/5. Actividades – De la pagina cultural – Exposición – “Arte y fe” (Art and Faith) opened Thursday in the Museo Puimapungo in honor of Holy Week with a theme of tradition and its relation with the environment. They […]

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Municipal council honors new condominium project in historic El Centro

Cuenca’s municipal council has given the 2019 Fray Jose Maria Vargas Architectual Award to Casas del Ciprés, a condominium project in El Centro at Calle Larga and Benigno Malo. The award ceremony will be today at 4 p.m. in the Salón de la Ciudad, as part of the celebrations of the 462 years of the […]

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Colombian president responds to Trump charge that drug trade has surged since his election

United States President Donald Trump clashed with his Colombian counterpart Ivan Duque for the second time in a month over failures in Colombia’s counter-narcotics efforts. While at an event in Texas on Wednesday, Trump said that Colombia’s drug trade expanded 50 percent since Duque took office in August last year. “Unfortunately their drug business has […]

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Egg confusion! Unscrambling the latest research on eating eggs

Recently, a reader asked me to peel back the latest nutrition advice on eggs.  In particular, he requested some clarity on conflicting advice for people with diabetes. Are eggs OK to eat again? Or is the advice different for people with diabetes? About this time, another reader sent me a press release from Northwestern University, […]

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Julian Assange is in British custody after Moreno revokes political asylum

British police entered the Ecuadorian embassy in London Thursday morning, arresting Julian Assange and bringing the Wikileaks founder’s seven-year residency there to a dramatic close. The arrest came after Ecuadorian president revoked Assange’s asylum. In a video statement Thursday morning, Moreno said that he withdrew the grant of asylum due to Assange’s “discourteous and aggressive […]

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Ecuador announces that it’s open for international business with new economic plan

“Come invest in Ecuador” is the message that Ecuador Finance Minister Richard Martinez is taking to world capitals. Richard Martinez meets with Chilean business leaders today in Santiago where he will explain Ecuador’s new “Prosperity Plan” in hopes of attracting foreign investment. Following his Chile visit, he flies to Washington, D.C. to deliver the same […]

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Thoughts

A successful photographer must be adept at the skills of observation. I watch all types of people in all ways necessary for my purposes. And, I’m good at doing it without detection when I choose to execute that skill set. As I wander aimlessly around various settings, feigning distraction with other thoughts, I’m actually carefully […]

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Where are U.S. citizens at the greatest risk of being kidnapped?

The U.S. State Department has updated its travel advisories for 35 countries with a new indicator to highlight the risk of kidnapping and hostage taking. Four of the countries on the list are in Latin America: Mexico, Colombia, Trinidad and Tobago and Venezuela. The announcement comes days after American tourist Kimberly Sue Endicott and her […]

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Fugitive and former IESS chief captured in Peru; He’s wanted for tax fraud, influence peddling

The former head of Ecuador’s Social Security system (IESS), Ramiro González, has been arrested in Lima, Peru. Charged with tax evasion, illicit enrichment and influence peddling, González fled the country in 2017. In her Twitter account, Interior Minister María Paula Romo said she was notified Wednesday of González’s capture by Peruvian police. “We have worked […]

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