QUITO, Aug 13 (Reuters) – Ecuador is likely to announce a
decision on whether to grant political asylum to WikiLeaks
founder Julian Assange before the end of the week in a case with
diplomatic implications around the world, President Rafael
Correa said on Monday.
Assange has been taking refuge in the Ecuadorean Embassy in
London since June 19 to avoid extradition to Sweden, where he is
wanted for questioning on sex crime allegations.
QUITO, Aug 2 (Reuters) – Ecuador is preparing mining reforms
that should pave the way for the signing of contracts with
several investors, including Canada’s Kinross, the South
American country’s top mining official said on Thursday.
Ecuador does not have a large-scale mining industry, but it
has big copper, gold and silver deposits, and President Rafael
Correa wants to attract investment to reduce the economy’s
dependence on oil exports.
QUITO (Reuters) – Ecuador wants to prevent Julian Assange’s extradition to Sweden because it is disappointed that the Scandinavian country has turned down an offer to question the WikiLeaks founder in the Ecuadorean embassy in London, a minister said on Wednesday.
Assange has been holed up in Ecuador’s embassy in London for six weeks as he awaits a decision on his asylum request by the leftist government of Rafael Correa.
QUITO (Reuters) – Julian Assange’s mother said she handed evidence to Ecuador’s government on Monday indicating Washington is bent on extraditing her son to the United States, where she fears the WikiLeaks founder could face execution.
Assange has been holed up in Ecuador’s embassy in London for nearly six weeks as he awaits a decision on his asylum request by the leftist government of Rafael Correa.
QUITO (Reuters) – The mother of Julian Assange, visiting Ecuador on Monday to plea for her son’s asylum request, said the WikiLeaks founder is under extreme psychological stress and feels his only option is to seek safety in Ecuador.
Assange has been taking refuge in the Ecuadorean embassy in London since June 19. The former computer hacker, who enraged Washington in 2010 when his WikiLeaks website published secret U.S. diplomatic cables, is wanted for questioning in Sweden over sex crime allegations.
QUITO (Reuters) – WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has hired Spanish jurist Baltasar Garzon as a legal adviser as he seeks political asylum in Ecuador, the Andean country’s foreign minister, Ricardo Patino, said on Tuesday.
Assange has been taking refuge in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London since June 19. The Australian anti-secrecy campaigner, who enraged Washington in 2010 when his WikiLeaks website published secret U.S. diplomatic cables, is wanted for questioning in Sweden over sex crime allegations.
QUITO/HONG KONG (Reuters) – China National Petroleum Corp (CNPC), the country’s biggest oil producer, is in talks with Ecuador’s government over a potential investment in the OPEC-member’s $12.5 billion Pacifico refinery project, an Ecuadorean minister said on Thursday.
Chinese state oil firms have been on a spending spree to buy overseas oil and gas assets to secure supply to the world’s second-largest oil consumer and maximize returns on oil produced overseas.
QUITO, June 27 (Reuters) – Ecuadorean plaintiffs have filed
a second lawsuit outside the Andean country, this time in
Brazil, in a bid to enforce an $18 billion court ruling against
U.S. oil company Chevron for polluting the Amazon, their lawyers
said on Wednesday.
The 2011 judgment against Chevron is one of the
biggest rulings ever for environmental damage. The legal case
has spanned nearly two decades and is being watched closely by
multinationals accused of pollution elsewhere in the world.
QUITO, June 24 (Reuters) – Lonesome George, the last
remaining tortoise of his kind and a conservation icon, died on
Sunday of unknown causes, the Galapagos National Park said. He
was thought to be about 100 years old.
Lonesome George was found in 1972 and had become a symbol of
Ecuador’s Galapagos Islands, which attracted some 180,000
visitors last year.
BOGOTA (Reuters) – Colombia’s Congress on Thursday passed a law that could pave the way for peace talks with leftist guerrillas, raising hopes for an end to the war, but drawing criticism from human rights groups that say the law is too lenient toward rebel leaders.
Despite being at its weakest in decades, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) has stepped up attacks in recent months, showing it can still rock the Andean country with high-profile assaults.