Protesters take to the streets of Guayaquil, Ecuador, to protest the economic policies of President Rafael Correa. (Image: El Universo, screenshot)

Top Story — Thousands of Ecuadorians protested in the streets of Guayaquil Thursday against populist President Rafael Correa’s government, calling for his resignation. Demonstrations were led by Mayor Jaime Nebot, a member of the opposition, who warned that Correa’s continued left-leaning economic policies were detrimental to the country. Protests first hit the country following the…

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NEW YORK — The People’s Climate March drew more than 300,000 people to Manhattan on Sunday to demand world leaders to take action on climate change. Demonstrators came from all over the world, including many from Latin America. Latino immigrant farmers from Florida and Dominican construction workers from the Bronx also joined the mix. The march…

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Top Story — With the Ecuadorean government due to respond Thursday to his asylum request, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange must remain in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London as police line up outside to arrest him. Assange, an Australian citizen who published 250,000 classified U.S. State Department cables on his website, is attempting to avoid extradition to Sweden to…

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Today in Latin America Top Story — Authorities in Ecuador want to buy back half a million bottles of contaminated alcohol in an effort to prevent more deaths after 48 people died and hundreds were more were sickened from liquor tainted with methanol. The country’s health minister said that the buyback includes 14 brands of wine…

Expelled U.S. Ambassador Heather Hodges. Photo by the State Department

QUITO — Ecuador’s foreign ministry said yesterday that it was expelling the U.S. ambassador for accusing the just-retired national police commander of corruption and speculating that President Rafael Correa knew of his misdeeds. The announcement from Ecuadoran Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino makes U.S. Ambassador Heather Hodges the latest U.S. diplomat to run into trouble after…