Ecuador's President Rafael Correa briefs reporters on relief efforts following a deadly earthquake on April 16. (Image: Youtube, screenshot)

Top Story — Ecuador’s Attorney General’s Office on Thursday announced that the death toll from a 7.8-magnitude earthquake on Saturday has reached at least 587. Although the government has set up temporary accommodations for at least 25,000 people in soccer stadiums and airports, Reuters reported, aid has not reached many of those worst affected, especially…

Damage from a 7.8-magnitude earthquake that rocked Ecuador over the weekend. (Image: YouTube)

Top Story — Residents of rural Ecuadorian towns west of Quito are reeling following the country’s most devastating earthquake in 40 years. The 7.8-magnitude quake struck Saturday night near the town of Muisne, although the greatest damage to life and infrastructure was felt in the coastal region of Manabí. Residents of Manabí’s regional capital Portoviejo,…

Susana Cajas, a former guerrilla and victim of the officers to be tried on  Nov. 9. (Image: YouTube)

Top Story — Five former Ecuadorian military officers and an ex-police officer will face charges of human rights abuses as the country’s first-ever trial for crimes against humanity begins today, reported the newspaper La Nación. The case concerns human rights violations committed against three leftist guerrillas between 1985 and 1988 during the presidency of León…

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…