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…

Ecuadoran President Rafael Correa.

Today in Latin America Top Story — The Ecuadoran government detained 46 police officers who allegedly participated in last week’s revolt against President Rafael Correa in which five people died and 274 were injured. Ecuadoran Interior Minister Gustavo Jalkh said that prosecutors have voice recordings that suggest that last Thursday’s uprising was more than a…

Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa.

Today in Latin America Top Story — The Ecuadoran government declared a state of emergency Thursday after protests by police officers and members of the military turned ugly and sent President Rafael Correa to the hospital. Correa was attacked with tear gas as well as shoved, insulted and pelted with water as he attempted to…

Juan Manuel Santos.

Today in Latin America Top Story — An Ecuadorean court issued an arrest warrant for Colombian presidential candidate Juan Manuel Santos that could threaten ties between Colombia and Ecuador, according to current Colombian President Álvaro Uribe. The arrest warrant stems from Santos’ involvement in a 2008 bombing raid against Colombia’s FARC rebels on the Ecuadorean…

Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa.

Today in Latin America Top Story — Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa said he will push legislation to allow the expropriation of private oil companies from Spain, Brazil, Italy and China if they refuse signing his new services-based contracts. Correa said that everyday millions of dollars went to private oil companies when they should be going to…