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Paraguay: Major Heist of Security Firm, nets millions of dollars

(CNN)Dozens of gunmen detonated explosives and set vehicles on fire as they stormed a private security firm in Paraguay, taking millions of dollars and sparking a violent police chase into Brazil.
More than 50 people carrying large caliber weapons, dynamite and caltrops took part in what authorities are calling the “robbery of the century.”
The group made off with money from several vaults inside Prosegur, a private security firm in Ciudad del Este, police said.

In initial reports, police said the vaults were able to store up to $40 million but neither authorities nor the firm confirmed the sum that was taken. Read Article

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Ecuador’s equivalent to Pablo Escobar busted in Colombia

Pablo Escobar from Ecuador semana.com (machine translated) This is the incredible story of a man who went from being a boatman to becoming a megacapo who in two years exported 250 tons of drug and to which they have found him 20 million dollars in caletas. For several years now, the drug trade in Colombia […]

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Ecuadorian Journalist Files for Political Asylum in Peru

April 18, 2017–cpj.org reported Ecuadoran journalist Fernando Villavicencio, director of the news website Focus Ecuador and a critic of outgoing President Rafael Correa, today filed a petition for political asylum in Lima, Peru. A statement from the regional press group Instituto Prensa y Sociedad (IPYS) said the journalist, who fled to Lima after presidential elections […]

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Homicide Rate in Ecuador Continues Downward Trend in 2016

The homicide rate went from 6.44 to 5.69 per 100,000 inhabitants in the country April 21, 2017 ecuadorenvivo.com/machine translated – Homicides were reduced from 6.44 to 5.69 per 100,000 inhabitants between 2015 and 2016, from 1,048 to 941 cases, the Interior Ministry reported today. The portfolio indicated that the effectiveness in resolving violent deaths is […]

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Peru: Galapagos Tortoises seized in route to Lima on bus

Nearly three dozen Galapagos tortoises considered vulnerable to extinction will return to Ecuador after being rescued in Peru from alleged traffickers, the Galapagos National Park said. Peruvian wildlife authorities found 29 small tortoises—two of them dead—in a cardboard box on a bus on its way from northern Peru to Lima. Officials made the discovery while […]

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Ecuador: U.S. Expat Murdered, Died in Shootout with assailants

New information about the Friday night murder of expat David Senechalle indicates he died in a gun battle with his assailants. CUENCAHIGHLIFE.COM / Police reported that he was shot in the stomach when he attempted to resist three masked assailants at his home north of La Paz. Neighbors who arrived at the scene shortly after […]

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Cuenca, Ecuador: Through the Centuries one thing that has not changed, violence against women

Centuries pass, violence against women is maintained lasnoticiasdecuenca.es/Gorka Díez wrote: The News accedes to some violent episodes happened since the XVI century. According to the documentation of the Provincial Historical Archive, women and children, due to their greater vulnerability, have always been the main victims. In six centuries of history neither weapons nor types of […]

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U.S. Expat Murdered in Ecuador, victim of Home Invasion

FOUR ASSAILANTS ENTER HOME WITH FIREARMS, WIFE OF EXPAT, DOMESTIC AT HOME, ALARM ACTIVATED elcomercio.com (machine translated) reported An American expat was murdered Friday night, April 14, 2017, during an assault on his house located in the Ramos sector of the La Paz community of the Nabón canton in Azuay According to preliminary reports, 76-year-old […]

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Nabón, Ecuador: U.S. Expat Murdered

BREAKING: U.S. CITIZEN EXPAT MURDERED IN ECUADOR, THREE SHOTS TO THE ABDOMEN Following information from Twitter account below. From report at la voz del tomebamba At about 7:00am on APRIL 15, 2017, a Twitter account reported that a U.S. expat age 76, by the name of David (C) age 76, was killed with three shots […]

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Cuenca Ecuador: Cell Phone helps police track down alleged killer of woman

eltiempo.com.ec reported that according to law enforcement authorities a cell phone assisted them track down the alleged murderer of a Cuenca area woman. Rosa Regina Camas was murdered earlier this month in the Guangarcucho area. The assailant stole and used her cell phone. Police used triangulation techniques which determined the location of the phone which […]

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Guayas, Ecuador: Ten Most Recurrent Crimes, Robbery on top of list

The ten most recurrent crimes in Guayas At the top of the list is located the robbery with six modalities, mainly people. It emphasizes the psychological violence expreso.ec/Pamela Vera /reported: (machine translated) These are the ten crimes that concentrate 79% of the criminal incidence in the province of Guayas. The payroll was presented by the […]

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Cuenca Ecuador: Number of violent deaths worries local authorities

elcomercio.com/Lineida Castillo reported the voice of Ricardo Baculima sounds sad and tired when he tells how his father-in-law was murdered. He found Baltazar Tacuri, 79, in a wooded ditch, face down with half his body burned. It was Monday April 3 and the news shocked the residents of the rural parish of San Joaquin, located […]

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Ecuador: President Accuses U.S. of Hacking Electoral Council’s website

elcomercio.com reported on Thursday, April 6, 2017, Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa accused “hackers from the United States” of the temporary collapse of the website of the National Electoral Council (CNE) on April 2, the date of the presidential elections, an event the opposition relates to the supposed “fraud” it denounces. “What really happened was the […]

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Guayaquil Ecuador: Three Vehicles Discovered to have the same license plate

TWO VEHICLES DETAINED WHEN IT WAS DISCOVERED THAT THE LICENSE PLATES HAD BEEN CLONED eluniverso.com reported two grey-colored Hyundai Matrix vehicles were stopped yesterday in the north and south of Guayaquil, for having the same number of plate, engine and chassis. Their current owners told police officers that they were surprised by the situation, as […]

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Guayaquil Ecuador: Passports, documents stolen from travel agency

TWO OF THE VICTIMS HAD U.S. VISAS IN THEIR PASSPORTS eluniverso.com reported three women reported in the Guajas Prosecution’s Flagau unit that their passports and other personal documents were stolen during an assault on Wednesday night at the Travel Agency office Explore It. The victims were scheduled to travel on a tour to the United […]

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Ecuador: Police dismantle ring of kidnappers, extortionists operating in several provinces

KIDNAPPERS OPERATING IN Sucumbíos , Pichincha and Los Rios elcomercio.com/Andrés García Editor reported the dawn of this Thursday, April 6, the National Police executed the operation Libertad III , after which it captured the alleged members of an alleged criminal band called ‘ Comuneros de Liberación Nacional ‘. Diego Fuentes, Minister of the Interior Subrogant, […]

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Quito, Ecuador: Woman found dead inside suitcase

APPEARS WOMAN WAS BEATEN TO DEATH elcomercio.com/ Andrés García In the south of Quito there was a chilling finding in the hours of the night today At about 19:00 on Wednesday, April 5, in Camilo Orejuela Street , in the sector of the entrance to the Metropolitan Camal , the corpse was found of a […]

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Cuenca Ecuador: Three Women Murdered in a Week

TWO OF THE WOMEN MURDERED WERE SHOT IN THE CHEST elcomercio.com reported that a woman was found murdered in the Cuenca area. Rosa Regina Camas was murdered last evening in a forested area (Guangarcucho) on her way home from work. Rosa was discovered by her son. One reporte stated that she had been shot in […]

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Ecuador: Money was motive in murder of U.S. Expat Jonathan Gilchrist

American was missing five months ago in Guayaquil. One woman revealed that Jonathan Gilchrist was under three layers of cement expreso.ec (machine translated) On October 19, 2016, it was the last time the American Jonathan Charles Gilchrist, 56, was seen by the guards of the condominium where he lived, in the canton Salinas (Santa Elena). […]

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Azuay Province: Missing young woman’s body found near river, arrest made

eltiempo.com.ec reported that searcher parties in Azuay Province found the body of Cristina Palacio. She has been missing since march 28th. Her remains were discovered amid debris on the banks of Paute River near a dam. , the young woman who had been missing since March 28. The body was located amid debris on the […]

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Ecuador: Body of U.S. Expat Jonathan Gilchrist found, buried in cement

THIS IS A DEVELOPING STORY/NOT ALL INFORMATION HAS BEEN NOT BEEN VERIFIED BODY OF U.S. CITIZEN / EXPAT DISCOVERED BURIED UNDER CONCRETE IN RESIDENCE / TWO DETAINED IN THE INVESTIGATION On January 17, 2017, Latinamericacurrentevents.com reported that U.S. citizen Jonathan Gilchrist, from Houston Texas. On January 12, 2017 Facebook Group “Ecuador Emergency” received a report […]

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Loja, Ecuador: U.S. expat harrassed for being a gringo, attacked with blow to the head

HATE CRIME AGAINST GRINGO IN LOJA ECUADOR U.S. Citizen told to get out of the country, Ecuador is not for them but for Ecuadorians, Attacked with a blow to the back of his head. lahora.com.ec / Expat attacked in Loja. (machine translated) They demanded that he leave the restaurant because of his ethnic background. Then […]

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Manabi, Ecuador: First 85 days of 2017, 33 murders recorded

Manabi reeling in violence with 33 people murdered in the province the first 85 days of 2017 eluniverso.com/reported: Hours before this murder, Diego Fuentes, Deputy Minister of the Interior, was in Portoviejo. There he said that in Manabí the provincial security council had been activated to work on preventive campaigns. “We are generating, with research […]

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Canadian Expat in Mexico Found Murdered in his home

INTERMEDIATE ADVANCED SPANISH VOCABULARY – READ THIS BOOK timescolonist.com / A Canadian woman flew to Mexico to visit her 67 year old brother in Mexico. John Wesley Cornelson, age 67 brother picked her up at the airport in Cabo, and delivered her to a hotel. They were to meet the next morning for breakfast. He […]

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U.S. citizen allegedly murdered in Ecuador, statement from the victims family

News provided by The Family of Leslie Allison Mar 24, 2017, 16:39 ET SUGARLAND, Texas, March 24, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — The family of Leslie Allison, a US citizen allegedly murdered in Ecuador in January 2016, awaits the outcome of her alleged murderer’s trial, which will be held on March 30, 2017. 35-year-old Leslie had traveled […]

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Ecuador: Authorities Seize Cocaine Shipment Destined for Syria

Ecuadorian group to send cocaine to Syria eluniverso.com (machine translated) Unusual destinations for drug shipments have detected the police following several seizures of alkaloids in recent weeks. Interior Minister Diego Fuentes reported Friday through his Twitter account of the disarticulation of a narcodelictiva organization that tried to send drugs to Syria. “Disrupted organization of international […]

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Ecuador: Trial Set for Shaman in Death of U.S. Citizen Leslie Allison during ayahuasca cermony

Hearing of the case for the death of Leslie Allison will be in Macas Morona Santiago Province Ecuador VISTAZO.COM reported the following on March 24, 2017 1. Leslie Allison a U.S. citizen died during an ayahuasca ceremony on January 14, 2016, in Gualaquiza, Morona Santiago Province, Ecuador. 2. A trial hearing is set in the […]

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Family of Dead American goes to Ecuador to attend trial of Shaman in Ayahuasca case

AUTOPSY SHOWED LESLIE ALLISON DIED AS A RESULT OF A BROKEN NECK SHAMAN CHARGED WITH CULPABLE HOMICIDE By Pooja Lodhia Thursday, March 23, 2017 10:39PM BAY CITY, Texas (KTRK) – A Bay City family is heading to Ecuador, hoping to learn more about how their loved one died. 35-year-old Leslie Allison died last year while […]

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One Man’s Look at Safety and Security in Ecuador “no one cares about you here”

It Doesn’t Always Glitter. You’re on Your Own in Quito (opinion) aplanelife.blogspot.com / I’ve mainly written about both Quito and South America from a positive perspective (save for my experience with the Ecuadorian National Police on the way out of Ecuador last year) and by-and-large it has been a very positive experience. Nevertheless, you need […]

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Cuenca, Ecuador: Senior Citizen Shot, robbed of $10,000 near market

Elderly man shot in leg, subjects on motorcycles steal $ 10,000 in Cuenca, Ecuador – one suspect taken into custody after police search. elmercurio.com.ec (machine translated) reported an elderly man was the victim of an assault on Viracochabamba Avenue and Quillanan Street (near Mercado 12 de Abril) in Cuenca. Two men on a motorcycle approached […]

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Targeting of Civilian Aircrafts in South America

Forewarned War: The Targeting of Civilian Aircrafts in South America and the Inter-American Human Rights System Alonso Gurmendi Dunkelberg INTERMEDIATE ADVANCED SPANISH VOCABULARY – READ THIS BOOK Abstract Throughout the War on Drugs, South American governments have fought a difficult and many times losing battle against drug trafficking. Lack of resources and policing capabilities have […]

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Mass Murderers in South America, A primer of the eight most pernicious

rollingstone.com/Melissa Locker / While the United States has more serial killers than any other nation, some of the most brutal murderers the world has ever seen came from the Southern Hemisphere. They’ve left hundreds of bodies of children, women and men in their wake, along the way earning grim nicknames like “monster,” “beast,” and “sadist” […]

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Salinas Ecuador: Two older women burglarize expats home

On or about March 18, 2017, an expat couple from the U.S. took a trip to visit Montanita. Upon their return to Salinas Ecuador, they discovered their residence had been burgled. burglarize The Victim’s Account – Unedited SOURCE – FACEBOOK GROUP – Name of Victim withheld. Well, it finally happened and we were robbed while […]

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Grisly Find in Venezuela Prison: Headless Bodies, at least fifteen corpses

theguardian.com / Reuters / Fifteen corpses, three of them headless, have been found in a mass grave at a Venezuelan prison and more may be discovered, investigators said on Saturday. The grisly find at the General Penitentiary in central Guarico state has thrown a spotlight on the South American nation’s crowded, violent and gang-dominated prisons […]

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One Expat’s story in Cuba, how life can go wrong very fast

theguardian.com/Stephen Gibbs / Speaking to me from Myanmar (more about that later) Purvis recalls his early Havana years. “It felt like another era,” he says. “No internet. No TV. No shopping.” The family adapted well to their new life. Home was a handsome 1950s villa, soon full with their four children. Saturdays would be spent […]

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Honduras: Three Convicted in Plot to murder President

Mexican, two Hondurans for plotting to kill president gulfnews.com / Scheme, which also involved Colombians and Guatemalans linked to disbanded Valle brothers cartel, was foiled by US and Honduran authorities A court found a Mexican man and two Hondurans guilty of plotting to assassinate Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez, who has extradited more than a […]

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Ecuador: Three from Australia Detained on Cocaine Smuggling Charges

skynews.com.au reported three Australians have been detained in Ecuador on suspicion of smuggling up to 10 kilograms of cocaine. The trio, two men and a woman from Melbourne, were arrested in late January in the city of Guayaquil, south-west of Quito. Fairfax Media reports they have been in custody ever since and insist the drugs […]

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Ecuador: Baby Jaguar Shot numerous times, making recovery, may be released to the wild

thedodo.com/ D’Yaria was probably terrified as she rode in the back of a pickup truck. Not only had the 11-month-old jaguar been taken from her home in the Ecuadorian forest, she was also badly injured. Last October, people had shot her several times — 18 shotgun pellets were lodged inside her tiny body. D’Yaria could […]

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Quito Ecuador: New Text Service on Public Buses to report cases of Sexual Harassment

extra.ec reported the first mobile platform to report cases of harassment on the buses of the Quito transport system will operate will be presented this March 13. The initiative, called ‘Bájale al haroso’, is focused on gender equality and the progressive reduction of attacks on women in public space. The Patronato San José conceptualized this […]

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Ballenita, Ecuador: Knife threatening Thugs, home invasion of Expat

Ballenita, Ecuador: Expat victim of home invasion, threatened with a knife by two assailants, tied up and gagged. On March 10, 2017, an expat from the U.S. was at home alone at about 8:30 am. She heard a knock on the door and thinking it was the garbage man, opened her door. Two men wielding […]

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Guayaquil, Ecuador: Five Armed Assailants Rob woman on way to bank of $25,000

Five armed men intercepted a woman yesterday at the Montebello Food Transfer Market in northern Guayaquil and took away more than $ 25,000 from a bank, according to several people. The money was from the sale of the last hours of some merchants, who had given him to help them with the deposit, said the […]

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DOJ not release names of Ecuadorian officials possibly impllicated in Odebrecht case

Jim Wyss/Miamiherald.com The U.S. Department of Justice will not provide U.S. lawmakers with the names of Ecuadorian officials who might have been implicated in the sweeping Odebrecht corruption case — as long as the investigation is active. In a statement Thursday, Miami Republican Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen said the DOJ had denied her Jan. 6 request […]

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Costa Rica: Tourist From Canada Stabbed to Death in Robbery

A Toronto teacher has been killed in what is believed to have been a violent robbery in Costa Rica. citynews.ca / Bruce McCallum, 58, who taught at Albert Campbell Collegiate in Scarborough, was found dead around 4:30 a.m. last Sunday in the southern Caribbean town of Puerto Viejo, Limón. He had suffered multiple stab wounds. […]

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Mafias use new scam in car sales in Ecuador

BUYING A CAR IN ECUADOR WITH COLOMBIAN OR PERUVIAN PLATES – CAUTION – IT COULD BE A SCAM ELCOMERCIO.COM/Sara Ortiz Ortiz (Machine Translated) reported… It was the vehicle of his dreams: engine 3500, ABS brakes, rain sensors, electric mirrors, four airbags … For Gabriel, a 37-year-old agriculturist, the best thing about the offer was the […]

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Ibarra Ecuador Bus Terminal Alert: Expat’s purse stolen while getting off bus

Ibarra Ecuador Bus Terminal Alert: Expat’s purse stolen while getting off bus unedited Ibarra Bus Terminal WARNING. Beware as I had my purse stolen yesterday. I believe they tried while I was getting off the bus, but I noticed my backpack that I had on my shoulder was unzipped but my purse was still inside. […]

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Ecuador: Family not satisfied with sentence for assailant who attacked woman with acid

Assailant receives nine years for attacking x-wife with acid leaving her in a vegetative state…. eluniverso.com (machine translated) reported for now there is no reason to smile in the life of Monica’s family, especially in that of her children. Steven is the eldest son of the woman who was attacked with acid by her ex-husband […]

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Ecuador: 17 Violent Deaths Recorded Over Carnaval Weekend

17 violent deaths in the country left the carnival holiday elunivers.com (MACHINE TRANSLATED) reported ten murders, two femicides and a hitman are among the figures of the 17 violent deaths that occurred in total on the carnival holiday throughout the country, according to statistics from the Interior Ministry, which were exposed yesterday at a press […]

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Panama: U.S. Tourist Found Strangled to Death

Catherine Johannet went missing on February 2, 2017. Her lifeless body was found on February 5, 2017. people.com reported what was a trip abroad has become a homicide investigation: Preliminary forensic results show Johannet was strangled, according to Panamanian media outlets En Segundos, La Prensa and Next TV Panama. It was not immediately clear when […]

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Three Ecuadorian women accept work in Chile to find out it was sex work, escape

Three Women from Ecuador promised jobs in Chile, find they would be forced into sex work. Three Ecuadorian men traveling with them forced to work in a brick factory. Human Trafficking Network Ecuador to Chile. eltelegrafo.com/ (machine translated)A man who only identified himself as ‘Gabriel’ contacted Ecuadorians and convinced them to travel to Chile. He […]

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Ecuador: Prisoner murders his wife during conjugal visit

Prisoner accused of killing his partner in conjugal visit in Guayaquil eluniverso.com (machine translated) Olga Rodríguez Quiñones, 39, was identified as the woman who yesterday was murdered by her partner during the conjugal visit at the Center for Social Rehabilitation of Men of Guayaquil, known as the Coastal Penitentiary. The event, which was known after […]

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San Vicente, Manabí Ecuador: Pharmacy Robbed at Gunpoint

An unnamed source revealed to latinamericacurrentents.com that on February 22, 2017, a small pharmacy was robbed at gunpoint. The assailant demanded the cash from the register which contained $300 dollars. San Vicente is located across the bay from Bahía de Caráquez. The informant stated that this type of crime previously was very rare in the […]

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School Shooting Latacunga Ecuador, one student wounded

elcomercio.com reported (machine translation)…. The Judicial Police and the Prosecutor’s Office investigate the details of the detonation of a firearm within a classroom. The projectile wounded a minor. The incident occurred in an educational establishment in the city of Latacunga today, Wednesday, February 22, 2017. According to the police, the accident happened during the change […]

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Guayaquil, Ecuador: Weak Enforcement of Citing Vehicles without plates (opinion)

eluniverso.com (opinion) (machine translated) Vehicles without license plates public safety risk It is easy to see them in the exclusive lanes of the Metrovía or on fast roads such as the Narcisa de Jesús Highway or the Perimetral road, places where radars are installed to check that the provisions are met Legal and that they […]

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Guayaquil Ecuador: General crime down over the election weekend, but three murders recorded

eluniverso.com (machine translated) reported Guayaquil registered a low level of citizen insecurity on the weekend of elections, in terms of common crimes. However, there were three violent deaths in the north and south of the city. “There have been no reported incidents of robberies, thefts or property crimes here at this Unit during the elections. […]

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Ecuador: Man Arrested at Voting Polls for alleged rape of minor in 2014

Eluniverso.com (machine translated) reported Ruddy G., 43, was arrested last Sunday in El Carmen, Manabí, after he exercised his right to vote. He was wanted by the police within an investigation of sexual abuse on a warrant. The crime would have been committed in 2014. The victim was then 11 years old. Within the judicial […]

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Colombia: Violence spreading in areas abandoned by guerrillas

The Guardian -guardian.com/ Violence is spreading particularly fast in areas abandoned by guerrillas under the peace deal because the promised state security forces have not arrived. There is little clarity about who is behind the killings, but areas once held by guerrillas are often places where illegal mining or farming of coca – the raw […]

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Haiti Prison, HELL ON EARTH, some waiting up to eight years for trial

dailymail.co.uk reported dozens of emaciated men with sunken cheeks and protruding ribs lie silently in an infirmary at Haiti’s largest prison, most too weak to stand. The corpse of an inmate who died miserably of malnutrition is shrouded beneath a plastic tarp. Elsewhere, prisoners are crammed shoulder-to-shoulder in cellblocks so overcrowded they have to sleep […]

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Colombia: As FARC demobilizes, many feel unprotected as other criminal groups move in

bbc.com reported officials said people are fleeing because illegal armed groups are trying to take over the mining and cocaine trade which had provided the Farc with an income. Norte de Santander has emerged as the country’s main hub for coca cultivation. Last week peasant farmer organisations in the region around Catatumbo blocked the demobilisation […]

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Dominican Republic: Two Journalists Shot Dead During Live Facebook Broadcast

INTERMEDIATE ADVANCED SPANISH VOCABULARY – READ THIS BOOK Two journalists killed during Facebook Live broadcast aljazeera.com reported attackers burst into the studio and shot the presenter mid-broadcast, a shooting that was also caught on Facebook live. Police in the Dominican Republic have arrested three men after two radio journalists were shot dead during a Facebook […]

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Quito Ecuador: Post Office Evacuated in north of city, BOMB THREAT

Isabel Alarcón (I) The morning of this Thursday, February 16, 2017, a bomb threat was registered at the Correos del Ecuador facility, located on United Nations and Japan Avenue, in the north of Quito . The alleged explosive device would be located in the parking lot of the place. At the moment are the specialized […]

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Ecuador: Head of National Assembly received lethal explosive device in mail

telesurtv.net reporte: SURVIVES ASSASSINATION ATTEMPT Gabriela Rivadeneira has been sent an explosive device. Gabriela Rivadeneira, the head of the Ecuadorean National Assembly, announced Wednesday that she was sent a lethal explosive device in the mail. “Today I received in my office an envelope addressed to me with a CD that turned out to be a […]

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Colombia: Six Ecuadorians detained with 1.5 tons cocaine, allegedly linked to dissidents from FARC

Six Ecuadorians detained in southern Colombia with 1.5 tons of cocaine eluniverso.com reported Colombian agents seized 1.5 tons of cocaine and arrested six Ecuadorians allegedly linked to dissidents from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), the country’s defense minister said Wednesday. THINKING OF MOVING TO ECUADOR – THIS IS ONE BOOK THAT IS A […]

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Ecuador: 16 of 18 defendants guilty in Petroecuador bribery,corruption case

elcomercio.com reported that a criminal court found 16 of 18 defendants in the Petroecuador bribery, corruption scandal guilty. Ten of the defendants were sentenced to five years in prison. They include former officials Carlos Pareja Yannuzzelli, Álex Bravo, Paquita de Mora and Arturo Escobar. The ten must pay $25 million in reparations. In addition six […]

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Acapulco Mexico: U.S. Man and Mexican woman found dead, strangulation suspected

INTERMEDIATE ADVANCED SPANISH VOCABULARY – READ THIS BOOK ACAPULCO, Feb 10 (Reuters/dailymail.co.uk) – An American man and a Mexican woman were found murdered in an apartment in the resort city of Acapulco, authorities in the southwestern state of Guerrero said on Friday. The bodies of Stanley Enders, 70, and Nora Valdez, 65, bore marks of […]

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Paraguay: 25 Tons of Venezuelan Bills(currency) found in home

INTERMEDIATE ADVANCED SPANISH VOCABULARY – READ THIS BOOK Paraguayan police found some 25 tons of Venezuelan bills (currency) hidden in bags in a house in the city of Saltos del Guaira, on the border with Brazil. Banknotes of different denominations were stacked in large sacks against a wall of property owned by a well-known arms […]

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Ecuador: Criminal Assailants of Armored Cash Vehicles better armed than guards, police

vía Quito – Lago Agrio extremely vulnerable to attack on armored trucks carrying cash Assailants Using AK 47′s, sub-machine guns, dynamite, military style weapons Attacks against armored trucks are well thought out and sophisticated in nature. Attacks similar to some assaults in Colombia and Peru Police at disadvantage Javier Ortega. Editor/elcomercio.com (machine translated) The Police […]

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Samanes, Ecuador: Interprovincial bus assaulted by armed gunmen and gunwomen

Two Women Detained in holdup. Assault happened at 2:00 AM/ On Route from Guayaquil to Chone / No Injuries/Tried to Escape through the sewer/flood pipelines. eluniverso.com (Machine Translated) Three men and two women who were aboard the Reina del Camino interprovincial transport bus stormed yesterday morning to the passengers of the vehicle while driving along […]

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Ecuador: Newspaper victim of hacked Twitter accounts

eldiario.ec reported that Diario El Comercio (newspaper) reported that two of its accounts on the social network Twitter were hacked. The announcement was made by the media through the same social network, last night, February 12, 2017. The national newspaper indicated that the accounts violated were from the magazine Líderes and Deportes de El Comercio. […]

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Argentina: Adolescent kills infant with shovel after baby breaks cellphone

TEENAGER BLUDGEONS TO DEATH BABY AFTER INFANT THROWS CELL PHONE TO THE GROUND eldiario.ec reported… The incident occurred in the Argentine province of Santiago del Estero, when, according to his own confession, the young man hit the girl with a shovel. “I grabbed her by the feet and kicked her because she threw my cell […]

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Ecuador: President to send reform banning use of drugs in public spaces

ambito.com reported Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa announced that he will send a reform to the National Assembly (Parliament) to ban drug use on public roads , and stressed that this impediment should have already been applied to municipalities, just as they do With alcohol intake. “Drug use is not a judicial problem ,” Correa said […]

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Ecuador: Bank Inside Ministry of Foreign Affair’s Passport Office Robbed

ASSAILANTS STORMED THE BANK, HIGHLY ARMED, PASSED THEMSELVES OFF AS MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIR’S EMPLOYEES, NEARLY 50,000 US DOLLARS STOLEN eluniverso.com reported that shortly before the amounts are collected by a armored vehicle and near the closing hour of a BanEcuador branch windows in the interior of Guayaquil Zonal Government, between five to eight criminals […]

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Salinas Ecuador: Canadian expats file criminal complaint against U.S. expat for theft

U.S. expat allegedly steals expensive construction equipment from Canadian expats. facebook.com/SuperPeninsular reported Eldo Concari an attorney for Canadian expats in Ecuador has filed criminal charges with the prosecutors office in Salinas. The Canadians allege an expat from the U.S. living in Ecuador was left in charge of some expensive construction equipment and stole said equipment. […]

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Monjas Quito Ecuador: Police find arsenal of weapons on domestic violence call

Rifles, pistols and ammunition were found in Monjas Former Military member had no permission for weapons lahora.com.ec Thursday, February 9, 2017 The urban service police went to the Monjas sector to deal with alleged domestic violence and found an arsenal of weapons. The police of urban service went to the sector of Monjas, center of […]

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El Salvador: Television personality accused of drug trafficking with Ecuador connection

Salvadoran speaker traffics drugs from Ecuador eluniverso.com/AP (machine translated) The Salvadoran Public Prosecutor’s Office yesterday accused Pamela Posada, a 26-year-old publicist and television presenter, of conspiring for international drug trafficking. Along with Posada, another 28 people identified as belonging to an international drug trafficking network linked to the Sinaloa Mexican cartel were arrested during an […]

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Fileless Computer Attacks Seen in Ecuador, Hard to Detect

The attacks used Windows utilities and open-source tools instead of easily detectable malware programs cio.com/By Lucian Constantin reported: Using its sensor network, Kaspersky found similar PowerShell scripts inside the registry of computers from around 100 other enterprise networks worldwide. The U.S., France, Ecuador, Kenya and the U.K. are the countries with the largest number of […]

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Cayambe, Ecuador: Man detained with 1,700 capsules of heroin

Tuesday, February 7, 2017 lahora.com.ec reported man detained for transporting 1,700 capsules of heroin, in Cayambe, Manolo J. was yesterday with an order of preventive custody for the alleged crime of drug trafficking. In a hearing of qualification of flagrancy, developed in the Judicial Criminal Unit of Cayambe, the prosecutor Jose Cevallos reported that last […]

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Quitumbe Ecuador: Increase in assaults robberies by assailants on motorcycles

South of Quito, some assailants are using fake pistols and knives in their assaults. Assailants often work in a group of two individuals on a motorcycle. They often use fake or tamptered vehicle plates to throw off authorities. The constant robbery of people registered in Quitumbe forced the police of that jurisdiction to change the […]

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Guayaquil Ecuador: Brawl at Soccer Match leaves 40 fans injured

thesun.co.ukBARCELONA saw their match abandoned yesterday after violence in the stands left 40 fans injured in Ecuador. A fight broke out after 11 minutes between different factions of the club’s ultras, Sur Oscura, which Ecuador’s Ministry of Communication says left seven supporters with serious injuries. The national champions, whose badge looks strikingly similar to that […]

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Pascuales Ecuador: Some victims of Express Kidnappings being released near bus station

Abandon victims of highway robbery Terminal Terrestre-Pascuales eluniverso.com reported the Terminal Terrestre-Pascuales highway has become the last stop in cases of express abduction that have been committed in Guayaquil. Two weeks ago, a driver who was intercepted by motorcyclists was abandoned, handcuffed, near an Interagua pumping station. The guys took the car. The victim of […]

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Latin America key center for Hezbollah’s global financial network (observations, opinion)

Lebanese militant group Hezbollah has established a criminal and financial network across the region, and while the US has taken steps to disrupt these resources in the past, more needs to be done. csmonitor.com/Emanuele Ottolenghi February 3, 2017 —This piece was submitted in response to Christopher Sabatini’s article considering the Islamist threat in Latin America. […]

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Boliva: Two police detained in smuggling of foreing women for prostitution case

lahora.com.ec/EFE reported A Bolivian court ordered the arrest of two police officers accused of complicity in trafficking in foreigners for a case linked to a La Paz brothel denounced and demolished in September last year, the prosecutor’s office said. The police, imprisoned in pre-trial detention, are Jacinto FG and Freddy AM and face charges of […]

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Argentina: La Gitana, suspected woman from Brazil detained for virtual kidnappings

Argentine police detained a Brazilian woman known as “La Gitana”, who was on the run, had a warrant for her capture and is accused of leading a gang that carried out “virtual abductions” (telephone extortion) in Lanús, Buenos Aires, Official sources. Buenos Aires, Jan 20 (EFE) .- The Argentine police detained a Brazilian woman known […]

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Chile: Virtual Kidnappings a Continuing Problem

EFE/lahora.com.ec The Chilean National Police and the Investigation Police (PDI) met to study the creation of a group specialized in the fight against virtual abductions, after detecting that this crime was rebounding in the last week, official sources said today. “They are phone calls made by a prisoner from a penitentiary in Chile, they search […]

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Sonoita Arizona: Human Smugglers Stopped bringing in Mexican Nationals

cbp.gov/ Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents stopped two human smuggling attempts this week while conducting immigration checkpoint operations on State Route 83 near Sonoita. A U.S. citizen driving a 2001 Saturn Ion sped through the immigration checkpoint Tuesday, prompting agents to pursue the car a short distance before the driver pulled over. During a search […]

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U.S. Border: Woman detained after trying to bring in boatload of pot

cbp.gov / U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at Arizona’s Port of Lukeville arrested a 31-year-old Phoenix woman Tuesday for an alleged attempt to smuggle close to $180,000 worth of marijuana into the United States. INTERMEDIATE ADVANCED SPANISH VOCABULARY – READ THIS BOOK A CBP narcotics detection canine alerted officers to the presence of bundles […]

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U.S. Expat in Cuenca Ecuador Arrested for Attempted Murder in U.S., extradited

Correction: Latinamericacurrentevents.com originally titled this aggregated article as the expat was arrested for murder. That is incorrect according to the article. The expat was detained on attempted murder in the first degree as well as other charges. Suspect used several aliases, was well-known in the U.S. expats communities in Cuenca as well as on the […]

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Montañita, Ecuador: Enchanced Police Intervention to Combat Insecurity

INCREASED POLICE INTERVENTION IN MONTANITA/WILL BE REVIEWED IN SIX-MONTHS 0ecuavisa.com reported this Thursday, February 2, 2017 begins in Montañita the intervention prepared by the authorities in security, mainly for the subject of micro-traffic, robberies and other crimes that have been registered in the resort of the province of Santa Elena. It happens a year after […]

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Guayaquil, Ecuador: Robbers targeting drivers while in traffic when exiting Santa Ana tunnel

eluniverso.com reported the robberies in the midst of intense traffic were presented again last Monday night with drivers leaving the tunnel taking Pedro Menendez Avenue. That day, in addition, the congestion was intensified by the intense rain of the night and the damage in a car. At the end of last year, the manager of […]

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Manabi Ecuador: Argument over changing music at party results in stabbing death

eldiario.ec(machine translated) The tragic event was registered at the site San Pablo de Rio de Oro, El Carmen, yesterday at approximately 05h00, reports the agents. The relatives of the victim told the police that the crime was raised in the house of Patricia Romero, mother of the victim, when a dance was taking place. Relatives […]

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Cuenca Ecuador: Theft of Water Meters Increases

Increases in theft of water meters elmercurio.com.ec reported in 60% in relation to the previous year, it increased in the Municipal Company of Telecommunications, Drinking Water, Sewage and Sanitation (ETAPA EP) the citizens’ complaints for the theft of drinking water meters. In the year 2016, an average of three to four complaints per month were […]

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Guayas Province Ecuador: 1 – 8 cases a day reported of missing persons

Most cases of missing individuals are adolescents – eluniverso.com reported…Margarita, André, Josué, Juana, Genesis are names of people who were reported missing last week at the Flagrant Unit of the Guayas Public Prosecutor’s Office in the Albán Borja Mall, located in northern Guayaquil. There are four prosecutors in the Administrative Actions Unit, which is the […]

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Ecuador: Bus travelling from Cuenca to Guayaquil Assaulted by gunmen

One of the assailants detained / Assault took place in Cascajal / Bus Compnay Express Sucre NO SECURITY CAMERAS ON BOARD eluniiverso.com reported police recovered wallets, suitcases, cell phones, perfumes, among other belongings of passengers of a bus of the cooperative Express Sucre, that were assaulted after 23:00 of Saturday 28, after two assailants in […]

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Cuenca Ecuador: Nine Arrested linked to two robberies of businesses

9 arrested in Cuenca allegedly linked to two robberies Cuenca Ecuador eluniverso.com reported nine people allegedly linked to two robberies were arrested in an operation in Cuenca. One of the premises assaulted is a business of chickens, and the other a pharmacy located in the avenue of the Americas. The arrests were recorded with the […]

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U.S.,Mexico: Group charged in $100 million money laundering scheme

ICE.GOV – October 2016 6 charged for role in $100 million international money laundering scheme NEWARK, N.J. – Six individuals were charged with international money laundering and wire fraud as well as conspiracies to commit these same offenses Monday, following a multi-agency investigation, which included U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations and […]

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U.S.: Businessmen, foreign officials plead guilty bribery case involving Mexican Aviation Officers

12/28/2016 ICE.GOV 4 businessman, 2 foreign officials plead guilty in connection with bribes paid to Mexican aviation officials HOUSTON – Charges have been unsealed against six individuals, all of whom have pleaded guilty for their involvement in schemes to bribe Mexican officials to secure aircraft maintenance and repair contracts with government-owned and controlled entities. Two […]

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U.S.: Brazilian national arrested, 20 million dolalrs hidden in box spring, pyramid scheme

JUSTICE.GOV FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Thursday, January 5, 2017 Agents Seize Approximately $20 Million and Arrest Brazilian National in Scheme to Launder TelexFree Funds BOSTON –Approximately $20 million in cash hidden inside a box spring in a Westborough, Mass. apartment, was seized late yesterday, and a Brazilian man was arrested in connection with conspiring to launder […]

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Ecuador: Abducted Soldiers released by irrregular group in mining conflict

Ecuador Indigenous Group Releases Soldiers Abducted in Mining Conflict telesurtv.net reported … “Freedom and dignity of people are not negotiable, and in Ecuador no one is above the law,” said Ecuador’s Defense Ministry. Two soldiers who were abducted by an irregular group in the Amazon rainforest of Ecuador were released on Saturday in the midst […]

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Cotacachi, Ecuador: Burglary of Expat’s residence reported

Source: FB expat group – name of victim not used. I am writing this to let folks know that sometimes what you believe is enough security is not… Thursday night our garage and workers bodega was broken into. Many valuable items were taken. We live in La Compania area across from the bodega de municipio. […]

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Ecuador: Government Implicated in Public Works Corruption

panampost.com/Ysol Delgado reported the Nuevo Herald recently interviewed journalist Fernando Villavicencio, who is in hiding after revealing confidential information that uncovered an important network of corruption, through a website called Focus. After the journalist’s information came to light, Rafael Correa asked the Attorney General of Ecuador to investigate him, and soon after an arrest warrant […]

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Belize: FBI believes more than one person involved in murder of U.S. tourist year ago

BELMOPAN, Belize — By Barb Markoff and Chuck Goudie/http://abc7.com More than one person may be involved in the murder of Anne Swaney, executive producer of digital operations at our sister station, ABC7 Chicago, an FBI official said. “We believe that people, the public in Belize, may have information about the suspect or suspects that committed […]

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