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Chihuahua, Mexico: Experts report security situation deteriorating

Mexican cartel shootout leaves 26 dead or wounded in latest violent clash

Experts say that security has deteriorated in recent months as criminal groups squabble over the remains of the empire once controlled by kingpin El Chapo

theguardian.com reported a battle between rival drug cartel factions in Mexico’s northern Chihuahua state left at least 26 dead and injured, officials have confirmed, in the latest series of violent incidents that have sent the country’s murder rate soaring.

Chihuahua state officials say the shootout occurred in the hamlet of Las Vargas(sic) Las Varas), deep in the rugged Sierra Madre mountains, where the illegal drugs business has deep roots in the local community and economy.

Details were scant, but experts say that the security situation in Chihuahua has deteriorated in recent months as criminal groups squabble over the remains of the empire once controlled by Sinaloa Cartel boss Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán. Read Article

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Anger against tourist posting pictures on social networks, touching animals on Galapagos Islands

METRO ECUADOR (MACHINE TRANSLATED) Anger on social networks for tourist who touched and kissed animals in Galápagos displaying pictures on instagram. In the account in Instagram of the tourist @welcomadventure have been published the images that have indignado to users of the networks in Ecuador. Through the social networks have circulated photographs of a Russian […]

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Guayaquil, Ecuador: 60 Percent of Crimes Committed From Individuals on Motorcycles

The proposed ordinance would establish regulations on the purchase of motorcycles and a strategy for reviewing the Police. Eluniverso.com / Ángel Aguirre reported (machine translated) More than 60% of the crimes registered in Guayaquil are committed on motorcycles. Places, times and days when the cases are increasing were part of the diagnosis analyzed by the […]

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Cuenca Ecuador: Gay expat victim of poisoning, robbery at his residence

The following information was submitted to Latinamericacurrentevents.com/ The name of the source and victim are not shared in this post. There is limited details to the event and LACE is attempting to obtain more information. The name of the victim’s home country also is not mentioned in order to protect his identity. On or about […]

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Guayaquil: Three Victims of Yellow Taxi Robberies in less than one hour

Victims of robberies in ‘yellow’ taxis Eluniverso.com (machine translated) On June 27, 2017, In less than an hour, three citizens were victims of crime while going in ‘yellow taxis’. The first case was registered at 20:30. Víctor A. told the prosecutor’s office that he was going to the airport where he works, when two armed […]

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Guayaquil Ecuador: 400 military troops put in service to patrol streets in effort to curb crime

eluniverso.com/Víctor Serrano reported (machine translated) The Marine Corps, Operational Group 2.4 Guayaquil prepared yesterday to leave to the control operations that began in the Guasmo. Víctor Serrano Marines began patrolling within a new strategy to curb crime. The Armada of Ecuador was the first branch of the Armed Forces. In jumping to the streets of […]

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Ecuador’s Greatest Conman Scams Swiss Tourists

Ecuador’s Greatest Conman Scams Swiss Tourists From the Upcoming Book ECUATROCITY by Nicholas Crowder. Scam artists exist around the world and Ecuador is no exception. One of the most unique scams happened back in 1980, in the port city of Guayaquil. A couple of tourists from Switzerland were amazed at the beautiful Moorish style clock […]

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Cuenca Ecuador: Illegal Banking Operation shutdown, some expats may be impacted

CUENCAHIGHLIFE.COM reported Hundreds of Cuenca investors, including some North American expats, may be victims of an illegal banking operation shut down over the weekend. Police began making arrests Friday and seized office equipment and vehicles Saturday belonging to MTCoin Banco del Futura (Bank of the Future) at the firm’s offices in Cuenca and Santa Isabel. […]

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Santa Elena Ecuador: Mayor Victim of Armed Robbery in Gated Community

extra.ec (machine translated) Six armed men entered at 03:00 today, Thursday, June 22 at the home of the mayor of Santa Elena, Dionicio Gonzabay Salinas , and assaulted him, according to a police report. Gonzabay told investigators that while he was resting with his wife, armed men entered the bedroom to intimidate and tie them; […]

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U.S. / Brazilian National Murdered in Ecuador (Feb. 2016), Suspected of Money Laundering

U.S. / Brazilian National Murdered in Ecuador Marcello Mello, age 46, lived in a suburban area of St. Louis, Missouri. In February of 2016, he was on a business trip to Guayaquil, Ecuador when things went terribly wrong. He was kidnapped along with a friend, taken to a vacant lot on February 19th, 2017 and […]

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Mexico City, Mexico: May 2017 largest number of cellphone thefts reported from pedestrians

milenio.com/Ilich Valdez reported that stolen cellphone numbers increased substantially from pedestrians in Mexico City during May 2017. On an average day in Mexico City during May, 34.3 cell phones were reported stolen according to Rebeca Peralta Leon. In the first five months of 2017, nearly 5,000 phones reported stolen from pedestrians. May has been the […]

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Ecuador: Driver Murdered in Bus Gang Assault on Guayaquil – Cuenca Route

BUS DRIVER RESISTED ROBBERY, SHOT IN HEAD eltiempo.com.ec (machine translated) The bus driver of the Cooperativa San Luis, which covered the Guayaquil-Cuenca route, died after receiving a bullet impact from the assault and robbery committed by a criminal gang of seven individuals. The bus driver of the Cooperativa San Luis, which covered the Guayaquil-Cuenca route, […]

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Restaurant clients in northern Guayaquil, Ecuador assaulted

Restaurant clients in northern Guayaquil are assaulted Security ELUNIVERSO.COM (MACHINE TRANSLATED) INCREASE IN ASSAILANTS USING MOTORCYCLES IN COMMITTING ASSAULTS, CRIMES. Motorcycle robberies, home burglaries and armed robberies, using a motorcycle to mobilize, are part of the criminal acts that were reported in the last few hours in the Office of Public Prosecution of the Albán […]

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Ecuador: Oil drilling not only threat to Yasuni National Park, report on illegal loggers from Peru

rpp.pe reported… In the deepest part of the Ecuadorian Amazon, right on the border with Peru, indigenous communities have been denouncing an uncontrolled onslaught of illegal logging and hunting by traffickers, who claim they are Peruvians and penetrate into their territory along the Curaray River , Province of Pastaza in Ecuador. The problem is to […]

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Bogota Colombia: Three Dead, in shopping center bomb explosion, tourist district

INTERMEDIATE ADVANCED SPANISH VOCABULARY – READ THIS BOOK French expat one of the dead abc.net.au / Three people are dead after a powerful bomb blast rocked one of the busiest shopping centres in Colombia’s capital, Bogota. A powerful explosive device detonated in a women’s bathroom The shopping centre had tough security measures in place Authorities […]

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Ecuador: Two French Tourists Report Theft of Computers on bus, security camera not on

eluniverso.com /machine translated Two French tourists report theft of computers on bus from Peru to Guayaquil The foreigners, students of the University of Toulouse, France, went to the Office of the Public Prosecutor yesterday with part of their luggage. Research work on the ethnicities of Colombia, which she had compiled for her thesis on anthropology […]

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Attempted Armed Robbery of tourist in Buenos Aires filmed on GOPRO in 2014

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Supermaxi Ecuador victim of social media spreading of fake offers from retailer

metroecuador.com.ec(machine translated)Supermaxi denies false publications on its behalf One of the fake publications tells users that they have earned a Chevrolet Sail for their loyalty. The corporation Favorita through its brand Supermaxi notified through its social networks that in the last days have been published false promotions using the name of the mark. SPANISH SLANG […]

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Two Arrested in Heroin Smuggling Network from Ecuador to Miami, commercial flights used

miamiherald.com/By Alfonso Chardy Drug Enforcement Administration agents arrested a Miami couple after discovering a narcotics smuggling network that transported heroin from Ecuador on commercial flights to Miami, according to federal court records. In the case uncovered by the DEA, the investigation began in 2016 when investigators learned about a narcotic supplier from Ecuador. Read Full […]

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Guayaquil, Ecuador: Band of Thieves Posing as Contractors, Municipal Workers

Eluniverso.com (MACHINE TRANSLATED) Periodically municipal workers give maintenance to the luminaries that are the competence of the Cabildo, above all, in the regenerated zones. Archive They come to different sectors of the city with the argument that they will remove public luminaires in good condition for better quality ones. They wear uniforms and are transported […]

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Cuenca Ecuador: Upsurge in Murders First Five Months of 2017

eltelegrafo.com.ec / There were 22 murders reported in Cuenca Ecuador during the first five months of 2017. This is an increase of seven more murders for the same time period in 2016. Four of the 22 murders were the result of fights. March was the most violent month so far in 2017. There was also […]

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Ecuador: Shaman Found Guilty In Death of U.S. Citizen During Ayahuasca Ceremony

BREAKING NEWS: SHAMAN FOUND GUILTY IN DEATH OF U.S. CITIZEN LESLIE ALLISON IN ECUADOR On June 8, 2017, a judicial court in Macas, Ecuador found shaman Miguel Chiriap guilty of culpable homicide in the death of U.S. citizen Leslie Allison. Leslie who was 35 years old at the time of her death is described by […]

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Nicaragua: National Assembly to reform law to combat gender-based violence

INTERMEDIATE ADVANCED SPANISH VOCABULARY – READ THIS BOOK radiolaprimerisima.com The National Assembly is promoting an initiative to partially reform Law 779, the Comprehensive Law Against Violence against Women, with the objective of guaranteeing the citizen, family and community security of all Nicaraguans. The initiative presented this Wednesday by the deputy Wilfredo Navarro, seeks the promotion […]

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Mexico City: Highest Rate in Mexico for Robberies of Pedestrians

radiolaprimerisima.com/ (machine translated) Mexico City currently has Mexico’s second highest rate of robberies against pedestrians (Robo a transeúntes), a crime that increased 38.2 percent in the first four months of this year. In this period also increased the culpable homicide in 22.4 percent, the robbery with violence (10,9) and the robbery to houses (7.5 percent), […]

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Ecuador: Assembly takes actions to combat corruption

radiolaprimerisima.com / The National Assembly of Ecuador approved Wednesday to take actions to prevent and combat corruption, within the framework of the Odebrecht case, with a total of 106 votes in favor and 22 against. After a debate, during session 458, lawmakers established the definition of definitive solutions to combat corruption in public administration. @Ecuador […]

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Ecuador: Comptroller reports some funds, donations for 2016 earthquake not used for victims

elcomercio.com reported the comptroller’s office determined that funds allocated for the earthquake victims (April 2016) were used for other purposes. The investigation revealed that in some instances money was used for unjustified expenditures. The Armed Forces was charged with the responsibility distributing donations. SAFETY, SECURITY, HEALTH IN ECUADOR – THIS IS ONE BOOK THAT IS […]

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Guayaquil, Ecuador: Computer Tablets One of Most Reported Stolen Items

elcomercio.com / (Machine Translated) – In areas of the bahia of Guayaquil the offers are repeated daily. “Friend, I’m selling this cheap tablet. Give me 50 USD for it. It is negotiable, “repeated a man of about 30 years in a low voice. In the same sector, three other ‘hookers’ offered these electronic equipment at […]

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UK Advice Report on Safety and Security in Ecuador

Safety and security Ecuador – gov.uk Crime Muggings and pick pocketing are very common. In Quito, take particular care in ‘La Carolina’ and ‘El Ejido’ parks, the districts of ‘La Mariscal’, ‘La Floresta’ and ‘La Marin’, the bus terminals and the old town including the main square and ‘El Panecillo’ hill. Avoid travelling to ‘El […]

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Ecuador: Five Arrested in Odebrecht case including relative of V.P

(Reuters) – Ecuador arrested five people on Friday including a relative of the vice president, and raided several companies as part of a local investigation into Brazilian construction company Odebrecht’s corruption scandal. The state prosecutor’s office did not provide names, but Vice President Jorge Glas, who oversaw the oil and infrastructure sectors while serving as […]

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Santiago Chile: Two Tourists Ripped off by Taxi Driver, Driver runs over man trying to help

INTERMEDIATE ADVANCED SPANISH VOCABULARY – READ THIS BOOK losandes.com.ar (machine translated) Two Argentine tourists were the protagonists of a sequence that could end in tragedy in Santiago, Chile : a taxi driver stole their bags and a Colombian who came to assist them ended up hit. It happened on Saturday afternoon when two Argentine women […]

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Quito, Ecuador: Foreigner Detained For Alleged Child Pornography Crimes

Foreigner arrested in Quito for alleged child pornography Dance Instructor Detained is from Chile – provided classes to young children eluniverso.com (machine translated) After several weeks of follow-up, agents of the General Intelligence Directorate of the National Police arrested the Chilean citizen David L. in the sector of Barrionuevo, south of Quito, for the alleged […]

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Guayaquil Ecuador: So far in 2017, three foreigners murdered

Most Murders Involve Drug Activity per authorities….. three murders of foreigners so far in 2017 in Guayaquil 1. Albanian 2. Venezuelan, 3. U.S. eluniverso.com (machine translated) reported on Tuesday night a man was shot in the streets 36 and the Ch, near the Grau Ruiz municipal market. Ronny Zambrano He arrived in the streets 36 […]

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Cuenca Ecuador: Expat’s teenage daughter robbed twice in seven days of cellphone

SUBMITTED TO LATINAMERICACURRENTEVENTS.COM from Social Media. “Warning: we are residents of Rio Sol near Monay shopping. My 17-year-old daughter has been robbed twice in 7 days for her telephone on the river walk in front of our house. Once at knife point. Be careful. (Name of expat witheld) SAFETY, SECURITY, HEALTH IN ECUADOR – READ […]

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Ecuador: Alleged mastermind in murder of U.S. Expat, wanted

Jonathan Gilchrist, age 65, a U.S. expatriate living in Salinas Ecuador was reported missing under mysterious circumstances to Latinamericacurrentevents.com on January 12, 2017.(Read Article) On March 30th, 2017, Mr. Gilchrist’s body was found by authorities in six feet of concrete under a home in Guayaquil, Ecuador. Police reported that money appeared to be the motive […]

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Finding the Right Judge in Ecuador: challenges of jurisdiction between indigenous and ordinary adjudicators

Finding the right judge: challenges of jurisdiction between indigenous and ordinary adjudicators in Ecuador Ruiz-Chiriboga, Oswaldo http://journal-dl.com ABSTRACT Ecuador is a country with several normative systems coexisting within the same territory. Having a multiplicity of systems facilitates the clashes of jurisdiction among them. This contribution studies the applicable rules Ecuador has to allocate jurisdiction among […]

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Femicide in Latin America (Special Report)

telesurtv.net Femicide, the murder of a woman based on her gender in particular by a man, continues to plague Latin America. From Mexico to Argentina, femicides have skyrocketed only to be met with impunity at all levels of government. But resistance is growing. The epidemic of gender violence has united women of all races under […]

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Cuenca Ecuador: Scopolamine attack against four men, women were assailants

Using the Date Rape Drug – Know in Ecuador as “dulces suenos” “sweet dreams” Assault using this modality is reported as rare in Cuenca cuencahighlife.com Four Cuenca men were taken to a local hospital Saturday morning after friends found two of them unconscious in their historic district apartment. Police say that the men had been […]

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Cuenca Ecuador: Thief finds neighbors take things into their own hands (video)

A thief entered a house knife in hand but, residents activated the community alarm and gave a lesson that he will not soon forget. SPEAK SPANISH LIKE AN ECUADORIAN – READ THIS BOOK

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Ecuador: Clandestine clinics still prevalent to “cure homosexuality”

paolaparedes.com / Paola Paredes – It was four years ago that I first learned about the private ‘clinics’ that claim to cure homosexuality in Ecuador. My first thought was that it could be me held there and told that, as a gay woman, I needed to change. Two years later, I came out to my […]

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Ecuador Extradites Alleged Manufacturer of Amphetamine to Russia

en.crimerussia.com / As reported by the Prosecutor General’s Office of the Russian Federation, Ecuador has extradited to Russia a resident of Krasnoyarsk, accused of illegally producing almost one kilogram of amphetamine. “At the request of the Prosecutor General’s Office of the Russian Federation, the competent authorities of the Republic of Ecuador have extradited Russian citizen […]

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Mexico City, Mexico: Two U.S. tourists assaulted after obtaining cash from ATM, one killed, one seriously injured

TWO U.S. TOURISTS ASSAULTED AFTER WITHDRAWING FUNDS FROM ATM Colonia Álamos located in Alcaldía Benito Juárez en Ciudad de México / Tlalpan Tunnel lasillarota.com (MACHINE TRANSLATED) Yesterday afternoon (05-16-17), two tourists of American nationality were assaulted and seriously injured on a bridge over the Tlalpan road in the Benito Juárez delegation. According to reports from […]

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Ecuador: Bus in route from Santa Elena to Guayaquil held up by bandits

Santa Elena-Guayaquil Bus Robbed Tuesday / assailants were pretending to be passengers May 16th, 2017 BUS DRIVER SEVERELY INJURED IN BUS HEIST nicopeninsula.com / The bus 13 of the Cooperativa Libertad Peninsular that was assaulted on Tuesday night when the bus was traveling from Santa Elena to Guayaquil. The three assailants were also passengers on […]

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Ecuador: Trial for Shaman in death of U.S. citizen recesses for two weeks after two days of proceedings

TRIAL IN DEATH OF YOUNG U.S. CITIZEN DURING AYAHUASCA CEREMONY ALLEGEDLY MURDERED DEATH TOOK PLACE NEAR GUALZUIZA (JMORONA SANTIAGO) ECUADOR MACAS, ECUADOR The trial of shaman Miguel Chiriap in Macas Ecuador has been continued for the second time. Originally set for March 30th, 2017, was continued until May 18th, 2017. The trial finally began on […]

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Guayaquil Ecuador: Family charges police in death of son

eluniverso.com (machine translated) Relatives of the young deceased Edison Rizo in the exteriors of the Laboratory of Criminalistics of the Judicial Police. Outside the Crimean Laboratory of the Judicial Police, in the south, Gisella Alcívar asked with the complaint in their hands that two policemen were investigated for the death of their son Édison Rizo […]

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Olmedo, Ecuador: Family lives nightmare during two hour home invasion

eldiario.ec reported(machine translated)The darkness of the night was used by strangers to reach a house and steal the most expensive objects. The incident, according to the Police, occurred the previous Sunday near 22h00. It was after two hours, after getting untied, the injured asked for help to police officers, who found theft of technological equipment […]

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Possible Glitch in Ecuador’s 911 system

This is an unedited post from an Ecuador expat group on Facebook. This information has not been corroborated or confirmed. It is believed event took place in Salinas and or environs. ————————————– “So if you have had your phone programmed by the police fro emergencies, you better check to make sure it connects to the […]

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Vilcabamba Ecuador: Family Requests Donations to Assist U.S. Expat, victim of home invasion

The Story Friends and family, I waited a few days to post anything to ensure the safety of the victims. On Saturday April 29 around 4am, the farm where my sister was living in Ecuador, was invaded by 12 armed men. The residents were tied up, tortured, and robbed. My heart hurts to even think […]

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Ecuador: Expat Victim of Home Invasion wiped out financially requests assistance

*The victim requesting funds in this gofundme.com’s post name has never been released by latinamericacurrentevents.com / Editors reached out to him after the gofundme.com went public and requested that he be interviewed for our continuing coverage of the home invasion last weekend in Vilcabamba. This is part of his response……. … I’m sorry but I […]

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Ecuador: DNA tests to determine if remains are those of missing U.S. citizen

MISSING U.S. EXPAT’S BODY MAY HAVE BEEN FOUND NEAR VILCABAMBA IN LOJA PROVINCE, ECUADOR. DNA TESTS ARE BEING BEING CONDUCTED On March 24, 2017 lahora.com reported that the human remains were being exhumed from a clandestine cemetery by authorities in Chirusco, Palmira neighborhood, Quinara parish. This small village is located about 14 km from Vilcabamba […]

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Mexican Superstar Detained in Los Angeles after no show in court case

Mexican singer Luis Miguel Turns Himself In After CA Judge Orders Arrest INTERMEDIATE ADVANCED SPANISH VOCABULARY – READ THIS BOOK by Marissa Armas/nbcnews.com Acclaimed Mexican singer Luis Miguel turned himself in on Tuesday in Los Angeles after a California judge ordered for his arrest, NBC News has confirmed. A warrant was issued for Luis Miguel’s […]

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Vilcabamba Ecuador: Three Expats Face Harrowing Ordeal In Home Invasion

Three Expats from Three Different Countries Victims of Traumatic Home Invasion by Masked Armed Assailants This is a continuing report from original story Vilcabamba, Ecuador: Owner of farm, expats victims of home invasion (updated). *This is still a developing story and information is still being gathered by Latinamericacurrentevents.com/ Some information is not being posted at […]

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Ecuador: Police detain two individuals for assault and robbery of transport bus in Bahía de Caráquez

policiaecuador.gob.ec/ (machine translated) 26 of April 2017 – In compliance with their commitment to serve and protect police personnel serving in the Sucre district, they carried out a successful police operation in which they arrested the two suspects responsible for the assault and robbery of a public transport bus. The incident occurred in the hours […]

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Vilcabamba, Ecuador: Owner of farm, expats victims of home invasion (updated)

Breaking News, Developing Story (updated April 30th, 2017) Unnamed Source: Latin America Current Events believes the source of this information as reliable. However, the information has not been corroborated by a second source. (On April 30th, 2017, Latinamericacurrentevents.com did receive confirmation that an assault did in fact take place on the farm mentioned.) During the […]

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Quito Ecuador: Missing Youth’s Cellphone found in building

The cell phone of the missing youth in Quito was found in a business extra.ec reported the journey Isabel Limones has made to find her son Anthony Zambrano has become eternal. The streets of Quito became the platform to make known his desperation for the disappearance on April 24. Limones undertook a campaign, both to […]

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Guayaquil, Ecuador: Three Murders Recorded In Less Than 24 Hours

eluniverso.com (machine translated) reported a 30-year-old man was shot in the outside of a downtown nightclub. Álex Vanegas The detonations of a gun interrupted the sleep, the dawn of yesterday, of the residents of the street of Lorenzo de Garaycoa between General Gómez and Portete. From the window, a neighbor watched a man lying on […]

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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 […]

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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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