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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 strategic sectors minister, said a relative of his was among the detained.

The arrests took place after Chief Prosecutor Carlos Baca met with Brazil’s attorney general on Thursday to receive information from plea bargain deals. Read Article

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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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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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