Ecuador

Children play in a flooded area of Leticia, Colombia, Feb. 14, 2017, located by the Amazon River, on the border with Brazil and Peru.

Brazil’s neighbors wary of environmental impact of a Bolsonaro victory

Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro has promised to continue facilitating mining and agro industry in Brazil’s portion of the Amazon if he wins another four-year term. But destruction of the Amazon affects the air quality and jeopardizes the water supply in neighboring countries.

Brazil’s neighbors wary of environmental impact of a Bolsonaro victory
Demonstrators ride trucks as they arrive to the capital to protest against the government of President Guillermo Lasso, in Quito, Ecuador, Monday, June 20, 2022. 

‘We are here with one idea, one heart’: Ecuador’s Indigenous groups rally for rights in mass protests

‘We are here with one idea, one heart’: Ecuador’s Indigenous groups rally for rights in mass protests
Alex Lucitante and Alexandra Narváez were awarded the Goldman Environmental Prize for their work to preserve the rainforest in Ecuador's Amazon.

Indigenous activists in Ecuador's Amazon win major environmental award for reclamation of native lands

Indigenous activists in Ecuador's Amazon win major environmental award for reclamation of native lands
A major oil spill threatens hundreds of Indigenous communities who live along the Coca River that leads into Ecuador's Amazon.

‘We want justice’: Indigenous communities in peril after major oil spill in Ecuador's Amazon 

‘We want justice’: Indigenous communities in peril after major oil spill in Ecuador's Amazon 
A marine iguana crawls along the beach on Rabida Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

'Magical' animal encounters on the Galapagos Islands

'Magical' animal encounters on the Galapagos Islands
President Joe Biden meets virtually with Chinese President Xi Jinping from the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington

US and Chinese presidents strike conciliatory tone during hourslong meeting

US and Chinese presidents hold virtual meeting to discuss strengthening ties. Also, the head of Ecuador's prison system and the country's armed forces chief resign over fresh gang violence that's left another 68 inmates dead. And, twin blasts in the Ugandan capital kill at least three people and injure dozens of others near parliament and the central police station.

US and Chinese presidents strike conciliatory tone during hourslong meeting
A white ambulance is shown from the front with several people wearing military fatigues and carrying weapons standing nearby.

Gang riot in Ecuador prison leaves more than 100 dead, dozens injured

Top of The World: Ecuador's president, Guillermo Lasso, declared a state of emergency for the country’s prison system. And, Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid traveled to Bahrain on Thursday to meet with his counterpart and inaugurate Israel's embassy in the capital Manama. Also, former French president, Nicolas Sarkozy, has been convicted for illegal campaign financing.

Gang riot in Ecuador prison leaves more than 100 dead, dozens injured
Cruise boats that used to take tourists around the islands now spend much of their time anchored at the main harbor in Puerto Ayora. 

The Galápagos Islands needs tourism. Can herd immunity revive it?

In mainland Ecuador, only 6% of people have been vaccinated so far. But officials are hoping to have all adults on its islands vaccinated by the end of this month. 

The Galápagos Islands needs tourism. Can herd immunity revive it?
A row of tall stainless steel centrifuges are shown.

Iran blames Israel for blackout, vows revenge

Top of The World: Iran has blamed Israel on Monday for an act of “cybersabotage” that caused a blackout at the country’s Natanz nuclear facility. Also, Monday marks the start of the holy month of Ramadan and for the second time under coronavirus restrictions. And voters in Ecuador have rejected the leftist movement giving former banker Guillermo Lasso 53% of the vote and the presidency

Iran blames Israel for blackout, vows revenge
Presidential candidate Yaku Pérez greets supporters as he leads a protest march to Quito, in Latacunga, Ecuador, Feb. 22, 2021. Pérez, who came in a close third in the recent elections, has alleged fraud after the results indicated he had fallen just shor

Ecuador’s recent presidential election edges closer to resolution

​​​​​​​Over the weekend, the country’s electoral council announced the top two candidates who will be headed to a runoff on April 11. But there have been accusations of fraud by the third-place candidate.

Ecuador’s recent presidential election edges closer to resolution
Demonstrators wave a large rainbow flag outside congress in support of a proposal to legalize same-sex marriage in Buenos Aires. 

Royal Spanish Academy dismisses movement to make Spanish more gender-inclusive

LGBTQ and feminist activists have spearheaded a movement to use the letter “e” to diverge from the binary structure of masculine "o" or feminine "a" in Spanish. But the Royal Spanish Academy, the leading authority on Spanish grammar and vocabulary, has yet to recognize the need for this shift. 

Royal Spanish Academy dismisses movement to make Spanish more gender-inclusive
Health workers instruct a woman before taking a swab for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) test.

IMF reassures COVID-19 support after hundreds of groups push back against belt-tightening measures

About 100 countries have asked the International Monetary Fund for emergency assistance during the pandemic. 

IMF reassures COVID-19 support after hundreds of groups push back against belt-tightening measures
Veronica Gomez, who was traveling with her partner and her son, receives backpacks from a humanitarian worker on Oct 1. The backpacks included energy bars, toiletries and ski masks, for the cold weather.

Amid pandemic, Venezuelans hit the road again in search of work

As neighboring countries reopen their economies, thousands of Venezuelan migrants are leaving the country again to look for work. But the pandemic is making their route through South America tougher. 

Amid pandemic, Venezuelans hit the road again in search of work
An image of blue water surrounding the Galápagos Islands.

Chinese fishing fleet threatens Galápagos Islands

A fleet of more than 200 Chinese fishing vessels off the coast of the Galápagos Islands poses a danger to the area’s delicate ecosystem, Ecuadorian officials say.

Chinese fishing fleet threatens Galápagos Islands
Sudanese protesters chant slogans during a rally calling for the former ruling party to be dissolved and for ex-officials to be put on trial in Khartoum, Sudan, Oct. 21, 2019.

Protests that rocked The World in 2019

Gas. Bread. A subway ticket: The soaring cost of everyday necessities sparked protests that spiraled into major movements in countries like France, Zimbabwe, Lebanon, Sudan and Chile. Throughout the world, citizens took to the streets in 2019 to rise up against inequality, corruption and bad governance. 

Protests that rocked The World in 2019