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
Ecuador has pulled the plug on a groundbreaking plan to have outside donors pay to protect an oil-rich swath of the Amazon. The plan failed to draw anywhere near the financial support the country had hoped.
The hunt is still on for Edward Snowden. The man who released classified NSA documents to the media was expected to depart from Sheremetyevo airport in Moscow Monday, but as the media bunched up around his gate, it became increasingly clear he wasn't coming. Russia's president says he hasn't left the airport.
Ecuador's Vice President Lenin Moreno is a paraplegic and has been a major force for disability rights and benefits in his own country.
Ecuador's media have been under fire since President Rafael Correa took office in 2006. He appears set to win a third term later this month, which means more difficult times for the country's independent media.
A re-election for Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa could mean four more years of trouble for the press as he has targeted TV, radio and newspapers with lawsuits, fines and insults.
Ecuador's decision to grant asylum to Julian Assange and the Latin American backing for that decision is in large part political theater says former US Ambassador John Maisto.
The day before yesterday, life was normal in Ecuador. But by this morning, the country had plunged into chaos. For the latest, we speak to journalist and TV director Tomas Ciuffardi, of Ecuavisa News television, who is on the ground in Quito.