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Ecuador couple certified as oldest married pair, nearly 215

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Julio Mora slipped away from his parents to secretly marry Waldramina Quinteros one Febuary day. Both families disapproved. Seventy-nine years later, they're st...

Ecuador's blooming flower industry feels pandemic's punch

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Flower growers in Ecuador are trimming back their fields, cutting plants at the root and in some cases tossing out piles of colorful blooms entirely as the pandemic delivers a de...

Ecuador's ex-president detained in organized crime probe

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — A former Ecuadorian president known for his wild antics has been detained in an organized crime probe as authorities investigate the murder of an Israeli man jailed in a possible...

Pandemic wrecks global Class of 2020's hopes for first job

LONDON (AP) — British fashion school graduate Phoebe St. Leger’s dream of landing a job at a design label is on hold. Like many others in the global Class of 2020, the pandemic is clouding her career ...

260 Chinese boats fish near Galapagos; Ecuador on alert

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Some call it a floating city, a flotilla of 260 mostly Chinese fishing vessels near the Galapagos archipelago that is stirring diplomatic tension and raising worries about the th...

After Ecuador eased its lockdown, the virus surged in Quito

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Struggling to breathe, Luis Gualotuña arrived before dawn Wednesday at a coronavirus testing site in the Ecuadorian capital of Quito, which has experienced an alarming surge in C...

Ecuador VP resigns, setting off talk of a presidential bid

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Ecuadorean vice president Otto Sonnenholzner resigned Tuesday, setting off speculation that he could be preparing a presidential bid for the South American nation's elections in ...

Lab in Ecuador's capital forced to halt coronavirus testing

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — A major laboratory in Ecuador’s capital closed and halted processing coronavirus tests Friday because technicians didn’t have basic supplies like tubes, pipettes, masks and glove...

South America ignores Europe and reopens as virus peak nears

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — South American countries on Monday began easing COVID-19 restrictions even as the region hurtles toward its viral peak, disregarding the example set by European nations that were...

Amid virus lockdown, radio lessons return in Latin America

FUNZA, Colombia (AP) — At a small farmhouse outside Colombia’s capital city, Marlene Beltran picks up a ruler and crayons. She turns on the radio, sits down at a creaky wooden table and helps her 5-ye...

Ecuador announces major cuts in public spending

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Ecuador's president announced Tuesday he will reduce the salaries of government employees, shut down some embassies and sell off a handful of state-owned enterprises in a bid to ...

'This is war': Virus charges beyond Latin American hot spots

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Beyond the hot spots of Brazil and Mexico, the coronavirus is threatening to overwhelm Latin American cities stretching from Chile to the Colombian Amazon in an alarming sign tha...

In coastal Ecuador city families wait with the mounting dead

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Daniel Larrea died Monday after a week of high fever, struggling to breathe and steadily turning blue. Then a new nightmare began for his family. No one in their city on Ecuador'...

Virus hits tourism on Ecuador's iconic Galapagos islands

GALAPAGOS, Ecuador (AP) — Jessy Lamontaine managed to book a long-dreamed-of vacation for her family this year, taking them far from their home in Montreal, Canada, down to the Galapagos Islands, wher...

Arrival of new virus sparks songs across Latin America

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Street performer Angel Alvarado saw long lines of people waiting to buy overpriced face masks and cleaning products at stores in Ecuador's second largest city days after an outbr...