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...

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...

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...

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 ...

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...

Ecuador reports 1st new virus case; Mexico confirms 2 more

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Officials in Ecuador on Saturday confirmed the first case of the new coronavirus in the South American nation, while Mexico reported two more cases and Brazil one more. ...

Ecuador president slammed for ugly words about harassment

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Ecuador's President Lenín Moreno has scrambled to apologize for comments suggesting women tend to complain about sexual harassment when it comes from ugly people. ...

Patients rally in Ecuador for legal use of medical cannabis

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Unrelenting pain in her hips and weeks of insomnia left Nelly Valbuena desperate for relief from her metastatic breast cancer. The university professor found fr...

Ecuador indigenous, president strike deal to end protests

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Ecuador celebrated a deal President Lenín Moreno and indigenous leaders struck late Sunday to cancel a disputed austerity package and end nearly two weeks of protests that have p...

President orders army onto streets of Ecuadorian capital

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Ecuador's army took to the streets after President Lenín Moreno ordered the first 24-hour curfew in decades in response to a day of attacks on government buildings and media offi...

Indigenous pour in from Amazon to boost Ecuador protests

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Hundreds more indigenous protesters poured into Ecuador's capital from the country's Amazon on Friday, increasing pressure on President Lenín Moreno over fuel price hikes and eco...

Cone or scoop: Guinea pig ice cream for sale in Ecuador

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — It’s a real ice cream flavor: guinea pig. Anyone who thinks of guinea pigs as pets _ cute, squishy, squeaking bundles of fur _ might find that idea hard to dige...