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2006-08-23 16:01:04

QUITO, Ecuador (Reuters) - Ecuadorean presidential candidate Rafael Correa, who boasts of a close friendship with firebrand Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, is gaining support less than two months before the October election, according to a poll published on Wednesday. Backing for Correa, a leftist former economy minister, rose three points to 12 percent in an Informe Confidencial opinion poll published by Quito's El Comercio newspaper. Conservative candidate Cynthia Viteri and...

2006-08-23 15:18:20

QUITO, Ecuador (Reuters) - Ecuadorean presidential candidate Rafael Correa, who boasts of a close friendship with firebrand Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, is gaining support less than two months before the October election, according to a poll published on Wednesday. Backing for Correa, a leftist former economy minister, rose three points to 12 percent in an Informe Confidencial opinion poll published by Quito's El Comercio newspaper. Conservative candidate Cynthia Viteri and...

2006-08-18 15:49:25

QUITO, Ecuador (Reuters) - Rescuers on Friday searched for four people believed buried under rocks spewed by Ecuador's Tungurahua volcano, which forced thousands from their homes and killed one man in an eruption a day earlier. Thousands of villagers fled on Thursday after molten rock and ash enveloped homes in several farming hamlets tucked in at the foot of the volcano. Tungurahua, which means "throat of fire" in native Quichua language and is located 80 miles south of the capital...

2006-08-17 18:30:00

By Alonso Soto QUITO, Ecuador -- Ecuador's Tungurahua volcano spewed molten rock on Thursday that enveloped nearby houses, leaving one man dead, another person missing and forcing thousands from their homes. Massive clouds of ash descended on villagers fleeing the area with their belongings strapped to their backs and their livestock trailing behind. Some wore buckets over their heads for protection. "At the moment we know of one dead, one missing and 12 people injured who are now out of...

2006-08-17 09:37:57

QUITO, Ecuador (Reuters) - Ecuador's Tungurahua volcano spewed molten rock, ash and gases and a local mayor reported 60 people missing, as authorities on Thursday evacuated hundreds of families from the threatened area. Tungurahua, about 80 miles south of Quito, had earlier shown a sharp increase in activity in July, when hundreds of villagers living near the volcano to flee their homes. "This is a lot worse than the last time," Mauro Rodriguez, the Civil Defense chief for the...

2006-08-15 14:35:37

By Alonso Soto QUITO, Ecuador (Reuters)- Ecuador heads to a presidential vote in October with no clear favorites, raising fears it could fail to elect a leader with enough popular support to stave off social protests and rebellious legislators. Both leading candidates -- leftist academic Leon Roldos and conservative Cynthia Viteri -- are far off winning enough votes to win a majority in a restive Congress that has fired three presidents in less than ten years. Ecuador's Amazon...

2006-07-15 19:42:35

By Alonso Soto PINGUE, Ecuador (Reuters) - Ecuador's Tungurahua volcano spewed ash, gas and molten rock for a second day on Saturday, driving hundreds of evacuated villagers into nearby schools and churches in search of refuge. Tungurahua, located about 80 miles south of Quito, has been increasingly active since May, when it blew out big clouds of hot gas and prompted officials to renew a limited state of emergency in nearby towns. Civil defense authorities and police continued to...

2006-07-14 22:09:35

QUITO, Ecuador (Reuters) - Ecuador's Tungurahua volcano spewed ash, gases and molten rocks on Friday, forcing authorities to evacuate four nearby villages after the crater registered its most volatile activity since a 1999 eruption. Tungurahua, located about 81 miles south of Quito, has been increasingly active since May when it shot out large clouds of hot gas and prompted officials to renew a limited state of emergency in nearby towns. Civil defense authorities ordered evacuations...

2006-07-10 18:56:13

QUITO, Ecuador (Reuters) - Ecuadorean President Alfredo Palacio's right-hand man has quit after a split in the Cabinet over the reach of a law forcing oil companies to share part of their windfall revenues, a government spokesman said on Monday. Administration Secretary Jose Modesto Apolo stepped down over the weekend following a row over the final draft of the oil law that some inside the government saw as a watered-down version meant to favor foreign petroleum companies. Palacio...

2006-06-12 21:51:25

By Alonso Soto QUITO, Ecuador (Reuters) - Andean leaders meet this week in Ecuador to try to salvage their five-nation commerce bloc after disputes over U.S. free trade agreements revealed deep political divisions in the region. Tuesday's meeting in Quito comes after Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, a fierce critic of the U.S. government, abandoned the group, saying free trade deals that Colombia and Peru reached with Washington had scuttled the bloc known as the Andean Community....


Word of the Day
vermicular
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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