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2006-05-17 15:35:50

QUITO, Ecuador (Reuters) - Ecuador's Tungurahua volcano increased its activity on Wednesday, spewing large clouds of hot gas and prompting the government to renew a limited state of emergency in nearby towns. President Alfredo Palacio late on Tuesday renewed a state of emergency in areas surrounding the 16,460-foot (5,020 meters) conical-shaped Tungurahua, located 81 miles south of the capital Quito. Authorities said there are currently no plans to evacuate area residents. "The...

2006-05-17 15:35:00

QUITO, Ecuador (Reuters) - Ecuador's Tungurahua volcano increased its activity on Wednesday, spewing large clouds of hot gas and prompting the government to renew a limited state of emergency in nearby towns. President Alfredo Palacio late on Tuesday renewed a state of emergency in areas surrounding the 16,460-foot (5,020 metres) conical-shaped Tungurahua, located 81 miles south of the capital Quito. Authorities said there are currently no plans to evacuate area residents. "The volcanic...

2006-04-20 20:43:36

By Doug Palmer WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States warned Ecuador on Thursday that a proposed free-trade agreement was at risk unless Quito acted on a growing list of investment and other concerns. "No date has been scheduled for continuation of talks with Ecuador. A number of difficult issues remain in the U.S.-Ecuador free trade negotiations, particularly but not exclusively in the area of agriculture," Neena Moorjani, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Trade Representative's office,...

2006-04-11 19:34:18

QUITO, Ecuador (Reuters) - Ecuador said on Tuesday it wanted to set an example for other nations with a proposal to legalize thousands of undocumented workers from neighboring countries. Ecuador's proposal comes as the United States is embroiled in a fierce debate over an immigrant law overhaul that has spurred weeks of massive marches through U.S. cities. There are tens of thousands of undocumented workers in Ecuador, most from Colombia and Peru, experts say. Many of the workers...

2006-03-23 21:12:55

By Alonso Soto QUITO, ECUADOR (Reuters) - Ecuadorean troops firing tear gas cleared Indian protesters from highways they had blocked as protests against a U.S. free-trade deal waned and officials began talks with Washington over the pact. Thousands of Indian peasants have blockaded roads with piles of rubble and burning tires since last week to pressure the government to abandon trade talks. The protesters, many of whom are potato or corn farmers, fear that that they will not be...

2006-03-21 22:50:15

By Carlos Andrade QUITO, Ecuador (Reuters) - Ecuador declared a state of emergency in five central provinces on Tuesday to try to control renewed protests by thousands of Indians demanding the government quit U.S. free-trade talks this week. Interior Minister Felipe Vega announced the measure after Indian peasants intensified blockades on key roads in at least eight highland regions in protests that have cost Ecuador millions in lost commerce since they began last week. "The...

2006-03-20 22:27:17

By Alonso Soto QUITO, Ecuador (Reuters) - Ecuadorean troops tightened security on highways around Quito on Monday as Indian leaders threatened to renew protests against free-trade talks this week with the United States. Protesters set up roadblocks in three provinces and Quito police briefly fired tear gas to disperse dozens of Indians, some armed with spears. But most highways were clear and Quito was calm with businesses open as usual. Ecuadorean and U.S. officials will meet in...

2006-03-17 23:06:36

By Nelson Bocanegra QUITO, Ecuador (Reuters) - Several thousand Ecuadorean business owners and farmworkers marched in Quito on Friday to support U.S. free-trade talks, as indigenous leaders promised to restart their protests to block an accord. Waving flags, banners and thousands of Ecuadorean roses, protesters urged President Alfredo Palacio to sign the agreement with the U.S. government during the final round of negotiations scheduled for next Thursday in Washington. Business...

2006-03-16 18:45:24

QUITO, Ecuador (Reuters) - Hundreds of Ecuadorean Indian protesters walked back to their mountain villages on Thursday, giving President Alfredo Palacio a reprieve after four days of demonstrations and blockades which cost the country millions of dollars. Indian peasants clad in ponchos and rubber boots set up barriers of burning tires and rubble to block roads in eight provinces in protests that cost the interior minister his job. But on Thursday Indians from several central...

2006-03-13 21:01:38

By Alonso Soto LATACUNGA, Ecuador (Reuters) - Several thousand Ecuadorean Indians marched and set up roadblocks in the central highlands on Monday to demand the government end free-trade talks with the United States. The massive protests paralyzed the central provinces of Cotopaxi and Imbabura, which border the capital Quito, and Indian protesters said thousands more will join demonstrations on Tuesday. No violence was reported. "We will not let the government sign this deal," said...


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  • A blustering, bullying fellow; a pot-valiant braggart; a bully.
This word is named for Draw-Can-Sir, a character in George Villiers' 17th century play The Rehearsal.
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