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2006-03-08 22:46:50

By Alexandra Valencia QUITO, Ecuador (Reuters) - Petroecuador said on Wednesday it expected to bring oil production to near normal levels in three or four days after troops fired tear gas to clear out strikers who have cut crude output at Ecuador's state oil firm by nearly half. Production was down to 96,360 barrels of oil per day -- a slight improvement from earlier on Wednesday when the ongoing strike slashed output by nearly three-quarters. Petroecuador normally produces around...

2006-03-08 14:06:50

By Alexandra Valencia QUITO, Ecuador (Reuters) - Ecuadorean troops fired tear gas on Wednesday to clear out oil facility strikers who have cut vital crude production at Ecuador's state oil firm by nearly three-quarters. Petroecuador's output was reduced by 72 percent to 55,696 barrels per day (bpd) after contract workers downed tools on Tuesday to demand full-time jobs and delayed payments, a company official said on Wednesday. The strike is the latest dispute to hit Ecuador's oil...

2006-03-07 22:16:49

QUITO, Ecuador (Reuters) - Ecuadorean President Alfredo Palacio declared a state of emergency in three provinces on Tuesday after a strike by contract workers cut production at state oil firm Petroecuador, an official said. "The state of emergency was declared in the provinces of Napo, Orellana and Sucumbios," said a presidential spokesman. The state of emergency limits constitutional rights.

2006-03-03 18:53:53

By Alonso Soto QUITO, Ecuador (Reuters) - Former Ecuadorean President Lucio Gutierrez was released from jail on Friday after a judge cleared him of charges of threatening national security in a ruling that could inflame Ecuador's political tensions. Crowds of supporters cheered in the Quito courtroom as the judge ordered the release of Gutierrez, who was jailed for after he denouncing his ouster by Congress last April as illegal. He was arrested in October after returning to Ecuador...

2006-02-22 17:33:21

QUITO, Ecuador (Reuters) - Ecuadorean pipeline workers being held in a pumping station overtaken by protesters were freed on Wednesday during negotiations to end the demonstration that closed a key pipeline, an official said. An official of the company that operates the pipeline said it was not clear if the 24 workers were released, were rescued or walked out by themselves after troops held negotiations with protesters barricaded inside the Sardina station, located 55 miles east of...

2006-02-08 19:35:53

QUITO, Ecuador (Reuters) - Ecuador is not likely to extend a deal that allows the United States to use an anti-narcotics air base on its territory due to a surge in sentiment against the American military presence, its deputy minister of foreign relations said on Wednesday. Deputy minister Diego Ribadeneira said in a television interview that the Andean country's major parties would probably block the ratification of a deal on U.S. use of the Manta military base beyond 2009. "I...

2006-01-04 15:36:27

QUITO, Ecuador (Reuters) - Ecuador's jailed former president, Lucio Gutierrez, was moved to another facility by police on Wednesday after officials uncovered a plan by inmates to take him hostage, the interior minister said. Jail officials suspected a group of inmates planned to take Gutierrez hostage in an uprising attempt, Interior Minister Alfredo Castillo told local television. Gutierrez, who was toppled after popular and congressional unrest in April, has been in jail for more...

2005-12-02 21:06:56

QUITO, Ecuador (Reuters) - The United States on Friday deported a Roman Catholic priest to Ecuador where he is wanted on charges of stealing $10 million from the government, Ecuadorean officials said. The Rev. Carlos Flores, who was appointed as the head of Quito's customs office in an anti-corruption drive in 2000, fled to the United States in 2003 and was later arrested by U.S. authorities in Miami for violating immigration law. The United States agreed to deport him earlier this...

2005-11-22 21:44:05

By Doug Palmer WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Peru was pushing on Tuesday to finish a free trade agreement with the United States, while neighbors Colombia and Ecuador said they would need at least one more round of talks to wrap up negotiations that began 18 months ago. Colombia's chief negotiator, Hernando Jose Gomez, told reporters that Bogota had made substantial progress in the 13th round of talks on the proposed U.S.-Andean free trade agreement, but not enough to close the deal....

2005-10-13 21:22:26

BOGOTA, Colombia (Reuters) - Former Ecuadorean President Lucio Gutierrez, who was fired by Congress in April and is wanted by the law in Ecuador, said he would return home on Friday to try to retake power. Speaking from neighboring Colombia, where he was granted asylum earlier this month, Gutierrez told reporters on Thursday he would fly to Ecuador "to take the legal and constitutional actions needed to retake the power that is illegally being held by the usurper." He will be...


Word of the Day
penuche
  • A fudgelike confection of brown sugar, cream or milk, and chopped nuts.
'Penuche' is a variant of 'panocha,' a coarse grade of sugar made in Mexico. 'Panocha' probably comes from the Spanish 'panoja, panocha,' ear of grain.
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