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2005-08-29 11:19:37

By Hugh Bronstein QUITO, Ecuador (Reuters) - Ecuador's President Alfredo Palacio will likely survive violent demonstrations that throttled oil exports this month, but only by continuing to give major concessions to emboldened protesters. Political analysts said attacks on oil wells in Ecuador's Amazon region, which tentatively ended after the government and energy firms said they would make concessions to demonstrators, could just be the start of more disturbances in a country where...

2005-08-25 20:59:07

By Hugh Bronstein QUITO, Ecuador (Reuters) - Ecuador protesters, whose attacks shut down oil exports vital to the country's economy, struck a deal with energy companies on Thursday in which the firms agreed to invest more in the poor communities where they operate. The protesters agreed to call a permanent end to attacks they launched last week on oil wells in eastern Ecuador in return for the increased support, said mediator Ramiro Gonzalez, prefect of Pichincha province....

2005-08-24 19:03:11

By Hugh Bronstein QUITO, Ecuador (Reuters) - Protesters whose attacks have choked off Ecuadorean oil exports threatened on Wednesday to launch a hunger strike to pressure the government to grant them immunity, marking a setback in settlement talks. The activists, who want private energy companies to invest more in the poor Amazon communities where they operate, crippled Ecuador's oil industry last week and helped push up global petroleum prices by dynamiting pipelines and vandalizing...

2005-08-24 14:49:23

By Hugh Bronstein QUITO, Ecuador (Reuters) - Protesters whose attacks have choked off Ecuadorean oil exports said on Wednesday they will not sign a settlement unless it guarantees them immunity from prosecution, a condition the government has turned down. The activists, who want private energy companies to invest more in the poor Amazon communities where they operate, crippled Ecuador's oil industry last week and helped push up global petroleum prices by dynamiting pipelines and...

2005-08-22 13:21:11

By Hugh Bronstein QUITO, Ecuador (Reuters) - Ecuador's government opened talks with protest leaders who choked off the country's oil exports but officials said that even though production climbed on Monday, a full recovery for the industry could be a long way off. A delegation of about 60 protesters arrived in Quito on Sunday from the Amazon region, where they had blown up pipelines and vandalized pumping machinery last week, demanding infrastructure investment and environmental...

2005-08-22 09:56:13

QUITO, Ecuador (Reuters) - Leaders of protests that shut down Ecuador's oil industry are meeting on Monday to open negotiations with the government and private oil companies aimed at ending the crisis. A delegation of about 60 protesters arrived in Quito on Sunday from the Amazon region, where they had blown up pipelines and vandalized pumping machinery last week, demanding jobs, environmental cleanups and infrastructure investment. "Today's meetings ... will include all parties to...

2005-08-17 14:52:25

BOGOTA/QUITO, Colombia (Reuters) - More than 100 Ecuadoreans were missing and feared drowned after an overcrowded boat they hoped would carry them toward new lives in the United States sank in the Pacific Ocean last Friday, authorities said on Wednesday. The boat carrying 113 people -- mainly Ecuadoreans who hoped to illegally enter the United States -- sank on Friday in Colombian waters after sailing from the port of Manta without authorization on Thursday, an Ecuadorean Navy...

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2005-06-22 09:20:00

QUITO, Ecuador -- Before the arrival of Spanish colonizers some 500 years ago, Indians in what is now Ecuador dipped their arrowheads in venom extracted from the phantasmal poison frog to doom their victims to convulsive death, scientists believe. More recently, epibatidine -- the chemical which paralyzed and killed the Indians' enemies -- has been isolated to produce a pain killer 200 times more powerful than morphine, but without that drug's addictive and toxic side effects....


Word of the Day
toccata
  • In music, a work for a keyboard-instrument, like the pianoforte or organ, originally intended to utilize and display varieties of touch: but the term has been extended so as to include many irregular works, similar to the prelude, the fantasia, and the improvisation.
This word is Italian in origin, coming from the feminine past participle of 'toccare,' to touch.
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