Assange hails victory after Sweden drops probe, says prepared to end impasse

By Simon Johnson and Michael Holden STOCKHOLM/LONDON, May 19 : Swedish prosecutors dropped an investigation of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange today over a rape allegation, but British police said he would still be arrested if he left the Ecuadorean embassy in London where he has been holed up for five years. Assange, 45, took refuge […]

Assange set to stay in Ecuador embassy as leftist on verge of winning election

By Alexandra Ulmer QUITO, Apr 3 : WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange dodged an eviction order in Ecuador’s election, after the right-wing candidate who had vowed to kick him out of the country’s London embassy was set to narrowly lose a presidential election. Assange has been holed up in the tiny embassy for nearly five years, […]

Ecuador leftist leads presidential vote but may face runoff

By Alexandra Ulmer and Alexandra Valencia QUITO, Feb 21 : Ecuador’s leftist government candidate Lenin Moreno looked set for victory in a presidential election, but slow results meant it may take days to know if he will face a runoff with former banker Guillermo Lasso. In a nail-biter vote with eight candidates at the weekend, […]

Ecuador transgender people vote for first time according to chosen gender

By Alexandra Ulmer and Yury Garcia QUITO/GUAYAQUIL, Feb 19 : Ecuadorean transgender people on Sunday voted for the first time according to their chosen gender, in what activists say are signs of progress in the socially conservative and Catholic Andean nation. In Ecuador, men and women wait in separate lines to cast their ballots, which […]

Leftist vies with ex-banker in nail-biter Ecuador presidency vote

By Alexandra Ulmer and Yury Garcia QUITO/GUAYAQUIL, Feb 19 : Ecuadoreans vote today in a nail biter presidential election where an ally of leftist President Rafael Correa hopes to clinch enough support to avoid a runoff against a conservative ex-banker. Lenin Moreno, 63, a disabled former vice-president, needs 40 per cent of valid votes and […]

Correa ally leads Ecuador election polls, but second round likely

By Alexandra Valencia QUITO, Jan 24 : Ecuador’s ruling leftist party candidate leads voting intentions in the small Andean country ahead of presidential elections next month, but does not have enough support to win in the first round, two recent polls showed. After recent major losses for Latin America’s leftist bloc, Ecuador’s election is being […]