Ecuador declares state of emergency over volcano

A general view from Saquisili village, of an ashes column spewed by the Cotopaxi volcano in Pichincha province, Ecuador, 15 August 2015.

A general view from Saquisili village, of an ashes column spewed by the Cotopaxi volcano in Pichincha province, Ecuador, 15 August 2015.

Ecuador President Rafael Correa has declared a state of emergency over increasing activity at the Cotopaxi volcano near the capital, Quito

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Tungurahua volcano in Ecuador: Increased activity

Tungurahua volcano erupts near Banos on 31 August, 2014.

Tungurahua volcano erupts near Banos on 31 August, 2014. The volcano was dormant until 1999 but has since become active again.

Seismologists in Ecuador say the Tungurahua volcano is showing increased activity

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5.1 Earthquake in Quito, Ecuador, Sets off Mudslides, Kills at Least 2

View of a dust cloud on August 12, 2014 in Quito, after a 5.1-magnitude earthquake rattled the Ecuadoran capital and the surrounding area causing buildings and homes to shake violently.                                                 Photo: Rodrigo Buenida/AFP/Getty Images

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Ecuador mulls Snowden asylum, to make decision ‘in due time’

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Ecuador is reviewing Edward Snowden’s asylum request and will make a decision on the former US intelligence contractor “in due time” based on human rights considerations above all, Foreign Minister Ricardo Patiño said today.

The South American nation’s government is in “respectful” contact with Russia but also taking into account the US government’s position on the case, Patiño told reporters during a visit to Vietnam.

“We will consider the position of the US government and we will take a decision in due time in line with the (Ecuadorean) constitution, the laws, international politics and sovereignty,” Patiño said.

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