President Correa calls national emergency after at least 77 people killed and over 500 injured in 7.8-magnitude quake
Jaime Nebot, mayor of Guayaquil, has just tweeted, saying the death toll has not risen any further in his city overnight.
At this time no new deaths or more wounded in Guayaquil are reported. The numbers are: 1 death and 6 not seriously injured.
A esta hora no se reportan nuevos fallecidos ni más heridos en Guayaquil. Las cifras son: 1 fallecido y 6 heridos no graves.
UN working group says WikiLeaks founder should be offered compensation for being confined to Ecuadorian embassy
The WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been arbitrarily detained by the UK and Sweden for more than five years and should be released immediately with compensation, according to a United Nations report.
As anticipated, the finding by the Geneva-based UN working group on arbitrary detention criticises legal action against Assange by both European governments and blames them for preventing him from leaving the Ecuadorian embassy in Knightsbridge, central London.
Campaigners urge governments in Latin America to rethink bans on abortion and make contraception widely available
Campaigners are calling on Latin American governments to rethink their policies on contraception and abortion because of the spread of Zika virus, which they fear will lead to a rise in women’s deaths from unsafe abortions as well as the predicted surge in brain-damaged babies.
Several governments in the region have advised women to postpone getting pregnant for up to two years, which reproductive health groups say is impossible in countries where birth control is not easily available and many women fall pregnant through sexual violence.