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Mexico creates marine reserve around islands called 'Galapagos of North America' | Reuters.

MEXICO CITY - Mexico’s government has created a marine park the size of Illinois in the Pacific, the largest ocean reserve in North America for the conservation of giant rays, whales and turtles, including dozens of species endemic to the area. Mexico’s President Enrique Pena Nieto designated on Friday the ...

- Firstpost - IN

New species can develop in as little as two generations, Galapagos study finds.

A study of Darwin's finches, which live on the Galapagos Islands in the Pacific Ocean, has revealed direct genetic evidence that new species can arise in just two generations.

- ScienceDaily - US

Darwin's finches are seen evolving in real time on Galapagos creating an entirely new species.

Darwin's finches have been seen evolving in real time A new study found a new species can be created over just two generations 24 Nov 2017 Science


Forget Sesame Street, scientists pretty much watched Big Bird evolve on Galápagos island.

New finch species developed in just two generations New research has documented a species of finch evolving on the Galápagos island of Daphne Major, 1,000km off the west coast of Ecuador, in just two generations.…

- TheRegister - UK

WATCH: Immigrant allowed to return home after living in church.

A native of Ecuador living in Connecticut who took sanctuary inside a New Haven church last year to avoid deportation can go home to his family.

- ABC News - US

Galapagos finches caught in act of becoming new species.

A population of finches on the Galapagos is discovered in the process of becoming a new species.

- BBC - UK

Galapagos study finds that new species can develop in as little as two generations.

The arrival 36 years ago of a strange bird to a remote island in the Galapagos archipelago has provided direct genetic evidence of a novel way in which new species arise.

- PhysOrg - NL

Assange warned by Ecuador over support for Catalonia.

Ecuador has told WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to avoid making statements that could affect the country's international relations after he expressed support for Catalan independence from Spain, the foreign ministry said on Wednesday.

- The Local - ES

Ecuador: Government Eases Restrictions on Civil Society.

Press ReleasesEcuador: Government Eases Restrictions on Civil SocietyNovember 22, 2017By allowing Pachamama to be re-incorporated, President Moreno sent an encouraging signal to Ecuador's civil society organizations.  

- Freedom House - US

Ecuador again tells Assange to not meddle in other countries.

Ecuador on Wednesday again urged Julian Assange to not interfere in the affairs of other countries after Spain complained about his contacts with Catalan secessionists, though the government said the Wikileaks founder would continue enjoying political asylum in its London embassy.

- FOX News - US

Immigrant allowed to return home after living in church.

A native of Ecuador living in Connecticut who took sanctuary inside a New Haven church last summer to avoid deportation can go home to his family.

- FOX News - US

Film Review: 'Virus Tropical'

The name of the L.A.-based festival that celebrated its inaugural edition in October is declarative: Animation Is Film. But that manifesto is only partially upheld by Santiago Caicedo's black-and-white feature “Virus Tropical,” which is closely adapted from the graphic novel of the same name by Power Paola, the ...

- Variety - US

Champions League: Exciting game in the offing

Juventus star Paulo Dybala has rediscovered his scoring form just in time as he renews his rivalry with fellow Argentina Lionel Messi in Wednesdays Champions League clash with Barcelona. The 30-year-old Messi scored two goals to help Barcelona to a comfortable 3-0 win over Juventus, last seasons finalists, at the Nou Camp ...

- Deccan Herald - IN

Apollo astronaut watch, stolen in Ecuador, recovered 30 years later

A NASA astronaut's wristwatch worn aboard the first Apollo mission in 1968 has been returned to the Smithsonian, nearly three decades after it was stolen from a museum in Ecuador.

- FOX News - US

Ecuador president: Manafort pitched deal for China investors

Ecuadorean President Lenin Moreno says he met with President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman this year together with a group of Chinese businessmen interested in acquiring a stake in the nation's power company.

- FOX News - US

New 'no go' list ranks places to avoid visiting in 2018

LONDON, Nov 21 — The Galapagos Islands tops an unusual index of the top places to avoid visiting in 2018. At a time of year when travel brands usually trip over one another releasing forecasts on the top trending destinations to visit for...

- The Malay Mail - MY

EU boosts budget for education in emergencies

Source: European Commission's Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations Country: Afghanistan, Algeria, Armenia, Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Colombia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Ethiopia, ...

- ReliefWeb - INT

Celebrity Builds a New Ship for the Galapagos and 9 Other Tourism Trends This Week

This week in tourism, cruise lines were busy. Celebrity Cruises is building a new luxury ship to sail the already expensive Galapagos, and Royal Caribbean is prioritizing new tech. We're more excited about facial recognition streamlining the boarding process than we are about virtual reality dining. -Sarah Enelow

- Skift - US

Correa says Ecuador leader must explain Manafort meeting

Former Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa has called on his successor Lenin Moreno to explain to his country why he met with the indicted former campaign chairman for U.S. President Donald Trump earlier this year.

- FOX News - US

Apollo Astronaut Watch, Stolen in Ecuador, Recovered 30 Years Later

An astronaut's wristwatch worn on board the Apollo 7 mission has been recovered by the Smithsonian decades after it went missing in Ecuador. The Omega Speedmaster used by Donn Eisele was tracked down with the help of space history enthusiasts.

- - US

Ecuador Seeks To Clear Schlumberger Debt By End-November

Ecuador's state oil company Petroamazonas plans to clear its US$850-million remaining debt to oilfield service giant Schlumberger by the end of this month. The company has US$300 million in outstanding debt to Schlumberger and will now pay US$100 million in cash by the end of the month. The rest will be paid in ...

- - US

Ecuador Won't Ask Exemption From OPEC Oil Production Cuts

Ecuador has temporarily shelved its idea to ask from OPEC later this month to be exempt from its share of the production cuts, because the cartel's supply restrictions are successfully propping up oil prices, Ecuador's Oil Minister Carlos Perez said on Thursday. For now we are not going to submit the request. We'll analyze ...

- - US

Celebrity Cruises Is Building a Lux New Ship to Sail the Galapagos

People already pay a pretty penny to sail the Galapagos Islands. Will they spend more to do it on a to new, high-end ship? Celebrity Cruises is banking on it. -Hannah Sampson

- Skift - US

UN agriculture agency launches handbook to improve safety in banana farming sector

The United Nations agriculture agency and the Government of Ecuador launched Wednesday a practical guide for workers in the banana sector - the most exported fresh fruit in the world, both by volume and by economic value - to promote healthier and safer work conditions.

- UN - INT