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Ecuador says U.S. troops must leave air base

Quito, Ecuador

Air base deal won't be renewed

Ecuador's Foreign Ministry says it has formally notified the U.S. Embassy that it will not renew an agreement allowing the U.S. military to operate antidrug surveillance flights from its Manta air base. The United States and Ecuador signed the 10-year agreement in November 1999. The Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Tuesday that U.S. military personnel will have to leave the base once the agreement expires on Nov. 12, 2009. About 300 U.S. soldiers are stationed at the Pacific base. U.S. military officials have said Washington is not planning to set up an alternative to Manta in either neighboring Colombia or Peru.


Senator: China spying on Internet use

Foreign-owned hotels in China face the prospect of "severe retaliation" if they refuse to install government software that can spy on Internet use by hotel guests coming to watch the summer Olympic games, Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., said Tuesday. The hotels are in a bind, he said, because they don't want to comply with the order but also don't want to jeopardize their investment of millions of dollars to expand their businesses in China.

• Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi said he will skip the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics because it is too hot there.


Eight Darfur rebels sentenced to death

Eight Darfur rebels were found guilty and sentenced to death Tuesday for their roles in a bold assault on government soldiers near the Sudanese capital that killed more than 200 people, including dozens of civilians, in May. The verdicts came two weeks after Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir was charged by an international prosecutor with genocide and war crimes for his alleged role in the Darfur crisis.


KABUL, Afghanistan: Afghan intelligence agents detained a TV talk show host critical of the government, Humayun Hamidzada, the chief spokesman for President Hamid Karzai, confirmed Tuesday, accusing private media of coming under the influence of foreign countries.

SAO PAULO, Brazil: DNA tests confirmed that a body found off the coast of Brazil is that of the Rev. Adelir Antonio de Carli, who disappeared April 20 while flying over the Atlantic buoyed by hundreds of brightly colored party balloons, authorities said Tuesday.

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti: Hundreds of armed former soldiers from Haiti's disbanded army stormed an old barracks and civilian prison on Tuesday to demand the force be reinstated, local radio reported. There were no reports of gunfire.

RAMALLAH, West Bank: Israeli gunfire killed a 10-year-old Palestinian boy Tuesday during a confrontation between troops and stone-throwers in a West Bank village, medics and witnesses said. The Israeli military said it would conduct an investigation.

LA PAZ, Bolivia: A coca union official said Tuesday his colleagues have re-elected Bolivan President Evo Morales as their leader.

Times wires

Ecuador says U.S. troops must leave air base 07/29/08 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 2, 2010 9:22am]
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