Ecuador has pulled the plug on a groundbreaking plan to have outside donors pay to protect an oil-rich swath of the Amazon. The plan failed to draw anywhere near the financial support the country had hoped.
A former presidential candidate in Ecuador has been fined and had "his political rights suspended" after making homophobic statements. Nelson Zavala, who is also an evangelical preacher, made the statements while campaigning.
Ecuador's media have been under fire since President Rafael Correa took office in 2006. He appears set to win a third term later this month, which means more difficult times for the country's independent media.