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Congress to let U.S. trade benefits for Ecuador expire

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Ecuador, which renounced longtime U.S. trade benefits last month, is on the verge of getting its wish when the program expires next week, congressional aides said on Thursday. Full story

Ecuador says China's CNPC joins $12 billion refinery project

QUITO (Reuters) - China National Petroleum Corp (CNPC) has agreed to help finance the construction of a $12 billion refinery project in Ecuador, the South American country's government said on Saturday. Full story

Snowden withdraws requst for asylum in Russia

   Top Talkers: Former CIA employee Edward Snowden has withdrawn a request for asylum in Russia after Russian President Vladimir Putin stated Snowden should stop "harming our American partners." Fmr. President George Bush has weighed in, saying Snowden has damaged the country's security. The Morning Jo

Edward Snowden's letter to Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa

LONDON (Reuters) - Former U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden, currently in a transit zone at a Moscow airport, has broken his silence for the first time since fleeing to Russia eight days ago to say he remains free to make new disclosures about U.S. spying activity. Full story

Snowden: Hero, traitor, or something else?

   Melissa Harris-Perry discusses the latest news on NSA leaker Edward Snowden, who is still on the run from U.S. authorities. Snowden’s supporters say he is a whistleblower, a hero who has done something brave in the public interest. But to defend those ideals, does he need to face the consequences? J

U.S. says will review whether to suspend Ecuador's trade benefits

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States said on Thursday it was launching a review of whether to suspend trade benefits for Ecuador, hours after that country's foreign minister said it was renouncing them. Full story

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   The Agenda: Snowden on the run and Obama to tackle climate change

President Obama is expected to take sweeping action on climate change Tuesday in a speech outlining his plan to limit greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants, among other actions. MSNBC.com’s Dafna Linzer, The Root’s Edward Wyckoff Williams and Mother Jones’ David Corn discuss Snowden's

  Why Snowden would choose Ecuador

New York Times Correspondent Charlie Savage joins Mara Schiavocampo to discuss NSA leaker, Edward Snowden. Savage says that it makes sense that Snowden is heading to Ecuador given their extradition policy. Savage explains the diplomatic incident that bringing surveillance to light creates. He says o

  12-year-old Mass. Boy wins National Geographic Bee

Sathwik Karnik cruised to victory in the National Geographic Bee. To clinch the title, the 12 year old from Plainville, Mass correctly named Chimborazo as the mountain in Ecuador that represents the farthest point from the Earth’s center.  NBC’s Ali Weinberg reports.   

  Oil demand threatens Ecuador's rainforest

Up to 8 million acres of pristine Ecuadorian rainforest is under threat by a new plan to drill for oil. A local tribe vows to fight to protect their land. NBC's Ann Curry reports.

  Tribes in Ecuador will fight rain forest auction

The Wauroni tribes, who live in the forests of Ecuador, are getting ready to challenge the Ecuadorian government’s plan to sell as much as 8 million acres of rainforest for oil drilling, saying they are prepared to fight to the death to protect the land. NBC’s Ann Curry reports.

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Esteban Jose Enderica Salgado of Ecuador competes in the men's 200m butterfly heats during the World Swimming Championships at the Sant Jordi arena in Barcelona July 30, 2013. REUTERS/Albert Gea (SPAIN - Tags: SPORT SWIMMING)

Ronny Benitez, brother of Ecuador international striker Christian Benitez, cries during a mass in Mexico City
Ronny Benitez, brother of Ecuador international striker Christian Benitez, cries during a mass in Mexico City

Ronny Benitez, brother of Ecuador international striker Christian Benitez, cries during a mass in Mexico City July 29, 2013. Christian Benitez died in Qatar on Monday of heart failure at the age of 27, the Ecuadorean Football Federation said. He played 58 times for Ecuador and joined his Qatari clu

Mexico's club America fans and relatives of Ecuador international striker Christian Benitez, take part in a mass for Benitez's death in Mexico City
Mexico's club America fans and relatives of Ecuador international striker Christian Benitez, take part in a mass for Benitez's death in Mexico City

Mexico's club America fans and relatives of Ecuador international striker Christian Benitez, take part in a mass for Benitez's death in Mexico City July 29, 2013. Benitez died in Qatar on Monday of heart failure at the age of 27, the Ecuadorean Football Federation said. He played 58 times for Ecuad

Mexico's club America fans mourn after a mass for the death of Ecuador international striker Christian Benitez, in Mexico City
Mexico's club America fans mourn after a mass for the death of Ecuador international striker Christian Benitez, in Mexico City

Mexico's club America fans mourn after a mass for the death of Ecuador international striker Christian Benitez, in Mexico City July 29, 2013. Benitez died in Qatar on Monday of heart failure at the age of 27, the Ecuadorean Football Federation said. He played 58 times for Ecuador and joined his Qat