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Blow to climate change battle as President Correa tears up $3.6bn UN agreement

Ecuador will go ahead with drilling in Amazon rainforest after abandoning 'pay or we drill' scheme

Ecuador's president Rafael Correa is abandoning his ambitious ambitious plan to persuade rich nations to pay his country not to drill for oil in an unspoiled Amazon rainforest preserve.

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An empty passenger seat believed to be reserved by former U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden is seen on a plane to Cuba in Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport

Latin America in row over Bolivia jet

Latin American leaders have demanded an apology from four EU nations after they allegedly closed their airspace to the Bolivian President’s jet over suspicions it was harbouring the US fugitive Edward Snowden, infuriating the President who today threatened to shut down the US embassy in La Paz.

Edward Snowden's revelations about NSA bugging have caused a row between the US and Germany

We never hand anyone over, says Vladimir Putin as Edward Snowden asks for asylum

The whistleblower behind a series of leaks that revealed the United States was spying on its allies has applied for political asylum in Russia, it has emerged, as the French President François Hollande threatened to call off EU negotiations on a major trade deal unless the snooping stopped.

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WikiLeaks founder has been at nation's London embassy after claiming asylum more than a year ago

Vice- President Joe Biden

US Vice President Joe Biden asks Ecuador to refuse asylum for whistleblower Edward Snowden

US Vice President Joe Biden has asked Ecuador to turn down an asylum request from National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden, the country's president said last night. Rafael Correa said he had a "friendly and very cordial" conversation with Mr Biden, and told the Vice President that Ecuador hadn't sought to be put in the situation of deciding whether to harbour an American fugitive.

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Edward Snowden's father says whistleblower may return to US if conditions are met

NSA whistleblower remains stranded at Moscow airport

A TV screen shows Edward Snowden appearing on the news, at a restaurant in Hong Kong

Venezuela offers Edward Snowden hope of asylum - but for now whistleblower is grounded at Moscow airport as Vladimir Putin refuses extradition

Former CIA employee remains stuck at Moscow airport with annulled US passport

The seat on the Moscow-Havana flight which Edward Snowden was booked to sit in

Flight SU150 from Moscow arrives in Cuba without Edward Snowden - but Ecuador confirms NSA whistleblower is seeking asylum

Julian Assange says Snowden is 'in a safe place and his spirits are high'

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