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10 maps showing how different LGBTQ rights are around the world

LGBTQ rights vary greatly around the world. Homosexuality is still illegal in 35% of UN member states and fewer than 30 countries recognise same-sex marriage. May 17 is International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories. LGBTQ rights vary greatly around the world, even […]
10 maps showing how different LGBTQ rights are around the world
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More than two dozen countries and territories use the US dollar as currency

The US dollar is used as official currency in several countries besides the United States. Ecuador and Zimbabwe both switched to the US dollar after financial crises made their local currencies worthless. Other countries, such as Panama, Cambodia, and the Bahamas, use the US dollar alongside their own currencies. The […]
More than two dozen countries and territories use the US dollar as currency
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Five Places You Can Retire In Eternal Springtime

[credit provider=”Wikimedia Commons” url=”http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Aloe_July_2009-1.jpg”] Where could you retire and never have to worry about surviving another winter? Imaging a lifestyle that includes no more snow, ice, or cold weather.Even better, what if this place also has no stifling summers, excessive heat, or high humidity?
Five Places You Can Retire In Eternal Springtime
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Indigenous People Fend Off Oil Company, Army With Arsenal Of ‘Spears, Blowpipes, Machetes’

[credit provider=”pixelthing via Flickr” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/pixelthing/4400160693/sizes/l/in/photostream/”] An indigenous community in the Ecuadorian Amazon has won a reprieve after building up an arsenal of spears, blowpipes, machetes and guns to fend off an expected intrusion by the army and a state-run oil company.The residents of Sani Isla expressed relief that a confrontation […]
Indigenous People Fend Off Oil Company, Army With Arsenal Of ‘Spears, Blowpipes, Machetes’
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Ecuador’s Disgraced Central Banker Is Seeking Political Asylum

[credit provider=”YouTube via RTVEcuador”] Yesterday, we filled you in on the massive scandal in Ecuador, in which former Central Bank President Pedro Delgado admitted to falsifying his qualifications to get into graduate school. Delgado fled to the United States, and has since had his visa revoked.As incredible as it seems, […]
Ecuador’s Disgraced Central Banker Is Seeking Political Asylum
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Julian Assange: America’s War On WikiLeaks ‘Must End’

[credit provider=”Flickr/bbwbryant” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/5147778133/sizes/m/in/photostream/”] WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange spoke to the public for the first time in months today when he appeared on the balcony of Ecuador’s London embassy.His short speech focused on calling out the U.S. government for its attitude toward his whistleblower organisation.
Julian Assange: America’s War On WikiLeaks ‘Must End’
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Is The UK Seriously About To Raid The Ecuadorean Embassy?

[credit provider=”AP”] In what may eventually result in a huge diplomatic incident, Ecuador has just offered WikiLeaks mastermind Julian Assange asylum.Assange is of course due to be extradited from the UK for a number of sex crimes in Sweden. His supporters believe that once he arrives in Sweden, he will […]
Is The UK Seriously About To Raid The Ecuadorean Embassy?
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Ecuador Says UK Is Threatening To Storm London Embassy And Arrest Assange

[credit provider=”Flickr/bbwbryant” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/5147778133/sizes/m/in/photostream/”] Julian Assange is still hiding out at Ecuador’s London Embassy, seeking asylum, but that may end soon if the UK decides to raid the building.According to the BBC, that’s a real possibility. Ecuador’s foreign minister Ricardo Patino told a conference in Quito tonight that UK officials have given […]
Ecuador Says UK Is Threatening To Storm London Embassy And Arrest Assange
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Why I’m Moving To Ecuador To Pursue The American Dream

[credit provider=”LearnVest ” url=”http://www.learnvest.com/2012/07/why-i%E2%80%99m-moving-to-ecuador-to-pursue-the-american-dream/”] What does the “American Dream” mean to you?For most people, it means if you work hard, you can raise a beautiful family, own a comfortable home, send your children to college and eventually retire.
Why I’m Moving To Ecuador To Pursue The American Dream
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International Cocaine Gang Busted After Smuggling $85 Million Of Drugs On A Cargo Ship Full Of Bananas

[credit provider=”Youtube” url=”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bxs1sMxgT8c”] Investigators have broken up an international drug-trafficking ring that smuggled bricks of cocaine among crates of bananas being shipped from Ecuador to St. Petersburg.Nine Russians, two Latvians and the suspected Ukrainian ringleader have been arrested in connection with the four-year investigation by the Interior Ministry, the Federal […]
International Cocaine Gang Busted After Smuggling $85 Million Of Drugs On A Cargo Ship Full Of Bananas
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WikiLeaks Founder Ignores Police Surrender Notice And Stays In Ecuadorian Embassy

[credit provider=”Wikimedia Commons” url=”http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Julian_Assange_20091117_Copenhagen_2_cropped_to_shoulders.jpg”] WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is citing advice that asylum law has priority over extradition law to justify hiding out in an Ecuadorian embassy.“This should not be considered any sign of disrespect. Under both international and domestic UK law asylum assessments take priority over extradition claims,” Susan […]
WikiLeaks Founder Ignores Police Surrender Notice And Stays In Ecuadorian Embassy
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Ecuador’s ‘Oil For Forests’ Scheme Seems To Be Failing

[credit provider=”Wikimedia Commons/Phil P Harris”] Ecuador in South America holds what many would see as a gold mine: one billion barrels in untapped oil reserves. But the reserves have remained unmined for years now in an attempt to preserve the Yasuní National Park, one of the most biodiverse places on […]
Ecuador’s ‘Oil For Forests’ Scheme Seems To Be Failing
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Twitter’s Most Powerful Tweets Of 2010

[credit provider=”Robert Scoble via Flickr” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/scobleizer/2250735263/sizes/l/in/photostream/”] Over the last 12 months, Twitter grew by more than 100 million users, who helped the network pump out more than 25 billion tweets.What’s impressive about all those tweets is how, 140 characters at a time, they changed the way we lived 2010.
Twitter’s Most Powerful Tweets Of 2010