Policemen and soldiers survey earthquake damage in  the Tarqui area of Manta, Ecuador on April 23rd, 2016. Photograph: Rodrigo Buendia/AFP/Getty Images

The death toll from Ecuador’s devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake last week has risen to 654 people, according to the country’s emergency management (...)

Rescue team members carry the body of a victim at a collapsed building after an earthquake struck off the Pacific coast, in Pedernales, Ecuador. The death toll from the quake stood at 443 but was expected to rise.  Photograph: Henry Romero/Reuters

Rescuers in Ecuador were losing hope of finding more survivors on Tuesday from an earthquake which killed more than 400 people and dealt a shattering (...)

Destruction from a powerful 7.8-magnitude quake in Manta, Ecuador. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

The death toll from Ecuador’s biggest earthquake in decades rose to 350 on Monday as traumatised survivors rested amid the rubble of their homes and r(...)

Red Cross members, military and police officers: a major search for survivors begins as aid is expected from neighbouring countries after the earthquake struck off Ecuador’s Pacific coast. Photograph: Guillermo Granja/ Reuters

Some 10,000 troops and 4,600 police have been deployed to search for survivors following a powerful earthquake in Ecuador, with the official death tol(...)

People stand on the debris of a building after an earthquake struck off the Pacific coast in Manta, Ecuador on Saturday. Photograph: Reuters

The strongest earthquake to hit Ecuador in decades has flattened buildings and buckled roads along the country’s Pacific coast, killing hundreds of pe(...)

 US Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders: He  is expected to attend a small, invitation-only conference at the Vatican’s Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences. Photograph: Brian Snyder/Reuters

If US Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders thought that a trip to the Vatican tomorrow would result in a campaign boosting photo opportuni(...)

Pope Francis covers his face due winds upon his arrival to Quito, Ecuador. Photograph: Jose Jacome/EPA

Laughing as his hat flew off in the Andean highland wind, Pope Francis flew into Ecuador on Sunday to start a “homecoming” tour of South America, wher(...)

President Michael D Higgins: after Milan, he and his wife will go to Rome, where Il Tradimento e Poesie (Poems and Betrayal), an Italian translation of his poems, will be launched. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

President Michael D Higgins will officially open the Irish National Day at Expo 2015 in Milan this morning. Timed to coincide with Bloomsday, the Iri(...)

Leaders of the Shipibo people from the Peruvian Amazon in Lima, where the UN climate change conference is taking place, to highlight the rights of indigenous people. Since 2002, at least 57 environmental activists have been killed in Peru. Photograph:  Mariana Bazo/Reuters

As ministers from four Latin American countries announced a high-profile initiative to restore and “re-forest” millions of hectares of degraded land i(...)

Ecuador’s president Rafael Correa (centre), flanked by Argentina’s foreign minister Hector Timerman (right) and Ecuador’s foreign minister Ricardo Patino, attend yesterday’s presidential meeting in Cochabamba. Photograph: Danilo Balderrama/Reuters

President Evo Morales warned he could close the US embassy in Bolivia as South America’s left-wing leaders rallied round after his plane was rerouted (...)