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U.S.-Ecuador ties at risk over anti-drug mission

In a move popular with many Ecuadoreans, left-wing President-elect Rafael Correa has pledged to get rid of a key U.S. counter-narcotics operation based in the booming Pacific port city of Manta. But his refusal to extend the U.S. base’s lease and his friendship with U.S. antagonist President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela could put him at odds with the country’s largest trade partner and its drive to stem the illegal drug trade. Full Story

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