Pope Francis jokes he doesn`t `do drugs`

Pope Francis on Monday joked that he did not have to "take drugs" when questioned by a journalist as to the secret of his energy during a whirlwind tour of three Latin American countries.

Pope's ''homecoming'' tour moves from Ecuador to Bolivia

Pope Francis showed his sense of humour during the last few hours of his trip to Ecuador on Wednesday, straying from a prepared speech to joke with people who came to see him at a shrine near the highland capital Quito.

Pope's 'homecoming' tour moves from Ecuador to Bolivia

Pope Francis flies to Bolivia on Wednesday after drawing about 1.5 million people to Masses in Ecuador on the first leg of a "homecoming" tour, where he urged the world to take better care of the environment and the poor.

Pope's 'homecoming' tour moves from Ecuador to Bolivia

Pope Francis flies to Bolivia on Wednesday after drawing about 1.5 million people to Masses in Ecuador on the first leg of a "homecoming" tour, where he urged the world to take better care of the environment and the poor.

Pope urges dialogue in Ecuador in wake of protests

Pope Francis appealed for dialogue on Tuesday in front of nearly one million people at an outdoor mass in Ecuador`s capital, recently rocked by anti-government protests.

Pope leads huge mass in Quito
Pope leads huge mass in Quito

Pope Francis warned against the "temptation" of "single leaderships" on Tuesday in front of nearly one million people at an outdoor mass in Ecuador`s capital, recently rocked by anti-government protests.

In Ecuador, Pope Francis appeals for more inclusive Church

Pope Francis used his first Mass in Ecuador on Monday to ask for support in his efforts to reach out to Catholics who feel shunned by the Church when the world`s bishops gather at the Vatican in October.

Throng greets Pope Francis for Ecuador mass

Hundreds of thousands of faithful greeted Pope Francis with cheers and flags in scorching heat on Monday for the first open-air mass of his three-nation trip to South America.

Pope Francis lands in Ecuador on three-nation tour
Pope Francis lands in Ecuador on three-nation tour

Pope Francis arrived in Ecuador to kick off his first South American trip in two years that will also take him to Bolivia and Paraguay and see him highlight the plight of the poor.

Pope Francis to focus on poor in South America trip

 Pope Francis left Rome on Sunday to embark on his first South American trip in two years, for an eight-day tour of Ecuador, Bolivia and Paraguay -- but not his native Argentina.

Ecuador tense with anti-govt protests ahead of pope visit
Ecuador tense with anti-govt protests ahead of pope visit

Just days before the hotly-anticipated visit of Pope Francis to Ecuador, the country`s President has come under increasing pressure from opposition protests demanding his ouster.

Pope Francis takes message to forgotten corners of home continent
Pope Francis takes message to forgotten corners of home continent

Pope Francis embarks Sunday on an eight-day visit to Ecuador, Bolivia and Paraguay, three of South America`s `peripheral` countries which share common challenges in addressing poverty, inequality and the legacies of past authoritarian regimes.

US indicts 17 Colombia alleged traffickers

 The United States announced Tuesday it had indicted 17 alleged leaders and associates of Colombia`s powerful Clan Usuga drug gang, who would all risk life in prison if ever convicted.

Mexico failed at Copa America: Coach Miguel Herrera
Mexico failed at Copa America: Coach Miguel Herrera

Coach Miguel Herrera admitted that he considers his Mexico team's Copa America campaign a failure after they crashed out of the group phase with a 1-2 defeat to Ecuador.

Cameroon join Japan in last 16 of Women`s World Cup
Cameroon join Japan in last 16 of Women`s World Cup

Surprise African newcomers Cameroon joined reigning champions Japan in the last 16 of the Women`s World Cup on Tuesday after beating Switzerland 2-1 in their final Group C game.

Ecuador`s embattled president suspends inheritance bill amid protests
Ecuador`s embattled president suspends inheritance bill amid protests

Rocked by a week of protests over a his government`s bid to redistribute wealth, and opposition calls for him to resign, Ecuador`s President Rafael Correa on Monday dropped the bill for now.

Copa America: Chile held, Bolivia upset Ecuador in goal-fest
Copa America: Chile held, Bolivia upset Ecuador in goal-fest

Mexico snatched a pulsating 3-3 draw with Chile while Bolivia downed Ecuador in a five-goal thriller as the Copa America laid on a feast of attacking football on Monday.

Swedish prosecutors plan to question Assange in June or July

 Swedish prosecutors plan to question WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange at Ecuador`s embassy in London in June or July, the prosecutor said on Monday.

Arturo Vidal stars as Chile off mark at Copa America
Arturo Vidal stars as Chile off mark at Copa America

Arturo Vidal buried his Champions League heartache to set up a 2-0 opening victory for Chile over Ecuador as the Copa America kicked off here Thursday. 

Brazil boosted by 10th straight win ahead of Copa America start
Brazil boosted by 10th straight win ahead of Copa America start

Brazil made it 10 straight wins before heading to Chile for the Copa America, which begins on Thursday and could become a showdown between Barcelona superstars Lionel Messi and Neymar.