U.S. is ending
The U.S. will halt a security initiative run by military officials out of its embassy in Ecuador after a request by the nation, an embassy spokesman said Friday.
Ecuador sent a letter to the U.S. Embassy this month asking it to eliminate the Office of Security Cooperation. President Rafael Correa had said the embassy had a "scandalous" number of military officers.
The office provided close to $7 million to Ecuador last year for programs related to technical training, maintenance of vehicles and planes, and human trafficking, among others. - Reuters
Passenger stirs alert
A drunken passenger on a Virgin Australia flight from Brisbane to Bali prompted pilots to issue a hijack alert that disrupted air travel to and from the resort island for hours Friday, Indonesian and Australian authorities said. A Queensland man, 28, was later arrested. - L.A. Times
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