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Ecuador's left-wing president has ordered the expulsion of a senior US diplomat, accusing him of suspending aid to Ecuador's anti-drugs programme.
During his weekly TV address, Rafael Correa said US customs attache Armando Astorga was "insolent and foolish" and had treated Ecuador like a colony. [...]
[He accused] Mr Astorga of trying to make some economic aid conditional on Washington being allowed to choose the head of Ecuador's anti-narcotics police.
"Mr Astorga, keep your dirty money, we don't need it. We have dignity in this country," he said.
Mr Correa then told his foreign minister to "give this gentleman 48 hours to pack up his suitcases and get out of the country".