Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa visited Latin American powerhouse Brazil on March 5 on his regional tour to push Colombia to apologize for a military operation in Ecuador as an Andean crisis escalated. Venezuela and Ecuador have moved troops to their borders and cut diplomatic ties with Colombia, which got backing from US President George W. Bush on March 4, while diplomats in Europe and the Americas asked all sides for calm. Many Latin American leaders have condemned Colombia for entering Ecuador to kill FARC guerrillas on March 1. (Reuters)

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