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Ecuador troops clash with police, rescue president

• AP

Soldiers firing concussion grenades and automatic weapons have rescued Ecuador's president from a hospital where he had been trapped by rebellious police for more than 12 hours.

President Rafael Correa appeared on the balcony of the presidential palace shortly afterward and addressed an adoring crowd.

He had been trapped in the hospital where he was treated after being tear-gassed in a confrontation with hundreds of police angry over a law that would cut their benefits.


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