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Quito Judge Mercedes Portilla levied the fines against Juan Carlos Calderon and Cristian Zurita in a case Mr. Correa brought over their 2010 book “The Big Brother.” It says he suffered “moral damage” for the way they described $600 million in contracts with companies linked to the president’s older brother, Fabricio.

Mr. Correa ended all such contracts in 2009 after the journalists first reported them.

Press freedom advocates have accused the leftist president of trying to silence critics.


First elected president resigns after coup

MALE — The Maldives’ first freely elected president resigned Tuesday after what his party called a “coup d’etat” orchestrated by opposition leaders with the backing of security forces in the holiday paradise.

Within hours of President Mohamed Nasheed stepping down, his deputy, who is from a different party, was sworn in to replace him, promising to uphold the “rule of law”.

“It will be better for the country in the current situation if I resign,” Mr. Nasheed had told a televised news conference. “I don’t want to run the country with an iron fist.”

His announcement followed a police mutiny that capped three weeks of anti-government demonstrations in the Indian Ocean island nation against what activists saw as Mr. Nasheed’s “unconstitutional” arrest of a senior judge.


Liz Taylor’s art snags $22 million at auction

LONDON — Christie’s says three top works from the late Hollywood star Elizabeth Taylor’s art collection have sold at auction in London for nearly $22 million.

The auctioneer said Tuesday that Van Gogh’s “Vue de l’asile de la Chapelle de Remy,” which had hung in the living room of Taylor’s Bel Air home, fetched nearly $16 million. A self-portrait by Edgar Degas and a landscape by Claude Pissarro also sold.

Marc Porter, chairman of Christie’s Americas, called the works the “crown jewel” of the showbiz legend’s collection.

The screen and stage icon died in March at age 79.

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