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Strong magnitude 8 earthquake hits Peru

May 26, 2019 - 4:43 PM

(5th UPDATE) At least 26 are reported injured, roads are blocked, and a bridge is damaged, according to an assessment cited by Peru's President Martin Vizcarra

Handout picture released by the Peruvian Fire Department showing a house damaged by an 8.0 earthquake in Yurimaguas, Peru, early on May 26. - A strong 8.0-earthquake struck northern Peru in the early hours of Sunday, sending residents fleeing their homes and cutting off power to at least one town, with the impact felt as far afield as neighbouring Ecuador. There were no immediate reports of injuries following the quake which the US Geological Survey said struck at a depth of 110 km (68 miles). (Photo by HO / Peru's Fire Department / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / PERU'S FIRE DEPARTMENT / HO" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

Ex-Peru president Kuczynski undergoes heart surgery

Apr 28, 2019 - 4:00 PM

Former Peruvian president Pedro Pablo Kuczynski remains under preliminary detention over money laundering charges

Former Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski (2016-2018), sentenced to 10 days of preliminary detention over money laundry allegations, is pictured during the appeal hearing, at the Peruvian National Appeal Court in Lima on April 15, 2019. - Peruvian prosecutors investigating the giant Odebrecht corruption scandal, request the preventive detention of ex-president Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, his former secretary Gloria Jesús Kisic and his driver José Luis Bernaola. (Photo by Luka GONZALES / AFP)

Peru's Garcia denies corruption claims in suicide note

Apr 20, 2019 - 11:06 AM

'I've seen others paraded in handcuffs and living a miserable existence, but Alan Garcia will not suffer such an injustice or circus,' the late ex-president writes in a note to his six children

MOURNING. Supporters of late Peruvian former President Alan Garcia attend his wake as the coffin with the remains arrive to the American Popular Revolutionary Alliance (APRA) party headquarter's in Lima, on April 17, 2019. Photo by Ernesto Benavides / AFP

Peru ex-president Garcia dies after shooting himself

Apr 18, 2019 - 12:23 AM

'Dismayed by the death of ex-president Alan Garcia. I send my condolences to his family and loved ones,' says Peru's current President Martin Vizcarra

ALAN GARCIA. Former Peru president Alan Garcia died in hospital on April 17, 2019 after shooting himself at his home as police were about to arrest him in a graft investigation. File photo by CrisBouroncle/AFP

Pompeo in Peru to maintain regional pressure on Venezuela's Maduro

Apr 14, 2019 - 12:11 PM

'Paraguay is a leader in defending democracy and calling Maduro as he is, a tyrant who has ruined his country," says US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

PRESSURE ON MADURO. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo offers a press conference after holding a meeting with Peru's President Martin Vizcarra at the Governement Palace in Lima on April 13, 2019. Photo by Ernesto Benavides/AFP

Peru's ex-president arrested in corruption case

Apr 11, 2019 - 12:38 PM

Judicial authorities say ex-president Pedro Pablo Kuczynski would be held for a preliminary period of 10 days 'for the alleged crime of money laundering in the Odebrecht case'

ARRESTED. Former Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski is detained by police in Lima on April 10, 2019. Photo by Luka Gonzales/AFP

Magnitude 7.0 earthquake hits Peru, no reports of injuries

Mar 01, 2019 - 5:43 PM

The epicenter of the quake is at a depth of 257 kilometers. The US Geological Survey says most big quakes in South America occur at a maximum depth of 70 kilometers.

Magnitude 7.5 earthquake hits Ecuador

Feb 22, 2019 - 9:06 PM

The US Geological Survey says the quake struck before dawn in Ecuador's eastern Amazon region 17 kilometers from the town of Montalvo near the border with Peru

At least 15 dead in mudslide at hotel in Peru

Jan 27, 2019 - 10:42 PM

(UPDATED) The landslide crashes into a hotel during a wedding celebration in southeastern Peru

FATAL WEDDING PARTY. This handout picture by Peru's National Civil Defense Institute shows damage caused by a landslide on January 26, 2019 in a hotel where a wedding celebration was taking place in Abancay, Peru. Handout Peruvian National Civil Defense Institute/AFP

Lima Group countries say won't recognize new Maduro mandate

Jan 05, 2019 - 10:55 AM

Thirteen countries said it would not grant recognition to Maduro's hardline socialist government, which has presided over the oil-rich country's economic collapse.

AT THE HELM. This handout photo released by the Miraflores presidential palace press office shows Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro delivering a message in Caracas, Venezuela on December 31, 2018. Photo by Marcelo Garcia / Venezuelan Presidency / AFP

Peru court orders Fujimori detention in graft probe

Nov 01, 2018 - 8:22 AM

Keiko Fujimori is accused of accepting $1.2 million in illicit party funding from Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht for her 2011 presidential campaign

KEIKO FUJIMORI. In this file photo, Peruvian opposition party Fuerza Popular (Popular Force) leader Keiko Fujimori (R) and her husband Mark Vito leave after the hearing to decide whether or not she will be placed in preventive detention was postponed, in Lima on October 21, 2018. File photo by Luka Gonzales/AFP

Peru president vetoes law that could have freed ex-leader Fujimori

Oct 23, 2018 - 12:16 PM

Peru President Martin Vizcarra tells journalists that before such a law could be passed, it would need to be 'debated in depth to avoid' benefiting 'incarcerated people who are a danger to society'

MARTIN VIZCARRA. Image by Galería del Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores from Wikipedia.

Peru judge postpones decision on jailing Keiko Fujimori

Oct 22, 2018 - 7:55 AM

Sunday's hearing is adjourned by Judge Richard Concepcion Carhuancho after defense lawyers said the prosecution had failed to hand over requested documents, and would need more time to make their case

KEIKO FUJIMORI. Peruvian opposition party Fuerza Popular (Popular Force) leader Keiko Fujimori (R) and her husband Mark Vito leave after the hearing to decide whether or not she will be placed in preventive detention was postponed, in Lima on October 21, 2018. Photo by Luka Gonzales/AFP

Peru court orders Keiko Fujimori release

Oct 18, 2018 - 3:27 PM

The 43-year-old Keiko Fujimori is earlier arrested on the orders of prosecutors investigating contributions to her campaign when she ran for president in 2011

KEIKO FUJIMORI. A handout picture distributed by the Peruvian Judiciary shows Keiko Fujimori, opposition leader and daughter of disgraced ex-president Alberto Fujimori, being escorted by police officers in a Judiciary office, in Lima, following her arrest on October 10, 2018. Photo by Juan Carlos Vivas/Peruvian Judiciary/AFP

Peruvian police arrest Keiko Fujimori in Odebrecht probe

Oct 11, 2018 - 11:47 AM

The 43-year-old is arrested on the orders of prosecutors investigating contributions to her campaign when she ran for president in 2011

ARRESTED. Handout picture distributed by Peruvian Judiciary showing Keiko Fujimori, opposition leader and daughter of disgraced ex-president Alberto Fujimori, being escorted by police officers in a Judiciary office, in Lima, following her arrest on October 10, 2018, for alleged money laundering involving Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht. AFP PHOTO / PERUVIAN JUDICIARY-JUAN CARLOS VIVAS

Foodie destination Peru combats malnutrition in children

Oct 07, 2018 - 6:00 AM

'Combating anemia is a priority for the government and we want it to be a priority for Peru,' says President Martin Vizcarra

MALNOURISHED. According to the Demographic and Family Health Survey of the National Institute of Statistics two out of every five Peruvian children under the age of 3 suffer from anemia due to a poor diet. Photo by Cris Bouroncle/AFP

Fujimori, in hospital plea, says return to prison would be 'death sentence'

Oct 05, 2018 - 1:09 PM

'Please do not kill me. If I return to prison my heart will not support it. It is too weak to go through the same thing again. Don't sentence me to death. I can give no more,' says Peru's ex-president Alberto Fujimori

ALBERTO FUJIMORI. This file photo shows Peru's former President Alberto Fujimori waving to supporters as he is wheeled out of the Centenario Clinic in Lima on January 04, 2018. File photo by Luka Gonzales/AFP

Peru annuls ex-president Fujimori's pardon, orders arrest

Oct 04, 2018 - 2:12 PM

The Supreme Court has 'issued the arrest and detention orders against former president Fujimori so that he may be re-integrated into the prison establishment'

Bolivian ex-presidents reject Morales amnesty offer

Sep 28, 2018 - 1:41 PM

The International Court of Justice in The Hague is due to rule on Monday, October 1, on the case Bolivia brought in 2013 seeking to regain access to the Pacific Ocean

MORALES. In this file photo, Bolivia's President Evo Morales gestures while leaving the BRICS-UNASUR Summit at Itamaraty Palace in Brasilia, Brazil on July 16, 2014. Evaristo Sa/AFP

Venezuela arrests 131 accused of economic sabotage

Aug 31, 2018 - 3:07 PM

The arrests include 'several managers of large chains' accused of 'speculating and hoarding basic products' that are subject to prices fixed by the government

ECONOMIC SABOTAGE? In this file photo, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro holds a press conference at the Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas on August 22, 2017. File photo by Juan Barreto/AFP

Venezuela claims 'thousands' of migrants want to come home

Aug 30, 2018 - 9:41 AM

Brazil President Michel Temer has called on 'the international community to adopt diplomatic measures' to halt the 'tragic' exodus of Venezuelans that 'threatens the harmony of practically the entire continent'

Venezuelans in Peru take up Maduro's offer to fly home

Aug 28, 2018 - 11:22 AM

The move is part of the socialist government's 'Return to the Homeland' scheme to counter a mass exodus and woo back young Venezuelans to work in the crisis-torn country

'RETURN TO THE HOMELAND.' Venezuelan migrants wait to enter the boarding area of the international airport in Lima after a group of Venezuelan nationals – who chose to return to their country after experiencing difficulties in Peru – received a plane ticket paid by their government, on August 27, 2018. Photo by Teo Bizca/AFP

Thousands of Venezuelans reach Peru as border restrictions tighten

Aug 25, 2018 - 8:31 PM

Colombia has pleaded with its southern neighbors to agree to a combined migration strategy, while Ecuador has called a meeting of 13 Latin American countries next month to discuss the crisis

AT THE BORDER. Venezuelan nationals' visas petitions are attended after midnight at the binational border attention centre (CEBAF) in Tumbes, northern Peru on August 24, 2018. Photo by Cris Bouroncle/AFP

7.1-magnitude earthquake hits Peru-Brazil border – USGS

Aug 24, 2018 - 6:58 PM

(UPDATED) The earthquake hits at a depth of 609 kilometers on Peru's eastern frontier with Brazil

Venezuelans rush to Peru to beat passport deadline

Aug 24, 2018 - 3:39 PM

Peru has decided it will only allow in Venezuelan migrants in possession of a passport. But only around half of the Venezuelans heading south to escape poverty and economic crisis are carrying passports.

PERU-BOUND. Venezuelans heading to Peru walk along the Panamerican highway in Tulcan, Ecuador, after crossing from Colombia, on August 21, 2018. File photo by Luis Robayo/AFP

Nothing to be afraid of? Other countries use their national IDs in countless ways

Jun 15, 2018 - 3:14 PM

While proponents of a national ID system in the Philippines argue it will improve government services, examples from other countries show the many uses of a national ID beyond government functions

NATIONAL ID. Countries like Estonia, Pakistan, India, and Peru show the various way in which a national ID can be utilized by both government and private entities.

Archaeologists find new mass child sacrifice site in Peru

Jun 09, 2018 - 11:09 AM

The new sacrifice site is discovered in the Pamapa La Cruz area in Huanchaco, a coastal district of Trujillo, Peru's third-largest cit

REMAINS. Handout picture released on June 08, 2018 by Peruvian news service Andina, shows the ongoing excavation at the "huaca" (temple) La Cruz, where a group of archaeologists have discovered the remains of more than 50 children presumably sacrificed in a ritual of the pre-Columbian Chimu culture, on the northern coast of Peru in the district of Huanchaco, province of Trujillo. Photo by Andina/AFP

Peruvian scientists use DNA to trace origins of Inca emperors

May 27, 2018 - 3:30 PM

The two legends explaining the origin of the Inca civilization 'could be related,' according to the scientists' study

Peruvian genetics specialist Ricardo Fujita works at his lab in the San Martin de Porres University in Lima on May 11, 2018.  Upon the many programs he foresees, Fujita and his team have been working since 2000 on ADN evidence attempting to determine the origins of the Inca Empire. / AFP PHOTO / Cris BOURONCLE

Evidence of world's biggest child sacrifice found in Peru

Apr 27, 2018 - 5:26 PM

'The discovery of a large-scale child sacrifice event in the little-known pre-Columbian Chimu civilization is unprecedented in the Americas – if not in the entire world,' National Geographic says

Peru's embattled president Kuczynski announces resignation

Mar 22, 2018 - 9:33 AM

President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski is the first president to lose his job over the scandal in which the Brazilian company admitted paying out millions of dollars in bribes and gifts to Latin American politicians and businessmen to secure public works contracts

NEW CHAPTER? A handout picture distributed by the Peruvian Presidency shows President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski appearing in Lima on a televised message to the Nation on December 14, 2017. Handout photo from Peruvian Presidency/AFP

Without U.S., 11 Asia Pacific states sign trade deal

Mar 09, 2018 - 12:57 PM

The pact includes Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam, representing together 13.5% of the global economy

TPP. In this file photo, trade ministers and delegates from the remaining members of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) attend the TPP Ministerial Meeting ahead of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders summit in the central Vietnamese city of Danang on November 9, 2017. File photo by Na Son Nguyen/AFP

Peru bus crash kills 35 – ministry

Feb 22, 2018 - 12:02 AM

The crash 'has left 35 dead and 20 injured," the Interior Ministry announces on Twitter, quoting Arequipa police chief General Walter Ortiz

Peru court orders Fujimori tried for 1992 mass killing – official

Feb 20, 2018 - 8:05 AM

A Peruvian court orders former president Alberto Fujimori to stand trial for the 1992 killings of 6 farmers

EX-PRESIDENT. Peru's former President Alberto Fujimori waves to supporters beside his son, Congressman Kenji Fujimori (R), as he is wheeled out of the Centenario Clinic in Lima on January 04, 2018. Photo by Luka Gonzales/AFP

Pope targets corruption in politics ahead of final Peru mass

Jan 22, 2018 - 9:25 AM

'By and large, Latin America's political culture is sicker than it is healthy'

READY FOR MASS. Pope Francis walks to the altar to celebrate mass at the Las Palmas air base in Lima on January 21, 2018. Vincenzo Pinto/AFP

Pope urges end to violence against women

Jan 21, 2018 - 8:59 AM

'I'm calling on you to fight against this source of suffering including legislation and a culture that rejects every type of violence'

POPE IN PERU. Pope Francis waves to the crowd inside the Cathedral of Trujillo during his visit to the Peruvian city of Trujillo, on January 20, 2018. Vincenzo Pinto/Pool/AFP

Pope to meet indigenous people in Peruvian Amazon

Jan 19, 2018 - 7:39 PM

'Pope Francis, the Amazon welcomes you,' says a slogan on one of the banners adorning the city

POPE FRANCIS. Grab taken for a handout video released by the National Commission for the Pope's Visit and Chilean Channels showing Pope Francis checking on a police officer who fell from her rearing horse after being frightened by the cheering crowd as he was passing in the popemobile in the Chilean northern city of Iquique after celebrating an open-air mass on the nearby Lobitos Beach, on January 18, 2018. Handout by the National Commission for the Pope's Visit and Chilean Channels/AFP

Pope Francis arrives in Peru after tumultuous Chile visit

Jan 19, 2018 - 9:35 AM

The second and final leg of his weeklong South American trip includes stops in Puerto Maldonado, where he will be welcomed by indigenous people, from Peru as well as neighboring Brazil and Bolivia

WAITING. A street vendor offers posters of Pope Francis at the main plaza in the Amazonian town of Puerto Maldonado, Peru, on January 18, 2018. Photo byCris Bouroncle/AFP

Pope voices nuclear war concerns as he begins Latin America trip

Jan 16, 2018 - 8:08 AM

'I am really afraid of this. One accident is enough to precipitate things.'

HAPPY IN CHILE. Pope Francis smiles at the faithful from the Popemobile in Santiago, on January 15, 2018. Eitan Abramovich/AFP

Pope sets off on trip to Chile and Peru

Jan 15, 2018 - 4:19 PM

The 81-year old Argentine will hop on 10 flights to travel over 30,000 kilometers through hot and humid climates for his 22nd trip abroad

AWAITING FRANCIS. Banners welcoming Pope Francis to Peru are seen in Lima on January 13, 2018. Ernesto Benavidez/AFP

2 dead in Peru after 7.3 magnitude quake – official

Jan 14, 2018 - 10:16 PM

(UPDATED) At least 65 people are injured, according to the South American country's civil defense agency

Thousands call for Peru leader to step down over Fujimori pardon

Jan 12, 2018 - 12:17 PM

Relatives of those killed under Alberto Fujimori's rule – all dressed in black – lead the cortege for the rally in central Lima, under the watchful eye of police

PROTEST. Demonstrators march during a protest against the pardon granted by Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski to former President Alberto Fujimori, in Lima, on January 11, 2018. Photo by Ernesto Benavides/AFP

The week in photos: December 30, 2017-January 5, 2018

Jan 06, 2018 - 2:51 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

People visit the Harbin Ice and Snow World, part of the annual Harbin Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival in Harbin in China's northeast Heilongjiang province on January 4, 2018.The festival, which attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors annually, officially opens on January 5. / AFP PHOTO / GREG BAKER

Peru's ex-president Fujimori released after controversial pardon

Jan 05, 2018 - 12:08 PM

Fujimori is released after serving less than half of a 25-year sentence for human rights abuses

ALBERTO FUJIMORI. Peru's former President Alberto Fujimori waves to supporters beside his son, Congressman Kenji Fujimori (R), as he is wheeled out of the Centenario Clinic in Lima on January 04, 2018. Photo by Luka Gonzales/AFP

Peru bus crash death toll rises to 52

Jan 05, 2018 - 7:24 AM

Lima police chief Victor Rucoba says there are no more bodies to recover, and that the focus now shifts to investigating the accident and determining its causes

PERU'S BUS NIGHTMARE. Rescuers, police and firefighters work at the scene after a bus plunged the day before around 100 meters over a cliff when it collided with a truck on a coastal highway near Pasamayo, around 45 km north of Lima on January 3, 2018. Photo by Ernesto Benavides/ AFP

Peru bus plunge kills 48 – police

Jan 03, 2018 - 12:42 PM

A bus plunges over a seaside cliff in Peru, killing at least 48 people after a collision with a truck on a precarious stretch known as the 'devil's curve'

DEATH BUS. Handout picture released by Peruvian agency Andina showing rescuers, police and firefighters working at the scene after a bus plunged around 100 meters (330 feet) over a cliff after colliding with a truck on a coastal highway near Pasamayo, around 45 km north of Lima, January 2, 2018. Andina/Handout/AFP

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, December 27, 2017

Dec 27, 2017 - 10:31 AM

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'HEAL OUR LAND.' Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas returns to EDSA on November 5, 2017, for a Mass and procession against drug war killings. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

'Forgive me,' ex-Peru leader Fujimori says after pardon protests

Dec 26, 2017 - 10:45 PM

The 79-year-old has been serving a 25-year sentence for corruption and human rights abuses committed during his time in office from 1990 to 2000

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, December 26, 2017

Dec 26, 2017 - 12:45 PM

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President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is accompanied by Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) Chief Dr. Leopoldo Vega upon his arrival at the SPMC to visit the families of the victims who died in the recent fire incident at the New City Commercial Center (NCCC) Mall Davao on December 25, 2017. ALBERT ALCAIN/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Clashes in Lima as thousands protest ex-president Fujimori pardon

Dec 26, 2017 - 11:03 AM

(UPDATED) 'Out, out PPK! Out, out PPK!' angry demonstrators chant in reference to the president, who had promised during his electoral campaign the previous year that he would not free Fujimori

INDIGNANT. Peruvians protest against President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski's humanitarian pardon to Peru's jailed ex-president Alberto Fujimori in Lima. AFP photo

Peru's ailing ex-president Fujimori pardoned

Dec 25, 2017 - 3:02 PM

'The president of the republic... has decided to grant a humanitarian pardon to Mr Alberto Fujimori and 7 other people in similar condition,' the presidency says in a statement

PARDONED. This file picture taken on January 8, 2015 shows Peru's former President (1990-2000) Alberto Fujimori waving upon arrival for the reading of the verdict on charges of embezzling state funds and using them to manipulate the media, at a police base in Lima. File photo by Ernesto Benavides/AFP