Magnitude 8 earthquake strikes Amazon jungle in Peru

World 05/26/19, 09:06

A powerful magnitude 8.0 earthquake struck a remote part of the Amazon jungle in Peru early Sunday, collapsing buildings and knocking out power to some areas but causing only one reported death. The quake struck at 2:41 a.m. and was centered in a vast nature preserve 57 miles (92 kilometers) east ...

Peru ponders corruption probe’s cost after shocking suicide

America 04/18/19, 12:19

The suicide of former President Alan Garcia has shocked Peruvians and sparked a debate swirling Thursday on television channels and in newspaper columns: What will be the price of the country's painful reckoning with corruption?All but one of the nation's living elected former presidents are suspected of taking part in ...

Ex-Peru president kills himself as police try to arrest him

America 04/17/19, 13:34

Former Peruvian President Alan García shot himself in the head and died Wednesday moments after police arrived at his home to arrest him on corruption allegations in Latin America's largest graft probe. President Martin Vizcarra announced the death on Twitter, saying that doctors in the capital city of Lima performed emergency ...

Alan García, ex-Peruvian president, dies at 69

America 04/17/19, 12:12

Alan García, a former Peruvian president whose first term in the 1980s was marred by financial chaos and rebel violence, and who was recently targeted in Latin America's biggest corruption scandal, shot himself and died on Wednesday at the age of 69. President Martin Vizcarra announced on Twitter that García died ...

Update: Doctors say Peru’s García died from hemorrhage

America 04/17/19, 11:59

The Latest on former Peruvian President Alan García (all times local): 11:55 a.m. Doctors say former Peruvian President Alan García died from a "massive cerebral hemorrhage from a gunshot and cardiorespiratory arrest." A statement released by the José Casimiro Ulloa Hospital in the capital of Lima on Wednesday says Garcia died about three ...

Ballet teacher breaking class barriers with dance in Peru

America 04/15/19, 11:30

In a Peruvian neighborhood where families consider running water a luxury, young girls are learning the delicate art of ballet dancing.In the classroom at a public school near the South American nation's Pacific coast, girls line up at wooden ballet barres, point toes and curve arms."When I dance I forget ...

Update: Trump recalls Dukakis at Ohio tank plant

Politics 03/20/19, 14:50

The Latest on President Donald Trump's visit to Ohio (all times local): 3:45 p.m. President Donald Trump, touring an Ohio Army tank plant, says he wanted to get into one of the vehicles but was stopped by the memory of Michael Dukakis. Trump says Dukakis, the 1988 Democratic presidential candidate, "tanked when he ...

Unbearable stench: Giant sewage spill befouls Peru’s capital

America 01/16/19, 16:52

Amid an unbearable stench in Peru's capital, thousands of workers, police and soldiers are struggling to contain and clean up a flood of sewage that has caused a health emergency in one of Lima's most populous districts.The foul flood was caused by a blockage in a giant pipe that collects ...

Bus singer gives voice to Venezuela’s growing diaspora

America 01/16/19, 01:43

A year ago, Venezuelan migrant Reymar Perdomo was singing for spare change on jammed buses, struggling to make ends meet while building a new life in Peru's capital.But her life took a turn when she wrote a heartfelt reggae song about leaving her homeland that went viral on the internet ...

Regional powers urge Venezuela’s Maduro to step down

America 01/04/19, 17:05

A dozen Latin American governments and Canada delivered a blistering rebuke to Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Friday, questioning the legitimacy of his soon-to-begin second term and urging him to hand over power as the only path to restoring democracy in his crisis-wracked South American country.The sharp criticism came at ...

Peru’s president accuses AG of damaging big corruption probe

America 01/01/19, 20:43

Thousands of Peruvians marched in protest again Tuesday decrying the attorney general's dismissal of a team investigating the sweeping Odebrecht corruption case in a move that President Martin Vizcarra decried as "profoundly damaging."Demonstrators carried a giant Peruvian flag through Lima while shouting the name of one of the removed prosecutors ...

Peruvians vote in referendum on fighting corruption

World 12/09/18, 00:05

Peruvians vote Sunday in a referendum aimed at curbing corruption as the South American nation tries to put an end to a scourge that has landed lawmakers, judges and even former presidents behind bars.The four questions on the ballot include measures that would prohibit legislators from immediate reelection, create stricter ...

Peru’s soccer boss arrested as part of criminal probe

Sports 12/06/18, 13:42

The head of Peru's soccer federation has been arrested a few months after leading his country back to the World Cup for the first time in 36 years.Prosecutors say Edwin Oviedo will be held initially for 15 days as they investigate his alleged role in a criminal network that paid ...

Tourists flock to swim with sea lions near Peru’s capital

World 10/05/18, 00:18

Foreign tourists are flocking to a group of rocky islands a few miles off the coast of Peru's capital for a once-in-a-lifetime experience: a chance to swim with sea lions.In this Aug. 8, 2018 photo, tourists take a selfie in the water with sea lions in the background on the ...

Ex-army general accused of murder leads mayoral race in Peru

World 10/02/18, 16:37

The retired army general blew kisses to supporters and promised an iron fist against criminals in Peru's massive capital city, delivering one of the trademark bombastic law-and-order speeches that have made him a leading candidate to be Lima's next mayor."I'll eat bad guys for breakfast," Daniel Urresti told the cheering ...

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