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Far-left schoolteacher, rightwing populist vie for Peru presidency

- Far-left labor unionist Pedro Castillo and rightwing populist Keiko Fujimori will square off in a second round of presidential elections that analysts say threatens to further polarize crisis-weary Peru.

New species of frog unearthed in Peruvian Amazon jungle

- A new species of marsupial frog has been discovered in Peru's Amazon jungle, the state service for natural protected areas said on Monday.The new species belongs to the Gastrotheca genus of tailless frogs found in South and Central America.

Far-left schoolteacher takes lead as Peru counts presidential votes

- A far-left union leader and teacher has taken a surprise, though slim, lead in Peru's presidential election, and will likely face a rightwing rival in a runoff in June, incomplete results showed Monday.

Indecisive Peru presidential vote amid deadly Covid-19 surge

- Ballots were being counted Sunday in Peruvian presidential elections destined for a run-off with no candidate able to fire up the crisis-weary nation, during its deadliest week of the Covid-19 pandemic to date.

Peru votes as Covid-19 body count mounts

- Peruvians go to the polls Sunday, in the midst of a deadly pandemic surge, to choose a new president to confront the country's multiple challenges from among 18 candidates with no clear favorite.

Ex-prostitute, 'Jesus' actor line up for Peru Congress race

- Ex-prostitute Angela Villon is one of several unconventional candidates vying for a seat in Peru's national congress in elections Sunday - a reflection of the country's growing diversity.

Judge rejects detention request for Peru ex-president Vizcarra

- A Peruvian judge on Thursday rejected preventative detention for ex-president Martin Vizcarra, who is being investigated for alleged corruption while he was governor of the country's southern region of Moquegua.

Ex-Peru president Fujimori faces trial over 'forced sterilizations'

- A judge in Peru opened proceedings on Monday against disgraced former president Alberto Fujimori and other officials accused of the "forced sterilizations" of thousands of poor, mostly indigenous, women.

Peru suffering medical oxygen crunch amid Covid spike

- Hundreds of Peruvians waited in long lines Saturday to get medical oxygen for loved ones with Covid-19, amid a shortage of the gas in the pandemic's second wave.

Peru names 6th FM in under a year as vaccine scandal grows

- Peru on Monday appointed its sixth foreign minister in less than a year following a fresh resignation over a growing coronavirus vaccinations scandal.

In Peru, people line up day and night for life-saving oxygen

- While loved ones are fighting for breath at home, hundreds of Peruvians have taken to sleeping on the street, sometimes for days on end, in queues of people desperate for oxygen amid a deadly second wave of the coronavirus pandemic.

Fujimori vows to pardon father if elected Peru president

- Peru's opposition leader Keiko Fujimori has said that she would pardon her jailed father, former president Alberto Fujimori, if she wins April's general election.

'Paddington' bears tour crowd-free Machu Picchu

- Two members of South America's only bear species -- a mother and her cub -- have been spotted exploring the ruins of the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu, where tourist numbers have been restricted due to the pandemic.

UN says Peruvian police used excessive force in protests

Geneva - Peruvian police used "unnecessary and excessive force" when faced with mass protests in November against the appointment of Manel Merino as interim president, the UN Human Rights Office said in a report on Tuesday.

Protesting Peru farm workers lift road block for talks

- Peruvian government officials sat down to talks Friday with representatives of farm workers who had blockaded a highway to protest the deaths of three people in clashes with police.Farm workers have been staging protests for weeks to demand more pay.

Machu Picchu to reopen after train protests

- The mountainous Inca citadel of Machu Picchu in Peru will re-open to tourists on Saturday after an agreement was reached to halt protests by locals over train services, officials said.

Peru suspends clinical trials of Chinese Covid vaccine

- Peru has temporarily suspended clinical trials of a Covid vaccine made by Chinese drug giant Sinopharm after detecting neurological problems in one of its test volunteers.

Novice takes the reins as president in crisis-worn Peru

- Francisco Sagasti, sworn-in as Peru's interim president on Tuesday at the age of 76, is a novice politician with an academic background who has been a member of Congress only since March.

Prosecutors probe resigned president over Peru protest deaths

- Public prosecutors in Peru opened a preliminary investigation Monday against former president Manuel Merino, his interior minister and other officials over the deaths of two people in weekend anti-government protests, state prosecutor Zoraida Avalos sa...

Court imposes travel ban on ousted Peru president amid protests

- A Peruvian judge on Friday banned ousted president Martin Vizcarra from leaving the country days after his dismissal by Congress as the nation's political crisis spilled over into street clashes between protesters and police.

Tourists return to misty Machu Picchu after months of isolation

Mists hung low over Machu Picchu, adding an eerie, otherworldly atmosphere as delighted tourists entered the iconic Inca citadel for the first time after eight months of lockdown due to the coronavirus.

Peru's Machu Picchu reopens after Covid lockdown

The Inca citadel of Machu Picchu, the crown jewel of Peru's tourist sites, reopened Sunday with an ancient ritual after a nearly eight-month lockdown due to the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Pandemic halts bullfighting where animal rights activists couldn't

- In a matter of months, the novel coronavirus achieved something that animal rights activists failed to do in decades: put a halt to bullfighting in Peru.

Peru president to face corruption probe when term ends

- Peruvian state prosecutors have said they intend to open a corruption investigation into President Martin Vizcarra when his term ends in July next year.

Peru police search homes of officials in impeachment case

- Police in Peru raided the homes of key government officials in Lima on Saturday as part of an investigation into allegations that President Martin Vizcarra obstructed a graft probe that will see him face impeachment proceedings next week.

Peru police search homes of officials in impeachment case

- Police in Peru raided the homes of key government officials in Lima on Saturday as part of an investigation into allegations that President Martin Vizcarra obstructed a graft probe that will see him face impeachment proceedings next week.

Peru extends coronavirus state of emergency

- Peru on Friday extended its national emergency until September 30 and prolonged a lockdown in some of the areas worst affected by the coronavirus, the government said.

Peru, Argentine economies post huge falls

- Peru's year-on-year GDP fell by 30 percent in the second quarter of 2020 as it was badly affected by coronavirus containment measures, the government said on Thursday.

Peru reimposes Sunday curfews to stop virus spike

- Peru will re-impose a ban on people leaving their homes on Sundays and outlaw family parties, authorities said Wednesday as the nation reported a record number of new coronavirus cases.

Peru promises Amazon investment after indigenous deaths

- Peru promised on Monday to invest in its Amazon region, which is a focal point of the coronavirus pandemic, following the death of three indigenous protesters in clashes with police.
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