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Peru bus pile-up kills 37

- At least 37 people were killed when a bus swerved into oncoming traffic in Peru Monday, leading to a multi-vehicle collision involving two other buses and a truck, authorities said.

Isolated tribe ventures out of threatened Peru forests

- Dressed in loincloths and speaking an unknown language, the Mashco-Piro, one of the last isolated peoples on Earth, are increasingly venturing out of their forests in Peru -- to the government's distress.

Stand-off in the Amazon: Tribes shut down oil company airport

Loreto - Members of two different Peruvian native groups have occupied the airport of Pluspetrol, an Argentine oil company that is accused of failing to compensate local communities for damage to the environment.

Peru ex-president handed eight years for embezzlement

- A Peruvian court Thursday sentenced former president Alberto Fujimori, already in jail for a government-backed massacre, to eight years in prison on charges of embezzling state funds to manipulate the media.

Peru evacuates remote village after indigenous attacks

- An isolated Peruvian village in the Amazon rainforest that came under attack by indigenous people wielding bows and arrows is being evacuated by boat, authorities said Wednesday.

Deaths of 500 sea lions in Peru under investigation

Lima - The Peruvian Environmental police are investigating the deaths of some 500 sea lions found on Anconcillo beach in the northern region of Ancash. The governor of the Samanco district has accused local fishermen of poisoning the mammals.

Peru court denies ex-president Fujimori house arrest

Lima - Former Peru president Alberto Fujimori's request to serve the remainder of his 25-year prison sentence under house arrest has been rejected, judicial authorities said.

Frog juice is a popular elixir in Peru for whatever ails you

Lima - For customers bothered with asthma, sluggishness or a lack of sex drive, a vendor in Lima, Peru may have just the drink to cure what ails you. Water frogs are the main ingredient in an elixir that contains more conventional products.

Joran van der Sloot reportedly stabbed in Peruvian prison

The wife of Joran van der Sloot, who is serving time in a Peruvian prison for murder, says her husband was seriously injured in a stabbing.

Photo Essay: Streets of Cusco's historic San Blas neighborhood Special

Cusco - Clinging to the hillside just above the historic center of the city, the San Blas neighborhood is the oldest residential area of Cusco, Peru and a paradise on earth for those that love to walk.

'Piure' — Possibly the world’s most outlandish seafood Special

It looks like a bag of blood inside a stone. Some people compare its flavour to that of sea-urchin; others define it as “bitter and soapy,” and its smell as “sweaty underarms.” Loaded with iodine and iron, the taste of piure defies description.

U.S. military declares war on climate change

Speaking at the Conference of Defense Ministers of the Americas in Arequipa, Peru on Monday, U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel outlined the challenges that climate change presents to the military and national security.

Pentagon chief in trip to Colombia, Chile, Peru

Washington - Pentagon chief Chuck Hagel departed Thursday on a six-day tour of South America but the US-led war against the Islamic State group in the Middle East will be looming over his trip.

Huacachina: An oasis in the desert of southwestern Peru (Video)

Ica - Legend tells us that a beautiful princess was apprehended by a young hunter while she was bathing. When she fled the hunter, her clothing, streaming behind her, became the sand dunes and her bath itself became the lagoon at Huacachina.

Irish drug smuggler in Peru set for switch to N. Ireland jail

Lima - Peruvian authorities have accepted a request to transfer an Irish woman jailed for attempted cocaine smuggling to a prison back home in Northern Ireland, her lawyer said Wednesday.

Isolated Amazonian tribe makes contact with outside

Rio De Janeiro - Members of an isolated tribe have emerged from the Amazon rainforest and made contact with the outside world in a video released by Brazil's indigenous authority.

Dutchman van der Sloot weds in Peruvian prison

Lima - Dutchman Joran van der Sloot, who is serving a 28-year prison sentence for killing a Peruvian woman in 2010, has married his pregnant girlfriend.

UNESCO grants World Heritage status to ancient Inca road system

Doha - The Inca Trail, a complex road network crossing six South American countries was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The award recognizes the historic and cultural significance of the ancient route used by the Incas and later by the conquistadors.

Ancient Inca roads win coveted World Heritage status

Doha - UN cultural agency UNESCO on Saturday granted its coveted World Heritage status to a vast and ancient Inca road system spanning six countries in South America.

Video: Drunken handler releases furious bull into crowd

One thing everyone likes to do during a bullfight is drink. However the man keeping the crowd safe apparently had too much when he set the bull loose on a crowd of men, women and children.

World Cup means big money for drug traffickers

Lima - Drug cartels in Peru and Bolivia, two of the world's top producers of cocaine, are drooling over the bountiful market being served up next door by the World Cup in Brazil.

Italian mountain climber found dead in Peru, another lost

Lima - Searchers in Peru on Tuesday found the body of one of two Italian climbers who disappeared last week trying to reach one of the Andes' highest peaks.

Interview with Danny Shain Special

On the eve of an appearance at one of South America's largest country music festivals, the country singer with a difference talks to Digital Journal about his life and career.

Op-Ed: The high cost of being an attractive and enamoured male

Chachapoyas - Many animal features have evolved in order to enhance survival and reproductive success. In some cases being attractive may bring success in finding a mate, but it may also have adverse effect on survival. Such is the case for a Peruvian hummingbird.

Peru trial begins over deadly Amazonian clashes

Lima - A trial began in Peru Wednesday of members of Amazonian indigenous communities accused of killing 18 police and civilians in their fight to be consulted over commercial use of their land.

Peruvian police burn 11 tons of seized drugs

Lima - Peruvian police on Tuesday burned about 11 tons of drugs confiscated in raids in recent months.

Glencore Xstrata sells stake in Peru mine for $5.85 bln

Lima - Glencore Xstrata is to sell its entire stake in the Las Bambas copper mine in Peru for about $5.85 billion to a Chinese consortium. The consortium is "owned 62.5 percent by MMG Limited, 22.

Chileans scramble for supplies after new quake

Iquique - Chileans desperate for supplies stood in long lines outside shops after strong aftershocks from a deadly 8.2-magnitude earthquake forced them to spend another night out in the cold.

Powerful 7.8 earthquake rocks northern Chile

Santiago - A powerful earthquake measuring 7.8 rocked northern Chile, just a day after a deadly 8.2 jolt in the same region, authorities said.

Chileans survey damage after huge quake kills six

Iquique - Thousands of Chileans returned home after spending the night on hills following a powerful 8.2-magnitude earthquake that killed six people and sparked tsunami fears as far as Japan.
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U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel meets with Peruvian Defense Minister Pedro Cateriano before th...
U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel meets with Peruvian Defense Minister Pedro Cateriano before the start of the conference.
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Huacachina in Peru
Huacachina in Peru
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The Dog  one of the characters in Peru s massive Nazca Lines. The Nazca Lines are geoglyphs (drawing...
The Dog, one of the characters in Peru's massive Nazca Lines. The Nazca Lines are geoglyphs (drawings on the ground) located in the Nazca Desert, Peru thought to date from the 5th century A.D.
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One of the best views of Machu Picchu overlooking the main square and the Huayna Picchu mountain in ...
One of the best views of Machu Picchu overlooking the main square and the Huayna Picchu mountain in the background of the site.
Some sections of the pyramids are extraordinarily well preserved.
Some sections of the pyramids are extraordinarily well preserved.
Ironclad Huascar floating museum. Memorial plaque on the main deck of Huascar. It reads:  Homage of ...
Ironclad Huascar floating museum. Memorial plaque on the main deck of Huascar. It reads: "Homage of the Chilean Navy to Peruvian Admiral Miguel Grau fallen on defense of his country on 8 October, 1879"
Bakery shop at the street market in Cusco  Peru.
Bakery shop at the street market in Cusco, Peru.
Barranco. Walkway to the Baths at the bottom of the ravine. View towards the hill.
Barranco. Walkway to the Baths at the bottom of the ravine. View towards the hill.
One of the best views of Machu Picchu overlooking the main square and the Huayna Picchu mountain in ...
One of the best views of Machu Picchu overlooking the main square and the Huayna Picchu mountain in the background of the citadel.
Ironclad Huascar floating museum. Visitors have free access to the whole ship including decks and th...
Ironclad Huascar floating museum. Visitors have free access to the whole ship including decks and the various officer and crew quarters.
Rapping the frog on the edge of the counter supposedly kills it before it is dropped into the awaiti...
Rapping the frog on the edge of the counter supposedly kills it before it is dropped into the awaiting blender.
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Courtyard of the magnificent Orient Express  Monasterio Hotel of Cusco. The building is about 500 ye...
Courtyard of the magnificent Orient Express' Monasterio Hotel of Cusco. The building is about 500 years old, the oak tree at the center of the picture has been growing there for about 300 years.
Cajamarca is the setting of the encounter between the culture of Spain and the Andean world.
Cajamarca is the setting of the encounter between the culture of Spain and the Andean world.
Jorge Gobbi
Ironclad Huascar floating museum. Crew facilities showing table and several utensils used in everyda...
Ironclad Huascar floating museum. Crew facilities showing table and several utensils used in everyday activities.
The sand dunes surrounding Huacachina  Peru.
The sand dunes surrounding Huacachina, Peru.
Ingo Mehling
Chilean forward Alexis Sanchez complaints of harsh treatment from Peruvian defenders.
Chilean forward Alexis Sanchez complaints of harsh treatment from Peruvian defenders.
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Picture of an aerial photograph of Peru s Main Pyramid shows the size and complexity of the construc...
Picture of an aerial photograph of Peru's Main Pyramid shows the size and complexity of the construction. The circle, below, center, was probably used for ceremonies and musical concerts.
The beautiful church of the Society of Jesus in the main square of the city of Cusco.
The beautiful church of the Society of Jesus in the main square of the city of Cusco.
View of the mountains and down towards the Urubamba Valley from Machu Picchu.
View of the mountains and down towards the Urubamba Valley from Machu Picchu.
Illegal logging settlement inside the Murunahua 
Reserve for uncontacted tribes  south-east Peru. 
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Illegal logging settlement inside the Murunahua Reserve for uncontacted tribes, south-east Peru. © Chris Fagan/Upper Amazon Conservancy