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Peru News

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.
In the Media by AFP

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.
In the Media by Igor I. Solar - 9 comments

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.
In the Media by Karim Jaafar with Roberto Cortijo in Lima (AFP)

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.
In the Media by Walter McDaniel

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.
In the Media by Juan Castro (AFP)

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.
In the Media by AFP

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.
Digital Journal Report by Adrian Peel - 2 comments

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.
In the Media by Igor I. Solar - 5 comments

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.
In the Media by AFP

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.
In the Media by AFP

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.
In the Media by AFP

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.
In the Media by Reynaldo Munoz Sanabria (AFP)

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.
In the Media by AFP

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.
In the Media by Mathilde Bellenger (AFP)

Powerful quake hits Chile, tsunami warning

Santiago - A powerful 8.0-magnitude earthquake hit off Chile's Pacific coast on Tuesday, sparking a tsunami warning for Chile, Peru and Ecuador, US officials said.
In the Media by AFP

Evacuations as Peru volcano rumbles to life

Lima - A volcano in Peru that has not blown its top in four decades spewed more ash skyward on Tuesday, after authorities evacuated villagers to avoid Ubinas's wrath.
In the Media by AFP

China's MMG confirms in talks to acquire Glencore mine in Peru

Hong Kong - MMG Ltd, the overseas arm of Chinese state-owned Minmetals, confirmed Wednesday it was in talks with mining giant Glencore Xstrata to buy its Las Bambas copper mine project in Peru.But Australia-based MMG admitted there was no guarantee a deal could be...
In the Media by AFP

Girl's escape from Shining Path in Tomlinson's 'Lethal Dispatch' Special

San Francisco - Max Tomlinson, author of "Sendero" (awarded by Kirkus Reviews as the Best of 2012) is back with a new action thriller novel "Lethal Dispatch".
Digital Journal Report by AR Vasquez

Australians, Canadians held for stripping at Machu Picchu

Lima - Police detained four male tourists, two Australians and two Canadians, for several hours after filming and taking nude photos at Peru's famed Machu Picchu, local authorities said.The culture ministry has put up signs at the world-famous Inca site warni...
In the Media by AFP

World court awards Peru swathe of Chile's fish-rich sea

The Hague - Lima cried victory Monday after the UN's top court handed it a wedge of sea under Chilean sovereignty, but Peruvian fishermen nevertheless said they gained nothing from the historic ruling.
In the Media by Jan Hennop (AFP)

Fujimori not charged in Peru forced sterilization scandal

Lima - Disgraced Peruvian ex-president Alberto Fujimori avoided prosecution over forced sterilizations that allegedly took place during his terms in office, the top prosecutor said Saturday.
In the Media by AFP

Latin America pins hopes on Hague to settle scores

Santiago - Call them symbolic or the stuff of chest-thumping national pride, but a string of rumbling Latin American territorial disputes are set to take center stage at The Hague.
In the Media by Alexandre Grosbois (AFP)

Review: ‘Huáscar’ — Shrine to the glory of Peruvian and Chilean Navies Special

Talcahuano - The warship “BAP Huáscar” was built in the UK in 1864 and served in the Peruvian Navy until her capture by the Chilean Navy in the War of the Pacific. It is now a floating museum and memorial to national navy heroes in the port of Talcahuano, Chile.
Digital Journal Report by Igor I. Solar - 4 comments

Peru's poorest residents to receive free solar power

Lima - A new program in the South American country will provide 2 million of the nation's poorest people with free electricity.
In the Media by Sean Fraser - 5 comments

Study estimated abundance and diversity of Amazonian tree species

A large study in the Amazon Basin, which includes parts of Brazil, Peru, Colombia, among others, found that in this area there are approximately 390 billion trees belonging to about 16,000 different species.
In the Media by Igor I. Solar - 4 comments

Ruins of ‘Old Panama’ — first European settlement on the Pacific Special

Panama City - The archaeological ruins known as “Panama Viejo” (Old Panama) are the remains of the first Spanish settlement on the Pacific coast. Through Old Panama, and the town of “Nombre de Dios” passed most of the riches the Spaniards took from America.
Digital Journal Report by Igor I. Solar - 11 comments

Video shows enraged woman throwing love rival off a cliff in Peru

Arequipa - A woman caught her husband at a rendezvous with his lover. The husband bolts. The woman sees blood red, attacks her husband's lover, drags her by the hair to the edge of a cliff, throws her off and walks away.
In the Media by JohnThomas Didymus - 6 comments

World Cup Qualifiers: Peru routed Chile in 'Derby of the Pacific'

Lima - Despite an aggressive performance by the Chilean team in the first half, Peru defeated Chile 1-0 at the National Stadium in Lima with a surprise goal in the dying minutes of the game. The win renews Peru's hopes to qualify for World Cup Brazil 2014.
In the Media by Igor I. Solar - 2 comments

World-Cup 2014 — Preview 'Battle of the Pacific': Chile-Peru

Lima - Tomorrow (Friday 22) will continue the qualifying matches for the World Cup Brazil 2014. Among the most interesting matches in the South American zone is the “Derby of the Pacific” confronting two traditional rivals: Chile and Peru.
In the Media by Igor I. Solar - 4 comments

Billboard creates drinkable water 'out of thin air'

Lima - A billboard in Peru has been making headlines for creating water from humidity in the air. Media reports say it produces over two dozen gallons of water a day.
In the Media by Leigh Goessl - 9 comments
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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.
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Barranco. Church of the Holy Cross  located across from the Central Plaza (main square).
Barranco. Church of the Holy Cross, located across from the Central Plaza (main square).
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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.
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Oil exploration in Peru s Amazon has generated
wide-scale indigenous protests.  ©D. Dudenhoefer
Oil exploration in Peru's Amazon has generated wide-scale indigenous protests. ©D. Dudenhoefer
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Ruins of a dwelling located next to one of the large pyramids. It may have been the residence of a r...
Ruins of a dwelling located next to one of the large pyramids. It may have been the residence of a religious leader.
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Satellite view of the Peruvian city of Pucallpa and the Ucayali River
NASA
Satellite view of the Peruvian city of Pucallpa and the Ucayali River
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Cajamarca is the setting of the encounter between the culture of Spain and the Andean world.
Jorge Gobbi
Cajamarca is the setting of the encounter between the culture of Spain and the Andean world.
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Gillian Anderson modelling a Survival t-shirt
designed by Richard Long ©Survival
Gillian Anderson modelling a Survival t-shirt designed by Richard Long ©Survival
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Peruvians protesting the gold mine in Cajamarca which is robbing them of clean water.
Rainforest Rescue
Peruvians protesting the gold mine in Cajamarca which is robbing them of clean water.
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Roads within the archaeological complex allow visitors to walk amid the pyramids and other structure...
Roads within the archaeological complex allow visitors to walk amid the pyramids and other structures. The right side of the road is compacted for wheelchair use.
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Ironclad Huascar floating museum. The officers  dining-room is spacious and nicely decorated.
Ironclad Huascar floating museum. The officers' dining-room is spacious and nicely decorated.
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The Dog  one of the characters in Peru s massive Nazca Lines. The Nazca Lines are geoglyphs (drawing...
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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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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.
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Recently-contacted Murunahua man  south-east Peru. 
© Chris Fagan/Upper Amazon Conservancy
Recently-contacted Murunahua man, south-east Peru. © Chris Fagan/Upper Amazon Conservancy
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The Peruvian marvellous spatuletail hummingbird drinking the nectar of its favourite plant  the red-...
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The Peruvian marvellous spatuletail hummingbird drinking the nectar of its favourite plant, the red-flowered lily.
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An endangered condor is  celebrated  by Peruvians in the Yawar Festival by being strapped to the bac...
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An endangered condor is "celebrated" by Peruvians in the Yawar Festival by being strapped to the back of a bull during a bull fight.
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Ironclad Huascar floating museum. Officer s meeting room.
Ironclad Huascar floating museum. Officer's meeting room.
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View of the mountains and down towards the Urubamba Valley from Machu Picchu. Part of the Inca Trail...
View of the mountains and down towards the Urubamba Valley from Machu Picchu. Part of the Inca Trail follows the Urubamba River.
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Night view of the central square of the city of Ica in south-central Peru.
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Night view of the central square of the city of Ica in south-central Peru.
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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.
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