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Peru rescues 15 people, including children, held by rebels

- Peruvian troops rescued seven children and eight adults that were kidnapped by Shining Path rebels, an official said Saturday.The children, aged four to 13, were malnourished and had skin diseases, said Deputy Defense Minister Ivan Vega.

Peru frees 39 people held by Shining Path rebels

- Authorities in Peru rescued 39 people, including 26 children, whom Maoist Shining Path rebels were raising in bondage as future rebel troops, the government said Monday.

Isolated indigenous group reaches out in Peru's Amazon

- Members of an isolated indigenous group made contact over the weekend with villagers in Peru's Amazon basin seeking food and supplies, a Lima newspaper reported Monday.

Peru nabs Shining Path logistics boss, ends state of emergency

- Peru announced Saturday that the logistics chief of the Shining Path rebel group had been captured and that the government is lifting a three-decade-long state of emergency in a coca-growing region.

Peru nabs Shining Path logistics boss

- Peruvian police caught the logistics chief of Shining Path, the rebel group largely gutted after 20 years of fighting but whose remnants are active in coca-growing regions, officials said Saturday.

World's last tribes on collision course with modern society

Washington - Threatened by disease and deforestation, the world's last isolated tribes in the Amazon are on a collision course with modern society like never before, experts say.

Peru sends in army as new mining strike starts

- Peru said Tuesday it is sending its army to intervene in seven regions where workers have called a strike to protest a controversial mining project by Mexican firm Southern Copper.The $1.

Peru declares state of emergency in anti-mining protest area

- Peru has declared a state of emergency in the country's south, where a violent protest against the Tia Maria copper mine has left four people dead in two months.

Decay of 7000-year-old mummies attributed to climate change

Arica - The mummies of the Chinchorro culture, deemed the world’s oldest, are being threatened by environmental and biological issues that experts link to climate change. The Chinchorro Indians lived about 9,000 years ago in the coast of the Atacama Desert.

Army deployed over Peru mining project violence

- Peruvian troops have been deployed to help maintain law and order after weeks of deadly protests about a controversial mining project in the country's south, the government said Saturday.

Surfers fight to stop coastal highway project in Peru

- Gnarly scenes have been unfolding at Peru's famed La Pampilla beach, where riot police have clashed with surfers fighting to stop a coastal highway project they say will ruin their world-class waves.

Photo Essay: Peru's incredibly biodiverse Ballestas Islands Special

Pisco - Known to many budget minded travelers as the "Poor Man's Galapagos," the Ballestas Islands are a hotbed of magnificent marine fauna just off the coast of Southern Peru.

Peru declares Chile spying row over

- Peru said Tuesday it had received a satisfactory explanation from Chile after accusing it of spying and would begin resuming normal relations, sending its ambassador back to Santiago.

Meet the pocket shark: Extremely rare and only seen once before

Sharks are handsome creatures, and generally, most of us don't think of them as cute. Chances are, many of us may think of them as stately, graceful, and cunning creatures, but no, not cute. Except for the pocket shark. It is very cute, and very rare.

Nobel writer Vargas Llosa backs Islam critic Hirsi Ali

Madrid - Nobel-winning writer Mario Vargas Llosa on Sunday praised Somali-born Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a women's rights advocate and leading critic of Islam, calling her "one of the most valuable" adversaries of "Islamic fanatics".

Peru PM sacked in spy scandal, president faces crisis

- Peruvian President Ollanta Humala was left scrambling to find a new prime minister Tuesday after Congress sacked the incumbent, Ana Jara, over allegations of domestic spying.

Peru sacks PM over alleged domestic spying

- Peru's Congress has sacked the prime minister, Ana Jara, over alleged spying against lawmakers, reporters, business leaders and other citizens.Supreme executive power in Peru is held by the president, in this case Ollanta Humala.

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.
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Uncontacted Indians have left crossed spears across paths in northern Peru to warn outsiders to stay...
Uncontacted Indians have left crossed spears across paths in northern Peru to warn outsiders to stay out. © Marek Wolodzko/Survival
Map showing location of the archaeological site in Peru.
Map showing location of the archaeological site in Peru.
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Ironclad Huascar floating museum. Officer s meeting room.
Ironclad Huascar floating museum. Officer's meeting room.
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.
A view of the Peruvian mountain called Tocllaraju  as seen from Refugio Ishinca.
A view of the Peruvian mountain called Tocllaraju, as seen from Refugio Ishinca.
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From the San Blas Mirador  the entire city of Cusco is spread before you
From the San Blas Mirador, the entire city of Cusco is spread before you
Huacachina in Peru
Huacachina in Peru
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An endangered condor is  celebrated  by Peruvians in the Yawar Festival by being strapped to the bac...
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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El Candelabro may be a beacon that helped ancient sailors located themselves.
El Candelabro may be a beacon that helped ancient sailors located themselves.
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.
The goalkeeper for Peru manages to prevent an Uruguay player from scoring.
The goalkeeper for Peru manages to prevent an Uruguay player from scoring.
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For decades  the indigenous people of Peru s Amazon Rainforest have battled the government over oil ...
For decades, the indigenous people of Peru's Amazon Rainforest have battled the government over oil exploitation.
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View of the tiled roofs in the central area of the city of Cusco  Peru.
View of the tiled roofs in the central area of the city of Cusco, Peru.
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.
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San Blas Plaza is a social scene day and night
San Blas Plaza is a social scene day and night
Vegetation growing on an ancient rock in a tiny San Blas passageway
Vegetation growing on an ancient rock in a tiny San Blas passageway
Stone walls dating from the Inca period along a narrow street not far from the main square of the ci...
Stone walls dating from the Inca period along a narrow street not far from the main square of the city of Cusco, Peru.
San Pedro Railway Station. This is the place of departure of the train to Machu Picchu. An active ma...
San Pedro Railway Station. This is the place of departure of the train to Machu Picchu. An active market supply locals and visitors with basic needs.
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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Some sections of the pyramids are extraordinarily well preserved.
Some sections of the pyramids are extraordinarily well preserved.