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Argentina to return wealth of artefacts to Ecuador, Peru

Buenos Aires - Argentina will return thousands of stolen archaeological pieces to South American neighbors, President Cristina Kirchner said Saturday.

It's a titi! New monkey species found in Peru

Paris - For nearly a century the carcass of a small, reddish-brown monkey from South America gathered dust in a windowless backroom of the American Natural History Museum in New York City.

Peru permits military to down drug trafficking planes

- Peru's Congress unanimously has approved a bill reauthorizing its air force to shoot down planes linked to drug trafficking.

Peru finds Shining Path-era graves with remains of 50 people

- Peruvian authorities said Wednesday they have found the remains of some 50 people, including women, children and elderly, killed 30 years ago, allegedly by police during the war against Shining Path rebels.

Newspaper nixes Peru cardinal after papal 'plagiarism'

- Peru's leading newspaper said it will no longer publish editorials by the cardinal and archbishop of Lima after accusing him of plagiarizing past popes in his articles.

Freed Shining Path captives recount Peru enslavement

Satipo - He doesn't know exactly how much time has passed since Shining Path guerrillas kidnapped him and put him to work on a slave-labor farm deep in the Peruvian jungle.

Peru dismantles Shining Path rebel column: Officials

- Peru has dismantled a column of Maoist guerrilla group Shining Path by capturing two of its leaders, the government said Monday.

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.
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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.
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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The ruins at the Pachacamac archeological site where thousands of squatters temporarily took residen...
The ruins at the Pachacamac archeological site where thousands of squatters temporarily took residence.
By Xauxa
The sand dunes surrounding Huacachina  Peru.
The sand dunes surrounding Huacachina, Peru.
Ingo Mehling
Satellite view of the Peruvian city of Pucallpa and the Ucayali River
Satellite view of the Peruvian city of Pucallpa and the Ucayali River
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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
A Murunahua man. The Murunahua s reserve is occupied by illegal loggers. ©Chris Fagan/ Upper Amazon...
A Murunahua man. The Murunahua's reserve is occupied by illegal loggers. ©Chris Fagan/ Upper Amazon Conservancy
High elevations  bitter cold and the threat of hypoxia made trekking into the mountains of Peru dang...
High elevations, bitter cold and the threat of hypoxia made trekking into the mountains of Peru dangerous for early man.
Christopher Michel - peru
A picture released on January 31  2012 by Survival International shows members of the Mashco-piro tr...
A picture released on January 31, 2012 by Survival International shows members of the Mashco-piro tribe near the Manu National Park in the southeastern Peruvian jungle
Gabriella Galli
The Cajamarca landscape in extremely scenic.
The Cajamarca landscape in extremely scenic.
Chid Akash
Night view of the central square of the city of Ica in south-central Peru.
Night view of the central square of the city of Ica in south-central Peru.
O. Etchebarne
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.
Narrow cobblestone road in the Saint Blas district of Cusco.
Narrow cobblestone road in the Saint Blas district of Cusco.
Some sections of the pyramids are extraordinarily well preserved.
Some sections of the pyramids are extraordinarily well preserved.
Section of the Lesser Pyramid at Caral.
Section of the Lesser Pyramid at Caral.
A composite image of the nave (central part) of the church as photographed using aerial photography.
A composite image of the nave (central part) of the church as photographed using aerial photography.
Jeffrey Quilter
Besides the six larger pyramids  several other structures of various sizes and functions have been d...
Besides the six larger pyramids, several other structures of various sizes and functions have been discovered at Caral.
Oil industry barges are a constant sight on the
rivers of northern Peru © Survival
Oil industry barges are a constant sight on the rivers of northern Peru © Survival
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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