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Peru report finds police 'death squad' killed 20

- A so-called "death squad" established within the Peruvian National Police has executed at least 20 criminals extrajudicially, amid a growing wave of insecurity in the South American country, the interior ministry found.

Peru ex-president's embezzlement sentence overturned

- Peru's supreme court has overturned an embezzlement sentence against former president Alberto Fujimori, although the decision will not alter the 25-year prison term he is serving for crimes against humanity.

Earthquake in Peru kills at least four, officials say

- A moderate 5.3-magnitude earthquake in Peru killed at least four people including a US tourist and left 55 injured, crushing villagers under rubble and blocking roads, officials said Monday.

Peru protests against gender violence draw 50,000

- Some 50,000 people marched Saturday in Peru's capital and other cities, police said, to protest rampant violence against women in a highly conservative society.The country recorded 95 murders of women last year.

Peru probes alleged executions by police

- Peruvian authorities are investigating 90 police officers for alleged extrajudicial executions of suspects in the crime-plagued country, a state watchdog said Tuesday.

Five visitors killed at Bolivia's top tourist draw

La Paz - Five tourists from Belgium, Italy and Peru were killed in a car crash at Bolivia's famous salt flats, the Salar de Uyuni, authorities said Sunday.

Ex-banker Kuczynski sworn in as Peruvian president

- Former Wall Street banker Pedro Pablo Kuczynski was inaugurated as Peru's new president Thursday, vowing to kick-start the economy and unite a country torn by a photo-finish election.

Pedro Pablo Kuczynski: Peru's new president an old Wall Street hand

- Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, Peru's new president, says he will hit the ground running after a long career as a Wall Street banker that earned him the moniker "El Gringo.

Peru's new president takes office amid economic woes

- Former Wall Street banker Pedro Pablo Kuczynski takes office as Peru's president Thursday, seeking to kick-start a slowing economy and unite a country deeply torn by a photo-finish election.

Three climbers rescued after Peru avalanche

- Rescuers in Peru found three of nine mountain climbers who went missing after an avalanche in the Andes mountains, as the search continued Wednesday for the others.

Virgin Mobile soon to operate in Peru

Virgin Mobile will begin operations in Peru in the third quarter of this year after it secured a license from the government to operate in the country.

Korean selfie tourist dies in Peru plunge

Lima - The body of a 28-year-old South Korean tourist who died after he fell from one of the world’s highest waterfalls while taking a selfie has been recovered.

Oil spill contaminates river in Peruvian Amazon

Peru's state energy company has reported an oil spill in a tributary of Amazon, third major one this year and 21st in last five years, raising fears of yet more pollution of the water and fish on which indigenous villages and riverside communities depend.

Peru expels British woman jailed for drug trafficking

- Peru expelled a British woman held in jail for more than two years for cocaine-trafficking in the South American country, authorities said.Melissa Reid, 22, was put on a plane on Tuesday accompanied by her father, officials said.

Peru seizes 8 mn seahorses illegally bound for Asia

- Peruvian authorities seized eight million seahorses smuggled onto a Chinese-flagged ship bound for Asia, the government said.

Imprisoned Peru ex-president Fujimori taken to hospital

- Former Peruvian president Alberto Fujimori, serving a 25-year prison term for corruption and crimes against humanity, was transferred to a hospital after experiencing high blood pressure and pain in his tongue.

Top challenge for Peru's new president: the Fujimoris

- Keiko Fujimori may have lost Peru's presidential election, but her party's majority in Congress and her brother's political ambitions guarantee years of governing drama for winner Pedro Pablo Kuczynski.

Kuczynski, Peru's 'gringo' president-elect

- Peru's president-elect Pedro Pablo Kuczynski says the job will be the last entry on a long resume that also includes Wall Street banker, economy minister, concert flautist and motorcycle enthusiast.

Fujimori concedes defeat in Peruvian election

- Keiko Fujimori conceded defeat Friday in Peru's photo-finish presidential election to former Wall Street banker Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, who now faces the task of uniting a deeply divided country.

Kuczynski tops Peru vote but can't cry victory yet

- Ex-Wall Street banker Pedro Pablo Kuczynski has won the majority of votes with all ballots counted in Peru's photo-finish presidential election, officials said Thursday, but the final result will depend on a handful of challenged ballots.

Peru presidential hopeful Fujimori holding out until last vote counted: Spokesman

- Peruvian presidential candidate Keiko Fujimori will hold out until the last ballot is counted in a photo-finish run-off election, her spokesman said Thursday, dashing front-runner Pedro Pablo Kuczynski's hopes she might concede.

Peru polls hinge on jungle votes, challenged ballots

- Peruvian presidential candidate Keiko Fujimori will hold out until the last ballot is counted in a photo-finish run-off election, her spokesman said Thursday, dashing front-runner Pedro Pablo Kuczynski's hopes she might concede.

Post-election Peru tackles forced sterilization trauma

- The doctors told Victoria Vigo her third child must be born by Cesarean. It was safest, they said -- she was seven months pregnant and there were complications.They cut her open -- but they didn't stop there.

Peru's long wait for next president drags on

- Peruvians waited Wednesday to learn who their next president will be, as ex-Wall Street banker Pedro Pablo Kuczynski's camp called his lead insurmountable and controversial rival Keiko Fujimori insisted she still had a shot.

Ex-banker has edge in tight Peru presidential vote

- Peru's presidential vote faced a tight finish Monday as near-complete results gave ex-banker Pedro Pablo Kuczynski a slight lead over rival Keiko Fujimori, the daughter of a jailed former president.

Ex-banker has edge in tight Peru presidential vote

- Peru's presidential vote headed for a photo finish in a race between the daughter of an ex-president jailed for massacres and a former Wall Street banker.

Peru presidential race in dead heat: Exit polls

- Peru's presidential candidates were headed for a photo finish in Sunday's election, exit polls showed at the close of voting.Surveys by pollsters Ipsos and Gfk gave a slight lead to ex-Wall Street banker Pedro Pablo Kuczynski.

Peru vote neck-and-neck after Fujimori lead slips

- Peru's presidential vote headed for a photo finish Sunday in a race between the daughter of an ex-president jailed for massacres and a former Wall Street banker.

Peru voters seek leader to fight violent crime

- Glass shatters and women scream as the police bust their way into the house and wrestle suspected drug dealers to the ground.The raid is all in a day's work for the Peruvian police squad that filmed it.

'La China' vs 'El Gringo': Peru's exotic vote rivals

- One candidate is known as "La China," though she is really of Japanese descent. The other is "El Gringo" -- years in the United States left him with a "yanqui" accent.
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Scene from a video taken while activists were laying down the yellow letters at the Nazca site on Monday.
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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.
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Huacachina in Peru
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Barranco. The Bridge of Sighs at sunset.
Barranco. The Bridge of Sighs at sunset.
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Typical view of the desert while travelling from Lima to the archaeological site of Caral located on the Supe River Valley.
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Puka-Pukara sacred Inka people site by the road to Pisac and local Quechua people selling folk art, near Cuzco, Peru.
Remains of netting material found under the stones of one of the pyramids. This type of carbon-beari...
Remains of netting material found under the stones of one of the pyramids. This type of carbon-bearing material was used for radiocarbon dating of the structures built at Caral.
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Most detailed sightings of uncontacted Indians ever recorded on camera. www.survivalinternational.org
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Kichwa Indian children from a village close to Repsol s project. © Survival
Kichwa Indian children from a village close to Repsol's project. © Survival
Boats leave from the main port of Paracas to the Ballestas Islands all morning long
Boats leave from the main port of Paracas to the Ballestas Islands all morning long
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Ironclad Huascar floating museum. Visitors have free access to the whole ship including decks and the various officer and crew quarters.
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A Murunahua man. The Murunahua's reserve is occupied by illegal loggers. ©Chris Fagan/ Upper Amazon Conservancy
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Orhan Akman, a German trade union organiser who has been working for UNI Americas in Peru over the last couple of years, has been expelled from the country.
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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"
Narrow cobblestone road in the Saint Blas district of Cusco.
Narrow cobblestone road in the Saint Blas district of Cusco.
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.
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The band of holes may have been an ancient tax system.
The band of holes may have been an ancient tax system.
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Flowers in the window of a typical San Blas house
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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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