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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.

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.

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.

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...

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".

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...

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.
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BAP Huascar is berthed at the Chilean Navy Base of Talcahuano  about 530 kilometres south of Santiag...
BAP Huascar is berthed at the Chilean Navy Base of Talcahuano, about 530 kilometres south of Santiago, where she serves as a floating museum.
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U.S. Defense Secretary CVhuck Hagel shakes hands with Peruvian military official on arrival in Peru ...
U.S. Defense Secretary CVhuck Hagel shakes hands with Peruvian military official on arrival in Peru on Monday, October 13, 2014.
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Narrow cobblestone road in the Saint Blas district of Cusco.
Narrow cobblestone road in the Saint Blas district of Cusco.
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Backpacker s breakfast at the street market in Cusco  Peru.
Backpacker's breakfast at the street market in Cusco, 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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Andean musical group welcomes visitors at the Cusco Airport.
Andean musical group welcomes visitors at the Cusco Airport.
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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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Peruvians protesting the gold mine in Cajamarca which is robbing them of clean water.
Peruvians protesting the gold mine in Cajamarca which is robbing them of clean water.
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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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Typical view of the desert while travelling from Lima to the archaeological site of Caral located on...
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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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.
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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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Flowers in the window of a typical San Blas house
Flowers in the window of a typical San Blas house
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Ironclad Huascar floating museum. Admiral Miguel Grau s stateroom is beautifully furnished. His pict...
Ironclad Huascar floating museum. Admiral Miguel Grau's stateroom is beautifully furnished. His picture is shown over the elaborated headboard.
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My guide at Caral. Local residents of the Supe Valley work as tour guides providing information on t...
My guide at Caral. Local residents of the Supe Valley work as tour guides providing information on the significance of the archaeological investigations.
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Thousands of dead crustaceans on Pucusana Beach  Peru (Screen capture from Peru-21)
Thousands of dead crustaceans on Pucusana Beach, Peru (Screen capture from Peru-21)
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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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Barranco. The Bridge of Sighs at sunset.
Barranco. The Bridge of Sighs at sunset.
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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
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