Peru’s military tries to curb illegal gold mining

A gold rush in Peru’s Tambopata province transformed the Amazonian wilderness into a desert pocked with dead trees and toxic pools. Security forces came and went; illegal miners scattered and returned. Then Peru announced a new approach, to stay. (May 16)

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Inmates in Lima prison organise Mother’s Day fashion show

Prisoners show off the new skills they have learned at the Chorrillos Women’s prison in Lima, Peru, by organising and taking part in a fashion show to celebrate Mother’s Day.

Lima Group meets in Peru to discuss Venezuela crisis

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Peru ex-president Kuczynski leaves hospital for house arrest

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Brazilian Odebrecht former chief in Peru heads for the MPF

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Peru’s Garcia denies corruption claims in suicide note

A suicide note in which Peru’s Alan Garcia denied corruption charges against him sets the backdrop for the ex-president’s funeral, two days after he put a gun to his head and pulled the trigger as police arrived to arrest him on bribery charges linked to the Odebrecht graft scandal. “I’ve seen others paraded in handcuffs and living a miserable existence, but Alan Garcia will not suffer such an injustice or circus,” the late ex-president, 69, wrote in a note to his six children which is read out at his funeral by his sobbing daughter Luciana.

At least 8 dead, dozens injured in Peru bus crash

A bus carrying passengers from northwestern Peru to the capital crashed before dawn, killing at least eight people and injuring 45 others. (April 19)

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RAW: Bus crashes on Peru highway, killing 8, injuring 45

A bus carrying travelling from Piura in north-western Peru to the capital, Lima, crashed en route, killing at least eight people and injuring 45 others. The accident occurred on the Pan American Highway at approximately 3 am local time.

Five passengers who were traveling on the upper deck were thrown from the bus and died after landing on rocks in the creek of a riverbed below the highway.

Authorities confirmed that a delegation from the APRA (American Popular Revolutionary Alliance) political party were travelling on the bus to attend the funeral of former president Alan Garcia.

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Funeral procession of ex-president Garcia’s coffin in Lima

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Peruvians attend wake of former president Garcia

Mourners gather at APRA party headquarters in Lima to honor former Peru president Alan Garcia, who died in hospital after shooting himself in the head at his home as police were about to arrest him in a sprawling corruption case. IMAGES