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FILE - In this Sept. 30, 2019 file photo, security officers stand outside Congress where lawmakers are expected to push forward a vote to select an almost-full slate of new magistrates to the Constitutional Tribunal, in Lima, Peru. Peru’s Constitutional Court has backed President Martín Vizcarra’s controversial decision to dissolve the nation’s legislature in 2019, with magistrates voting on Jan. 14, 2020 to ratify Vizcarra’s move and dismiss a complaint backed by opposition lawmakers. (AP Photo/Martin Mejia, File)

Peru court backs president's decision to dissolve Congress

Jan. 14, 2020 2:46 PM EST

LIMA, Peru (AP) — Peru’s Constitutional Court has backed President Martín Vizcarra’s controversial decision to dissolve the nation’s legislature last year. Magistrates voted Tuesday to ratify Vizcarra’s move and dismiss a complaint backed by opposition lawmakers. Vizcarra...

In this Dec. 18, 2019 photo, Ana Estrada, a 42-year-old Peruvian psychologist who is almost completely paralyzed by a terminal illness and yearns to be legally allowed to end her own life, rides her motorized wheelchair through her home in Lima, Peru. “In Peru, ‘mercy killing’ is a crime carrying three years in jail, so any person or doctor who wants to help her would be committing a crime,” Public Defender Walter Gutiérrez said. (AP Photo/Martin Mejia)

Sick woman campaigns for medically assisted suicide in Peru

Dec. 30, 2019 2:28 PM EST

LIMA, Peru (AP) — Almost completely paralyzed by a terminal illness, 42-year-old Peruvian Ana Estrada says she is a “prisoner in her own body” and yearns to be legally allowed to end her own life. But Peru doesn't permit medically assisted suicide, so Estrada is campaigning for a change in...

McDonald's operator fined after 2 workers die on job in Peru

Dec. 27, 2019 11:39 AM EST

LIMA, Peru (AP) — A company that operates McDonald's restaurants in Latin America has been fined $254,000 after the electrocution deaths of two employees who were cleaning a restaurant kitchen in Peru. Peru's National Superintendency for Labor Rights on Thursday recommended that McDonald's franchise owner...

In this Dec. 13, 2019 photo, Bryan Russell takes a call as he campaigns for Congress in Lima, Peru. Russell is the first person with Down syndrome to run for public office, according to the Global Down Syndrome Foundation. (AP Photo/Martin Mejia)

In a first, Peruvian with Down syndrome runs for parliament

Dec. 18, 2019 7:00 PM EST

LIMA, Peru (AP) — Bryan Russell has Down syndrome and does daily speech exercises, putting pens and corks in his mouth to help build up low muscle tone there. He is also waging a longshot bid to become a national Peruvian lawmaker, going door to door in Lima to ask for votes. Russell, 27, wants to use his...

In this Tuesday 5, Nov. 2019 photo, Nelly Valbuena talks about about cannabis therapy during an interview at her house in Quito, Ecuador. Unrelenting pain in her hips and weeks of insomnia have left Valbuena clamoring for relief following her metastatic breast cancer diagnosis. Valbuena is pushing Ecuador's government to put into effect recently passed legislation permitting medicinal use of cannabis products so that others like her suffering from agonizing illnesses can have new options for pain relief. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa)

Patients rally in Ecuador for legal use of medical cannabis

Dec. 16, 2019 10:43 AM EST

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Unrelenting pain in her hips and weeks of insomnia left Nelly Valbuena desperate for relief from her metastatic breast cancer. The university professor found freedom from her disease’s cruel side effects in an unexpected remedy: CBD, a compound extracted from the cannabis...

USGS reports magnitude 6.0 quake off Chile’s northern coast

Dec. 3, 2019 9:33 AM EST

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — A magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck early Tuesday off the coast of northern Chile, but there were no reports of damage. The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake was recorded at 3:46 a.m. local time at a moderate depth of 32 kilometers (20 miles). It was centered 37 kilometers (23...

Keiko Fujimori, right, is embraced by her husband Mark Vito Villanela after she was released from Santa Mónica women's prison in Lima, Peru, Friday, Nov. 29, 2019. The Constitutional Tribunal narrowly approved a habeas corpus request to free Fujimori from detention while she is investigated for alleged accusations she accepted money from Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht.(AP Photo/Martin Mejia)

Peru’s Keiko Fujimori leaves prison after top court ruling

Nov. 29, 2019 10:52 PM EST

LIMA, Peru (AP) — Supporters cheered late Friday as once-powerful opposition leader and two-time Peruvian presidential candidate Keiko Fujimori left the prison where she had been held while being investigated for alleged corruption. Peru's Constitutional Tribunal approved her release. Smiling broadly, the...

FILE - In this Oct. 17, 2018 file photo, Keiko Fujimori, the daughter of Peru's former President Alberto Fujimori, and leader of the opposition party, enters to the courtroom wearing a chest vest that reads in Spanish:

Peru’s Fujimori will leave prison to new political landscape

Nov. 28, 2019 9:01 AM EST

LIMA, Peru (AP) — When opposition leader Keiko Fujimori leaves prison, her supporters will applaud her freedom and her detractors will lament what they consider more impunity for the corrupt, but the reality is the future is far from clear for the woman who twice almost won Peru’s presidency. The...

In this Jan. 27, 2001, photo, Father Steven Gerard Stencil poses for a portrait at his church, St. Mark the Evangelist, in Oro Valley, Ariz. Stencil was suspended from ministry in 2001 after a trip to Mexico that violated a diocese policy forbidding clerics from being with minors overnight. In a 2019 Facebook post, the former priest said that he was working as a driver for a private Phoenix bus company that specializes in educational tours for school groups and scout troops. (Ben Kirkby/Arizona Daily Star via AP)

Correction: Reckoning-Where Are They Now story

Nov. 27, 2019 4:25 PM EST

In a story sent Oct. 4 and 5 about clergy members that the Roman Catholic Church considers credibly accused of child sexual abuse living with little to no oversight from authorities, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Massachusetts does not have a public database of teacher licenses. The state added a...

In this handout photo provided by Peru's Palace of Justice Press Office, former Prime Minister Cesar Villanueva is escorted by police to a courtroom, at the Palace of Justice in Lima, Peru, Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2019. Villanueva was placed under preventive detention while being investigated for influence peddling in a bribery case linked to the Brazilian construction company Odebrecht, the Public Ministry said Wednesday. (Francisco Medina/Peru's Palace of Justice press office via AP)

Ex-Peruvian prime minister detained in Odebrecht case

Nov. 27, 2019 3:25 PM EST

LIMA, Peru (AP) — Former Peruvian Prime Minister César Villanueva was arrested preventatively while being investigated for alleged influence peddling in a bribery case linked to Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht, the Public Ministry said Wednesday. Authorities also detained businessman José...