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People wait to vote at a school being used as a polling station during congressional elections in Lima, Peru, Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020. Peruvians are voting to elect 130 new members of the congress that will legislate for only one year in place of the congress that was dissolved by president Martin Vizacarra in September 2019. (AP Photo/Martin Mejia)

No party emerging as clear winner in Peru congress elections

Jan. 26, 2020 11:09 PM EST

LIMA, Peru (AP) — A hodgepodge of mostly centrist parties led early results in Peru’s election Sunday to replace the 130-seat congress dissolved by President Martín Vizcarra in his campaign to extinguish pervasive corruption. Early counts from the National Office of Electoral Processes and a...

Stripes, one of 17 rescued tigers and lions from Guatemala circuses is released at the Animal Defenders International Wildlife Sanctuary in Winburg, South Africa, Tuesday Jan. 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

Abused circus animals arrive at South African sanctuary

Jan. 21, 2020 11:40 AM EST

WINBURG, South Africa (AP) — Twelve tigers and five lions have been relocated to a sanctuary in South Africa after being rescued from circuses in Guatemala following years of abuse and confinement. The animals, both cubs and adults, are among 200 that have been rescued from the circus industry in...

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...