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Steady rains set off mudslides that kill at least 36 in Peru

Feb. 06, 2023 19:41 PM EST

LIMA, Peru (AP) — Landslides triggered by steady rains swept mud, water and rocks into several villages in southern Peru, killing at least 36 people, authorities said Monday. Wilson Gutierrez, a civil defense official in the Mariano Nicolás Valcárcel municipality in Camana...

Turmoil risks financial stability Peru long took for granted

Feb. 06, 2023 09:44 AM EST

CUSCO, Peru (AP) — Marco Gonzales ventured to the Andean city of Cusco from his home in the Peruvian Amazon in 2007 with little more than $20, a smidgeon of English and a change of clothes poorly suited for the icy mountain air. He started offering walking tours of the former...

Peru Congress agrees to debate measure on earlier elections

Jan. 30, 2023 15:46 PM EST

LIMA, Peru (AP) — Pressed by Peru's embattled president to take action in response to weeks of deadly protests, Congress narrowly agreed on Monday to reconsider a proposal to move the 2026 national elections up to this October. Lawmakers approved the reconsideration with 66 votes...

Peru's protest 'deactivators' run toward tear gas to stop it

Jan. 29, 2023 15:50 PM EST

LIMA, Peru (AP) — When police fire tear gas at protesters demanding the resignation of Peruvian President Dina Boluarte, most run away. A few, though, run toward the gas canisters as quickly as possible — to neutralize them. These are the “deactivators.”...

Peru president gives support for elections later this year

Jan. 27, 2023 18:41 PM EST

LIMA, Peru (AP) — Peruvian President Dina Boluarte called on Congress Friday to approve a proposal to move elections forward to late this year, a marked concession from the leader who has been facing daily protests that have left almost 60 people dead. Boluarte had already...

Peru protesters tear-gassed after president calls for truce

Jan. 25, 2023 00:05 AM EST

LIMA, Peru (AP) — Thousands of protesters took to the streets of Peru's capital and were met with volleys of tear gas and pellets amid clashes with security forces just hours after President Dina Boluarte called for a “truce” in almost two months of protests. The antigovernment...

Rights groups dismayed at lack of criticism for Peru abuses

Jan. 24, 2023 19:31 PM EST

LIMA, Peru (AP) — More than 50 people have died in ongoing street protests in the weeks since Peru's elected leader was jailed, mostly demonstrators at the hands of police officers, but only a few international voices of concern have emerged. The relative silence of much of the...

Pope makes plea for end of violence, start of talks in Peru

Jan. 22, 2023 07:54 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Sunday made an impassioned plea, delivered partly in Spanish, for an end to widening violence in Peru over demands for the resignation of the country's president. Addressing some 15,000 people gathered in St. Peter's Square for his weekly...

Peru closes Machu Picchu as anti-government protests grow

Jan. 21, 2023 20:45 PM EST

LIMA, Peru (AP) — Peru indefinitely shut the famed ancient ruins of Machu Picchu on Saturday in the latest sign that anti-government protests that began last month are increasingly engulfing the South American country. The Culture Ministry said it had closed the country’s most...

Despite tear gas, Peru protesters vow to keep demonstrating

Jan. 20, 2023 21:45 PM EST

LIMA, Peru (AP) — Thousands of protesters took to the streets of Peru’s capital Friday and were met with volleys of tear gas for the second straight day, as demonstrators made clear they will keep up their mobilizations to demand the resignation of President Dina Boluarte. Many...