Peru's Fujimori convicted of corruption in fifth trial

Jan 9, 2015

Peru's Fujimori convicted of corruption in fifth trial

A three-judge panel in Peru convicted jailed former President Alberto Fujimori on Thursday of funneling more than $40 million in public funds to tabloid newspapers that smeared his opponents during his 2000 re-election campaign. The conviction was the fifth for the 76-year-old Fujimori. The ...

Dec 25, 2014

Peru evacuates remote village after indigenous attacks

An isolated Peruvian village in the Amazon rainforest that came under attack by indigenous people wielding bows and arrows is being evacuated by boat, authorities said Wednesday. Last week some 200 members of the Mashco-Piro ethnic group assaulted Monte Salvado, a small village near ...

Dec 5, 2014

Peru says Amazon deforestation on the rise

Destruction of the Peruvian Amazon is rising after expanding over more than 145,000 hectares (560 sq. miles) last year — an 80 percent jump from the start of the century, the government said on Tuesday. Forest is mainly being cleared for farming, said Gustavo ...

In Peru, whip-cracking vigilantes serve up justice

Nov 30, 2014

In Peru, whip-cracking vigilantes serve up justice

by Frank Bajak

The standard “peacemaker” in the highland Peruvian provincial capital of Cajamarca is a whip fashioned from the twisted sinew of a bull penis. It gets a lot of respect. So do the well-organized bands of citizen vigilantes who wield it. Their rise over the ...

Not feeling sexy? Try frog juice fresh from the blender!

Nov 19, 2014

Not feeling sexy? Try frog juice fresh from the blender!

Suffering from stress? Not feeling sexy? High in the Andes Mountains, some locals believe that putting frogs in a blender is the answer. Unfortunately, there is no scientific evidence confirming any medicinal benefits from frog juice. And the frogs that Peruvians use are from ...

Nov 19, 2014

Not feeling sexy? Try frog juice fresh from the blender!

Suffering from stress? Not feeling sexy? High in the Andean mountains, some locals believe putting frogs in a blender is the answer. Unfortunately, there is no scientific evidence confirming any medicinal benefits from frog juice. And the frogs that Peruvians use are from the ...

Old, cold and bold: Ice Age people dwelled high in Peru's Andes

Oct 24, 2014

Old, cold and bold: Ice Age people dwelled high in Peru's Andes

In a bleak, treeless landscape high in the southern Peruvian Andes, bands of intrepid Ice Age people hunkered down in rudimentary dwellings and withstood frigid weather, thin air and other hardships. Scientists on Thursday described the world’s highest known Ice Age settlements, two archaeological ...