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Peru hit by 7.0 magnitude earthquake

A powerful magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck off Peru’s southern coast Wednesday, triggering panic across several cities though there were no immediate reports of major damage or injuries, authorities said. The quake, the largest of about 140 registered seismic events so far this year in Peru, was felt with varying intensity…

Peru declares state of emergency after seven volcano eruptions

Peru declared a state of emergency Thursday in nine districts threatened by the Ubinas volcano, which has erupted seven times since September 1, spewing harmful gas and ash. Authorities are distributing masks and have given themselves a 60-day period to relocate villagers from areas where ash is damaging crops and…

Peru devotes $35 million to protect coffee farmers from fungus

Peru’s anti-drug strategy hinges on persuading farmers to grow coffee instead of coca, the raw material of cocaine, but low prices and plant disease are getting in the way. President Ollanta Humala’s government is allocating $35 million to help coffee growers pay off debts and cope with “la roya,” a…

Peru dethrones Colombia as cocaine king

Peru is on the brink of officially confirming its unwanted status as the world’s top producer of cocaine and other illegal coca plant derivatives. In recent weeks, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has released…  …

Ancient tomb confirms powerful priestess ruled Peru long ago

The discovery in Peru of another tomb belonging to a pre-Hispanic priestess, the eighth in more than two decades, confirms that powerful women ruled this region 1,200 years ago, archeologists said. The remains of the woman from the Moche — or Mochica — civilization were discovered in late July in…

Peru’s protesters shake up politics with challenge to President Humala

By Marco Aquino and Mitra Taj LIMA (Reuters) – The biggest political protests in Peru’s capital in more than a decade have pressured President Ollanta Humala to clean up government and share the benefits of the country’s decade-long economic boom. Many of the protesters were left-leaning and middle-class youth who…

Peru’s engineers ‘make’ their own drinkable water in response to shortages outside of Lima

The message emblazoned on a billboard outside the Peruvian capital sounds almost too good to be true: drinkable water for anyone who wants some in this arid village. Even more intriguingly, the fresh, pure water on offer along a busy road in this dusty town some 90 kilometers (55 miles)…

Peru indulges in 24-hour happy hour for ‘National Cocktail Day’

Peruvians on Saturday downed their national cocktail, the pisco sour, with a nationwide celebration of sipping and dancing — even opening a museum in its honor. The cocktail, made from a grape-based liquor called pisco, has been made in Peru since the 16th century. Added to it are a squirt…

Trapped Peruvian miners could take days to rescue

By Reynaldo Munoz ICA, Peru — Oscar Valdes, cabinet chief to Peru’s President Ollanta Humala, said Sunday it could take two or three more days to rescue nine miners trapped since Thursday in a mine in southern Peru. Valdes, who was on site to monitor rescue operations, told journalists that…

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