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Oil spill off Peru’s coast after Tonga eruption bigger than previously thought

An oil spill off the Peruvian coast earlier this month was twice as big as previously reported, according to the country’s government. Environment Minister Ruben Ramirez said Friday that almost 12,000 barrels of oil leaked into the sea on 15 January. Officials described the spill as an “ecological disaster” to blame for the deaths of […]

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Magnitude 7.5 earthquake hits northern Peru, no tsunami warning issued

A “major” earthquake with a magnitude of 7.5 struck northern Peru. The tremor occurred in a very sparsely populated region of the Amazon rainforest, some 45 kilometres northwest of the city of Barranca, the Euro-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) said. While it was extremely strong, at a depth around 110km it was also relatively deep underground […]

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Family ‘pet dog’ that killed and ate neighbours ducks and chickens turns out to be fox

A family’s “pet dog” that angered neighbours by killing and eating ducks and chickens has turned out to be a fox. Maribel Soleto bought a new pup from a small shop in central Lima, Peru, believing it was a young dog. The animal, which they called “Run Run”, initially played happily with other pet dogs […]

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Thousands of baby river turtles native to Amazon rainforest released into Peruvian river

Some 3,000 river baby river turtles native to the Amazon rainforest were released into a Peruvian river after hatching from eggs kept on artificial beaches as part of a conservation effort. The river turtles are considered “vulnerable” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and have for many years been killed for human consumption, or […]

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Collision of two river boats in Peru’s Amazon leaves at least 20 dead, several missing

A collision of two river boats in the Amazon in Peru has left at least 20 passengers dead and dozens missing, a government statement said. The accident took place at 05:30 local time on the Huallaga River, in Muyuna on Sunday, when a boat full of passengers crashed into a freight barge amid dense mist […]

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Bus transporting copper mine workers plunges off a cliff in Peru, 15 dead

A bus carrying copper mine workers plunged off a cliff in Peru, killing at least 15 people and injuring 3 others. The accident happened on Friday in the Cotabambas province in Peru’s Apurimac region, according to local media reports. Peruvian radio RPP reported that the bus fell some 200 meters. The MMG Ltd’s Las Bambas […]

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At least 16 people have been killed in remote coca-growing Peruvian mountains

The death toll of an attack in a remote, mountainous region of Peru has risen to 16, authorities have said as the country’s interim president promised there would be “no impunity” for those responsible for the killings. The Peruvian authorities have blamed the deadly violence on a dissident faction of Shining Path, a Maoist movement […]

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ILLEGAL Chinese fishing vessels STRAY near UNESCO heritage site

The Chilean Navy is closely watching Chinese fishing vessels in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ), authorities say. A Chinese fishing fleet has been accused by conservation group Oceana of “pillaging” the waters off the Galapagos Islands for squid. The fleet is made up of more than 400 fishing vessels, of which 11 are currently in […]

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Political Crisis Peru: Francisco Sagasti named THIRD president in week

Peru’s Congress has chosen legislator Francisco Sagasti as the nation’s caretaker president after two presidents resigned in the past week. This means he will assume the presidency of Peru before national elections called for April. He replaces Manuel Merino who resigned on Sunday, five days after being sworn in following the impeachment of centrist Martin […]

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Peru opens Inca ruins of Machu Picchu for lone Japanese tourist stranded by Covid-19

Peru opened the Inca ruins of Machu Picchu for a single Japanese tourist who had waited almost seven months to visit the world heritage site. Jesse Katayama was due to visit Machu Picchu in March but it closed because of coronavirus. Culture Minister Alejandro Neyra said Mr Katayama was granted access after submitting a special […]

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13 killed in a stampede after police raid Peru nightclub

At least 13 people were killed and three others injured in a stampede at a nightclub in Lima, Peru. The incident happened when partygoers attempted to escape a police raid on the venue, according to Orlando Velasco Mujica, general of the Peruvian National Police. Police were called to the Thomas Restobar in the Los Olivos […]

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Peru Church puts up portraits of over 5,000 coronavirus victims

Archbishop Carlos Castillo on Sunday looked out over a cathedral full of faces — none of them now alive. The cleric had his church filled with more than 5,000 portraits of those who have died in the pandemic that is burning across Peru and South America as a whole, using his broadcast homily to criticize […]