Alan García, ex-Peruvian president, dies at 69
LIMA, Peru (AP) — Alan García, a former Peruvian president whose first term in the 1980s was marred by financial chaos and rebel violence, and who was recently targeted in Latin America's biggest...
LIMA, Peru (AP) — Peru's government has restored the independence of an agency charged with combating illegal logging after facing potential U.S. sanctions.
Unbearable stench: Giant sewage spill befouls Peru’s capital
LIMA, Peru (AP) — Amid an unbearable stench, thousands of workers, police and soldiers struggled Wednesday to contain and clean up a flood of sewage that has caused the government to declare a health emergency in one of the most populous parts of Peru's capital.
Peru’s attorney general to resign over corruption probe
LIMA, Peru (AP) — Peru's attorney general said he will present his resignation on Tuesday amid calls for him to step down for allegedly hindering a sweeping corruption probe involving Brazilian mega-builder Odebrecht.
Peru’s attorney general reverses course on corruption probe
LIMA, Peru (AP) — Peru's attorney general on Wednesday reversed his dismissal of the lead investigators in a sweeping corruption probe into top officials, retreating in the face of a growing public outcry and a bid by the president that could remove him from office.
Attorney General Pedro Chavarry's announcement came just two days after he abruptly removed the prosecutors, a move that sparked street protests across Peru.
Peru’s president accuses AG of damaging big corruption probe
LIMA, Peru (AP) — Thousands of Peruvians marched in protest again Tuesday decrying the attorney general's dismissal of a team investigating the sweeping Odebrecht corruption case in a move that President Martin Vizcarra decried as "profoundly damaging."
Demonstrators carried a giant Peruvian flag through Lima while shouting the name of one of the removed prosecutors in a second night of protests.
Peru’s chief prosecutor attempts to derail corruption probe
LIMA, Peru (AP) — Peru's attorney general late Monday dismissed a team investigating the far-reaching Odebrecht corruption scandal, setting off street protests in cities across the country.
President Martin Vizcarra quickly denounced the move, saying it undercuts Peru's drive to purge corruption.
"The head-on fight against corruption and impunity is a priority of this government," Vizcarra said on Twitter.
Voters send decisive message against corruption in Peru
LIMA, Peru (AP) — Voters in Peru have sent a decisive message to the nation's politicians: Push through measures to stamp out corruption.
Official returns released Monday show that voters overwhelmingly favored three of the four proposals in a referendum on anti-corruption measures.
Exit polling indicates Peruvians vote to fight corruption
LIMA, Peru (AP) — Peruvian voters agreed to take on corruption Sunday, according to exit polls, as the South American nation struggles to end a scourge that has landed lawmakers, judges and even former presidents behind bars.
Thousands of Venezuelans on Peru border as deadline nears
QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Thousands of Venezuelans fleeing that country's crisis were stuck on the border between Peru and Ecuador on Tuesday, a day before a deadline set by Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra to grant temporary residence permits.
Vizcarra said Monday that Peru already welcomed in almost a half million Venezuelans and his government needs to evaluate the situation to "look for a balance between solidarity and the real possibility of giving aid to them and to our compatriots."
Angelina Jolie seeks support for Venezuelan refugees
LIMA, Peru (AP) — Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie said Tuesday the exodus of hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans from their country has led to a "shocking" migrant crisis in South America that was "predictable and preventable."
Jolie was ending a three-day visit to Peru as a special envoy for the United Nations refugee agency. During her visit Jolie met Venezuelan refugees who live at a shelter in the capital city and also went to a border crossing in the north of the country.
Peru’s president soars as he channels anger over corruption
CALEMAR, Peru (AP) — Martin Vizcarra stepped down from a military helicopter into a small Peruvian jungle village where no president had ventured before.
Donning thick-soled boots, he journeyed across the banks of an Amazonian tributary to inaugurate a new bridge replacing a rope-and-basket system people had used for decades to cross the churning current below.
"If you've always been forgotten, that's changed," Vizcarra said to applause. "From now on, you have a president who cares."
Peru president sets date for anti-corruption referendum
LIMA, Peru (AP) — Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra has set a Dec. 9 date for a national referendum on anti-corruption measures.
One proposal would ban consecutive re-election of lawmakers. Another would ensure that only lawyers can be on a committee that selects judges and prosecutors.
Peru’s Congress backs referendum after threat of closure
LIMA, Peru (AP) — Facing closure, Peru's Congress has backed a proposal for a referendum on anti-corruption measures.
The vote late Wednesday by the opposition-dominated Congress represents something of a truce with President Martin Vizcarra, who had threatened to use his constitutional powers to dissolve the house unless it went along with his plan.
Peru president faces standoff with congress over referendum
LIMA, Peru (AP) — Peru's president is facing a standoff with lawmakers over his call for a referendum on anti-corruption measures.
In a televised speech Sunday night, President Martin Vizcarra ordered the opposition-dominated congress to hold a special session Wednesday to debate his proposal.
If they block it in a no-confidence vote, Vizcarra will then be empowered by Peru's constitution to dissolve congress, something he has already threatened.
Peru’s president says could even close Congress
LIMA, Peru (AP) — Peru's President Martin Vizcarra says he'll use everything in his power to push for a public referendum on anti-corruption measures — and he's leaving open the possibility he could even dissolve Congress if it balks.
The opposition-dominated Congress has repeatedly blocked initiatives to clean up the legislative and justice system despite scandals over leaked recordings showing judges and politicians negotiating bribes.
Peru celebrates return of stolen gold mask found in Germany
LIMA, Peru (AP) — Peru is celebrating the return of an ancient funeral mask made of gold following a two-decade legal battle to repatriate the smuggled antiquity from Germany.
President Martin Vizcarra on Monday attended a ceremony at the presidential palace where the so-called Sican mask was shown publicly for the first time since its return to the South American nation.
LIMA, Peru (AP) — Peru President Martin Vizcarra wants state authorities to help Paolo Guerrero try to overturn a doping ban which forces the national team captain to miss the country's first World Cup in 36 years.
Vizcarra asked the government and Peru's ambassador to Switzerland on Wednesday to be ready to help Guerrero challenge his ban at the Swiss supreme court.
LIMA, Peru (AP) — The Latest on Vice President Mike Pence's trip to Latin America (all times local):
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence informed congressional leaders of President Donald Trump's plans to announce airstrikes in Syria.
Pence urges Latin American allies to isolate Venezuela
LIMA, Peru (AP) — Showing solidarity with opposition leaders, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence urged Latin American allies on Friday to further isolate Venezuela, suggesting the Trump administration would seek additional sanctions to counter the country's political crisis.
Pence’s office confuses Peru’s president ahead of summit
LIMA, Peru (AP) — Some bad habits die hard when it comes to U.S. politicians traveling to Latin America.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence plans to meet with four Latin American leaders during his weekend trip to Peru for an international summit where he is filling in for President Donald Trump.
LIMA, Peru (AP) — New President Martin Vizcarra swore in a Cabinet on Monday that aims to continue the pro-business policies of his disgraced predecessor while seeking to ease political tensions.
Vizcarra's key political operator will be Prime Minister Cesar Villanueva, a former governor and lawmaker who promised a government focused on resolving social problems in Peru's long-neglected interior.
LIMA, Peru (AP) — A Peruvian official says new President Martin Vizcarra will continue to ban Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro from attending a regional summit next month.
The decision to exclude Maduro from the Summit of Americas was taken by former President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski.
Peru’s new president vows to tackle endemic corruption
LIMA, Peru (AP) — New President Martin Vizcarra promised to fight Peru's corruption head on as he assumed the office Friday vowing to heal the wounds left by a vote-buying scandal that abruptly forced his predecessor from office.
In his first address as president, the relatively unknown former governor of Peru's second-smallest state appealed for national unity and urged young Peruvians not to succumb to cynicism.
LIMA, Peru (AP) — Peru's new president has scarce experience governing but is known as a consensus builder who might have a shot at bridging divides after one of the most-bitter political crises in the Andean nation's recent history.
Martin Vizcarra is a 55-year-old engineer by training whose four years as governor of a sparsely populated region in southern Peru was his most significant experience in political leadership as he was sworn into office Friday.