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  • Capital: Lima
  • Major Languages: Spanish
  • Currency: Nuevo Sol
  • Timezone: GMT -5:00

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The security situation in Peru has improved significantly since the height of the Sendero Luminoso insurgency in the 1980s and 1990s. During that period the government was engaged in a long military campaign against the group, leading to the death of more than 70,000 people. In recent years, the group has become heavily involved with the production and trafficking of drugs. It has mostly resorted to remote regions in the Upper Huallaga Valley and the Apurimac, Ene and Mantaro River Valleys, also known as VRAEM. In April 2012, suspected Sendero Luminoso militants briefly kidnapped 36 natural-gas workers and killed nine members of the Peruvian security forces. At the time, President Ollanta Humala responded by deploying 1,500 police officers and soldiers to the region. Military operations in the restive VRAEM region are still ongoing. Several states of emergency have already been introduced to address the militant presence and high-level of drug-trafficking in the region. In July 2015, the military released 26 children and 13 women in Satipo, near Apurimac. The victims were being held in captivity for almost 25 years. Nearly two years later, three anti-narcotics police officers were ambushed near Palmapampa. Since then,  members of the security forces have been targeted in sporadic armed attacks. Although most of the Sendero Luminoso operations remain restricted to some isolated jungle areas in Peru, a recent document released by the group shows its intentions to revamp their structure and strategies to relaunch their operations until 2021 – the 400-page document was seized during a military operation in early-2019. In recent years, some splinter factions of the group have been operating under the flag of the Militarised Communist Party of Peru (MPCP).

There is a moderate threat of kidnapping in Peru, with the risk heightened in the rural mountainous regions where the Sendero Luminoso is still active. Bordering areas with Colombia are of major concern. Despite the demobilization of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), the porous borders between both countries are still ground of operations for paramilitary and drug-trafficking groups. Travel to these regions should be undertaken with caution. In urban areas, express kidnapping - where victims are held for short periods of time - is more common. Foreign nationals have been targeted in the past, particularly when using unlicensed taxis. Visitors should only use licensed taxis wherever possible; preferably booked in advance from hotels or through reputable travel agents.

Incidents of civil unrest, particularly related to social and political grievances, are relatively common in Peru and have been known to become violent in the past. In July 2012, five people were killed when security forces violently put down a protest against the construction of a mine in the northern region of Cajamarca. In September 2015, former President Humala declared a state of emergency in the southern regions of Cusco and Apurimac after four people were killed in protests against a Chinese copper mining company. President Humala had also declared a state of emergency several months earlier in response to another wave of mining protests in Tambo region, which left four people dead. In August 2019, the military was deployed to the southern province of Islay after a large-scale anti-mining protest lasted for several days. Locals protested against the notorious Tia Maria mining project.

After President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski took office in July 2016, nationwide protests erupted when prominent politicians were implicated in the Latin American-wide bribery scheme involving the Brazilian-based construction conglomerate Odebrecht. In late-2017, President Kuczynski survived impeachment proceedings at the opposition-controlled Congress. A deep political crisis engulfed the country over the fragmentation of the Popular Force (FP) party, which accuses President Kuczynski and former FP Councilman Kenji Fujimori of brokering a deal to grant a presidential pardon to the latter's father, former President Alberto Fujimori. In March 2018, Vice-President Martin Vizcarra was sworn into office after Kuczynski resigned over links to an alleged vote-buying scheme. Besides Kuczynski, several other former presidents have also been implicated in Odebreacht-linked corruption scandals: Alberto Fujimori, Alejandro Toledo, Ollanta Humala and Alan Garcia, who killed himself after police officers arrived at his house to arrest him. President Vizcarra was removed from office in November 2020 after losing a vote of confidence in Congress. He faced the vote after being accused of corruption when he was the governor of the southern state of Moquegua. Manuel Merino, the congressional speaker, replaced him as interim president until Peru faces its general election in July 2021. Days after taking office, Merino stepped down when violent protests broke out across the country.

Peru has one of the highest reported rates of crime in South America, with the Peruvian National Police (PNP) reporting a steady increase in violent crime over the last five years. In December 2015, the government declared a state of emergency in the Callao district to give police additional powers to tackle drug-trafficking gangs in the country. Petty crimes, such as mugging and bag-snatching, are fairly in common in most cities and areas frequented by tourists. Criminality levels significantly increase during festive periods. ATM users are also often targeted when they are distracted both by day and night. There have also been reports of rape and sexual assault in Cusco and Arequipa, with lone female travellers often targeted. Unlicensed taxi drivers have been linked to a number of robberies, particularly those operating around Lima’s Jorge Chavez International Airport and city bus terminals. In the northern regions, criminal groups engaged in drug-trafficking and illegal mining pose the main threat. In February 2019, the government declared a state of emergency in Madre de Dios after heavily armed criminals raided a luxury eco-resort in Puerto Maldonado.

Peru is often affected by seismic activity, such as earthquakes and active volcanoes. In January 2012, a 6.3 magnitude earthquake hit Peru’s central coastline, leaving around 60 people injured. In August 2007, a 7.9 magnitude earthquake, located 150km south-east of Lima, killed at least 519 people and destroyed almost 60,000 houses. Some districts in Loreto and Cajamarca are still recovering from the damage caused by a powerful 6.0-magnitude earthquake that hit the region in May 2019.

The rainy season in Peru, which occurs between November to May, can cause flooding and landslides. Since late-2016, Peru has been hit by some of the worst weather in its recent history. Excessive rains triggered landslides and flooding across the country, forcing communities located along major rivers in Peru’s western coast to evacuate. In March 2017, dozens were reported dead and thousands affected by the severe weather conditions, forcing most regions across the country to declare a state of emergency. Local media should be monitored in the event of any natural disasters.

Peru is among a number of countries worldwide which have been badly hit by the global outbreak of the Covid-19 coronavirus. The country has reported one of the highest numbers of coronavirus deaths and cases in Latin America. The latest case figures can be viewed here.

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Peruvian radio host's wife killed in attack on station

Peruvian authorities must conduct an efficient and thorough investigation into Friday's attack on a radio station in which assailants killed the wife of a journalist, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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Health Ministry issues state of emergency in 15 departments due to a Dengue virus outbreak

The Peruvian Health Ministry updated the number of departments under the emergency declaration due to Dengue fever earlier today. The emergency declaration is scheduled to be in place for 90 days. As per the new list, the affected departments are Piura, San Martín, Loreto, Huánuco, Junín, Cajamarca, Cusco, Madre de Dios, Ayacucho, Lima, Aamazonas, Ucayali, Pasco, Tumbres, and Ica. The Ministry said technical support has been deployed in Ica, Junín, Piura, and Ayacucho. 

PM Bellido resigns, Mirtha Vásquez named as replacement

Peruvian President Pedro Castillo announced that he accepted Prime Minister Guido Bellido's resignation yesterday. Mr Bellido's naming as PM had been highly criticized by both public opinion and opposition, citing his alleged support to the Shining Path terrorist organization and having made misogynist and homophobe comments. President Castillo named Mirtha Vásquez, an environmental lawyer and former Parliament president, as his replacement. 

PETROPERU pipeline station halts transports after indigenous takeover of facilities in Manseriche

The PETROPERU pipeline station in Manseriche, Loreto reportedly halted logistics operations after around 200 indigenous protesters took over the facilities on 4 October. The incident took place at Station 5 of the Norperuano Pipeline at around 19:00 local time. PETROPERU reportedly issued a statement that pipeline transportation operations were disrupted as a result. The Amazonian indigenous communities have been recently demanding better economic and social support in the area over the last few months. 

Four killed, several others injured following passenger bus accident in Huanta

Four people died and several others were injured during a passenger bus accident in Huanta, Ayacucho yesterday morning. The incident took place in Vía Libertadores at around 01:30 local time. According to reports, the bus, which belonged to the Mega Bus company, was unexpectedly overturned as a result of "the driver's poor control of the vehicle and excessive speed". 

Four people killed by sicarios in Trujillo and Llagueda

Authorities in the Otuzco province reported that four people were killed by sicarios in Trujillo and Llagueda yesterday. The first incident, in which two people died, took place in Alto Trujillo at around 15:00 local time. The second incident occurred in the Centro de Salud Mental Comunitario at around 21:00 local time. Police believe the killings were perpetrated by the same gang. No arrests have been reported. 

Two people shot and killed by sicarios in Lima

Two people were shot and killed in Lima yesterday. The first incident took place in La Huayrona and the other on Avenida Proceres de la Independencia within an hour of each other in the San Juan de Lurigancho district. According to reports, both victims were shot down by unidentified sicarios riding on motorcycles. No arrests have been reported for either incident. 

Police operation detains 16 alleged criminals in Chiclayo

Police reported the arrest of 16 gang members in Picsi, Chiclayo yesterday. The operation took place in the San Jorge sector, KM 11 of the Chiclayo-Ferreñafe highway during the morning hours. The suspects were allegedly part of a criminal organization dedicated to land trafficking in the province of Chiclayo. Police also seized six firearms, ammunition, explosives, and police uniforms from the site. 

Two Army soldiers missing following factory explosion in Lima

The Ministry of Defence reported that two of their soldiers were missing following an explosion at a weapons factory yesterday evening. The explosion took place at the facilities of the Army Weapons and Ammunition Factory SAC in Lurigancho-Chosica, Lima at around 19:00 local time. The company said the explosion was deemed an accident in their production line. 

Three injured in Lima shooting

Three people were shot and killed during an armed attack in Lima on Saturday evening. The incident took place in Zona 2700 where the suspects reportedly approached the victims in a van and began shooting at them before fleeing. The authorities have not identified the suspects and have reported no arrests. 

One shot and killed by sicarios in Cercado de Lima

One person was shot and killed by sicarios in Cercado de Lima, Lima yesterday morning. The incident took place on 8 Conchucos St, in Barrios Altos at around 08:30 local time. According to reports, a couple of sicarios shot the victim and fled the scene. No arrests have been reported. 

Six protesters arrested in Sechura following violent clashes with police

Six people were arrested during violent clashes with police in Sechura, Sechura yesterday morning. The protests were staged outside the National Superintendence of Public Registries of Piura (SUNARP) at around 09:00 local time. According to reports, the Special Services Unit (USE) fired shots in the air in order to disperse the crowds, which prompted a violent response from the demonstrators. 

Militarized Communist Party member downed by Armed Forces in Satipo

A member of the Militarized Communist Party of Peru (MPCP) was reportedly killed by the Peruvian Armed Forces (FAP) in Satipo yesterday afternoon. The incident took place in Chibuco, Vizcatán del Ene at around 12:00 local time. The FAP reported seizing military equipment and "hundreds of files containing terrorist intelligence" reportedly belonging to the 'Lidia' cell. 

Founder of Shining Path dies aged 86

The founder of the Shining Path (Sendero Luminoso) guerrilla group has died. Abimael Guzmán, 86, had been serving a life sentence for terrorism and treason since 1992. The former philosophy professor founded the group, based on Marxism-Leninism, in 1969 with 11 others. An estimated 70,000 people died in the conflict between Shining Path guerrillas and the state security forces.

Sixteen criminals, including two police officers arrested in PNP operation

Police arrested 16 suspects in an operation against organised crime in Tacna, Lima, and Arequipa yesterday. The National Peruvian Police (PNP) reportedly dismantled the criminal group that was allegedly involved in the smuggling of migrants along the Peru-Chile border. Amongst the 16 suspects were two allegedly corrupt police officers. 

Two people shot and killed by sicarios in Lima

Two people were shot dead in Comas, Lima yesterday morning. The incident took place in the Ampliación Federico Villarreal neighbourhood at around 05:00 local time. The two victims were brothers and were reportedly drinking at the location when a couple of sicarios arrived in a blue taxi motorcycle and shot them. No arrests have been reported. 

Public transport bus collision leaves at least 18 injured in Lima

At least 18 people were injured following a collision between a public transport bus and another vehicle in Lima yesterday afternoon. The crash occurred at the intersection of Canevaro Ave and Jirón Alberto Alexander in the Lince neighbourhood at around 16:00 local time. Traffic was disrupted throughout the neighbourhood in order to allow for emergency services to attend to the victims. 

Two taxi drivers shot and killed in Callao

Two people were shot dead yesterday in Callao. The incident took place on Jirón Montezuma between Dos de Mayo Ave and Venezuela Ave, at around 19:00 local time. According to reports, the victims were both taxi drivers who were attacked as they got called for a fake set-up trip. No arrests have been reported. 

One suspect shot and killed by police in Chiclayo

One suspect was shot and killed after taking a police officer hostage in Chiclayo, Lambayeque yesterday evening. The incident occurred at the Cesar Llatas Castro police station where the suspect was under custody. Police say that the suspect took a firearm from an officer as he was released from his handcuffs and attempted to escape whilst holding a female police officer hostage before he was shot and killed. 

One suspect killed, another injured during public bus attack in Lima

One person was killed by police and another was injured during an attack on a public bus in San Juan de Miraflores, Lima yesterday evening. According to reports, three assailants boarded the bus and attempted to take control, but a police officer was on board and opened fire, shooting the attacker three times. A passenger was also wounded during the incident. The bus belonged to the VIPUSA company and worked the Villa El Salvador - Ancón route. 

Bus collision and rollover kills 28 people, 20 others injured

Authorities reported that 29 people died and 20 others were injured after a bus collision in Huarochirí, Lima yesterday morning. The incident took place on KM 72 of Central Highway 22 in Matucana. According to reports, a bus from the León Express company crashed and then rolled over a cliff whilst travelling from Huánuco to Lima. The bus was reportedly carrying around 50 passengers at the time of the incident.

Minister of Labour and Employment Promotion asked to resign over terrorist links

Earlier today, Peru's Minister of Labour and Employment Promotion, Iber Maravi, was asked to resign after reports emerging linking him to the Shining Path terrorist organization. The official request for his resignation was issued by the President of Congress, who asserted that his permanence in the position was unsustainable. Mr Maravi has not resigned but asked President Pedro Castillo to decide whether he should leave the post or not. If Mr Maravi were to be removed, he would be the second member of the government to be ousted this month. 

Eleven killed, six injured following boat collision in Yurimaguas

Eleven people died and six others were injured following a collision between two boats on the Huallaga River yesterday morning. The accident took place near La Mayuna in Yurimaguas at around 05:30 local time when a boat full of passengers crashed into a freight barge. "So far, there is still an undetermined number of people missing, as well as 11 dead and 6 wounded," the National Institute of Civil Defense said in a statement.

Sixteen dead in Andes bus crash

At least 16 people have been killed in a bus crash in the Andes on Friday. The vehicle was transporting workers from the MMG Las Bambas mining company when it veered off a cliff in the Huallpachaca area of Cotabambas province. The bus fell around 200m down the mountainside; two people were also wounded and transported to hospitals in the Cusco region.

Five killed, three injured, four arrested following sicario attack in Lima

Five people were killed, three were injured and four suspects were arrested following a shooting in Ancón, Lima yesterday evening. The incident took place at Villa Mar, on the intersection of Confraternidad and San Andrés St. According to reports, the victims, two of who were underage, were leaving a party when they were ambushed by sicarios. According to police, the sicarios are part of a drug-dealing gang who operate in the area, and who had reportedly threatened one of the victims days prior. 

Three wildfires reported near Cusco

Three out-of-control wildfires were reported near Cusco yesterday. The fires are reportedly located in San Jerónimo, Limatambo and Paucartambo. Authorities in Peru did not confirm any loss of property or life, although they did reiterate that the fires are not under control and said they would begin fire extinction activities tomorrow. 

Foreign Minister resigns after only nineteen days

The Foreign Minister of Peru, Hector Bejar, has reportedly resigned following the release of videos in which he claims that terrorist attacks perpetrated during the 70s and 80s were fomented by the Peruvian Navy and the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). Bejar, a former left-wing guerrilla fighter and supporter of both the Cuban and Venezuelan regimes, resigned after only 19 days in office. According to local reports, Bejar's resignation comes as a blow to the stability of President Carrillo's new administration.

Seven police officers, dozens of civilians injured following explosion in Uchiza

Police authorities in Uchiza announced that seven police officers were injured, and dozens of civilians hospitalized, following an explosion in Uchiza, Tocache. The incident took place at the Santa Lucía Anti-Drug Police Base in Uchiza at around 12:00 local time. The explosion reportedly occurred due to an accident whilst police attempted to dispose of explosive materials. According to reports, the effects of the explosion were felt as far as five kilometres from the base and damaged homes and buildings in its near surroundings.

Political protest by congress members staged over alleged "parliamentary coup"

A political protest was reported today in Lima. According to reports, the Peru Libre political party staged the protest in order to denounce the "unfair" allocation of presidencies over legislative commissions. The demonstrators, who are members of the Peruvian Congress, claimed the allocations were part of a "parliamentary coup" attempting to hinder president-elect Pedro Castillo's government.

One killed, one injured after sicario attack in Lima

One person was shot and killed by sicarios in Los Olivos, Lima yesterday evening. The incident took place on Angélica Gamarra Ave in the Simón Bolivar neighbourhood at around 23:00 local time. According to police, sicarios chased the victim down until he crashed onto a sidewalk, injuring a pedestrian. The suspects fled the scene and no arrests have been reported. 

Two killed, one injured after shooting in Ventanilla

Two people were killed and another was injured following a shooting in Ventanilla, Callao yesterday morning. The incident took place at a construction site in the Micaela Bastidas district at around 09:00 local time. According to reports, sicarios targeted syndicate leaders but shot at employees instead. No arrests have been reported. 

Protesters rally against new government

Hundreds of people gathered in central Lima on Saturday night to protest against the new government of President Pedro Castillo. The crowd was angered by Castillo's decision to appoint Marxist Guido Bellido as the country's new prime minister. The crowd held placards that read: "No to communism" and "terrorism, never again." Some of the protesters were supporters of Keiko Fujimori, who lost a presidential runoff to Castillo in June.

Pedro Castillo sworn in as president

After months of delay, Pedro Castillo was sworn in as president of Peru earlier today. Castillo pledged to adopt "drastic changes to address poverty and inequality" including a promise to draft a new constitution, which has been received as controversial. Castillo's political party, Perú Libre, has only 30 percent of the parliamentary seats, which analysts think could be a substantial challenge to passing any of his constitutional reforms. 

Alto Amazonas health network on strike for 26th consecutive day

Workers of the Alto Amazonas health network continued to strike for a 26th consecutive day today. The only demand that is being made by the workers is the replacement of their director, Eduardo Vásquez Contreras. The workers accuse Vásquez Contreras of corruption and mismanagement and said they plan to continue the strike until he is replaced. 

Farmers and public transport workers strike in Cusco prompts government to halt trains in the area

The Farmer's Federation, along with bus and taxi unions, have announced that they plan to go on strike in the Cusco region from 20-21 July. Public transport will therefore be limited in and around Cusco during the strike. The government said they would suspend trains to and from Machi Picchu as a precaution. The US Embassy issued a warning to travellers in the area, recommending they push back or forgo their trips to Cusco. 

Pedro Castillo confirmed winner of presidential elections, Fujimori concedes

Peru's electoral authorities officially confirmed Pedro Castillo as the winner of the presidential elections yesterday, nearly a month after having gained the lead during second-round voting. "I proclaim Pedro Castillo as president of the republic and Dina Boluarte as first vice president," elections chief Jorge Salas said during a televised ceremony on Monday night. His challenger, Keiko Fujimori conceded after having claimed electoral fraud in previous weeks, causing the result to be delayed by filing appeals to annul some ballots. "They have stolen thousands of votes from us," Fujimori, the daughter of jailed former President Alberto Fujimori, told a news conference. She called on her followers to protest.

Four arrested for the murder of an Italian national in Lima

Authorities reported that four suspects were arrested for the murder of an Italian national in Lima earlier today. The victim, identified as Nadie de Munari, was an Italian missionary working in the Mamma Mía home and was murdered on 21 April. The suspects confessed to allegedly killing the victim by accident as they tried to steal her cellphone. 

Fujimori sympathizers attack vehicles transporting ministers

Authorities reported that Keiko Fujimori sympathizers threw stones and other debris at vehicles that were transporting the Minister of Health and the Minister of Housing during protests in Lima yesterday afternoon. The attacks occurred near the Government Palace on top of clashes between police and protesters. According to reports, both ministers were unharmed. As electoral authorities are expected to announce the winner of the 2021 presidential elections on 20 July, further politically motivated violence is likely.

Government extends state of emergency until 31 August

The government of Peru announced the extension of its state of emergency until at least 31 August. The state of emergency was introduced on 16 March 2020 in order to curb the spread of Covid-19. During the state of emergency, the exercise of constitutional rights such as the inviolability of the home, freedom of assembly, and movement within the country, are restricted. Peru currently tallies 1.98m cases and 187,000 deaths due to the coronavirus. 

Protesters block Panamerican Northern Highway

A protest was staged today in Puente Moche, Trujillo. The demonstrators, mostly formed by inhabitants of Centro Poblado Alto Trujillo, blocked the Panamerican Northern Highway demanding that their town be upgraded to a district. No arrests or injuries have been reported. 

President Sagasti denies Fujimori's request for an election audit

The president of Peru, Francisco Sagasti, announced that he denied a request from candidate Keiko Fujimori requesting an international audit of the recent presidential elections. Fujimori claims the election was fraudulent and requires an audit to legitimize it. President Sagasti denied her request citing the preservation of neutrality in state institutions. International organisations such as the Organization of American States (OEA) have already deemed the elections legitimate, fair, and free from fraud. Thousands of Fujimori supporters have been demonstrating in the streets of Peru these past weeks, claiming otherwise. 

Covid-19 sanitary blockade removed in Arequipa

The local government of Arequipa announced the removal of Covid-19-related sanitary blockades that had been imposed on the region since 21 June. Its removal means people can now go in and out of Arequipa as part of a daily limit. A 21:00 - 04:00 curfew will also remain in place in Arequipa, Camaná, Castilla, Caylloma, Cravelí and Islay. Peru currently counts 1.98m cases and 188,000 deaths due to the coronavirus. 

Three killed, seven injured during clashes between security forces and Sendero Luminoso

Three people were killed and another seven were injured during clashes between security forces and the Sendero Luminoso cell in Huanta, Ayacucho. The clashes took place in three of the criminal group's camps in Pampa Aurora. All of the victims belonged to the criminal group except for one military officer who was injured. According to reports, all three camps were destroyed, but authorities believe several more remain operational in the area. 

One person shot dead by sicarios in Lima

One person was shot dead yesterday in San Juan de Lurigancho, Lima. According to police the victim, who was a car washer by profession, was ambushed by two gunmen riding on motorcycles (sicarios) as he walked back from playing an amateur football match. No arrests have been reported. 

Thousands gather to protest presidential election results delay

Several protests were staged in Lima on Saturday. The demonstrations looked to protest against election meddling in support of both presidential candidates. Thousands of supporters of Pedro Castillo and rival Keiko Fujimori gathered asking for confirmation of the election results. Castillo supporters marched in downtown Lima towards the Plaza San Martín, while those supporting Fujiimori marched towards the Plaza Bolognesi. Castillo currently holds a 45,000 vote lead over Fujimori and the latter is looking to get some votes disqualified, making fraud claims with little to no evidence. 

Government extends state of emergency, prohibits inter-provincial movement

The government of Peru announced the extension of its state of emergency until at least 31 July. Additionally, a "sanitary blockade" will be imposed in the department of Arequipa, where any movement to and from the department via air and ground will be prohibited for Peruvian nationals. The blockade is expected to last fifteen days and applies to movement between provinces as well. Peru currently tallies 1.98m cases and 188,000 deaths due to the coronavirus. 

Twenty-seven dead, thirteen injured after bus accident in Arequipa

Hochschild Mining said at least 27 miners died and more than a dozen others were injured in a bus accident earlier today. The workers were commuting to Arequipa, on an Andrean route in the south of Perú near the Nasca Lines. "We are all devastated by this news and we have already started a thorough investigation," said Chief Executive Officer Ignacio Bustamante.

Leftist candidate Pedro Castillo claims election victory

Leftist candidate Pedro Castillo has claimed victory in Peru's presidential run-off election. After all ballots were counted, Castillo has just over 50 percent of the vote and is ahead of right-wing contender Keiko Fujimori by around 44,000 ballots. The officials result has been delayed by several legal challenges from Fujimori, who has alleged electoral fraud but failed to provide any evidence to support her claims. Turnout for the vote was nearly 75 percent.

Five arrested after clashes with police, more violence expected

Five people were arrested earlier today after a clash with police in Plaza España, Arequipa. The arrested were Peru Libre sympathizers who were denouncing electoral fraud. Police say they expect more violence after the election body announces the results. The Lima Stock Exchange dropped five percent amid electoral tensions after Pedro Castillo gained a 0.25 percent advantage over Keiko Fujimori. The tensions forced around 170,000 elements of police and military to be deployed to polling stations and voting centres to enforce safety, security and health protocols. 

Peru reports 3,270 new cases of Covid-19

Peru's Health Ministry reported 3,270 cases and 242 deaths due to Covid-19 yesterday. Peru recently revised its coronavirus rates and became the country with the highest per capita infection rates. Peru now tallies 1.9m cases and 186,000 deaths due to the coronavirus. 

One person shot dead in Santa Antita

One person was shot dead in Santa Anita, Lima yesterday evening. The shooting occurred on Elías Aguirre St during curfew hours. CCTV footage shows the victim being shot five times by the unidentified assailant. No arrests have been reported. 

Peru revises Covid-19 death rates, now worst in the world per capita

The Peruvian government revised its Covid-19 death toll yesterday to 180,764 (from 66,000), making it the country with the worst death rate per capita in the world, according to Johns Hopkins University. "We think it is our duty to make public this updated information," said Peru Prime Minister Violeta Bermudez during a news conference announcing the result of the review. Peru's per capita death rate is now double of Brazil's, the country with the highest total deaths in Latin America. 

Five arrested for attack on Popular Force delegation in Arequipa

An attack against the Popular Force delegation in Arequipa left seven people injured on Saturday morning. The attack reportedly took place when candidate Keiko Fujimori was leaving the Alfredo Rodríguez Ballón Airport (AQP) towards the White City. The mob that perpetrated the attack reportedly threw stones, wounding the victims and damaging two of their trucks. Five suspects have been arrested for their alleged involvement in the attack. 

Government extends Covid-19 restrictions

The Peruvian government has announced the extension of its Covid-19 restrictions until at least 30 June. The extension comes as Covid-19 cases have increased in 16 of the country's provinces, prompting the National Health Department to update their risk status to 'extreme'. The provinces under 'extreme' risk are Armaraes, Caylloma e Islay, Lucanas y Parinacochas, Chota y San Ignacio, Canchis, Chepén y Otuzco, Tambopata, Morropón, Melgar, San Román y Yunguyo and Moyobamba. Peru currently tallies 1.9m cases and 66,500 deaths due to the coronavirus. 

Fourteen killed in Peruvian Amazon attack

At least 14 people including two children have been killed in an attack in the remote Peruvian Amazon. Gunmen carried out the raid in the Vizcatan de Ene community on Monday. Interim Peruvian President Francisco Sagasti said that he has dispatched police and army patrols in the area "so that this terrorist act will not go unpunished." The area is known for coca production and is used as a hideout by the Shining Path militant group.

Peru extends flight ban on Brazil

Peruvian authorities announced the extension of its flight ban to and from Brazil (and the UK, India and South Africa) until 30 May. The entry of non-residents or travellers who have been in any of those countries during the previous 14 days will be prohibited from entering Peru.

Curfew imposed in Lima and Callao

The Peruvian government has announced a curfew to be imposed in Lima and Callao on 2 and 9 May. The curfew will run through the entire day, though pharmacies, drugstores and restaurants will be open for deliveries. From Monday to Sunday, the curfew will run from 21:00 through 04:00. 


Government extends nationwide Covid-19 restrictions

The Peruvian government has announced the extension of nationwide Covid-19 restrictions until at least 9 May. All land and air transportation will continue with limited occupancy during the period. Peru currently tallies 1.7m cases and 56,797 deaths due to the coronavirus. 

Soldiers killed in helicopter crash near Cusco

Five soldiers have been killed and two others are missing after an army helicopter crashed into the Urubamba River north of Cusco. The accident happened at around 09:15 local time on Saturday as the helicopter was on a reconnaissance operation against drug trafficking. Early indications suggest the crash was caused by mechanical failure.

Pedro Castillo wins first round of presidential election

According to early results, Pedro Castillo received the highest number of votes (16 percent) in the first round of Peru's presidential election. If the results are verified, Castillo would face off in the second round against Hernando de Soto, who gathered around 13.8 percent of the votes in the early count. There is still a chance Castillo could face off against Rafael López Aliaga or Keiko Fujimori, the daughter of imprisoned former President Alberto Fujimori. 

Perú extends restrictions until 18 April

The Peruvian government has announced the extension of its current Covid-19 restrictions until at least 18 April. Violeta Bermúdez, president of the minister's council, said the use of private vehicles remains prohibited on Sundays and the measures are to be reviewed every three weeks.

Bus accident in Puquio leaves nine dead, 20 injured

A bus accident on the Interoceanic Highway in Puquio, Lucas left nine people dead and 20 injured yesterday morning. The driver reportedly lost control of the vehicle on the highway; preliminary police reports suggest that he briefly fell asleep at the wheel. Investigations are ongoing.

Peru imposes strict nationwide lockdown

The Peruvian government announced the imposition of a nationwide total lockdown in order to curb the spread of Covid-19 through 1-4 April. The lockdown includes a 24-hour curfew, a ban on the use of private vehicles and only one person is allowed to leave home for essential activities.

Czech Republic imposes travel ban to and from Peru

The Czech Republic announced a travel ban to and from Peru (and Colombia) from 12 April through 31 May. The Czech government said the measure aimed at curbing the spread of the coronavirus. 

Peru reports record-high daily infections

Peru reported a new daily record-high 11,260 cases of coronavirus as health authorities say the Brazilian variant has made its way into the country; a total of 40 percent of the confirmed coronavirus cases were the P1 variant. The new infection record comes as Peruvians are due to vote in presidential and congressional elections on April 11; the government said the polls will not be suspended but carried out under strict health regulations. Peru totals 1.5m infections and 50,656 deaths to Covid-19. 



Epidemiological alert due to Dengue fever outbreak

The Centre of Epidemiology and Disease Prevention in Peru issued an epidemiological alert today due to a Dengue fever outbreak. 12,125 cases have been reported, along with seven deaths, representing a 66 percent increase from the same time last year. The government began a fumigation process today in Lima. 

Peru suspending air and road transport services 1-3 April

Education Minister Ricardo Cuenca announced that interprovincial air and road transport services will be suspended from 1-3 April. The measure aims at curbing Covid-19 infection risks surrounding Easter Sunday. Interprovincial services are set to resume on 4 April. 

Transportation workers strike blocks highways

A strike staged by transport workers has blocked several important highways in Peru, as demonstrations have continued since 15 March. The Panamericana Sur in Villa El Salvador and Carretera Central in Lima were both blocked today; other blockades have taken place in Puno, Cusco, Ica and Tumbes. The demonstrators demand tax reductions and fuel subsidies. 

Changes to travel restrictions through 28 March

The Peruvian government announced changes to its travel restrictions today. Until 28 March, travellers who have been in the UK, South Africa or Brazil for 14 days before they fly will not be allowed to enter the country unless they are national citizens or residents. Additionally, all arrivals must quarantine for 14 days or present a negative Covid-19 test.

New lockdown measures announced

The Peruvian government has announced new lockdown measures amid a second wave of Covid-19 infections. A curfew has been set from 21:00 - 4:00, circulation of vehicles or people on 7 March or 14 March is prohibited and businesses may only open at 20-40 percent capacity depending on their classification. The new guidelines are set to come into effect on 1 March. Peru's second spike has been going since 6 Jan - the country currently tallies 1.29m cases and 45,487 deaths. 

Peru facing oxygen shortages amidst recent spike in Covid deaths

Peru is now facing an oxygen shortage amidst a recent spike in Covid-related deaths. Health workers have been filing medical claims to battle the shortage since last Friday and claim that they have received no support. Long lines for bottled oxygen have formed in Lima, where its price has tripled in the last months. Peru currently counts 44,308 Covid-related deaths and 1,250,000 infections. 


Killing of local man sparks protests in Huánuco

Dozens of Peruvians gathered to protest in Huánuco over the killing of a local citizen in Colombia. The protesters gathered outside the Department of Criminal Investigation (DEPINCRI) after a video emerged showing the victim being thrown off a bridge. Chief of DEPINCRI, Julio César Isla Tello, came outside to communicate the institution's plans amid the incident, which included a full-on investigation and better border control. 

Series of protests held over government health policy

A series of protests have emerged in Amazonas, Arequipa, Puno, Tacna and Conchucos. Merchants protested against lockdown restrictions, which they said are damaging their businesses, and called for more cohesion in government policy towards SMEs. The protest group in Conchucos specifically asked for the removal of the local mayor over local health policies, resulting in clashes with police officers. 

Former president Vizcarra accused of seeking early vaccine

A prominent doctor in Peru has testified in parliament against Martín Vizcarra, Peru's former president who was removed amid corruption charges in November 2020, saying he made an effort to be vaccinated early. Current President Francisco Sagasti said around 487 people have been irregularly vaccinated during the roll-out. Peru currently counts 43,880 covid-related deaths and 1,240,000 infections. 

Foreign minister resigns over vaccine scandal

Peru's foreign minister has resigned after she admitted receiving a dose of the coronavirus vaccine before the national roll-out began. President Francisco Sagasti said he accepted the resignation of Health Minister Pilar Mazzetti. Former President Martin Vizcarra has also been criticised for receiving the vaccine early, although he said he received his dose as part of a trial. “I am aware of the serious mistake I made, which is why I decided not to receive the second dose,” said Astete in a statement.

Covid-19 restrictions extended

The Government of Peru has extended Covid-19 restrictions for another two weeks (until 28 February), announced Prime Minister Violeta Bermúdez. The extension was agreed upon during a session of the Council of Ministers. Peru counts 42,626 Covid-related deaths and 1.2m infections. 

Covid-19 death toll rises by 173

Peru's Health Ministry reported 173 more deaths and 4,940 Covid-19 infections today. The death toll in Peru is now 41,354 with 1,149,764 total infections. 

Two arrested with 25kg of cocaine during curfew enforcement

Two people were arrested by police after they were found with 25kg of cocaine during a routine curfew patrol in El Collao. The arrest was made on the grounds of possession and trafficking. The patrolmen reported that the perpetrators were displaying "very strange behaviour" during a routine curfew check which incited them to check the vehicle. Police say drug traffickers have been taking advantage of curfews and lockdowns to operate more openly. 

Major military operation launched along the Ecuadorian border

A major military operation has taken place along the Ecuadorian border to address illegal migration. Military sources told EFE that the Ecuadorian military also took part in the operation that mobilised more than 50 vehicles and 1,200 soldiers. The operation took place two weeks ago but the details were only confirmed this week. Officials said that the operation also targeted contraband and illegal activities that occur across 30 illegal border crossings between both countries. Despite border restrictions, thousands of Venezuelan migrants continue to head towards Peru.

Lockdown to be imposed in Lima and high-risk regions

Interim President Francisco Sagasti has announced a total lockdown in Lima as well as in more than a third of all regions in an attempt to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. From 31 January to 14 February, a total lockdown will be implemented in the capital and in the regions of Ancash, Pasco, Huanuco, Juni, Huancavelica, Ica, Apurimac and El Callao. Those are the regions with the highest daily increase in coronavirus cases and deaths. In other regions, a curfew will still be enforced. Peru has already reported more than 40,000 coronavirus deaths and more than 1.1m cases.

Several doctors launch hunger strike to demand better working conditions

Several doctors in Peru have launched a hunger strike to demand better working conditions during the coronavirus pandemic. AP reported that at least four doctors started a hunger strike on Wednesday to pressure the interim government to improve basic conditions in hospitals and other health facilities. One of the striking doctors has set up a tent outside the health ministry. Peru has already reported1 more than one million coronavirus cases and nearly 40,000 deaths.

Coronavirus curfew extended as Peru faces second wave of infections

President Francisco Sagasti has announced the extension of the coronavirus curfew in Peru. The government has acknowledged that Peru is facing a second wave of coronavirus infections as an increase in coronavirus cases has been reported in the aftermath of the Christmas holidays. Prime Minister Violeta Bermudez highlighted that the new curfew hours will run between 19:00 and 04:00 local time in the most affected regions. They include Ancash, Ica, Junin, Lambayeque, Lima, Piura and Tacna. Curfew hours may vary in other regions - in Arequipa, the curfew starts at 21:00. Special measures will also be implemented on Sundays, while access to beaches is restricted.

Candidates register to take part in April's presidential election

At least a dozen candidates have registered to run for office in the presidential election in April. The Special Electoral Body (JEE) confirmed that the applications of six other candidates are still being analysed. Among the parties already registered include the Popular Force (FP) of Keiko Fujimori. Monica Mendonza will run for the Together for Peru (JP), with Julio Guzman being the candidate of the centrist Purple Party (PM). Peru is holding its presidential election as the country faces a deep political crisis following the removal of President Martin Vizcarra. Francisco Sagasti is Peru's interim president. He took office after Manuel Merino was forced to step down days after being nominated.

Intense rainfall causes extensive damage in Arequipa

Dozens of homes have been affected after intense rainfall battered the southern city of Arequipa. A man has been rescued after his vehicle was dragged away by flood waters. Extensive damage was also reported in the city's urban and rural roads network. Inclement weather is forecast to persist until at least Wednesday. Flooding and landslides are frequent during the rainy season in Arequipa, which traditionally kicks off in mid-December and runs until the last week of March.

Three killed during protest against agrarian reforms

At least three people have been killed in clashes involving the police and farm workers in La Libertad, northern Peru. Civil unrest broke out during a road blockade along the Pan American Highway in Chao district. AP reported that clashes erupted after protesters threw stones at the police, who responded by firing tear gas. Protests were reported across the country after Congress approved controversial legislation on agrarian reforms in Peru. Workers demanded a higher increase to salaries while companies are angry about increasing taxes on agriculture.

Coronavirus cases in Peru hit one million

Coronavirus cases in Peru have surpassed one million amid government fears that another wave of infections could hit the country during the summer months. Health Minister Pilar Mazzetti said that a slight increase in coronavirus deaths is being reported in northern Peru, while the number of available intensive care beds is decreasing. Despite the number of infections being much lower than the peak earlier this year, the government is trying to avoid a second wave. Peru is among the most affected countries in Latin America. Stringent measures have been implemented in Peru ahead of the Christmas holidays - restrictions are in place for 24, 25 and 31 December.

All flights from Europe suspended for two weeks

All flights from Europe have been suspended for the next two weeks after a variation of coronavirus was identified in the UK. Interim President Francisco Sagasti announced the preventative measure on Monday. Several countries in Latin America have already banned flights from the UK. Peru had just recently reopened international travel to European nations after a nine-month suspension.

Keiko Fujimori formally launches 2021 presidential bid

Keiko Fujimori has become the first politician to formally launch her bid ahead of the presidential election in April 2021. Keiko is the daughter of former President Alberto Fujimori. She has already run for office twice when she was the leader of the opposition. She was previously implicated in a major corruption scandal linked to the 'Car Wash' investigations in Peru. Keiko was preventatively detained earlier this year but released after a court order. She is the leader of the Popular Force (FP) party, a political group that could be banned from running in the vote due to corruption. Peru will hold its presidential election as the country faces a deep political crisis after the removal of President Martin Vizcarra - Francisco Sagasti is Peru's interim president.

Coronavirus cases in Peru near one million

Coronavirus cases in Peru have neared one million as the interim government of President Francisco Sagasti negotiates the purchase of coronavirus vaccines. President Sagasti has already said that the government is in negotiations with three laboratories to acquire vaccination from 2021 - they include vaccines from China's Sinopharm, Russia's Sputnik V and UK's AstraZeneca. Peru is one of the most affected nations in Latin America. The government has already confirmed new restrictions ahead of the Christmas holidays, especially for 24, 25 and 31 December.

Man killed by hitman in Callao

A man has been shot dead by a hitman in the Callao area of Lima. The victim, Héctor Ivan Arcaya Carrion, was targeted at his home in the Chalaco neighbourhood on Tuesday. He was transported to a local hospital but died shortly after arrival. The assailant fled the scene on a motorcycle.

Widespread protests reported in Lima

Widespread protests have been reported in Peru as Congress is reviewing farming legislation. Demonstrators took to the streets of Lima on Friday and joined mining workers to block access to the capital. Other sectors are also launching strikes against the interim government of President Francisco Sagasti. Workers travelled from several cities across Peru to meet in Lima to pressure the government. Demonstrations are expected to continue over the weekend. The protest mainly concerns revisions on subsidies to farming workers in Peru that were extended by former President Martin Vizcarra. The law dates back to the 1990s and was extended for another 10 years.

Coca production in Peru increases in 2019

Coca production in Peru in 2019 increased slightly when compared with the previous year. A report from a national government commission concluded that Peru had nearly 55,000 hectares of coca plantations - this represents a one-percent increase from 2018. Coca is the raw material used to produce cocaine. Peru is currently the second-largest cocaine producer in the world after neighbouring Colombia. A large area of coca production is in the region of the Apurimac, Ene and Mantaro Rivers Valley (VRAEM), where militants and criminal groups are known to operate.

President Sagasti replaces chief of police amid institutional reforms plans

President Francisco Sagasti has ordered the removal of the current chief of the Peruvian National Police (PNP) as the interim government prepares to launch institutional reforms. As Peru dives into a potential political crisis after the removal of two presidents in less than a month, protests have broken out across major cities. Clashes involving the police were also reported, leading to allegations of abuse of power. A special commission has been set up to make significant changes in the PNP. Cesar Augusto Cervantes will replace Orlando Velasco Mujica. In addition, Interior Minister Rubel Vargas said that at least 15 high-ranking officers were also forced into retirement.

Martin Vizcarra set to run for a seat in Congress

Former President Martin Vizcarra could be set to run for Congress in the upcoming general elections in April 2021. He told Latina that he is still considering running for a seat in Congress and is also evaluating all of his options. Vizcarra was impeached by the Congress after being accused of corruption. The case dates back to when he was governor of the southern province of Moquegua. Vizcarra denied any wrongdoing. His removal led to violent protests that also forced his successor, Manuel Merino, to step down. Investigations into Vizcarra are now being handled by a special unit currently dealing with the infamous 'Car Wash' investigations in Peru.

Constitutional Court rejects motion on Vizcarra's impeachment

The Constitutional Court has rejected a motion on legal grounds over the impeachment of President Martin Vizcarra. Four justices have rejected claims that there were procedural irregularities, while three others supported the motion - among them is the tribunal's chief Marianella Ledesma. The motion concerned the use of the moral incapacity clause used to remove Vizcarra from power. Vizcarra was accused of corruption when he was governor in southern Peru.

Constitutional Court to investigate Vizcarra's impeachment

The constitutional court will analyse procedures used to remove former President Martin Vizcarra from power. Vizcarra was impeached by the Congress after being accused of receiving bribes when he was governor of the southern province of Moquegua. He was replaced by Congress Speaker Manuel Merino, who stepped down days later amid violent protests. Vizcarra was removed on grounds of 'permanent immoral incapacity', a vaguely worded clause based on the constitution. Polls suggest that most Peruvians were against Vizcarra's removal - his term was due to end in 2021. This week, the centrist lawmaker Francisco Sagasti became Peru's interim president.

President Sagasti appoints new cabinet

Interim President Francisco Sagasti has appointed his cabinet in a bid to ease political tensions in Peru. He has nominated Violeta Bermudez as the country's new prime minister and has already appointed the heads of most ministries. Sagasti and Bermudez are expected to remain in office until July 2021, when Peru holds its general elections. Bermudez has been known for having an extensive career as a public servant and has focused on development projects - among them, she led for five years a programme of the US Agency for International Development (USAID).

President Francisco Sagasti sworn into office

Francisco Sagasti has been sworn into office as Peru's new president as the country's political turmoil deepens. Sagasti is the country's third president within the space of a week. Initially, the congressional speaker Manuel Merino was expected to replace Martin Vizcarra, who was impeached. However, Merino stepped down just after being sworn into office after deadly protests broke out in Lima. Sagasti is considered a centrist politician and is expected to remain in office until the elections in July 2021. During his acceptance speech, he called for unity and acknowledged that the country is facing unprecedented challenges. President Sagasti is still to appoint members of his cabinet.

New interim president elected in Peru

A new interim president has been elected by Congress. Francisco Sagasti, a 76-year-old congressman, will be the third head of state in less than a week. President Martin Vizcarra was forced out of office over bribery allegations before his replacement, Manuel Merino, resigned in the wake of a police crackdown against protesters. Sagasti will be in office until presidential elections next year.

Interim president Merino quits after protest deaths

President Manuel Merino has resigned after protests in Peru turned violent. Merino took office last week after President Martin Vizcarra was impeached by the Congress. He was the congressional speaker and was set to remain in office until elections in July 2021. It is still unclear who will replace Merino. Massive demonstrations broke out across Peru after President Vizcarra was removed from office. He lost a vote of non-confidence for alleged links to corruption. At least two people have died during the demonstrations. Twelve ministers from the newly-appointed cabinet also quit on Sunday in response to the deaths. The new situation adds to previous political turmoil in Peru, a country that has five former presidents implicated in corruption scandals. The crisis intensifies as Peru is one of the most affected by the coronavirus pandemic in Latin America.

Protest turns violent as thousands gather in Lima

A protest against the new Peruvian president has turned violent in Lima as thousands took to the streets to reject the impeachment of Martin Vizcarra. Congress has impeached Vizcarra over corruption allegations dating back to the time when he was governor in southern Peru. He was replaced by Congress speaker Manuel Merino, a member of the Popular Accion (AP). Peru faces political turmoil amid increasing challenges to the economy and the coronavirus pandemic. Demonstrations are likely to continue over the weekend and spread to other major cities.

Antero Flores-Araoz nominated as new PM

Antero Flores-Araoz has been nominated as the country's new prime minister. Flores-Araoz was nominated by President Manuel Merino, who took office this week after Martin Vizcarra was impeached by Congress. Florez-Araoz highlighted that the country is facing a deep economic crisis as Peru suffers from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. He has not yet announced who will be nominated for the ministries. Flores-Araoz has previously served as defence minister during the administration of Allan Garcia.

Manuel Merino sworn in as new president

Manuel Merino has been sworn in as the new president after Martin Vizcarra was impeached by the Congress. Merino was in the line of presidential succession for being the congressional speaker. He is expected to remain in power until the general elections are held in July. Vizcarra's removal faced major demonstrations in Lima, where clashes broke out with the police. Merino is a member of the Popular Action and was elected earlier this year just after parliament was dissolved in 2019. Vizcarra was impeached after corruption allegations related to bribes received in exchange for public projects when he was the governor of the southern province of Moquegua.

President Vizcarra steps down after losing confidence vote in Congress

President Martin Vizcarra has been removed from office after losing a vote of confidence in parliament. This was the second impeachment vote that President Vizcarra has faced in as many months. The latest vote moved forward due to allegations that the president received bribes when he was the governor of the southern region of Moquegua. In total, 105 lawmakers voted in favour of the motion and 19 against. President Vizcarra will now step down and the speaker of the Congress, Manuel Merino, will be sworn into office until Peru holds its presidential election in mid-2021.

Health ministry issues alert after two diphtheria deaths in Peru

A health alert has been issued in Peru due to a diphtheria outbreak. Deputy Health Minister Luis Suarez has confirmed that two people have died in the country after contracting the disease. Last week, Peru reported its first case of diphtheria since 2000. The case was reported in the northern department of Loreto. The government has already launched a massive vaccination campaign that will lead to the immunization of 80,000 people. The diphtheria outbreak comes as Peru struggles to cope with the coronavirus pandemic. Diphtheria is a contagious disease and transmission usually occurs when in contact with an infected person.

Congress approves impeachment proceedings against President Vizcarra

Congress has approved impeachment proceedings against President Martin Vizcarra. In a vote held on Monday, 60 members of parliament voted in favour and 40 against. Eighteen abstained from the vote. President Vizcarra is accused of corruption when he was governor of the southern department of Moquegua. This is the second impeachment vote that President Vizcarra faces in as many months. Peru is heading to a political crisis amid the coronavirus pandemic and preparations ahead of the new elections next year - President Vizcarra is not allowed to run for immediate re-election.

Machu Picchu reopens after nearly eights months

Peru's Machu Picchu has reopened nearly eight months after it was closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. As Peru attempts to revamp its tourism industry and rescue the sector which is facing a major crisis due to travel restrictions, the government reopened major attractions across the country. International travel from the Americas has been allowed to resume in Peru, including flights from the US and Brazil. Peru has so far reported nearly 35,000 deaths from coronavirus.

Congress debates no confidence motion against President Vizcarra

Congress has started debating the submission of a motion of no confidence against President Martin Vizcarra. The motion is being put forward amid allegations that President Vizcarra engaged in corruption activities when he was the governor of the southern department of Moquegua. The motion was backed by the Union por el Peru (UPP) party that claims that the president has moral incapacity. Members of the Broad Front (FA) and other opposition parties also announced their support. This is the second vote of no confidence that President Vizcarra is facing in two months.

Peru confirms first diphtheria case since 2000

The health ministry has confirmed the first case of diphtheria in Peru in the last two decades. Deputy Health Minister Luis Suarez confirmed that the patient is an unvaccinated five-year-old girl. Suarez added that the girl is from the north-eastern department of Loreto. Investigations are ongoing to assess if the patient's sister also contracted the disease. As Peru struggles to cope with the spread of the coronavirus, the health minister has launched a major vaccination campaign on preventable diseases. Diphtheria is a contagious disease that mainly affects the patient's nose and throat. Contagion - which risk is very low - usually occurs when in contact with an infected person.

Curfew to remain active after end of quarantine period

President Martin Vizcarra has announced that the quarantine period in Peru will expire on Sunday. He said in a press conference that despite quarantine measures being lifted, a curfew will still be enforced between 23:00 and 04:00 local time. In addition to the curfew, other social distancing guidelines and health rules will be implemented, especially in areas that are vulnerable to large gatherings, such as beaches. Rules may vary on both regional and local levels. Coronavirus cases in Peru are nearing 800,000, with the number of deaths already surpassing 33,000.

President Vizcarra targeted in corruption investigation

Investigations have been opened against President Martin Vizcarra as part of a major case related to the 'Car Wash' operation in Peru. President Vizcarra is accused of receiving bribes and colluding with the company Obrainsa, whose head is Elard Tejeda. Investigations are part of the 'Club de la Construccion' case that targets illegal public works contracts in Peru. Vizcarra was implicated in the case for an alleged deal with Obrainsa back when he was the governor of Moquegua. The investigations moved forward after a former minister close to Vizcarra said that he received bribes for the construction of a hospital - the same source is also linked to former President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski. Two others also came forward with the same allegations.

Serving lawmakers not allowed to run for re-election in 2021

Serving lawmakers in Congress will not be allowed to run for office in the upcoming elections in 2021. The decision was announced by the National Electoral Panel (JNE) after requests for clarification from several lawmakers who were elected in the special elections held in January. In 2019, President Martin Vizcarra dissolved the parliament to push for legal reforms. With the JNE ruling, both former and current members o congress will not be allowed to take part in the vote.

President Vizcarra accused of receiving bribery

President Martin Vizcarra has been accused of receiving illicit payments when he was the governor of the southern province of Moquegua. El Comercio first reported the allegations made by an unnamed source. President Vizcarra has discredited the allegations, which date back to 2013 when a major construction project was granted to the Obrainsa-Astaldi consortium. President Vizcarra is accused of having received $280k to grant the project to the company. The allegations emerged as part of the so-called 'Club de la Construccion' case, where a number of officials are accused of corruption linked to public works - the Brazilian Odebrecht is also implicated in the case.

South American flights resume amid economic reopening bid

Flights to and from South American countries have resumed as the Peruvian government launches a new economic reopening phase. President Martin Vizcarra took part in a ceremony at the Jorge Chavez International Airport in Lima to announce the resumption of regional flights. Initially, commercial flights will only operate to and from South American countries. Restrictions will be enforced on passengers on both domestic and international flights. They may include the compulsory use of face masks, face shield and a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours.

Canadian-based Petrotal resumes operations in Loreto

The Canadian-based Petrotal has resumed operations at its oil camps in the Amazon after widespread protests in the region. Operations at the Lot 95 in the town of Bretana in Loreto were suspended after three indigenous people were killed in clashes with the police in August. Petrotal said in a communique that operations are resuming after a deal was reached with the local authorities and indigenous groups. Tensions between oil companies and indigenous communities are frequent in Peru. Most of them involve demands for better investments and disputes in indigenous lands.

President Vizcarra to face no confidence vote in Congress

Congress has approved a motion of no confidence against President Martin Vizcarra. Members of the opposition have prepared the motion that will be taken to a vote on Friday. President Vizcarra has been implicated by leaked audio associated with the procurement of a singer to the ministry of culture. He is accused of using his powers to obstruct the investigations. President Vizcarra has rejected calls to resign and accused the opposition of plotting against his administration.

Opposition discusses plans to oust finance minister

Opposition parties in parliament have announced plans to draft a vote of no confidence in Finance Minister Maria Antonieta Alva for mishandling the coronavirus crisis. In a fresh test to the cabinet of President Martin Vizcarra, Congress is expected to debate the removal of Alva from office. Alva has been questioned over the introduction of a financial recovery plan amid the coronavirus pandemic as Peru is expected to suffer up to 12 percent economic fallout this year - the worst in 30 years.

Peru could reopen for international travel in October

International travel to Peru is expected to resume on 01 October with plans to introduce travel corridors with several countries in the Americas and Europe. Communications Minister Carlos Estremadoyro said that open border deals could be reached with the US, Spain and Mexico. The decision would come as the country prepares to rescue its tourism industry. Peru is one of the worst affected countries in Latin America with more than 650,000 cases and nearly 29,000 deaths.

Former President Humala investigated for corruption

Former President Ollanta Humala has been targeted in investigations of alleged corruption involving the Brazilian-based Odebrecht. Humala has been accused of illegally granting a concession to the Gasoducto Sur Peruano project to Odebrecht back in 2014. Several of his ministers were also put under investigation. Humala and his wife, Nadie Heredia, were already being investigated in another probe linked to the former Odebrecht chief in Peru, Jorge Barata. Several high-level politicians have been implicated in the Odebrecht corruption scandal in Peru.

Peru reports highest coronavirus mortality in the world

Peru has become the country with the highest coronavirus mortality rate in the world. Currently, Peru has a mortality rate of 85.6 per 100,000 inhabitants. Peru comes to the top of the list after Belgium reviewed coronavirus its death toll, scrapping some 10,000 fatalities. In Peru, 13,000 people are hospitalised, with 1,500 requiring ventilation. Health ministry data shows that 28,000 people have died after testing positive for coronavirus, while 10,000 more deaths are under investigation

Several killed in police clashes with militants in Ayacucho

At least six people have been killed during clashes involving militants and police officers in the southern region of Ayacucho. According to official reports, suspected members of the Sendero Luminoso insurgency clashed with officers in the town of Anchichuay. Among the fatalities are four militants and two police officers. The Sendero Luminoso insurgency in Peru is often referred to as the Militarised Communist Party of Peru (MPCP), which is widely engaged in drug-trafficking. The group operates in a region known as the Apurimac, Ene and Mantaro Rivers Valley (VRAEM).

Dozens of journalists died of coronavirus since pandemic hit Peru

A journalists' association based in Lima has said that dozens of journalists have succumbed to the coronavirus since the pandemic hit Peru. Data collected by the College of Journalists of Lima shows that at least 82 reporters died in the country between March and August. It said that a number of them were freelancers. Of those, 22 of them were based in Lima. A report from the International Federal of Journalists shows that 171 reporters died of coronavirus in Latin America.

Scores killed in stampede triggered by police raid in Lima

At least a dozen people have been killed in a stampede after the police targeted an illegal party in Lima. The incident happened on Sunday when police officers were deployed to shut down a party at the Thomas Restobar in Los Olivos. President Martin Vizcarra confirmed that more than a dozen people that attended the party tested positive for coronavirus. Peru is enforcing one of the strictest coronavirus measures in Latin America. Nightclubs were ordered to shut back in March. Coronavirus cases in Peru have neared 600,000, including nearly 28,000 deaths.

President Vizcarra announces further coronavirus restrictions

President Martin Vizcarra has announced further restrictions to curb the spread of the coronavirus in Peru. In new measures implemented nationwide, the government has imposed a ban on family gatherings and extended lockdown measures to another five regions. In total, nearly two-thirds of all regions in Peru are under lockdown. Peru is struggling to address the spread of the virus, especially with a hike in infections amongst children and teenagers. Health ministry data shows that coronavirus cases in Peru have neared 500,000, with the total number of deaths surpassing 21,000.

Three killed during indigenous protest against oil production in Loreto

At least three indigenous men have been killed during a protest against oil exploration in the Amazon. Interior Minister Jorge Montoya said that the protest broke out on Sunday against operations of the Canadian-based PetroTal Corp in Puerto Bretana, Loreto. Police clashed with protesters near an oil field over demands to halt production at the Lot 95 block. Local indigenous communities often launch protests in the Amazon to demand assistance from international companies operating in the region. Demonstrations usually last for days and lead to roadblocks.

Retired general nominated as new prime minister

President Martin Vizcarra has nominated a retired general to become the country's new prime minister. Peru has been facing political turmoil after the opposition-controlled parliament refused to support Prime Minister Pedro Cateriano. Walter Martos was nominated to replace Cateriano on Thursday. He was serving as defence minister and is now tasked to form a new government. President Vizcarra is facing intense pressure due to the economic downturn and the coronavirus crisis in Peru. Political tensions are increasing ahead of the presidential elections in mid-2021.

All repatriation flights suspended until mid-August

All repatriation flights from Peru have been suspended until at least mid-August as the government renegotiates repatriation arrangements. People currently stranded in Peru are advised to directly contact their embassies or consulates in the country. Peru still has a travel ban which forbids foreign nationals from entering the country. Earlier this month, the foreign ministry said that commercial flights could resume until the end of the year. Peru is one of the hardest-hit countries by the coronavirus in South America. Nearly 450,000 cases and 20,000 deaths have already been confirmed

State of emergency extended until 31 August

President Martin Vizcarra has extended the country's state of emergency until at least 31 August. As the government plans to reopen the economy, some areas are under strict quarantine measures, where curfews are enforced and movement restrictions imposed. Initially, 20 provinces which pose a high risk of infection are under quarantine, including Arequipa, San Martin, Huanuco, Junin and Ica. Peru has reported nearly 450,000 coronavirus cases and 20,000 deaths.

Hundreds of women and girls reported missing during lockdown months

More than 1,200 women and girls have been reported missing during the coronavirus lockdown in Peru. According to the Peruvian women's ministry, the victims went missing between mid-March and July. It is still unclear how many of them have been found or are feared dead. Strict lockdown measures in Latin America highlighted issues of domestic violence in some countries.

PM Cateriano's cabinet dissolved after losing vote of confidence

Prime Minister Pedro Cateriano's cabinet has been dissolved after losing a vote on confidence in parliament. In a lengthy overnight session held on Monday, 54 lawmakers voted against, 37 in favour and 34 abstained. With the vote, Cateriano and all 19 ministers will be removed, forcing President Vizcarra to nominate a new prime minister. Cateriano was named as PM three weeks ago. He replaced Vicente Zeballos as the government faced decreasing levels of popularity.

Pedro Cateriano nominated as new PM amid cabinet reshuffle

President Martin Vizcarra has announced a cabinet reshuffled as the country faces increasing challenges to address the coronavirus pandemic. Pedro Cateriano is replacing Vicente Zeballos as the country's prime minister. President Vizcarra is set to replace at least nine ministers. Peru has recorded more than 330,000 coronavirus cases, the fifth-highest in the world. The cabinet reshuffle comes as the current government faces decreasing levels of popularity due to the weakening economy, although Economy Minister Maria Antonieta Alva is expected to remain in office.

Hospitals face oxygen shortage to treat coronavirus patients

Peruvian hospitals have been facing widespread shortages of oxygen to treat coronavirus patients. Earlier this month, concerns were raised over the lack of oxygen at hospitals in the Amazon region. Hospitals in the cities of Loreto and Ucayali are already under extreme pressure, while other health facilities in the central Amazon are also facing increasing challenges. Peru's Amazon region has been one of the epicentres of the coronavirus in Peru. Loreto, Ucayali, Junin and San Martin have already reported nearly 30,000 coronavirus cases combined. For several weeks, hospitals in Peru have been reported a short supply of oxygen, which is paramount to treat patients with respiratory issues.

President Vizcarra sets general elections for April 2021

President Martin Vizcarra has signed a decree scheduling the general elections in Peru. He said that the vote will take place on 11 April 2021, when a new president, vice-president and members of congress will be elected. President Vizcarra took office in 2018 after the resignation of Pedro Pablo Kuczynski. The new president will lead Peru until 2026. In the event of a second round, the vote will be held on 06 July. He said that the vote will take place despite the coronavirus pandemic. According to the Peruvian constitution, President Vizcarra is not allowed to seek immediate re-election.

Congress pass legislation to scrap parliamentary immunity

Congress has approved legislation that would scrap parliamentary immunity to lawmakers. President Martin Vizcarra has been pressuring the parliament to pass the bill as part of his constitutional reforms aimed at fighting corruption. The vote also removes the political immunity of the president, cabinet ministers and other government officials. The decision initially failed to pass in a previous vote held on Friday. In Peru, lawmakers and the president cannot face prosecution while they are holding office. A referendum on several judicial reforms and other political issues will be held in 2021. Peru's parliament is widely fragmented after it was renewed in January. A second vote on the matter is expected to be held within the next few days.

Coronavirus deaths in Peru surpass 10,000

Coronavirus deaths in Peru have reached 10,000 as the government starts to relax restrictions across the country. According to the health ministry, 185 deaths were reported in the last 24 hours. In total, the number of cases has neared 300,000. Peru is one of the hardest-hit countries in Latin America. Local media reported that among those killed is a local indigenous leader of the Awajun tribe, Santiago Manuin, who was based in Madre de Dios. Similar to other countries in the Americas, indigenous communities in Peru are also extremely vulnerable to the coronavirus.

Government reaches deal with private clinics after ultimatum

Private clinics have reached an agreement with the government after President Martin Vizcarra threatened to use his constitutional powers to take over control of their facilities. Health Minister Victor Zamora said that the deal was reached in a meeting with private sector representatives. With the agreement, the government has set a limit of 55k soles ($15.5k) for the treatment of each coronavirus patient. Peru's public health system is currently under extreme pressure.

President Vizcarra threatens to take over control of private clinics

President Martin Vizcarra has threatened to take over control of private health institutions if a deal with the government is not reached within the next few days. The government has been negotiating with the private sector for several weeks over fees for the acceptance of coronavirus patients as the Peruvian public health system is currently under extreme pressure. He said that he would exercise his constitutional power to take over control of private clinics until the end of the pandemic. Peru is among the worst-hit countries in Latin America. So far, more than 265,000 coronavirus cases have been confirmed in the country, including around 8,500 deaths.

Coronavirus cases in Peru hit 240,000

Peru's health ministry has confirmed that coronavirus cases in the country have reached 240,000. Despite some stringent lockdown measures being enforced until the end of the month, the number of coronavirus cases in Peru continues to increase. In total, more than 7,200 people have died of coronavirus in the country. The country's health system has been facing extreme pressure, especially over the supply of oxygen to treat patients in intensive care. Over half of all confirmed cases were reported in Lima.

Locals release group of telecom workers held in Huancavelica

A group of workers being held in a rural area of Huancavelica have been released. Staff from a local telecom company went to the area last week to carry out maintenance work at an internet antenna in the town of Chopcca. Tensions emerged after claims that they were there to install a 5G antenna, which locals believe is linked with the spread of the coronavirus. Allegations that 5G antennas can transmit the coronavirus have spread across the world, especially in some rural and isolated communities, even though there is no scientific evidence to support the claims.

Health ministry confirms highest daily increase in coronavirus deaths

The health ministry has confirmed the highest daily increase in coronavirus-related deaths. According to official reports, Peru has reported 206 coronavirus deaths in the last 24 hours. Nearly 6,000 new coronavirus cases were also confirmed, bringing the total number of cases to 215,000. Officials claim that the increasing number of cases is attributed to higher rates of testing. Peru has the second-highest number of coronavirus cases in South America after Brazil.

Telecom engineers held amid protest against 5G antennas

Engineers from a telecom company have been held as locals demand that the government removes 5G antennas over claims that they can transmit coronavirus. EFE reported that people in the districts of Paucara and Yauli in the southern region of Huancavelica are currently holding seven engineers who went to the area to repair telecom antennas. Several masts were set on fire during previous protests. Allegations that 5G antennas can transmit the coronavirus has spread across the world, even though there is no scientific evidence to support the claims.

Coronavirus cases in Peru top 200,000

Coronavirus cases in Peru have reached 200,000, the second-highest in Latin America. According to the health ministry, nearly 204,000 cases have already been confirmed in the country, including more than 5,700 deaths. Peru's health system has been under extreme pressure, especially in Lima. For three months, the country has been under a mandatory national quarantine. The number of cases has drastically decreased in the Amazon region of Loreto, while there have been concerns over the availability of medical oxygen in the capital Lima and other major cities located in northern Peru.

IMF approves life of credit to curb coronavirus financial impact

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has approved a flexible line of credit to assist Peru in curbing the economic impact of the coronavirus. The government will be granted an 11-billion-dollar line of credit as a preventative tool for economic recovery in the post-coronavirus period. FMI Director Kristalina Gueorguieva said that the coronavirus pandemic has dragged Peru into a recession. President Martin Vizcarra is currently working on a massive economic rescue plan to address unemployment and businesses in financial distress. A large percentage of the Peruvian society relies on the informal economy, which has been the most affected sector by the quarantine. The country has reported more than 141,000 coronavirus cases so far, including around 4,000 deaths.

Coronavirus cases in Peru hit 100,000

Coronavirus cases in Peru have surpassed 100,000 despite stringent lockdown measures being enforced nationwide. According to data from the ministry of health, Peru has already reached 104,020 cases, including more than 3,000 deaths as of Wednesday. Reuters reported that drug prices in the country have soared due to a significant increase in demand. The government has already said that the police are currently monitoring the situation. Quarantine measures in Peru will expire on Sunday while the government plans to relax some restrictions. Hospitals in the country are under extreme pressure as the number of cases has nearly doubled within the last two weeks.

President Vizcarra claims that coronavirus peak has been reached

President Martin Vizcarra has claimed that the peak in coronavirus cases in Peru has been reached. He said on Wednesday that Peru is currently moving to the next phase of the lockdown, which was introduced back in March. Peru has the second-highest rate of infections in Latin America, with more than 76,000 cases confirmed, including more than 2,100 deaths. Although some services have resumed in Peru, other non-essential businesses will remain shut until the end of the month. The military is currently enforcing a curfew between 20:00 and 04:00 local time.

Congressmen create own political group after spliting from UPP

Five members of Congress are set to create their own political group in parliament after breaking up from the party Union Por el Peu (UPP). All five are associated with Antauro Humala, the brother of former President Ollanta Humala. Antauro is a former army major and is currently serving a prison sentence for murder and rebellion over the attempted assassination of then-President Alejandro Toledo back in 2005. Antauro was blocked from running for a seat in Congress earlier this year but he reportedly plans to run for president in the upcoming elections in 2021.

Coronavirus cases in Peru surpass 50,000

Peru's health authorities have confirmed that coronavirus cases in the country have surpassed 50,000. According to the latest reports, the country has reported nearly 55,000 cases, including more than 1,500 deaths. Peru is one of the worst-hit countries in South America after Brazil. A state of emergency remains in place until at least Sunday and may be extended for a further two weeks.

Keiko Fujimori to be released from prison

Keiko Fujimori is set to be released from prison after the Supreme Court accepted an appeal. Keiko is currently serving 15 months in prison as she is being investigated for money laundering. Despite being released, she will not be allowed to leave Lima. Keiko had been previously released back in November but returned to prison months later after a court ruling. She is accused of receiving bribes from the Brazilian-based conglomerate Odebrecht, which also implicated several Peruvian politicians, including four former presidents. Keiko is a former congresswoman and leader of the Popular Force (FP). She is the daughter of jailed former President Alberto Fujimori.

Coronavirus cases in Peru reach 30,000

Coronavirus cases in Peru have reached 30,000 as the country's health system faces increasing pressure. According to the latest reports, more than 31,000 cases were already confirmed in Peru, including nearly 900 deaths. This is the second-highest number of cases in Latin America after Brazil. The coronavirus crisis in Peru has also led to political grievances, issues over the country's penitentiary system and social policies. A state of emergency remains in place until 10 May.

Three inmates killed in prison riot in Lima

At least three inmates have been killed after a prison riot broke out at a detention facility in Lima. According to the National Penitentiary Institute (INPE), the incident happened at the Miguel Castro Castro Prison in San Juan de Lurigancho. Prison riots in Latin America have been on the rise amid the coronavirus pandemic. Inmates and family members demand better conditions across overcrowded facilities. In order to counter the issue, some inmates have been released and put under home arrest. Reports from the INPE show that some 600 inmates across Peru have tested positive for the virus. 

Interior minister resigns amid coronavirus crisis

Interior Minister Carlos Moran has handed in his resignation after being criticised for failing to protect emergency workers amid the coronavirus outbreak. Moran resigned on Friday. President Martin Vizcarra nominated Gaston Rodriguez as his successor. Rodriguez is a police lieutenant general. Official reports show that 17 police officers have died in Peru while enforcing a nationwide lockdown. Although the government has allocated personal protective equipment (PPE) to frontline workers, some claim that PPE numbers are not enough. According to the health ministry, more than 27,000 coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Peru, including more than 700 deaths.

Coronavirus quarantine extended until 10 May

Peru's national coronavirus quarantine has been extended until at least 10 May. As the number of coronavirus cases in Peru reaches 20,000, President Martin Vizcarra has announced the measure as Peru is expected to reach its coronavirus peak within the next few days. After Brazil, Peru has the highest number of cases in Latin America. The coronavirus crisis in Peru is feared to bring a deep economic downturn, especially on those dependants on the country's informal economy.

Police officers block major highway as hundreds head to rural towns

Police officers have blocked a major highway in Lima after hundreds of families attempted to travel to rural areas near the capital. Low-income families have been the most vulnerable to the coronavirus crisis in Peru, which forced a number of people to leave Lima back to their hometowns. Peru has so far confirmed more than 16,000 coronavirus cases, including 400 deaths. The numbers are among the highest in Latin America despite stringent measures launched in March. President Martin Vizcarra has already announced the launching of a major economic package to assist people and businesses in distress. Main issues are related to informal workers.

Sendero Luminoso founder files complaint over coronavirus fears

The leader and founder of the infamous Sendero Luminoso militant group has filed a complaint within the Inter-American Human Rights Commission (CIDH) over fears related to the coronavirus outbreak. Abimael Guzman, who is currently serving a life sentence, claimed that his life is at risk. Guzman is detained at a military base in Callao. Last month, an habeas corpus writ to send Guzman to house arrest was rejected. The Sendero Luminoso is still active in Peru, especially in the VRAEM region. Different from its origins, the group now is mainly linked to drug-trafficking.

Nationwide lockdown ordered ahead of the Easter holidays

President Martin Vizcarra has announced a nationwide lockdown ahead of the Easter holidays in Peru. In a decree signed on Monday, the government will enforce the lockdown on Thursday and Friday as part of measures to address the spread of the coronavirus. Some drastic movement restrictions were already implemented in Peru, where 50,000 people were detained for violating lockdown rules. More than 2,500 coronavirus cases were confirmed, including 92 deaths.

Peru launches gender-based curfew to curb coronavirus spread

President Martin Vizcarra has announced new curfew rules as the country faces an increase in the number of coronavirus cases. In addition to enforcing the curfew hours, between 18:00 to 05:00 local time, the government has launched a gender-based approach. With the new rules, women will only be allowed out on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays; while men will be allowed to go out on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. The measures will come into force on Friday 03 April. A nationwide lockdown will be in place on Sunday. A similar approach was also launched in Panama. Peru has already confirmed more than 1,4000 coronavirus cases, including 55 deaths.

Reservist soldiers to be called upon to assist in quarantine patrol duties

More than 10,000 soldiers have been called out of the reservers to assist the military and the police to patrol the streets nationwide. According to the military, the soldiers will be tasked with enforcing a nationwide lockdown. The additional military contingent is being called up after a large part of the population failed to comply with the current quarantine guidelines. President Martin Vizcarra claimed that more than 36,000 people have been detained for violating current rules. A national state of emergency will remain in place until 12 April. According to the ministry of health, Peru has confirmed more than 1,000 coronavirus cases, including at least 30 deaths.

President Vizcarra extends curfew hours to address coronavirus spread

President Martin Vizcarra has announced that the current curfew hours will be extended. From Tuesday, people will be requested to remain indoors between 18:00 and 05:00 local time. The measure comes as the government has been facing significant challenges in convincing the population to stay at home and avoid social interactions. Hundreds of people have already been detained nationwide for violating the new measures. So far, 24 people died of coronavirus in Peru.

Scores detained for violating night-time curfew

More than 150 people have been arrested in Lima and its metropolitan area due to infringements to a night-time curfew. As part of new measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus in Peru, the government has ordered a curfew to be implemented nationwide from 20:00 to 05:00. According to the police, all of those detained failed to present valid reasons for remaining outdoors during the emergency measures. Apart from being detained for at least 24 hours, people may be subject to heavy fines. Latest reports show that 145 coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Peru.

President Vizcarra imposes night-time curfew

President Martin Vizcarra has announced the introduction of a night-time curfew as part of new counter-measures to address the spread of the coronavirus in Peru. The new measures will be implemented nationwide from Wednesday. People will be ordered to remain indoors between 20:00 to 05:00 local time. According to the health ministry, 145 cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in Peru. As part of a state of emergency, all borders have been closed in the country.

Military deployed amid state of emergency across Peru

The military has been deployed across Peru as the state of emergency in the country enters into force due to coronavirus concerns. Members of the armed forces took to the streets across Lima and other major cities to assist law enforcement agencies in monitoring the current situation. A 15-day state of emergency has already been declared in the country, while a complete border closure was also ordered for the same period. So far, 86 coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Peru. The state of emergency comes into force as the new members of parliament are sworn into office.

President Vizcarra announces enhanced measures over coronavirus fears

President Martin Vizcarra has announced new contingency measures for foreign nationals arriving in Peru due to coronavirus concerns. A state of emergency has been declared for 90 days in order to mobilise enough means to tackle the disease. Travellers from China and some countries in Europe - Italy, France and Spain - may be subject to a 14-day quarantine once arriving in the country. The decision comes just after the World Health Organization (WHO) categorised the coronavirus as a pandemic. According to the health ministry, 17 cases of coronavirus were confirmed in Peru.

Colombia, Peru, and French Guiana confirm coronavirus cases

Colombia, Peru, and French Guiana have all recently confirmed their first coronavirus cases. At least five cases have been reported in Colombia, while seven have been confirmed in Peru and just one person has been diagnosed in French Guiana. Other South American countries with confirmed cases include Brazil, Chile, Paraguay, and Argentina.

Several missing as landslide hits residence in Omia, Amazonas

At least four people have been reported missing after a landslide hit a residence in the northern department of Amazonas. The emergency services rushed to the district of Omia after the incident happened in the town of Nueva Primavera. La Republica reported that all of the victims are members of the same family. Andina reported that more than 150 people are involved in rescue efforts. Weather alerts remain in place to several districts in eastern Peru, where heavy rainfall could lead to flash flooding and large-scale landslides.

Several injured as massive landslide hit districts in Cusco

At least a dozen people have been injured after a massive landslide hit several districts in Cusco, southern Peru. According to the government, among those affected are US nationals and a pregnant woman. Landslides hit the area of Sahuayaco in the district of Santa Teresa. The village was completely destroyed. Reports show that dozens of tourists are set to be evacuated from Collpapampa. The mayor of La Convencion has said that fatalities are likely. At least 30 people have been reported missing, while rescue efforts are still underway. Santa Teresa is located in a vulnerable area to landslides as heavy rainfall has been affecting several districts in southern Peru. Weather warnings are set to be declared in Moquegua, Tacna, Puno, Cusco and San Martin.

Former PM Simon detained for alleged corruption

Former Prime Minister Yahude Simon has been arrested for allegedly receiving bribes from the Brazilian-based construction company Odebrecht. Simon is accused of favouring Odebrecht in the concession of a construction project when he was the governor of the northern region of Labayeque. He served as prime minister during the administration of Alan Garcia, who himself was also implicated in a corruption scandal. Garcia killed himself before a police raid last April. Simon denied any wrongdoing. Allegations against him emerged as part of the plea bargain deal of Odebrecht's former director Jorge Barata.

A dozen killed as two buses crash near Arequipa

At least a dozen people have been killed and more than 60 others injured in a head-on collision involving two buses near Arequipa. Official reports show that the accident happened near the town of La Joya. Ten people died at the scene, while two others succumbed to their wounds after being taken to the hospital. Bus accidents in Peru are extremely common and often lead to a high number of casualties. Authorities believe that the crash happened due to speeding, but further investigations were launched. Accidents in Peru are mainly caused due to reckless driving and poor road conditions in some areas. 

Intense rainfall and thunderstorms affect several regions across Peru

At least four people have been killed as intense rainfall and thunderstorms continue to affect the country. According to reports, another person has died in the south-western region of Arequipa. Adverse weather is currently causing landslides and flash flooding across several areas nationwide. Dozens of houses were destroyed in Arequipa, while several public buildings suffered extensive damage. Some local roads are also blocked due to landslides. Peru's National Civil Defense Institute (INDECI) has issued an alert to the departments of Cusco, Madre de Dios, Pasco, Puno, Ucayali and Junin as a cold front approaches the region. Caution is advised in rural areas located near rivers and mountain ranges. For updates, travellers are advised to follow INDECI.

Energy minister steps down over previous work with Odebrecht

Peru's Energy Minister Juan Carlos Liu has announced his resignation over previous work with the Brazilian-based Odebrecht. President Martin Vizcarra has confirmed that he had accepted Liu's resignation. Liu stepped down after reports emerged that one of his companies carried out consultancy work for Odebrecht on the Gasoducto Sur project. He acknowledged the work but denied any wrongdoing. The Gasoducto Sur project was cancelled back in 2017. The Odebrecht scandal has already implicated dozens of politicians across Latin America, Europe and Africa.

Weather alerts issued for several districts in central Peru

Weather alerts have been issued as adverse weather conditions are forecast to hit central Peru. Latest reports from the National Met Service (SENAMHI) show that districts located east of Lima and along the mountains are the most vulnerable. Alerts will remain in place until at least Thursday in the districts of Cajatambo, Oyon, Huaral, Canta, Huarochiri and Yauyos. Caution is advised when travelling to mountain areas and rural towns located near rivers.

Communities block access to Las Bambas mine in Cusco

Access to the Las Bambas mine in southern Peru has been blocked as part of fresh protests against the Chinese-based mining giant MMG Ltd. Police officials have confirmed that communities in the town of Chumbivilcas in Cusco have blocked access to the mine over environmental concerns. Local groups claim that the transport of minerals from the mine is widely related to contamination. Las Bambas is one of the largest mines in Peru. Mining protests in the country tend to last for several days and may turn violent without warning. The country is the world's second-largest copper producer.

State of emergency declared ahead of rainy season in Peru

A state of emergency has been declared in more than 130 districts across seven departments. The state of emergency was declared ahead of the upcoming rainy season in the departments of Arequipa, Tacna, Moquegua, Puno, Ayacucho, La Libertad and Lambayeque. During rainy periods, landslides and flooding tend to be common in some areas. Local communities are often isolated for several days, while some secondary roads could be blocked.

Opposition leader Keiko Fujimori detained after court ruling

Opposition leader Keiko Fujimori has been arrested following a court ruling issued on Tuesday. Fujimori has returned to prison to serve the remaining of an 18-month sentence for money laundering linked to the Brazilian-based construction company Odebrecht. Fujimori said that she will appeal the decision in international courts and claimed that the ruling was politically motivated. She was released back in November after ruling from the Constitutional Court. 

Death toll of gas tanker explosion in Lima reaches 15

Peru's ministry of health has confirmed that the death toll from a recent gas tanker explosion has reached 15. In a statement released on Monday, the ministry has said that the latest casualty was a seven-year-old child that was hospitalised after the blast. Health Minister Elizabeth Hinostroza confirmed that hundreds of people were injured in the incident, which happened last week when a loaded gas tanker exploded in Villa Salvador, Lima.

Judge to decide if Keiko Fujimori returns to prison

A judge is expected to rule on Tuesday if opposition leader Keiko Fujimori returns to prison to serve 18 months. The ruling is expected to be made after a request from prosecutors over her involvement in money laundering linked to the Odebrecht scandal. Keiko is accused of receiving up to one million dollars between 2011 and 2016. She was released back in November after serving parts of her sentence. Keiko said on social media that she will not attend the court session and will await the decision at home with her mother. Prosecutors allege that Keiko should be immediately arrested due to risks of obstruction of justice and fears that she will flee the country. Keiko is the leader of the opposition Popular Force (FP), which lost its majority in parliament in the last congressional election. In previous court rulings against Keiko, supporters of the opposition have taken to the streets to protest. Demonstrations mainly happened in Lima.

Congressional election leads to heavily fragmented parliament

Preliminary projections show that the opposition Popular Force (FP) has suffered a crushing defeat in last Sunday's congressional vote. Initial results showed that the FP of Keiko Fujimori has lost its dominance in the unicameral Congress after nearly four years. However, despite the results, Congress is expected to be heavily divided, with the largest party, the Popular Action (AP), securing just over 10 percent of the votes. In second place came the Agricultural People's Front of Peru (Frepap) followed by the centre-right Podemos Peru (PP). President Martin Vizcarra dissolved the FP-controlled parliament last year in a move claimed to restore confidence in the government after several high-profile corruption cases implicated top politicians in Peru.

Peru to hold congressional election months after parliament dissolution

Peruvians will head to the polls to elect a new Congress months after President Martin Vizcarra shut it down. Voters will cast their ballots on Sunday to elect 130 members of the unicameral chamber. Corruption has largely dominated the public debate in Peru, which has seen high-level politicians being implicated in major corruption scandals. The opposition-controlled parliament was dissolved in September, a contested move that was later backed by the Constitutional Court. Officials elected in this single-round vote will only serve until July 2021, the date when the current congressional mandate ends its five-year-term.

Several killed in gas tanker explosion in southern Lima

At least eight people have been killed and more than 50 others have also been injured after a gas tanker exploded in southern Lima. EFE reported that several people have suffered severe burns after the blast on Thursday morning. Preliminary reports indicate that the incident happened in the Villa El Salvador district. The area around the incident - between Edilberto Ramos and Villa del Mar Avenues - has been cordoned off, while power was shut off in the local area as a precaution.

State of emergency declared amid rainy season in southern Peru

A state of emergency has been declared in dozens of districts across Peru due to risk associated with the current rainy season. Peru's National Emergency Operations Centre (COEN) has said that the measure will be implemented in 68 districts across 25 provinces in the southern departments of Arequipa, Moquegua, Puno and Tacna. The state of emergency, which will remain in place for 60 days, will allow the local authorities to employ additional resources in the event of weather-related incidents. During the Peruvian rainy season, flooding and landslides are common in some rural and mountainous areas.

Special police unit created to counter Venezuelan criminal groups

Interior Minister Carlos Moran has announced the creation of a special police unit to counter Venezuelan criminal networks operating in Peru. In a statement, Moran claimed that this joint police unit will address increasing levels of killings, drug-trafficking and migrant smuggling, which has recently affected the country. The Venezuelan ambassador in Lima respected the decision but raised concerns that the new police detachment could promote xenophobia. In 2019, the UNHCR said that record numbers of Venezuelans have arrived in Peru. Since then, the government has introduced measures to tackle mass migration. Furthermore, in recent years, some Venezuelan criminal groups started to expand their operations to neighbouring countries, including Peru.

Constitutional Court says that parliament's dissolution was lawful

Peru's Constitutional Court has declared that President Martin Vizcarra's order to dissolve parliament is lawful. The court ruling came after a challenge was submitted from the opposition-controlled Congress that claimed that the parliament's dissolution last year was unconstitutional. Members of the Popular Force (FP) of former presidential candidate Keiko Fujimori claimed that President Vizcarra abused his presidential powers. Legislative elections are expected to be held in Peru on 26 January. 

Police to deport several tourists for damaging Machu Picchu ruins

Police have said that five tourists will be deported from Peru for alleged damage to the ruins of the Machu Picchu. According to the authorities, four tourists are accused of causing the collapse of a rock on the Temple of the Sun. Further reports also suggest that one of them defecated inside the ruins. Vandalism and erratic behaviour are among several concerns that are raised over the conservation of this Unesco World Heritage. Due to the increasing number of visitors, Peruvian authorities have been pressured by the UN to beef up conservation and safety measures to address excessive tourism in the region.

Hundreds affected due to flooding in Huanuco

Hundreds of people have been affected due to flooding in Huanuco, central Peru. According to the National Emergency Operations Centre (COEN), dozens of families living near the Pachieta river were affected. The worst-hit area is located in the Puerto Inca province. Flooding has been affecting the region for nearly a week. Additionally, rising water levels have also affected districts in the province of Leoncio Prado. Flooding and landslides are extremely common in Peru during the country's rainy season, which runs between May and November. The risk significantly increases in areas near rivers and mountains.

Scores killed in road accident near Caraveli, Arequipa

At least 17 people have been killed in a massive road accident in Arequipa, south-western Peru. La Republica reported that a bus crashed into eight minivans on the Panamericana Sur highway. The accident happened in the early hours of Monday morning in the province of Caraveli when the vehicle was heading from Lima to Arequipa. According to the authorities, more than 40 people were taken to hospitals in Yauca and Nazca. Preliminary investigation shows that the accident may have been caused due to speeding. Road accidents in Peru are common and often lead to a high number of casualties. 

Opposition leader Keiko Fujimori to suspend her political activities

Opposition leader Keiko Fujimori has announced that she is temporarily leaving politics as she faces a major corruption trial. In a statement, she said that she will suspend her political activities in order to face the judicial proceedings alongside her family. Keiko is the leader of the centre-right Popular Force (FP). She is scheduled to face another hearing later this month. Keiko has been sentenced to 36 months in prison for receiving bribes from the Brazilian-based construction conglomerate Odebrecht to fund her campaign. Keiko is the daughter of former President Alberto Fujimori, who is currently detained for crimes against humanity. She was first arrested last year but was released back in November after a ruling from the Constitutional Court.

State of emergency declared due to flooding risks in Lima

Peru's Civil Defense Institute has declared a state of emergency across more than a dozen districts in Lima due to the risk of flooding. TV Peru reported that areas located near the Chillon, Lurin and Rimac rivers are of most concern. Intense rainfall has been hitting Lima and localities situated along the capital's surrounding mountain range for several days. Besides the risk of flooding, landslides could also affect some regions in central Peru.

Arrest order issued to former PM Villanueva for Odebrecht bribes

An arrest order has been issued for former Prime Minister Cesar Villanueva over his suspect involvement with corruption. Villanueva led the cabinet under President Martin Vizcarra until March this year. He was sentenced to 18 months in prison for collusion and racketeering. He is accused of receiving bribes from the Brazilian-based construction conglomerate Odebrecht while he was the governor of the region of San Martin. He is currently undertaking medical treatment for a serious heart condition. Villanueva becomes the latest high-level politician to be implicated in the Odebrecht scandal in Peru.

Dozens of military officials detained for fuel theft

Dozens of military officials have been detained for their alleged involvement in fuel theft in Peru. According to prosecutors, 27 soldiers are accused of amassing millionaire sums by stealing fuel from the armed forces between 2013 and 2018. Among them are generals, majors and captains. Reports indicate that they have diverted up to 500,000 gallons of diesel through small tankers hidden in military vehicles. A similar fuel theft inquiry was opened last year, where a lawmaker was sentenced to five years in prison. President Martin Vizcarra has claimed that this latest case does not tarnish the image of the military.

Protests erupt after court orders release of Keiko Fujimori

Protests have erupted in Peru after the country's Constitutional Tribunal ordered the release of opposition leader Keiko Fujimori. Hundreds of people took to the streets of Lima following the ruling on Monday, with clashes reported between protesters and the police. Fujimori was jailed last year for money laundering and receiving illegal contributions from the Brazillian construction giant Odebrecht. The company has admitted to paying millions of dollars to politicians across Latin America in exchange for contracts.

Court rejects appeal on invalidation of presidential pardon to Alberto Fujimori

A court in Peru has rejected an appeal on the annulment of a presidential pardon granted to former President Alberto Fujimori. In a session held on Thursday, judges have maintained a previous Supreme Court ruling that invalidated a previous presidential pardon granted by former President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski. Kuczynski's pardon was granted to Fujimori due to alleged health grounds. Fujimori was serving a 25-year prison sentence for crimes against humanity back in the 1990s. The announcement of the presidential pardon generated a deep political crisis in Peru over claims that Kuczynski had broken a deal with Alberto's son Kenji. Fujimori's lawyers have already filed a complaint in the Inter-American Human Rights Court to overturn the ruling.

Heavy rainfall could affect dozens of districts across northern Peru

Dozens of districts in the Peruvian northern Amazon region could be affected by flooding and landslides due to intense rainfall. According to the National Met Service (Senamhi), heavy rainfall is forecast to hit the region over the weekend. Districts located in the regions of Huanuco, Loreto, San Martin and Ucayali are currently on alert. Peru's National Emergency Operations Center (COEN) advises people in the area to remain vigilant, especially those in low-ground areas near rivers or across communities near mountains. Flooding and landslides could also restrict access to local roads.

Several killed amid dengue fever outbreak in Madre de Dios

At least 14 people have been killed amid a dengue fever outbreak in the Amazon region of Madre de Dios, north-western Peru. EFE reported that alongside the deaths, more than 3,000 cases of dengue fever were confirmed in the region. A director of the largest hospital in the region told local media that health facilities are already under extreme pressure to cope with the number of patients who require treatment. Health ministry officials have said that contingency measures have been launched. The incidence of dengue fever cases significantly increases ahead of the start of the Peruvian summer season.

Scores killed as bus plunges off a cliff in Otuzco

At least 19 people have been killed after a bus plunged off a cliff in the north-eastern province of Otuzco. Local media reported that the bus accident happened near the town of Trujillo. It was transporting dozens of people back from a festival in the town of Callancas. Authorities are still investigating the causes of the crash, which could be possibly linked to adverse weather conditions. The crash happened a day after another bus drove off a cliff in the southern province of Puno. Bus accidents in Peru are common and often lead to a high number of casualties.

Several killed as bus plunges off a cliff in Puno

At least six people have been killed and more than 30 others have been injured after a bus drove off a cliff in Puno, northern Peru. El Comercio reported that the bus, operated by the company Selva Sur, drove off a 40-metre-deep cliff near the Chijisi area. The bus was heading from Juliaca to the town of Sandia. Authorities are currently investigating if the accident was caused due to the intense rainfall that has been battering the region for several days. Bus accidents in Peru are common and often lead to a high number of casualties. Most accidents occur due to reckless driving and poor road conditions.

Several killed as minibus drives into a river in Junin

At least eight people have been killed after a minibus drove into a river in the central region of Junin. According to the police, the crash happened on Sunday in the highlands of the district of Huamancaca. At least a dozen people have been injured in the accident. AFP reported that the bus was travelling from Huancayo when a suspected mechanical failure forced the vehicle into the Mantaro River. Traffic accidents in Peru are common and mainly occur due to poor road conditions and poorly maintained vehicles. According to the ministry of transport, more than 3,200 people died in Peru in traffic accidents in 2018.

State of emergency declared due to landslides in Cajaruro, Amazonas

A state of emergency has been declared after a massive landslide hit the town of Cajaruro, north-western Peru. Access to the area of Naranjos Alto has been severely restricted after a landslide hit several roads last week. Public services were affected, while several houses were destroyed. With the state of emergency, authorities in the Amazonas region and Utcubamba province will allocate additional resources to recovery operations. Landslides and flooding are common in Peru - especially in areas near rivers and mountains - ahead of the country's rainy season, which occurs between November and May.

State of emergency declared amid anti-mining protests in Cusco

A state of emergency has been declared in a major mining corridor that has been blocked as part of protests in southern Peru. Several areas in the Chumbivilcas province in Cusco have been included in the state of emergency as protests against the Chinese mining giant MMG Ltd continue. Under the state of emergency, the police and military will be deployed to clear at least 10 points of blockade leading to the Las Bambas copper mine. Protests in the region have been ongoing since late-September as indigenous communities demand compensation for the use of their land. Back in April, similar demonstrations around the mine were also reported. The Las Bambas is Peru's largest copper mine. It is estimated that it produces two percent of the world's copper.

Several killed after building collapses in Huancayo, Junin

At least six people have been killed and more than 40 others were injured after a building collapsed in Junin, north-eastern Peru. La Republica reported that dozens of people had gathered to celebrate a local party when a makeshift roof was blown off. Strong winds and heavy rainfall were reported in the region during the incident. Emergency services rushed to the Huancan district in Huancayo, where several people were reported missing. Local authorities are still investigating the causes of the collapse. Reports indicate that the event was being held at a venue that failed to comply with safety regulations.

Court sentences man to life imprisonment in landmark case on gender-based violence

A court in Lima has sentenced a man to life imprisonment for killing his 25-year-old wife. The case dates back to November 2018 when a man strangled his wife in front of their two young children. This is the first life sentence handed over in Peru to a case related to gender-based violence. A representative of the ministry for women and vulnerable people has said that rough prison sentences come as part of reforms to the Peruvian penal code on crimes against women and children. Similar to its Latin American neighbours, cases of femicide are relatively frequent. Official data show that 120 cases were confirmed in 2019.

Several killed after fire breaks out at a shop in Iquitos, Loreto

At least four people have been killed after a fire broke out at a local shop in Iquitos, north-eastern Peru. La Republica reported that among the victims are three minors. Reports indicate that the fire ignited due to a short circuit, but investigations are still ongoing. The incident happened days after a local market also caught on fire in Iquitos.

Several killed in violent mining clashes in Huanacucho, La Libertad

Four people have been killed and several others injured when a protest turned violent in the north-western region of La Libertad. Local media reported that clashes escalated when demonstrators approached a building owned by the mining company Los Andes Peru Golden SAC. Initial reports indicated that the company's security officers and members of a local Campesino guard were involved in the clashes. In a statement released on Sunday, the Summa Gold Corp condemned the incident and rejected any involvement. The incident happened in the El Toro area in Huanacucho, where illegal mining is common.

State of emergency extended amid recovery efforts in Pomabamba, Ancash

A current state of emergency in the north-western district of Pomabamba has been extended for 60 days after heavy rainfall caused extensive damage in the region. Emergency agencies are still launching recovery operations across the district, which is located in the Ancash region. In late-September, dozens of municipalities across Ancash were on high alert due to incessant rainfall. Pomabamba has been particularly affected in the current rainy season. The state of emergency in Pomabamba was initially declared in February and has already been extended several times.

President Vizcarra reshuffles cabinet amid political crisis

President Martin Vizcarra has reshuffled his cabinet after dissolving the opposition-controlled Congress. Among the new appointments are Justice Minister Vicente Zevallos, who replaced Salvador del Solar as the country's prime minister. Amid an emerging constitutional crisis in Peru, Zevallos said that the resignation of Vice-President Mercedes Araoz is invalid. Araoz was sworn into office after the dissolved opposition-controlled Congress voted to suspend President Vizcarra. Just after her nomination, she resigned both as vice-president and 'interim president'. Political tensions were triggered after President Vizcarra set a date for a snap general election. The vote will be held on 26 January 2020, nearly a year earlier than it was initially scheduled.

Scores killed as bus drives off a cliff in Cusco

At least 23 people have been killed after an interprovincial bus drove off a cliff in Cusco, southern Peru. La Republica reported that 30 people were injured in the accident, which happened in the early hours of Wednesday morning along the Interoceanic Highway 30C Sur near Marcapata, Quispicanchi province. According to reports, the bus was travelling from Puerto Maldonado to Cusco. Authorities are still investigating the cause of the accident. Bus crashes in Peru often lead to a high number of casualties. Accidents in mountain roads are frequent and are mainly caused due to reckless driving.

Vice-President Araoz resigns after taking office as 'interim president'

Vice-President Mercedes Araoz has resigned after being nominated as the country's interim president amid an emerging constitutional crisis in Peru. Araoz was sworn as interim president on Tuesday after President Martin Vizcarra dissolved the opposition-controlled parliament. After opposition lawmakers in the dissolved Congress voted to suspend President Vizcarra and pledged allegiance to Araoz, the military and police commands backed the president. President Vizcarra suspended the Congress after accusing the opposition Popular Force (FP) of abusing of their constitutional powers. The dissolution of Congress comes just after President Vizcarra announced the date of a controversial snap election. Protests have been reported in Lima, especially around Congress, which has been cordoned off. Caution is advised when heading to certain areas in central Lima.

President Vizcarra dissolves opposition-controlled parliament

President Martin Vizcarra has announced the dissolution of the opposition-controlled Congress after announcing the date for snap elections. After months of tension, President Vizcarra has said on Tuesday that the legislative elections will be held on 26 January, nearly a year before scheduled. His decision comes amid grievances with the opposition Popular Force (FP), which is accused of using Congress to shield against prosecution - one of the cases concern jailed FP leader Keiko Fujimori. President Vizcarra's decision comes after lawmakers announced their nominations to the constitutional court. In a defiant move, opposition lawmakers have sworn Vice-President Mercedes Araoz in as the country's interim president until the elections. FP lawmakers have given their support to Araoz, which could trigger an internal conflict within the ruling party. On the other side, the military and police have stressed their support to President Vizcarra. Despite criticism from the FP opposition, claiming that the decision was a coup, thousands took to the streets to endorse calls for early elections.

Opposition lawmaker files complaint against President Vizcarra and PM

An opposition lawmaker has filed a complaint against President Martin Vizcarra and Prime Minister Salvador del Solar for conspiracy to hinder state powers. Yeni Vilcatoma has also accused 10 ministers of doing the same. She requested that the attorney general's office act immediately. Vilcatoma's complaint comes amid ongoing political tensions between the government and the opposition over President Vizcarra's plans to hold snap elections. The Fujimorisma opposition currently controls parliament and has resisted approving legislation to allow the vote to proceed. Such has led to widespread protests in Peru, mainly around the Legislative Palace in Lima. President Vizcarra plans to hold elections on July 2020, nearly a year before scheduled. He claims that the move comes to restore the people's confidence in the political establishment after Congress approved six of his constitutional reforms.

Woman collaterally killed in shooting between police and criminals in Lima

A woman has been collaterally shot after criminals and police officers engaged in a shootout in southern Lima. El Comercio reported that the victim succumbed to her wounds after being shot in the stomach in the Santiago de Surco district. The victim's partner was also struck on the arm by a stray bullet. Locals have previously complained about a wave of robberies and attacks reported in the area, where couples and individuals would be targeted, especially at night.

State of emergency extended in areas affected by last May's earthquake

President Martin Vizcarra has ordered a 60-day extension to a state of emergency declared for two districts in Loreto and Cajamarca, which were the worst affected by a powerful 8.0-magnitude earthquake last May. As recovery efforts are still ongoing, the state of emergency in the districts of Pastaza and Gregorio Pita will be extended to support the security, health, housing and education sectors. The earthquake, which was also felt in Brazil and Colombia, caused extensive damage in the region. Peru is vulnerable to seismic and volcanic activity due to its location along the Pacific Ring of Fire.

State of emergency declared due to unstable cliffs in western Lima

A state of emergency has been declared to expedite works across an extensive area comprised of unstable cliffs in Costa Verde region. Initially declared for 60 days, the measure will guarantee the allocation of funds to fix a number of areas that are at risk of collapsing. Earlier this year, a major landslide blocked the main road in Magdalena del Mar causing significant disruption during the Panamerican Games that were being held in Lima. The state of emergency will include the districts of San Miguel, Magdalena del Mar, San Isidro, Miraflores, Barranco and Chorrillos. Caution is advised to those travelling along roads located near cliffs on the Costa Verde - especially when raining. The area is a popular route for those heading to famous beaches in western Lima. 

Supreme Court cuts sentence to opposition leader Keiko Fujimori

Peru's Supreme Court has significantly cut the sentence handed to opposition leader Keiko Fujimori, who was charged nearly a year ago for corruption. Keiko, the daughter of former President Alberto Fujimori, is the leader of the Popular Force (FP). She was initially sentenced to serve 36 months in prison for receiving illegal campaign funds from the Brazilian-based construction conglomerate Odebrecht. With the decision, Keiko could be released as early as April. Aspirations to run for office in the next presidential elections may be thwarted due to the current possibility of the 2021 vote being brought forward. President Martin Vizcarra has recently announced plans to hold the elections in July 2020 amid a political deadlock involving the FP-controlled Congress.

Scores feared kidnapped after armed attack in Comainas, Condorcanqui

Fifteen indigenous people have been reported missing after suspect loggers raided a village in the Amazon province of Condorcanqui. A local leader of the awajun people told RPP that armed men attacked the village of Comainas in the early hours of Monday morning. He said that the victims may have been kidnapped. Several regions in northern Peru are heavily affected by criminal groups engaged in drug-trafficking, illegal mining, logging and arms smuggling.

Health emergency declared to tackle high-risk of disease in Alto Amazonas

A state of emergency has been declared to prevent the high risk of disease in two districts in the northern province of Alto Amazonas. In an official decree published on Saturday, the government introduced the measure for up to 90 days. Health facilities in Lagunas and Santa Cruz have been significantly affected after a powerful earthquake hit the region in late-May. Health authorities have confirmed that the region suffers from the high-risk of mosquito-borne diseases and infections linked to animals. Alto Amazonas is part of the Loreto region, where there is a historical risk of dengue fever and malaria.

Thousands march to pressure Congress to approve early elections

Thousands of demonstrators took to the streets in Lima to pressure Congress to approve calls for early elections. Demonstrators gathered on Thursday afternoon in the city' Plaza San Martin. Although the protest was initially peaceful, some outbreaks of violence were reported as the march moved forward. Clashes between protesters and the police escalated when a group of people attempted to violate a security cordon near Congress. Demonstrators marched to support the decision of President Martin Vizcarra to hold elections on July 2020, nearly a year earlier than scheduled. President Vizcarra claims that the move comes to restore the people's confidence in the Peruvian political establishment after Congress approved six of his constitutional reforms.

Border security beefed up amid Venezuelan migration crackdown

Security measures along the border with Ecuador will be enhanced to enforce a crackdown on migration from Venezuela. Interior Minister Nestor Popolizio said that since new migration policies were issued in June, Venezuelan migration to Peru has dropped around 90 percent. Despite demanding visas and valid passports to Venezuelans, the government also launched a special humanitarian visa to migrants. Similar measures have been previously introduced in Chile and Ecuador. According to the International Organization for Migration (IOM), after Colombia, Peru is the main destination of Venezuelan migrants.

Alerts issued due to wildfires across Peru

Several alerts have been issued due to a high number of wildfires currently being reported across Peru. According to the National Civil Defence Institute (INDECI), the most affected departments are Cusco, Huanuco and Madre de Dios. In Checacupe, Cusco, a wildfire has consumed more than 500 hectares of land. At least one person was killed and more than a dozen injured. The fire is still active as of Tuesday morning. In Tingo, Amazonas, a wildfire forced the temporary closure of the Kuelap archaeological site. According to the ministry of culture, the site has been since reopened. Peru is mainly vulnerable to wildfires during the mid-Winter months, between July and September. Travellers are advised to follow updates from INDECI and reliable news sources.

Former prime minister implicated in Odebrecht scandal

Former Prime Minister Cesar Villanueva has become the latest high-level politician to be implicated in the Odebrecht scandal in Peru. In a plea bargain hearing held in Brazil, two former executives of the Brazilian construction company said that Villanueva received up to $60k in bribes when he was governor of San Martin. The bribes were paid towards the acquisition of public contracts to build the San Jose de Sisa highway. Villanueva denied any wrongdoing. AFP reported that Villanueva has temporarily stepped down from his centre-right Alliance for Progress to avoid damages on the party's reputation. Villanueva was the prime minister of President Martin Vizcarra for a year. Last March, he was replaced by Salvador del Solar after a cabinet reshuffle. Politicians from both the government and opposition have already been implicated in the Odebrecht scandal. Among them are Peru's last four presidents.

Military deployed ahead of fresh anti-mining protests in Islay

President Martin Vizcarra has ordered a military deployment to the southern province of Islay as fresh anti-mining protests are expected. The strike is set to be launched from Monday amid ongoing protests against the notorious Tia Maria mining project. The government fears that blockades and other protests may affect operations at the Matarani Port Terminal, which is one of the main hubs used by mining companies to export copper and other minerals. For several weeks, local communities and organisations have joined forces to protest against the Tia Maria, which will become of the country's largest mines. Among major concerns are that excessive mining operations in southern Peru may be harmful to the local agriculture industry and the environment.

Workers federations to join striking farmers against mining project

Workers federations in Arequipa, southern Peru, have announced plans to launch an indefinite strike action over the infamous Tia Maria mining project. Members of Arequipa's Department Workers Federation (FDTA) said that the strike will start on 05 August. Protesters will join workers of the agricultural sector that have already been striking for more than two weeks. Protests are mainly concentrated in the Islay province, where the Tia Maria mine is located. Tia Maria is a massive copper mining project in southern Peru. Protesters claim that the project will significantly impact the local economy, especially agriculture, and be extremely harmful to the environment. It is estimated that the mine could produce up to 120,000 tonnes of copper when operational.

State of emergency declared due to transnational crime in Loreto

A state of emergency has been declared in two bordering provinces due to an increase in transnational criminal activities in Loreto, northern Peru. The government has said that a 60-day state of emergency has been declared in the provinces of Putumayo and Mariscal Ramon Castilla. Both provinces are located in the isolated Amazonian region in Peru, where criminal groups engaged in drug trafficking, arms smuggling and illegal mining widely operate. With the state of emergency, police and military operations tend to intensify, while agents are given freedom to stop and search individuals or raid properties.

President Vizcarra announces plans to hold early elections

President Martin Vizcarra has announced plans to bring forward the upcoming general elections. In a speech made during the country's independence day celebrations, he said that his proposal would first have to be approved through a referendum. The new election would be held on 28 July 2020, nearly a year earlier than scheduled. If approved, the opposition-controlled Congress would be dissolved and President Vizcarra would be removed from office. He argued that the move would restore the people's confidence in the Peruvian political establishment after Congress approved six of his constitutional reforms - although opposition lawmakers approved his political reforms, they suffered significant amendments, especially regarding parliamentary immunity.

Large crowds expected to attend the Pan American Games in Lima

A large influx of tourists and visitors are expected to head to Lima as the Pan American Games is set to kick off on Friday. Additional security measures will be enforced across major sporting venues. Roadblocks and traffic restrictions are possible in some areas, especially around the Estadio Nacional, where the opening ceremony will be held from 18:00 local time. Police have announced that 23,000 officers will be deployed across the city. The Pan American Games will last until 11 August. From 23 August to 01 September the Parapan American Games will also be held in Lima. Visitors attending both events should be aware that security measures will be strictly enforced. Further information is available in the event's spectator guide. Due to the large influx of people, travellers are advised caution when circulating in crowded areas as criminals engaged in pick-pocketing and bag-snatching may widely operate.

Alerts issued over increasing activity of Ubinas Volcano, Moquegua

Peru's Geophysics Institute (IGP) has issued a new alert over the increasing activity of the Ubinas Volcano in southern Peru. According to IGP, intense explosive activity has been reported in recent days, where besides ash, the Ubinas is currently expelling pyroclastic fragments. IGP has confirmed that in the past few days, an increase in seismic activity has been reported in the region - most of the tremors were below 2.0-magnitude. Authorities are currently monitoring a potential ashfall in areas located east and south-east of the volcano in the Moquegua province. The IGP forecast that activity may intensify during the next few days. Travellers in the area have been advised to stay away from the volcano. Evacuations were ordered to the villages of Querapi, Ubinas, San Miguel, Huarina, San Carlos, Tonohaya, Escacha, Huatagua and Santa Rosa after a 15-kilometre exclusion zone was established around the volcano's crater. For further updates, travellers have been advised to follow alerts from the IGP and the National Emergency Operations Centre.

Inca Rail services to Machu Picchu suspended due to strike action

Inca Rail services in southern Peru have been suspended due to planned strike action. Inca Rail has announced that services will be suspended on Thursday 25 July due planned strike action by workers of the Trans-Andean Railway Company. The strike action started on Wednesday, where cancellation of services was also reported. Inca Rail operations will be very limited and will only run from and to Ollantaytambo station. The Inca Rail is the main train service from Cusco to Machu Picchu. For further information, travellers are advised to follow updates from Inca Rail.

President Vizcarra to meet southern governors over mining project

President Martin Vizcarra and governors of southern Peruvian regions are set to meet on Wednesday to discuss the creation of new mining legislation. In a regional summit held earlier this week, the governors of Cusco, Tacna, Madre de Dios and Arequipa met to pressure President Vizcarra to address environmental and social concerns created due to mining activity in southern Peru. The meeting is being held as protests continue to be reported over the notorious Tia Maria mining project in Islay province, which could lead to the creation of one of the biggest copper mines in South America.

State of emergency declared due to Ubinas Volcano activity

President Martin Vizcarra has declared a state of emergency due to the intense activity of the Ubinas volcano in Moquegua, southern Peru. Reports suggest that over 30,000 people have been already evacuated when the volcano suffered a series of explosions on Friday. Alerts were issued due to potential ashfall in some areas across Moquegua, Arequipa, Tacna and Puno. The state of emergency declaration comes to facilitate the delivery of aid and expedite the evacuation of communities surrounding the volcano. Latest reports from Peru's Geophysics Institute (IGP) have confirmed that volcanic activity in the Ubinas has slowed down but further explosions are expected within the next few days. An Orange alert remains in place. Travellers are advised to follow recommendations from local authorities and monitor updates from the IGP and the National Emergency Operations Centre (COEN). According to the Global Disaster Alert Coordination System (GDACS), the Ubinas "can have a low humanitarian impact based on the exposed population and vulnerability".

Alert issued due to potential ashfall over Ubinas Volcano eruption

Peru's Geophysics Institute (IGP) has issued an alert due to potential ashfall over the eruption of the Ubinas Volcano in southern Peru. According to IGP, a volcanic explosion was recorded in the early hours of Friday morning. Alerts were issued to the towns of Ubinas, Escacha, Anascapa, Tonohaya, Sacohaya, San Miguel, Huarina and Matalaque due to potential ashfall. All those towns are located near Arequipa. People in those areas have been advised to cover their mouth, nose and eyes to avoid contact with ash. Water supplies may also be affected. The event comes after seismic activity was reported in the region.

Doctors launch 48-hour strike action

Doctors and medical professionals across Peru have launched a 48-hour strike to demand more funding and better working conditions. The Peruvian Doctors' Federation (FMP) has demanded that the government increase the budget for the health sector, grant better salaries and improve operational issued in major hospitals. The FMP said that a previous agreement reached with former PM Fernando Zavala was not fulfilled.

Former President Alejandro Toledo detained in the US

Former President Alejandro Toledo has been detained in the US as part of Peruvian government efforts to bring him back to Peru. Toledo was detained on Tuesday morning in California and faced his first judicial hearing in the US. Another hearing on his potential extradition will be held on Friday. He is accused of receiving $20m in bribes from the Brazilian-based company Odebrecht for the Interoceanica Sur highway project. Toledo was Peru's president between 2001 and 2006. He was previously sentenced to serve 18 months in prison when investigations were first launched. Toledo is among four former Peruvian presidents that have been implicated in the Odebrecht corruption scandal, including Alan Garcia, who killed himself during a police raid. 

Argentinian climbers found dead at Caraz mountain, Ancash

Two Argentinian climbers have been found dead at the Caraz mountain in Ancash, northern Peru. El Comercio reported that they were killed after a piece of equipment became detached from an ice wall. Reports show that the climbers were reported missing on Friday after failing to return from their expedition. Police told AFP that after their gear loosened, they fell to their deaths. Reports indicate that at least a dozen climbers have died in the Ancash region in the last two years.

Local associations launch strike action against major mining project in Islay

Local agricultural associations have launched an indefinite strike action on Monday to protest the controversial Tia Maria project in southern Peru. Demonstrations were reported across several areas in the Islay province to pressure the government to review the project. Tia Maria, which exploration rights were granted to the Southern Peru Corporation, is a massive copper mining project in southern Peru. Protesters claim that the project will significantly impact the local economy, especially agriculture, and be extremely harmful to the environment. A number of similar demonstrations were reported in previous years, with some of them turning extremely violent. It is estimated that the mine could produce up to 120,000 tonnes of copper when operational.

Major construction works to cause water cuts across Lima

Major construction work is set to cause water cuts across Lima. SEDAPAL has said in a statement that between Friday and Sunday, the districts of Breña, Pueblo Libre, Lince, Jesús María, Magdalena, Miraflores, Callao, San Miguel, San Isidro, Rímac, El Agustino, San Luis, La Perla, Ate, Bellavista, Cercado de Lima, Carmen de la Legua, La Victoria, La Punta and Surquillo will be affected. The works are in relation to the construction of a new metro line between Lima and Callao. Authorities advised people to store potable water for at least three days, while alternative water sources will be available across 20 districts.

Several killed in road crash in Lima

At least five people have been killed after a minivan crashed into a lorry in Lima. Local media reported that the crash happened Wednesday evening in Lurin district, near the Villa El Salvador toll along the Panamericana Sur highway. Preliminary reports suggest that the vehicle was speeding, but a full investigation was launched. Traffic accidents in Peru are common and mainly occur due to poor road conditions and reckless driving.

Soldiers killed in armed ambush in VRAEM

Three soldiers have been killed in an armed ambush in southern Junin, located in the restive Apurimac, Ene and Mantaro Rivers Valley (VRAEM). El Comercio reported that soldiers of a special military unit were leading a reconnaissance mission when they were ambushed in the village of Valle Manantial in Vizcatan del Ene. Initial reports suggest the involvement of drug-traffickers previously linked to the Sendero Luminoso group. Several communities in the Vizcatan del Ene have been affected due to the presence of armed groups and intense military operations to tackle drug-trafficking.

Jailed former President Fujimori taken to hospital

Jailed former President Alberto Fujimori has been taken to hospital after suffering a serious health complication. EFE reported that the former president was taken to a private clinic in Lima on Sunday evening. His personal doctor, former congressman Alejandro Aguinada, told state media that Fujimori needed medical attention after suffering acute abdominal pain. He said that after investigations, doctors concluded that he suffered haemorrhagic erosive gastritis. Fujimori is currently serving a 25-year sentence for launching a violent counter-insurgency campaign during his government in the 1990s. In February, the Supreme Court revoked a presidential pardon granted by former President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, who was removed from office for links to a vote-buying scheme.

Former President Toledo charged with money laundering amid Odebrecht probe

Former President Alejandro Toledo has been charged with money laundering amid a massive corruption case in Peru. Toledo is accused of laundering assets through an offshore company based in Costa Rica. The case is linked to the Odebrecht scandal, which already implicated four of the last Peruvian presidents. According to prosecutors, his wife and mother-in-law are also implicated in the scheme. Toledo was previously accused of receiving $20m from the Odebrecht to grant public contracts for the massive Interceanica highway project. Toledo currently lives in the US - an extradition request was already submitted last year.

Peruvian government introduce special humanitarian visa to Venezuelan migrants

The Peruvian government has announced the introduction of a new humanitarian visa addressed to 'vulnerable' Venezuelan migrants. Just after the introduction of enhanced migration policies, the government of President Martin Vizcarra seeks to facilitate the transit of minors, pregnant women and family members of those already in the country. After Colombia, Peru is one of the main destinations of Venezuelan migrants in the Americas. Last week, thousands of migrants flocked to the border with Ecuador just before Peruvian authorities started to demand passport and visas to migrants. According to the UN, since 2015 more than four million Venezuelans left their country.

Migrants rush to cross Peruvian border ahead of visa deadline

Thousands of migrants are rushing to cross the Peruvian border with Ecuador ahead of enhanced migration policies. It is estimated that the number of daily crossings has almost tripled since President Martin Vizcarra announced that migrants would need a visa and a passport to enter the country. Migrant families are rushing through Ecuador and Colombia to arrive in Peru until Saturday when the measure will start to be enforced. The main border crossing is in Tumbes. President Vizcarra announced the measure after several incidents involving Venezuelan nationals were reported in Peru. The country is one of the main destinations of Venezuelan migrants. It is estimated that 750,000 migrants already arrived in the country since the Venezuelan crisis broke out. 

Health emergency declared due to GBS outbreak in Peru

A 90-day health emergency has been declared in five regions in Peru after an outbreak of Guillen-Barre Syndrome (GBS). Health Minister Zulema Tomas said that in addition to four deaths reported nationwide, more than 200 GBS cases are currently being treated in Peru. The emergency was declared in Lima, Junin, La Libertad, Piura and Lambayeque. GBS usually affects the nervous system. According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the disease may be associated with mosquito-borne diseases, such as the zika virus. The UK National Health Service (NHS) adds that some of the causes may also be linked to infections, including food poisoning, HIV, glandular fever or the flu. Symptoms may include numbness, pain and muscle weakness. GBS is not contagious.

President Vizcarra announces enhanced migration policies

President Martin Vizcarra has announced enhanced migration regulations on Venezuelan migrants heading to Peru. From 15 June, authorities will require migrants to hold a valid humanitarian visa and a passport. The move comes in order to tackle a wave of migration to Peru, where more than 800,000 migrants have arrived since the Venezuelan crisis broke out three years ago. Interior Minister Carlos Moran claimed that the current disorderly influx of migrants has been linked to a hike in criminality in major cities. In some countries, Venezuelans are usually granted a special document that allows them to work and study. Venezuelans claim that obtaining a passport in Venezuela is expensive and may take years to be issued.

President Vizcarra wins confidence vote

President Martin Vizcarra has won a confidence vote in parliament, paving the way for the introduction of anti-corruption reforms. The vote was held on Wednesday evening after nearly 15 hours of debate in the opposition-controlled chamber. The proposal was submitted by Prime Minister Salvador del Solar and included six bills of an anti-graft package. If lawmakers rejected the vote, parliament could be dissolved and snap elections would be called. Peru has been engulfed in a deep political crisis, where several high-level government officials have been implicated in corruption scandals linked to the Brazilian-based company Odebrecht.

Opposition-backed committee recommends suspension of Congress speaker

The congressional ethics committee has recommended a 120-day suspension of Congress Speaker Daniel Salaverry. Salaverry is accused of violating principles of transparency and honour while carrying out his functions. The committee is largely comprised of members of the opposition Popular Force (FP) and its close ally, the Peruvian Aprista Party (PAP). Salaverry claims that the move is politically motivated as he is a former member of the FP and has been responsible for benefiting FP dissidents in Congress. FP is currently losing power in Congress and fears a potential parliament dissolution. President Martin Vizcarra has recently called for a confidence motion in parliament to push for his anti-corruption package.

President Vizcarra calls for confidence vote to push for anti-corruption reforms

President Martin Vizcarra has announced on Wednesday that he is considering dissolving parliament if they fail his anti-corruption package. President Vizcarra said that he is calling a confidence motion in parliament regarding his long-promised reforms. If the vote of confidence fails, he may be forced to call for early legislative elections. Congress has recently refused to charge Pedro Chavarry for racketeering. This is the second confidence motion that President Vizcarra has launched in less than a year. Last September, he also called for another vote of no confidence on his cabinet led by former Prime Minister Cesar Villanueva - Villanueva eventually resigned in March over his falling popularity.

Protest march planned in Lima for 30 May

Civil groups are planning to march in protest at tolls on the Pan-American highway. Participants are expected to gather at the Puente Piedra bypass zone in north Lima between 06:00 and 07:00 local time. Heightened security presence and transport disruptions are to be expected. Clashes between demonstrators and security forces are possible.

Peru and Colombia seek international aid for Venezuelan migrant crisis

The presidents of both Peru and Colombia have called for international support to cope with the influx of around two million Venezuelan migrants to their countries in recent years. Colombian President Ivan Duque said during a visit to Lima that the countries "are facing the worst migratory crisis that Latin America has seen in its' recent history". He added that migration would likely continue to increase if Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro remained in power. Last month, Peru started to deport Venezuelans with a criminal history, although the United Nations has said that the migrants deserve protection as refugees

Lima's former mayor sentenced for receiving bribes from Brazilian companies

Lima's former Mayor Susana Villaran has been sentenced for 18 months in prison for receiving bribes from Brazilian construction companies. According to prosecutors, Villaran, who was mayor between 2011 and 2014, has received irregular sums from the construction conglomerate Odebrecht and the engineering firm OAS to finance two political campaigns. She is being arrested as part of a plea bargain deal reached between the public ministry and Odebrecht's former chief in Peru, Jorge Barata. The Odebrecht scandal has implicated several high-level politicians in Peru, including four former presidents.

Prosecutors request hefty sentence to former President Humala

Prosecutors in Peru have requested a combined sentence of nearly 50 years to former President Ollanta Humala and his wife, Nadine Heredia. Both are the founders of the Peruvian Nationalist Party (PNP), which won the 2011 elections. Humala and Heredia are accused of receiving millionaire bribes from the Brazilian-based company Odebrecht to fund Humala's 2006 and 2011 presidential campaigns. The probe comes as they were implicated after documents were released in Brazil. Prosecutors call for 20 years to Humala and 26 years to Heredia. Further, prosecutors request judges to dissolve the PNP as it is claimed to have been used as a criminal money laundering network. The Odebrecht scandal already implicated dozens of high-level politicians across Latin America, Africa and Europe. In Peru, four former presidents are accused of being directly involved in bribery scandals.

Earthquake recorded off Minas de Marcona

On 8 May, an offshore earthquake was recorded 69 km south of Minas de Marcona.  According to reports, the quake, which had a magnitude of 5.8, occurred at around 08:47 local time, and with a depth of 10 km.  There were no reports of injuries or damage to infrastructure.  

Reward offered for capture of missing congressman linked to fuel theft scandal

Peru's interior ministry has offered a reward for the whereabouts of former congressman Edwin Donayre. The government has announced that the reward totals 100,000 soles ($30k). Donayre is a former army general and congressman. He disappeared last week when Congress stripped him of his political immunity. Donayre was sentenced to five years in prison for links to the 'Gasolinazo' scandal, in which he is accused alongside 41 others - including former Army Commander Cesar Reinoso - of stealing fuel from the military back in 2006.

Former President Kuczynski put under house arrest after medical procedure

A court in Peru has ruled that President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski to be put under house arrest while investigations into his involvement in the Odebrecht scandal unfold. Kuczysnki may face up to three years in prison until he stands trial for allegedly receiving bribes from the Brazilian-based construction conglomerate. The 80-year-old president has recently undergone surgery at a clinic in Lima. Kuczysnki resigned from office last year. The Odebrecht probe in Peru has been under severe scrutiny since the death of former President Alan Garcia, who killed himself during a police raid. Several former Peruvian presidents and high-level government officials have been implicated in the Odebrecht scandal, which involved millions of dollars in bribes to grant the company public contracts.

Several shot dead inside gold mine in La Rinconada, Puno

Seven people have been found dead inside a gold mine in Puno, near the Bolivian border. Reuters reported that the victims were found with gunshot wounds in a tunnel leading to the La Rinconada gold mine, one of the most important in the country. Authorities are still investigating the circumstances behind the killings. The town houses a number of illegal and artisanal mining companies. Mining incidents in Peru are often attributed to retaliatory attacks or clashes involving rival criminal groups. According to the government, in 2018 the mine was responsible for five percent of Peru's gold production - Peru is the world's largest gold producer.

Ministers of late president Garcia detained amid Odebrecht probe

Former ministers and officials of the administration of former President Alan Garcia have been detained amid the Odebrecht probe. The former presidency minister Luis Nava Guiver, the former deputy of the state-owned PetroPeru, Miguel Atala and the former minister Oswaldo Plasencia are among those arrested. They are accused of running a corruption network which accepted bribes from the Brazilian company Odebrecht. Former President Garcia shot himself last week just before being arrested. Several former presidents, including Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, are implicated in the Odebrecht scandal.

Former president dies after shooting himself before arrest

Peru's former President Alan Garcia has been taken to hospital after shooting himself in the head. Garcia was at his residence when police officers arrived to serve an arrest warrant against him. EFE reported that Garcia died moments after being taken to the Casemiro Ulloa hospital in Lima. Garcia was being arrested for alleged corruption linked to the infamous investigations on the Brazilian-based company Odebrecht. He was set to be detained for 10 days. Garcia's detention order came just days after former President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski was arrested for 10 days. Kuczysnki is also implicated in the Odebrecht probe.

Former president hospitalised days after being arrested

Former President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski has been hospitalised after being arrested in Lima. Sources told AP that the former president was taken a local clinic after suffering from high blood pressure. Kuczynski was jailed last week for 10 days. Authorities are currently investigating his involvement in a massive bribery scheme linked to the Brazilian-based construction company. Kuczysnki resigned from office in March 2018.

Farmers killed during police operation to eradicate coca crops in San Gaban, Puno

At least two farmers have been killed after violent clashes broke out during a police operation to eradicate coca crops in Puno, southern Peru. Tensions escalated after more than 200 civilians and police officers headed to the town of San Gaban. The government is investigating the incident. Peru is one of the world's largest coca producers. Government agencies engaging in eradication efforts, such as Corah, has said that Puno has reported a significant increase on the production of coca destined to drug-trafficking. The agency headed to San Gaban to set up a camp that would be the base of a five-month coca-eradication operation. Previous reports from Peruvian anti-drugs authorities revealed that coca farmers are gradually moving to Puno from the restive coca-rich area of the Apurimac, Ene and Mantaro Rivers Valley (VRAEM).

Reports of increasing robberies against tourists in some districs in Lima

A number of robberies against tourists have been reported in several districts across Lima. The UK FCO has said that foreign nationals have been targeted in a number of tourist areas in Miraflores and Barranco. Criminals would target their victims outside hotels popular with tourists. Earlier this year, the National Police revealed that several areas across Lima suffered a significant increase in armed robberies and theft. They included the residential neighbourhoods of Santiago de Surco, Pueblo Libre and Miraflores. Assailants are often armed and masked. In March, a Spanish couple was attacked while waiting for their taxi outside a hotel in Lince neighbourhood. Travellers are advised to remain vigilant and not display valuables. Robberies have been reported both at night and during the day. 

Two ministers sacked amid government's popularity downfall

Two ministers have been sacked as the administration of President Martin Vizcarra faces increasing challenges to tackle corruption. President Vizcarra has requested Prime Minister Salvador del Solar to dismiss Transport and Communications Minister Edmer Trujillo and Housing Minister Carlos Bruce. Trujillo has been under pressure for failing to address long-needed changes to the country's public transport network. He was recently questioned after 17 people were killed when a public bus caught on fire in Lima. Meanwhile, Bruce has been recently investigated in a massive bribery scheme, where four other congressmen are also implicated. These are the first ministers to be removed since del Solvar became the country's prime minister last month. Since taking office last year, President Vizcarra has removed nearly 10 ministers.

State of emergency declared due to adverse weather in Huanuco and Pasco

A state of emergency has been declared in Pasco and Huanuco after heavy rainfall triggered landslides and flooding across central Peru. The 60-day state of emergency will include several provinces in Pasco, including Pasco, Oxapampa and Daniel Alcides Carrion. In Huanuco, the most affected area was the province of Leoncio Prado. Inclement weather has significantly impacted several rural areas, which faced flooding, landslides and land erosion. The rainy season in Peru usually runs between November to May. At least 50 people were already killed and thousands affected since the current rainy season kicked off in the country.

Former President Kuczynski arrested amid Odebrecht probe

A court in Peru has ordered the arrest of former President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski amid the infamous Odrebrecht corruption scandal. Police officers detained Kuczysnki at his home in Lima on Thursday morning. His former secretary, Gloria Kicic, and driver, Jose Bernaola, were also arrested. Kuczynski, who was barred from leaving the country, was preemptively arrested and may remain in prison for at least 10 days. The former president resigned back in March 2018 after being accused of receiving millionaire bribes from the Brazilian-based construction company Odebrecht through two of his companies. He was the first head of state to resign for alleged links to the Odebrecht. Besides Kuczynski, three other former presidents - Alejandro Toledo, Alan Garcia and Ollanta Humala - were also implicated in the scandal. 

Indigenous communities lift blockades after reaching dealt with mining company in Cusco

A long-standing indigenous protest has come to an end after local communities and the Chinese-based mining giant MMG Ltd reached an agreement. One of the main roads of access to the La Bamba mine has been blocked for months as indigenous communities demanded compensation for the use of their lands. Several government envoys were sent to the area to mediate the negotiations. Tensions escalated when a local indigenous leader, Gregorio Rojas, was arrested with his lawyers for alleged extortion. The Las Bambas is Peru's largest copper mine. It is estimated that it produces up to two percent of the world's copper.

British environmentalist found dead at youth hostel in Iquitos, Loreto

A 71-year-old environmental activist has been found dead at a youth hostel in Loreto, north-eastern Peru. Paul McAuley reportedly owned a youth hostel which housed indigenous students in the low-income Belen district in Iquitos. According to the BBC, McAuley lived in Peru for more than 20 years and was also a Catholic missionary part of the De La Salle Brothers. The Guardian reported that his body was found burned inside his hostel. McAuley was previously engaged in a lengthy legal battle after he supported indigenous protests against mining and oil companies in the region. Peru's public ministry has opened an investigation.

Several miners killed at clandestine mine in Huamachuco, La Libertad

At least eight miners have been killed after inhaling toxic gases at an illegal mine in La Libertad, north-western Peru. RPP reported that the accident happened on Saturday evening at a mine in Huamachuco. Reports suggest that parts of the mine collapsed. Clandestine mines are common in some rural areas in northern Peru. Accidents are frequent due to the lack of safe working conditions.

Scores killed as double-decker bus catches on fire in Lima

At least 20 people have been killed and eight others injured when a fire broke out on a passenger bus in Lima. According to the National Police, the incident happened on Sunday evening near a bus stop in the San Martin de Porres district. The double-decker bus, operated by Sajybus, was heading from the capital to Chiclayo. Preliminary reports suggest that the vehicle's back engine caught fire, sending the rest of the vehicle up in flames. Most passengers got trapped while attempting to escape. It is still unclear what caused the engine to catch fire. Lima's Mayor Jorge Munoz said: “It appears that on the second floor of the bus, where most of the victims were found, they were transporting fuel.”

Dozens evacuated due to flooding in Utcubamba, Amazonas

Dozens of families have been evacuated after heavy rainfall triggered flooding across Peru's Amazonian regions. According to the National Institute for Civil Defense (Indeci), the overflow of the Maranon River affected communities in the district of Cumba in Utcubamba province. Weather alerts have been issued to the region, which is expected to face additional rainfall during the next few days. Flooding in Peru mainly occurs during the country's rainy season, which usually runs between November and May. Since October, it is estimated that more than 85 people have been killed in weather-related incidents across Peru.

Government envoys targeted amid long-standing indigenous protest in Cusco

Government envoys in Cusco have been targeted as protests in the La Bamba mine continue. Three ministers have flown to the town of Yavi Yavi to hold talks with community leaders to put an end to a current standoff involving a major copper mine in southern Peru. Reuters reported that government envoys to the area had their helicopter targeted with stones and were forced to leave the area. Local communities in Fuerabamba demand the release of indigenous leader Gregorio Rojas, who was arrested with his lawyers for alleged extortion charges. Rojas is accused of requesting large amounts of cash to the Chinese-based mining company MMG Ltd, which operates the La Bamba mine. For nearly two months, mining operations and exports were suspended. Similar tensions have been reported in northern Peru, where locals raided facilities of a Canadian-based oil company in Loreto. Indigenous protests in Peru are common. They often demand investment from mining companies into social and infrastructure projects in their communities.

Several killed in church collapse in Huanuco

At least nine people have been killed and several others injured after a church collapsed in Huanuco, central Peru. According to Peru's National Institute for Civil Defense (INDECI), the building located in the town of San Pedro de Chaulan collapsed during a service on Sunday evening. INDECI has said that the incident may have been caused due to intense rainfall that has battered the Andean region in recent months. Since October, it is estimated that more than 85 people have been killed in weather-related incidents across Peru. Landslides and flooding tend to intensify during the country's rainy season - usually from November to May.

Locals raid oil exploration facilities of Canadian company in Loreto

A small oil block belonging to a Canadian-based company has been raided during a protest in Loreto, north-eastern Peru. Residents from the isolated rural village of Bretana stormed a PetroTal Corp facility to demand basic services and electricity. PetroTal Corp currently operates the 95 Block in Loreto. Indigenous communities in the region have long complained about government's negligence towards local communities based near mining and oil exploration blocks. Last year, a local indigenous community targeted the Norperuano pipeline in Loreto. In February, indigenous leaders reached an agreement to cooperate with regional authorities.

Salvador del Solar to be become Peru's new PM in fresh cabinet reshuffle

President Martin Vizcarra is set to nominate former minister Salvador del Solar as the country's new prime minister. Del Solar served as the culture minister for a year during the previous administration of Pedro Pablo Kuczynski. If confirmed, del Solar will replace Cesar Villanueva, who resigned on Friday amid a deterioration of the government's public popularity. Several ministers are also expected to be replaced. President Vizcarra is facing a significant drop to his approval rates as he has failed to introduce tougher policies to tackle corruption. Reuters previously reported that Justice Minister Vicente Zeballos was also being considered for the post. 

Earthquake strikes in southern Peru

The US Geological Survey has reported that a 7.1 magnitude earthquake has hit the south of Peru, 67 km north north-west of Juliaca at around 03:30 local time.  The epicentre was 26km north north-east of Azangaro near the border with Bolivia and the quake occurred unusually deep at 257km.  The quake was felt across South America, particularly in neighbouring Brazil, Bolivia and Chile.

Weather alerts issued due to heavy rainfall in Piura

Weather alerts have been issued to Piura province as heavy rainfall continues to affect northern Peru. According to the National Institute for Civil Defence (Indeci) intense rain may trigger the overflowing of local rivers in the region. Peru's National Met Service (Senamhi) has warned the communities of La Union, Sechura and Catacaos over the potential overflowing of the Piura River. At least 50 people were already killed and thousands affected since the rainy season kicked off in Peru. Landslides and flooding in Peru are common during the country's rainy season, which usually runs between November and May.

State of emergency declared amid illegal mining crackdown in Madre de Dios

President Martin Vizcarra has launched a 60-day state of emergency to tackle illegal mining operations in Madre de Dios, north-eastern Peru. The move comes amid a government crackdown on criminal groups engaged in the illegal gold mining industry. More than 1,500 police officers and soldiers will be deployed to the region. Major environmental concerns have been raised over the illegal mining industry in the region, which has long polluted rivers and destroyed the untouched rain forest. Criminal groups have also expanded their operations in the region while they exploit clandestine mining camps. The defence ministry has confirmed that three temporary military bases will be set up in the region. Peru is one of the world's biggest gold producers. Madre de Dios is located in the Amazon tri-border area with Brazil and Bolivia.

Tourist guide killed as gunmen raid luxury eco-resort in Madre de Dios

A tourist guide has been killed after heavily armed criminals raided a luxury eco-tourism resort in Madre de Dios, north-eastern Peru. El Comercio reported that at least eight assailants raided the Inkaterra Amazon Reserve in Puerto Maldonado on Tuesday evening. Inkaterra has said in a statement that all guests were quickly evacuated to a secure location while criminals ransacked the resort. According to reports, most tourists were part of two excursions comprised of Hong Kong tourists. Although none of them were injured, one tourist had their passport stolen. Peru's National Police (PNP) has said that initial investigations suggest that the attack was led by members of the Brazilian-based Red Commando. Authorities have confirmed that several robberies have recently been reported in Puerto Maldonado and across Madre de Dios. Criminality in the area suffered an increase most recently due to the presence of criminals groups engaged in illegal gold mining. Inkaterra is located on the Madre de Dios River and east of Puerto Maldonado.

State of emergency declared due to heavy rainfall in north-western Peru

A 60-day state of emergency has been declared in several north-western regions as intense rainfall continues to affect the country. Several districts across Tumbes, Piura, Lambayeque, Cajamarca and La Libertad are included in the measure. Earlier in February, a state of emergency was also declared in some areas across Cusco and Ancash. According to the National Institute for Civil Defense (INDECI), nearly 40 people were already killed in Peru and over 8,000 were affected by the inclement weather. Landslides and flooding are common in Peru during the country's rainy season, which usually runs between November and May.

Ferry crashed into cargo ship near Iquitos, Loreto

A cargo ship and a ferry have crashed on the Amazon River in Loreto, north-eastern Peru. El Comercio reported that the accident happened in the early hours of Friday morning near the town of Iquitos. No casualties were reported. The ferry was heading from Pucallpa and Iquitos when it hit the anchored cargo ship. Peruvian authorities have considered increasing the alert on the Amazonas River as heavy rainfall continues in Loreto. 

Supreme Court ratifies removal of presidential pardon to Alberto Fujimori

Peru's Supreme Court has ratified the decision to revoke the presidential pardon to former President Alberto Fujimori. In October, a judge revoked the presidential pardon due to suspected irregularities in the process. Alberto has been granted a presidential pardon from former President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, who was removed for office in March for alleged involvement in a vote-buying scheme. Alberto's pardon was reportedly given after his son, Kenji Fujimori, broke a deal with Kuczynski. The move generated intense division in the opposition led by Alberto's daughter, Keiko Fujimori, the former leader of the Popular Force.

Several killed in landslides and flooding across southern Peru

At least six people have been killed after heavy rainfall hit southern Peru. Reports from Peru's National Institute of Civil Defence (INDECI) revealed that more than 5,000 people were affected in Arequipa, Moquegua and Tacna. Flooding and landslides are still possible in those regions, where hundreds of people are still isolated after local rivers burst their banks. Authorities have also warned of the increasing risks of mudflows from the Ubinas Volcano in Moquegua. Last week, heavy rain triggered a state of emergency in Ancash and Cusco. The rainy season in Peru usually runs between November and May.

State of emergency declared due to heavy rainfall across Peru

A state of emergency has been declared after landslides and flooding severely affected two provinces across Peru. The country's National Institute for Civil Defense (INDECI) announced that a 60-day state of emergency is being declared in the northern district of Ancash and in the southern district of Cusco. In recent days, heavy rainfall in those districts caused massive landslides and heavily affected local communities. INDECI has warned that heavy rainfall is also impacting several rural areas in most districts and provinces across Peru. The rainy season in Peru usually runs between November and May.

Machu Picchu's Inca Trail to close until early-March

Peru's ministry of culture has stated that due to heavy rainfall, the famous Inca Trail - Camino Inka or Capaq Nam - will be closed until 01 March. In a statement, Peruvian authorities said that during the entire month of February the Inca trail will remain closed to ensure the security of visitors and to undertake rehabilitation works. Visitors and travel agencies are recommended to find alternative arrangements to head to the Machu Picchu Archaeological Park. For further information, travellers have been advised to directly contact the Direccion Desconcentrada de Cultura de Cusco.

Scores killed after landslide hit hotel in Abancay, Apurimac

At least 15 people have been killed and dozens of others have been injured after a hotel collapsed in Apurimac, southern Peru. La Republica reported that the incident happened on Sunday afternoon during a wedding ceremony in Abancay. According to the National Institute of Civil Defense (INDECI), heavy rainfall triggered a massive landslide that destroyed parts of the hotel structure. A minor is still missing while emergency services continue rescue efforts in the area. Landslides and flooding are common in some rural areas in Peru, especially during the country's rainy season, which usually runs between November and May.

Former President Fujimori sent back to prison after months in medical care

Former President Alberto Fujimori has been sent back to prison after spending more than three months in medical care. Fujimori was transported back to the Barbadillo prison in eastern Lima to serve the remaining of his 25-year prison sentence. Fujimori has previously received a presidential pardon from impeached President Pedro Pablo Kaczynski on alleged health grounds. However, the Peruvian Supreme Court overturned the decision a year later. Fujimori was sentenced back in 2009 for launching a violent counter-insurgency campaign during his government in the 1990s.

State of emergency declared after sewage pipe burst in northern Lima

President Martin Vizcarra has declared a 60-day state of emergency after a sewage pipe burst in San Juan de Lurigancho, Lima. Thousands of workers and emergency personnel were deployed to the streets of northern Lima to assist cleaning efforts. Widespread flooding affects most parts of the district. AP reported that the pipe collects nearly 80 percent of the sewage in the district, which houses more than one million people. Investigations have been launched on which company is responsible for the pipe's maintenance. The pipe was reportedly relocated six years ago by the Brazilian company Odebrecht, which is at the centre of a major political scandal in Peru.

Appeals court removes judge in case involving opposition leader

An appeals court in Peru has removed the judge who sentenced opposition leader Keiko Fujimori to 36 months in prison. The ruling came after lawyers of Jaime Yoshiyama, Keiko's former campaign manager, claimed that Judge Richard Concepcion was biased in his sentencing. Yoshiyama is currently in the US where he is allegedly recovering from medical treatment. Keiko remains in detention after the Supreme Court rejected an appeal to release her. She is the leader of the opposition Popular Force (FP) and daughter of former President Alberto Fujimori. Several high-level politicians in Peru - including four former presidents - are being investigated for receiving millionaire bribes from the Brazilian-based company Odebrecht.

Malaria case recorded in Nuevo Chimbote, Ancash

A suspected malaria case has been reported in the northern province of Santa. Notimerica reported that the case was recorded in the district of Nuevo Chimbote. The patient is a 27-year-old Venezuelan migrant. According to regional health authorities in Ancash, this is the second case of malaria reported in the region in 2019. Earlier this year, another Venezuelan migrant contracted the disease. Malaria is a mosquito-borne disease. Symptoms may take up to 60 days to manifest and include fever, vomit, headaches and anaemia. The disease is most commonly contracted in deep forest areas in eastern Peru. 

Clashes break out near Venezuelan Embassy in Lima

Clashes broke out when protesters attempted to raid the Venezuelan Embassy in Lima. Anti-riot police were deployed to the area after protesters gathered around the building located on Arequipa Avenue. Demonstrators staged a protest against the second term of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, who was sworn into office on Thursday.

New attorney general declares state of emergency on public ministry

The recent-nominated attorney general, Zoraida Avalos, has imposed a state of emergency on the Peruvian public ministry. Avalos was nominated as the new attorney general after her predecessor, Pedro Chavarry, stepped down from office. Chavarry was being pressured to resign after he dismissed two prosecutors part of the Odebrecht probe. Avalos said that the move comes to bring back confidence to the top judicial body. Avalos anticipated calls from President Martin Vizcarra to intervene in public ministry. She claimed that if the executive branch got involved, it would compromise the body's integrity and independence.

Opposition submits no-confidence motion against Congress speaker

The opposition Popular Force (FP) has submitted a motion of no-confidence against Congress Speaker Daniel Salaverry. The FP accuses Salaverry of violating congressional procedures. Salaverry was a member of the FP and left the party after becoming speaker. Salaverry previously cleared the creation of two new political benches comprised of dissident FP members. The party is currently facing a deep crisis after its leader, Keiko Fujimori, was sentenced to 36 months in prison for corruption. At least 130 members of parliament need to approve the motion, which may fail after major parties said they would reject it.

Powerful 6.3-magnitude earthquake strikes near Nauta, Loreto

A powerful 6.3-magnitude earthquake has been recorded in Loreto, north-eastern Peru. According to the Geophysics Institute of Peru (IGP), the quake was recorded in the early hours of Tuesday morning at a depth of 15km. The quake was mainly felt around the town of Nauta in the deep Amazon region. Preliminary reports revealed that no damage or casualties have been reported, but Peru's National Institute of Civil Defence (INDECI) is still evaluating the situation. Peru is a quake-prone nation located in the Pacific Ring of Fire.

Embattled attorney general set to step down

Peru's Attorney General Pedro Chavarry is set to step down. Chavarry has been heavily criticised for removing two prosecutors from a case investigating corruption linked to the Brazilian company Odebrecht. Despite retracting his decision, he said that he is leaving his post to guarantee the public ministry's independence. President Martin Vizcarra pressured Chavarry after threatening to impose a state of emergency within the attorney general's office. Chavarry was previously accused of involvement in the 'Los cuellos blancos del puerto', a major corruption case which implicated several judiciary officials.

Spanish climbers killed in avalanche in Huaraz, Ancash

Three Spanish climbers and a Peruvian guide have been killed in an avalanche on the Nevado Mateo peak in Ancash, northern Peru. ABC reported that the climbers were killed while descending from the 5,000-metre-high peak located near Huaraz. Authorities confirmed that their bodies were recovered on Monday. A member of the group survived the avalanche. The Nevado Mateo is part of the Cordillera Blanca mountain range.

Weather alert issued due to adverse weather in northern Peru

Peru's Nationa Institute of Civil Defence (INDECI) has stated that an alert was issued as heavy rainfall is forecast to his most department in eastern Peru. Areas of most concern are those located in the forest areas. They include the departments of Amazonas, Ancash, Cusco, Junin, Loreto, Pasco, Cajamarca, Puno, Madre de Dios, Ucayali, San Martin and Huanuco. Flash flooding is expected to hit some areas near rivers, while power outages are also possible. Adverse weather is forecast to last until Wednesday. Further information is available on INDECI website.

Court reject appeal to release opposition leader Keiko Fujimori

Peru's Supreme Court has rejected an appeal to release opposition leader Keiko Fujimori. Judges ruled that the arguments presented by her lawyers were unsubstantiated. Keiko was arrested back in October when she was sentenced to 36 months in prison for money laundering. She and other members of the opposition Popular Force are accused of leading a millionaire bribery scheme linked to the Brazilian conglomerate Odebrecht. 

Thousands march in Lima to demand AG resignation

Thousands marched in central Lima to demand the resignation of Attorney General Pedro Chavarry. Demonstrators marched on Thursday evening towards the public ministry building in the capital despite Chavarry retracted his decision to remove two prosecutors from the Odebrecht probe. Chavarry is still under pressure after President Martin Vizcarra threatened to impose a state of emergency within the Attorney General's Office. 

Attorney General reverse decision to dismiss prosecutors on Odebrecht probe

Peru's Attorney General Pedro Chavarry has reversed his decision to remove two top prosecutors in charge of the Odebrecht probe. Chavarry signed a bill that would repossess Jose Domingo Perez and Rafael Vela, who were suspended on Monday. The decision came after President Martin Vizcarra threatened to suspend Chavarry through calling for a state of emergency in the Attorney General's Office. It also came after two other prosecutors refused their nominations for the post. The Odebrecht probe in Peru implicated high-level politicians, including four former presidents.

Dozens rescued as historical building collapses in Lima

More than 50 people have been rescued after a historical building in Lima collapsed. Local media reported that the incident happened on Wednesday morning in the Jiron Callao area in Cercado de Lima. Emergency services have been deployed to the area as an unknown number of people are still missing. It is still unclear what caused the building to collapse. 

Authorities destroy mausoleum holding remains of Shining Path militants

Authorities have destroyed a mausoleum in Lima that was holding the remains of eight insurgents from the Shining Path. The decision came after the condemnation of conservative parties and members of the military. The mausoleum was built in 2016. The remains belonged to Shining Path militants killed during a bloody prison massacre in 1986, where at least 250 Shining Path militants were killed. Investigations on the matter are still ongoing and also include potential Rights violations from the military.

President Vizcarra calls for state of emergency amid Odebrecht probe

President Martin Vizcarra is set to declare a state of emergency in the Peruvian Attorney General's Office after two top-level prosecutors were removed from the notorious Odebrecht investigations. Jose Domingo Perez and Rafael Vela were dismissed after a row with Attorney General Pedro Chavarry. Both accused Chavarry of obstruction in another case linked to corruption. They are both part of a team that has already implicated four former presidents, opposition leader Keiko Fujimori and several officials for receiving bribes from Odebrecht. President Vizcarra is set to submit the bill to Congres on Wednesday, allowing him to make changes within the prosecution team investigating the Brazilian-based company.

Judge postpones decision to release Keiko Fujimori

A court in Peru has postponed the decision to release jailed opposition lawmaker Keiko Fujimori. Judicial sources said in a statement that the ruling was taken because proceedings are still being deliberated. Fujimori was sentenced to 36 months in prison for links to money laundering. She is the leader of the opposition Popular Force (FP). She is accused of receiving more than $1.2m in bribes from the Brazilian-based firm Odebrecht.

Legally blind US tourist reported missing in Cusco

A 35-year-old US tourist has been reported missing in Cusco, south-western Peru. Carla Valpeoz is a legally blind social activist from Michigan. She travelled to Peru with a friend to attend a wedding in the capital, Lima. Reports suggest that Valpeoz travelled by herself to Cusco to visit the Macchu Picchu. According to the US State Department, Valpeoz was last located in the town of Pisac, a popular destination for travellers heading to the Sacred Valley. Valpeoz was reported missing on Wednesday when she missed her flight back to Lima. She is known as an experienced world traveller and trailblazer for the visually impaired.

National parks and nature reserves ban single-use plastic items

Peruvian authorities have introduced a ban on single-use plastic at all national parks and nature reserves nationwide. From Tuesday, visitors will be forbidden from taking single-use plastic bags, straws, bottles and containers in environmentally protected areas. Visitors are advised to replace those items with reusable ones. Protected areas also include the Machu Picchu, Manu National Park and the Paracas National Reserve.

Several injured as criminals target cash-in-transit vehicle in Lima

At least three people have been injured after a shooting broke out in Lima. Local media reported that armed criminals targeted a cash-in-transit vehicle in the district of Villa El Salvador. A police officer that was patrolling a street nearby also engaged in the shooting. The incident happened on Wednesday afternoon when agents were replenishing ATMs at a local pharmacy.

President Vizcarra creates commission to launch political reforms

President Martin Vizcarra has announced on Wednesday that he is creating a special commission to discuss potential political reforms in Peru. Among the subjects to be approached, they include the financing to political parties and parliamentary immunity. The move comes after a constitutional referendum was launched, where three out of four proposals were overwhelmingly approved. Meanwhile, President Vizcarra said that he is meeting with business leaders and syndicates to further discuss the introduction of labour reforms to enhance competitiveness in Peru.

Millions of voters cast their ballots in constitutional referendum

Over 12 million voters headed to the polls on Sunday to cast their ballots on a referendum to introduce constitutional reforms. Peru's National Office of Electoral Processes (ONPE) revealed that 75 percent of the eligible voters took part in the referendum which sought to approve four Yes-No questions. Peruvians overwhelmingly approved reforms to the National Magistrates Council, the regulation to funds directed at political organisations and the prohibition of immediate re-election in parliament. On the other side, voters rejected the introduction of bicameralism in Congress. President Martin Vizcarra approved the referendum in September after the judiciary system was engulfed a political scandal. The case came while opposition and government officials were investigated for illegal campaign financing and bribery schemes.

Football federation boss arrested for links to corruption network

Police have detained the head of the Peruvian Football Federation, Edwin Oviedo, for links to a corruption network involving several judges. Oviedo is accused of arranging for several high-profile judges in Peru to attend the 2018 World Cup in Russia. The travel payments would be used to influence the judiciary regarding an ongoing investigation in which Oviedo is accused of ordering the killing two syndicate workers. His arrest came as the Peruvian judiciary system is facing increasing pressure after a number of judges and magistrates were implicated in a massive influence-peddling scandal.

Uruguay refuse asylum request from Peru's former President Garcia

Uruguay's President Tabare Vazquez has announced that the asylum request submitted by the Peruvian former president, Alan Garcia, has been refused. Garcia has requested political asylum at the Uruguayan Embassy in Lima just after a court barred him from leaving the country. He is being accused of links to a massive corruption scheme involving the Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht. Garcia claimed that the charges are politically motivated. Garcia and several high-level Peruvian officials - including three former presidents - have been implicated in the scheme.

International observers to arrive in Peru to monitor constitutional referendum

International observers are arriving in Peru to monitor the upcoming constitutional referendum scheduled for 09 December. Voters will cast their ballots on several questions, including reforms within the National Council of Magistrates (CNM), congressional re-election, the return of bicameralism in Congress and private financing to political parties. Monitors from the EU and the Organisation of American States (OAS) will assist in the vote. The referendum was approved back in September after being proposed by President Martin Vizcarra. The vote comes after a deep political crisis hit the country's judiciary system, where several officials were implicated in a massive corruption scandal.

Local mayor shot dead in Asuncion, Cajamarca

A local mayor has been killed after gunmen ambushed him and his wife in Asuncion, Cajamarca. Miguel Vigo Munoz was recently re-elected mayor of Asuncion and was set to be sworn into office in early-January. Local media reported that criminals targeted them near the Plaza de Armas. Munoz was pronounced dead after being shot several times, while his wife was taken to hospital in serious condition. It is still unclear if Munoz's death is linked to his work as a politician.

Three soldiers injured in armed attack in Iquitos, Loreto

Three soldiers of the Peruvian Navy have been injured after assailants opened fire at a river patrol unit in Loreto, northern Peru. El Comercio reported that the soldiers were attacked while patrolling the Putumayo River, near an area known as Manuel Clavero in Iquitos. It is still unclear which group is behind the attack, but authorities are investigating the potential involvement of Colombian-based dissidents of the FARC. The Putumayo River is located along the border with Colombia. The restive Amazonian region has reported on previous occasions several cross-border attacks from paramilitary groups.

Indigenous community targets oil pipeline in Loreto

An oil spill has been reported in the northern Amazonian region of Loreto after it was sabotaged. State-owned oil company PetroPeru told Reuters that members of the Mayuriaga indigenous community are believed to be behind the vandalism act, which happened near Morona. The company said that the community has launched a series of protests over the results of the local elections. The Norperuano pipeline transports crude from the deep Amazonian forest to the Pacific coast. Previous oil spills from the Norperuano led to increasing tensions with local indigenous communities.

Strong 5.7-magnitude earthquake strikes off Casma, Ancash

A strong 5.7-magnitude earthquake has been recorded off Ancash, north-western Peru. According to reports from the Geophysics Institute of Peru (IGP), the quake struck at a depth of 36km on the early hours of Tuesday nearly 100km west of Casma. No casualties or major damages were preliminarily reported. Authorities also confirmed that no tsunami alerts were issued. Peru is seismic-prone nation due to its location in the Pacific Ring of Fire. In the event of earthquakes, travellers are advised to follow advice and updates from the National Institute for Civil Defense (INDECI).

Former President Garcia requests asylum at Uruguayan Embassy in Lima

Former President Alan Garcia has requested asylum at the Uruguayan Embassy in Lima after he was barred from leaving the country. A court has barred Garcia from leaving the country as he is the subject of a massive anti-corruption investigation linked to the Brazilian company Odebrecht. He currently lives in Spain and headed to Peru to attend a court hearing which was postponed. Garcia, who served twice as president, is being accused of receiving millionaire bribes from the company in exchange for lucrative contracts.

Keiko Fujimori's aides sentenced for corruption

Two aides of opposition leader Keiko Fujimori have been sentenced for 36 months in prison for links to a massive corruption scandal. Pier Figara and Ana Herz are accused of leading a corruption network within the Popular Force (FP) party. They were previously charged with racketeering and money laundering. Fujimori was already sentenced for another 36 months in prison for allegedly receiving more than $1.2m in bribes from the Brazilian-based Odebrecht.

Former President Fujimori charged for links to forced sterilsation

A prosecutor has charged former President Alberto Fujimori of being responsible for thousands of forced sterilisation against women during his government in the 1990s. Fujimori and several health officials are being accused of forcing low-income women in rural areas to adhere to a family planning programme introduced during his government. The investigation started when more than 2,000 women accused officials of the Fujimori administration of coercing them. For several years, Fujimori has been accused of such incidents. Earlier this year, he faced renewed charges.

Several killed as bus drives off cliff in Amazonas

At least seven people have been killed after a bus drove off a cliff in Amazonas, northern Peru. El Comercio reported that more than 35 people were on board the vehicle, which crashed near the town of Chachapoyas. The accident happened along the Highway 8B, between Rodriguez de Mendoza and Chachapoyas. Sources said that accidents along the 8B are common. Reports revealed that the passengers were part of a local youth football team which was heading to a tournament.

Former police chief detained for links to baby-trafficking ring in Arequipa

Hundreds of police officers took part in a massive operation to target a baby-trafficking ring in Arequipa, southern Peru. Several suspects were arrested for links to a criminal network dedicated to selling babies taken away from low-income mothers. Among the detained is a former national police director, Raul Becerra, whose wife, Cintia Tello, is accused of leading the group. Among other detainees are a number of hospital workers and doctors, who would identify vulnerable victims. Investigations are still ongoing to assess if the babies would be offered to foreign couples or trafficked for their internal organs. Becerra led Peru's national police between 2010 and 2011. He stepped down after involvement in a number of scandals.

Scores killed in road crash near Desaguadero, Puno

At least 20 people have been killed after a regional bus crashed into a van in Puno, south-eastern Peru. According to police reports, the van drove into the opposite lane and crashed head-on into the bus. The accident happened on Sunday evening near the town of Desaguadero, near the border with Bolivia. The bus was reportedly heading from Yunguyo to Tacna. Road accidents involving buses are common in Peru and often lead to a large number of casualties.

Judge orders arrest of opposition leader Keiko Fujimori

A judge has ordered the preventive imprisonment of opposition leader Keiko Fujimori. Judge Richard Carhuancho has sentenced Keiko to 36 months in prison over charges of leading a criminal organisation amid the Odebrecht scandal. Keiko was temporarily detained last month but was released after a week. Judge Carhuancho says that the arrest order comes due to a significant risk that Keiko may flee the country. Keiko is being accused of receiving more than $1.2m in bribes to finance her 2011 presidential campaign. She is the leader of the opposition Popular Force (FP).

Venezuelans rush to border cross ahead of residence cards deadline

More than 6,000 Venezuelan migrants have flocked to the Peruvian-Ecuadorian border a day before the deadline to acquire documents to legally live and work in Peru. According to local authorities, more than 4,000 people are expected to cross the border in the coming days. The rush to cross the border into Peru comes after the government announced plans to move the applications deadline to the end of October. Venezuelans who manage to cross the border before the deadline will be granted residence cards. Public services in the bordering town of Tumbes is facing increasing pressure due to the high influx of migration in recent weeks. It is estimated that Peru houses more than 414,000 Venezuelans - in 2015, the number of Venezuelans in the country was just over 2,000.

Congress to submit motion to remove head of Central Reserve Bank

Peru's Congress is set to submit a motion to remove the head of the Central Reserve Bank (BCR) for links to corruption. Jose Chlimper is being accused of money laundering aimed at financing the 2011 presidential campaign of opposition leader Keiko Fujimori. It is alleged that Chlimper handled the money to the Brazilian company Odebrecht through a payment made to the state-owned media outlet RPP. Earlier this month, Keiko was released from prison after being detained for money laundering charges under the same case.

Authorities seize Chinese-flagged vessel off Peruvian territorial waters

A Chinese-flagged vessel has been intercepted on Peruvian territorial waters after a police operation to tackle illegal fishing. According to prosecutors, a Chinese fishing boat was seized for carrying more than 19 tonnes of giant squid. Notimerica reported that a representative of the ship claimed that the cargo was extracted from international waters. Although the Peruvian government grants licenses to Chinese boats to operate in its waters, there are still many boats which operate illegally. Illegal fishing also occurs in other South American countries, such as Chile and Ecuador.

President Vizcarra returns to Congress bill to release elderly inmates

President Martin Vizcarra has submitted a series of amendments to a bill that could lead to the release of jailed former President Alberto Fujimori. The 80-year-old former head of state is currently serving a 25-year prison sentence for crimes against humanity. The bill was returned to Congress after it passed earlier this month. It rules that prisoners older than 65 years of age would be eligible to house arrest. The bill generated criticism from Rights groups, which called the move a renewed attempt from the Fujimorist political bench to release the former president from prison. Earlier this year, former President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski granted a presidential pardon to Fujimori on health grounds. Such was later overturned by the Supreme Court after Kuczysnki was impeached - he was accused of brokering a deal with Fujimori's son, Kenji Fujimori.

Interior minister resigns after former judge fled to Spain

Interior Minister Mauro Medina has handed over his resignation a day after a judge accused of corruption fled the country. President Martin Vizcarra has said on social media that he accepted Medina's resignation due to the severity of recent incidents. Former Supreme Court Judge Cesar Hinostroza is currently being accused of influence peddling and corruption amid a massive scandal involving a number of high-level magistrates. Hinostroza was detained on Friday in Spain, where he would reportedly seek political asylum. He was barred from leaving the country. In recent months, a massive scandal engulfed the Peruvian judicial system, forcing President Vizcarra to a launch an overhaul to an influential judicial council.

Soldier killed in armed ambush in Huanta, Ayacucho

A soldier has been killed and another was injured during a military operation in Ayacucho, central Peru. According to Peru's Joint Armed Forces Command, the soldier was killed after an armed attack in the town of Conayre, in Huanta province. The area is located in the restive Apurimac, Ene and Mantaro Rivers valleys, known as the VRAEM. Military operations there are common due to the presence of the remnants of the Sendero Luminoso insurgent group.

Passport checks to be introduced amid Venezuelan migrant crisis

Peruvian authorities are set to introduce enhanced immigration procedures to tackle the ongoing migration crisis from Venezuela. Peru's interior ministry has appealed a court decision that blocked the government of requesting passports from Venezuelan migrants. The move was blocked back in early-October but it is set to be reintroduced after the same judge accepted a government appeal. Rights groups have previously generated concerns over the move. The government will require Venezuelans heading to Peru to show their passports instead of the national identity card - reports revealed that passports in Venezuela are scarce, expensive and may take years to be issued. According to the UN, more than 400,000 Venezuelan migrants arrived in Peru during 2018 - in 2015, the number of Venezuelans in Peru was just over 2,000.

Hundreds affected as heavy rainfall batters Nazca, Ica

Hundreds of people have been affected after heavy rainfall battered the south-western department of Ica. According to the National Emergency Operation Centre (COEN), since last week adverse weather has been affecting the region, especially the area around Marcona, Nazca province. Several local health and education facilities in the area have been significantly hit. Flooding and landslides tend to intensify nationwide during the Peruvian rainy season, which is set to kick off in November.

Police detain two opposition advisers during political rally in Lima

Peruvian police have detained two top advisers to opposition leader Keiko Fujimori, who was detained last week on money laundering charges. They were arrested during a political rally in Lima on Monday evening, where hundreds of protesters marched to support the conservative lawmaker. Keiko is being accused of receiving illegal campaign funds from the Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht. She denied any wrongdoing and accused the government of President Martin Vizcarra of political persecution. Keiko is the leader of the Popular Force (FP), which has been engaged in grievances with her brother, Kenji Fujimori, since impeached President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski granted a presidential pardon to their father, former President Alberto Fujimori - such decision has since been overturned.

Keiko Fujimori detained on money laundering charges

Peru's opposition leader Keiko Fujimori has been arrested as part of an investigation into money laundering. Fujimori, who is also the daughter of former President Alberto Fujimori, is accused of laundering money that she received from the Brazilian firm Odebrecht during her 2011 presidential campaign. "This is called political persecution." she said, "I've been detained without legal grounds." Last week a judge ordered Alberto Fujimori to return to prison to continue serving his 25-year sentence for human rights abuses committed during his time in office.

Soldier wounded by sniper fire in VRAEM

A Peruvian soldier has been wounded by sniper fire in Huanta in the Valley of the Rivers Apurimac, Ene and Mantaro (VRAEM). The Shining Path militant group are suspected of carrying out the attack, which occurred hours after regional and municipal elections took place. The soldier was evacuated for medical treatment but his injuries are not critical.

Moderate earthquake reported near Checca

A 5.3-magnitude earthquake has struck near the town of Checca. The quake was recorded at a depth of 10km at 01:46 local time on Friday. No injuries or damage were immediately reported.

Mayoral candidate cleared of murder

A leading mayoral candidate in the Peruvian capital, Lima, has been cleared of murdering a journalist. Daniel Urresti was accused of ordering the killing of Hugo Bustios in 1988 for his reporting of human rights abuses. Two former soldiers have been jailed for the murder, one of whom accused Urresti - a former minister and army general - of involvement in the killing. The acquittal comes ahead of municipal elections on Sunday.

Millions to cast their ballots ahead of regional and municipal elections

Millions of Peruvians are set to cast their ballots ahead of the municipal and regional elections on Sunday. Alongside local councillors, voters will have to choose 25 regional governors, 196 provincial mayors and nearly 1,700 district mayors. An international team has arrived in Peru to monitor the vote. The main battleground is in the capital, Lima. Former Interior Minister Daniel Urresti is leading preliminary polls, closely followed by Popular Action's Jorge Munoz Wells and former congressman Renzo Reggiardo. Regional elections may go into a run-off vote in early-December.

Supreme Court overturns pardon to President Fujimori

Peru's Supreme Court has overturned a presidential pardon granted to former President Alberto Fujimori, who was previously sentenced for human rights violations. Former President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski granted a pardon to Fujimori, who is 80 years of age, on alleged health grounds. Kuczynski was accused of attempting to reach a deal with the opposition and Fujimori's son, Kenji Fujimori, to prevent his impeachment. Fujimori was sentenced for 25 years in prison for launching a violent counter-insurgency campaign during his government Earlier this month, family members of the victims appealed before the Interamerican Human Rights Court (CIDH), leading the Supreme Court to review it.

President Vizcarra calls for Attorney General's resignation

President Martin Vizcarra has called for the resignation of the country's attorney general, Pedro Chavarry, amid a current overhaul to the Peruvian judicial system. President Vizcarra has said that Chavarry should resign as all government institutions should be trusted to allow an efficient crackdown on corruption. Prosecutor Silva Castro has accused Chavarry of being part of the so-called Los Cuellos Blancos del Puerto, a criminal organisation comprised of dozens of judicial officials based at a courthouse in El Callao, Lima. 

Scores killed in bus accident near Cusco

At least 23 people have been killed and several others were injured when an inter-provincial bus crashed near Cusco, southern Peru. El Comercio reported that the bus drove off the road, into a 200-metre-deep ravine in Tincoc, located along the road between Cusco and Chumbivilcas. Bus accidents in Peru are common and often lead to a high number of casualties. They are mainly attributed to reckless driving and poor road conditions.

Senior Shining Path militant killed in Llochegua, Ayacucho

A senior member linked to the insurgency group Shining Path has been killed during a joint operation in Ayacucho, southern Peru. According to the military, alias 'Camarada Basilio' was killed in the town of Virgin Casa in Llochegua district. Basilio is claimed to be linked to alias 'Camarada Antonio' the head of the Militarized Communist Party of Peru (MPCP), the military arm of the group. For months, military operations have intensified across the Valley of the Rivers Apurimac, Ene and Mantaro (VRAEM), where the Shining Path is engaged in drug-trafficking and attacks to security forces.

Congress renew confidence in cabinet ahead of constitutional referendum

Peru's Congress has overwhelmingly approved a vote of confidence against the cabinet formed by President Martin Vizcarra, who seeks to introduce a number of constitutional reforms. With more than 80 votes in favour and 20 against, the confidence in the cabinet led by Prime Minister Cesar Villanueva was renewed. Lawmakers have until early-October to approve several bills that are set to be subject to a referendum scheduled for 09 December. Among the four proposals, they include changes to the country's judiciary system and the reinstatement of a bicameral Congress.

President Vizcarra calls Congress to launch confidence vote

President Martin Vizcarra has called on Congress to launch a fresh confidence vote on his current cabinet as he plans to launch contested anti-corruption reforms. Vizcarra plans to introduce four bills aimed at reinforcing anti-corruption efforts in Peru. Such measures come after a corruption scandal engulfed a number of judges and magistrates, leading to a complete overhaul of the Peruvian judicial system. In the event of Congress pass a non-confidence vote on the cabinet, currently led by Prime Minister Cesar Villanueva, early legislative elections will be called. A protest to support the measure is scheduled to take place at the San Martin Square in Lima on Tuesday at 18:00 local time. Protesters are expected to march across central Lima.

Several tourists injured as minibus crashes near Cusco

At least 16 people have been injured after a tourist minibus plunged into a river in Cusco, southern Peru. Among the victims were foreign and domestic tourists. The accident happened on Thursday afternoon in the Huamanmarka area, located along the road between Cusco and Quillabamba, an alternative route of access to Machu Picchu. Investigations have been launched to assess the cause of the accident.

State of emergency extended due to landslides in Ocros, Ayacucho

A state of emergency has been extended for 60 days due to risks associated with landslides in the western district of Ocros, Ayacucho. The areas of major concern are the communities of San Jose de Ninabamba and Cusi Valle San Francisco, which have reported several landslides and rockfalls in recent months. The state of emergency was first declared in mid-July.

Three killed as bus drives off a cliff in Cusco

At least three people have been killed and 19 others were injured when a bus plunged off a cliff in Cusco, southern Peru. According to local media, the bus was travelling from Puerto Maldonado to Cusco. The accident happened in the early hours of Thursday morning along the 30C Interoceanic South Highway in Marcapata. Bus accidents in Peru are common and often involve a high number of casualties. Most accidents are related to reckless driving, poorly maintained roads and speeding.

Woman targeted in express-kidnapping near Lima

A woman has been the target of an express-kidnapping after being approached by a fake taxi in Comas, near Lima. According to local media, the victim was attacked along the Tupac Amaru Avenue. Reports suggest that the criminals took all her credit cards to withdraw money from local ATMs. The victim was released three hours after criminals took around 10,000 soles (around $3,000). Similar incidents have previously been reported in Lima, where the same amount was stolen. Foreign nationals have been targeted in the past, particularly when using unlicensed taxis. Visitors should only use licensed taxis wherever possible; preferably booked in advance from hotels or through local travel agents.

State of emergency declared over migration wave in Tumbes

A state of emergency has been declared in the northern province of Tumbes to manage the high influx of Venezuelans crossing the border from Ecuador. The measure will be implemented for 60 days and will mainly include the bordering districts of Aguas Verdes and Zarumilla. Thousands of Venezuelan migrants rushed to the Peruvian-Ecuadorian border before the government introduced tough immigration policies to Venezuelan migrants. Major concerns regard the increasing pressure to public health and sanitation services along the border. Over the weekend, top officials from Brazil, Colombia and Peru met in Bogota to discuss cooperation plans to manage a potential migration crisis in South America.

Indigenous community launch anti-mining protest in Apurimac

A local indigenous tribe has launched further protests against the traffic of lorries to and from the Las Bambas copper mine in Apurimac, southern Peru. Demonstrators blocked the main road towards the Chinese-owned mine, which has been at the centre of grievances since it was first opened back in 2016. Protesters demand the construction of a pipeline, which was set to be built to transport copper to the port of Matarani instead of allowing hundreds of lorries daily travel through unpaved roads. Previous complaints were filed over the amount of dirt the lorries generate.

Centre-right congressman sentenced for corruption

Congressman Edwin Donayre has been sentenced for more than five years in prison for corruption. Donayre is a member of the centre-right Alliance for Progress party and is a former military commander. He is being accused of involvement in a scandal dubbed the 'Gasolinazo', which investigated the alleged misuse of public funds to purchase petrol for military vehicles in his unit. The Peruvian Supreme Court still has to vote on whether or not to lift Donayre's political immunity. 

A dozen judicial officials sentenced for corruption

A dozen judicial officials have been sentenced to 36 months in prison over influence peddling and bribery charges. Judge Manuel Chuyo has ordered the detention of members of the group known as 'Los Cuellos Blancos del Puerto', which were based at a courthouse in Callao, near Lima. Peru has been engulfed in a massive scandal involving the judicial system, which is set to pass through an overhaul after three high-level judicial officials were involved in an influence-peddling scheme.

Peru to launch enhanced immigration checks to Venezuelans

Peru is set to introduce enhanced immigration requirements for Venezuelans amid a current wave of migration. Similar to its neighbour, Ecuador, the government will require Venezuelans heading to Peru to show their passports instead of the national identity card. Official data reveals that more than 400,000 Venezuelans arrived in Peru this year. 

Flight makes emergency landing in Pisco due to bomb threats

A LATAM Airlines flight heading from Lima to Chile have been grounded due to bomb threats. Peru's transport ministry confirmed that a bomb squad was deployed on Thursday after the aircraft made an emergency landing in Pisco, southern Peru. The incident came amid a wave of threats issued across South American airspace, where several flights were also grounded in Argentina and Chile. No further details were revealed.

Spanish Jesuit priest found dead at college in Bagua, Amazonas

A Spanish Jesuit priest has been found dead at a college in Amazonas, northern Peru. According to the Episcopal Conference of Peru (CEP), Carlos Montes was found dead at the kitchen of the Valentin Santegui college in Yamakai-Entsa district, Bagua province. Montes was based at the college for more than 30 years. Preliminary investigations indicate that a former student may be linked to the assassination. The college mainly hosts indigenous adolescents who live around local rivers in the remote Amazonas region.

Several killed as bus plunges off cliff in Huanuco

At least seven people have been killed and nearly 50 others were injured when a regional bus plunged off a cliff in Huanuco, central Peru. El Comercio reported that the accident happened near the town of Tingo Maria, where it fell more than 150 metres. The bus was heading from Pucallpa to Huanuco. Bus accidents are common in Peru. They mainly occur due to poorly maintained roads and reckless driving.

Several killed as bus drives off cliff in Ancash

At least 10 people have been killed and 25 others were injured when a bus drove off a cliff in Ancash, western Peru. According to reports, the accident happened in Huayllabamba, when it was heading from Sihuas to Lima. Among the casualties are three children. It is still unclear what caused the accident, which happened a day after seven people were killed in Huanuco when another regional bus plunged off a cliff. 

Road blocks may cause travel disruption in Cusco

Workers launched a strike on Tuesday to call on the government to discuss a bill to allow operations of informal transportation services in Cusco, southern Peru. Demonstrations are scheduled to last until Wednesday evening. Some roads are blocked, including major entry and exit points towards the Sacred Valley in Poroy and Pisac areas. Tourist activities at the Seven Colour Montain and Soraypampa Lagoon may be affected.

Supreme Court to review Alberto Fujimori's presidential pardon

Peru's Supreme Court is set to review the presidential pardon granted to former President Alberto Fujimori. Judge Jorge Castaneda said that the court will reevaluate the presidential pardon given to Fujimori from impeached President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski. Fujimori was sentenced for 25 years in prison for launching a violent counter-insurgency campaign during his government. The court rule comes after family members of the victims appealed before the Interamerican Human Rights Court (CIDH).

Four killed as bus crashes into two lorries near Huarmey, Ancash

At least four people have been killed after a regional bus crashed into two parked lorries in Ancash, north-western Peru. According to state media, the crash happened in the early hours of Tuesday morning along the Panamericana Norte highway near Huarmey. More than 20 people have been injured, including some in serious conditions. Reports suggest that heavy fog was impacting the area during the crash. Road accidents in Peru are common and are often attributed to reckless driving.

Eight killed after consuming contaminated food in Ayacucho

At least eight people have been killed and more than 20 others fell ill after consuming contaminated food following a funeral in Ayacucho, southern Peru. Regional health director Jhon Bautista told RPP Noticias that the incident happened during a ceremony in San Jose de Ushua. Reports suggest that the victims consumed a traditional beef stew named Puchero. Peru's ministry of health is investigating the incident.

President Vizcarra proposes constitutional referendum

President Martin Vizcarra has announced plans to launch a constitutional referendum after a deep crisis impacted the country's judicial system. Reports suggest that four topics will be approached in the vote, including reforms to the judiciary system, barring the re-election of members of Congress, the end of private financing to political campaigns and the reintroduction of bicameralism. Peru has been facing a deep political crisis, which forced the removal of high-level government officials for links to massive corruption scandals.

Several injured as two trains collide near Machu Picchu

At least a dozen tourists have been injured when two trains collided near Machu Picchu. The accident happened on Tuesday morning when a train operated by PeruRail collided against another service between Ollantaytambo and Machu Picchu operated by IncaRail. Both companies confirmed that their services were suspended while a number of people were taken to local hospitals. It is unclear what caused the crash.

State of emergency declared over potential collapse of mine dump in La Libertad

A 60-day state of emergency has been declared in two villages in La Libertad, northern Peru, due to the potential collapse of a tailings dam. President Martin Vizcarra signed the order that includes the villages of Shorey Chico and Shorey Grande in Santiago de Chuco province. Major concerns regard risks associated with hazardous materials at the mining dump, which is operated by Unidad Minera de Quiruvilca.

Scores injured in medical centre explosion in Lima

At least 35 people were injured after two small explosions at a private medical centre in Lima. The incident happened on Tuesday morning in the residential district of San Isidro. Preliminary investigations suggest that the attack may be linked to extortion against the Ricardo Palma clinic or one of its patients. At least two people are in critical conditions.

Congress approve overhaul to scandal-riddled judicial council

Peru's Congress has unanimously voted to remove all members of the National Council of the Magistrature (CNM), which has been at the centre of a corruption scandal. The measure has been submitted by President Martin Vizcarra, after three high-level judicial officials were involved in an influence-peddling scheme. President Vizcarra announced plans to launch an overhaul to the country's judicial system, which already led to the resignation of Justice Minister Salvador Heresi.

Authorities identify climbers killed at Artesonraju Mountain, Ancash

Peruvian authorities have identified the two Mexican climbers who died last week on the Artesonraju Mountain in Ancash province, north-western Peru. According to El Comercio, Daniel Chavez and Enrique Ceballos were killed when a large ice rock hit them while descending down the mountain. They were part of an expedition involving 15 members of the Mexican Mountain Climbers Association. So far in 2018, five people have been killed in accidents in the Cordillera Blanca mountain range.

Road travel delays expected ahead of national holiday

Road travel is highly expected to be impacted ahead of the Fiestas Patrias holidays in Peru. Millions of people are expected to travel from and to Lima between 26 and 29 July to celebrate the country's independence holidays. Travellers should expect delays as national highways will be busier than usual. Caution is also advised due to the high incidence of accidents during this period. Major traffic restrictions are also likely to be imposed on some roads, including around central Lima, where a military parade will take place on Sunday 29 July.

Supreme Court chief resigns amid judicial corruption scandal

Supreme Court President Duberli Rodriguez has handed over his resignation amid an ongoing corruption scandal involving the Peruvian judicial system. Rodriguez resigned alongside Orlando Velasquez, the head of the National Council of the Magistrature. Both are the latest casualties on a current influence-peddling investigation linked to three high-profile judicial officials, which also led to the resignation of Justice Minister Salvador Heresi.

Thousands to march against corruption in Lima

Thousands of demonstrators are set to take to the streets of Lima in a renewed anti-corruption march. Protesters are scheduled to gather at 17:30 local time at San Martin Square. The protest comes after a massive corruption scandal engulfed the country's judiciary, involving three high-profile judicial officials.

Dozens detained in joint military operation in northern Peru

Dozens of people have been detained in a military operation along the Colombian border. The area has been notoriously known for the presence of dissident members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). Four cocaine labs have been reportedly destroyed. Operation 'Armageddon' was launched in the early hours of Monday and included support from the Colombian military. The operation comes after the government approved a state of emergency to the bordering province of Putumayo, due to the increase of militant presence in the region.

State of emergency declared in Putumayo, Loreto

A 60-day state of emergency has been declared in the northern province of Putumayo due to security concerns along the Colombian border. According to the government, the move will enable the military and police forces to reinforce border security in the region over allegations of the presence of FARC dissident fronts - especially against those engaged recruitment. Putumayo is located in the region of Loreto and covers most of the bordering area between Peru and Colombia. Ecuador has also enhanced its security measures across its northern provinces after a number of attacks linked to FARC dissidents were reported in recent months.

Justice minister sacked over alleged influence peddling

President Martin Vizcarra has sacked his justice minister over allegations of influence peddling within the country's judiciary system. Minister Salvador Heresi was removed from office after he featured in audio recordings linked to alleged dealings with a judge under investigation. Three high-level officials have already been implicated in the scandal, which forced President Vizcarra to order a judicial overhaul.

President Vizcarra announces judicial system overhaul

President Martin Vizcarra has announced plans to introduce a judicial overhaul after three high-level judicial officials were implicated in a corruption scandal. President Vizcarra said that a bill will be drafted and released later in the month. Last week, two magistrates and judge featured in audio files released on local media regarding illegal dealings to reduce prison sentences.

President Vizcarra calls for removal of judicial officials over corruption

President Martin Vizcarra has requested Congress the removal of three high-ranking judicial officials for alleged influence peddling. An audio file has emerged on local Peruvian media, featuring illegal dealings involving a Supreme Court judge and two magistrates. In a press conference, Peru's top judge has said that the suspects were being monitored and investigated for links to organised crime. This is the latest corruption scandal to engulf Peru, which faced months of political turmoil after former President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski was removed for alleged links to a vote-buying scheme.

Three killed after avalanche in north-western Peru

Three people have died at the Alpamayo Mountain in north-western Peru. According to the police, the victims died on Saturday after an avalanche hit a section known as 'Ferrari'. Among the victims are a 55-year-old British climber, a 27-year-old Slovenian woman and their Peruvian guide. The Alpamayo is nearly 6,000-metre high and is located along the Cordillera Blanca, which is a popular tourist destination for climbers.

Court investigates congressman Kenji Fujimori for influence peddling

Peru's Supreme Court has opened an investigation against congressman Kenji Fujimori over alleged influence peddling. Kenji and two other parliamentarians were suspended over their suspected involvement in a controversial vote-buying scheme to avoid the impeachment of President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski. Kenji has been involved in a dispute with his sister and opposition leader, Keiko Fujimori, since their father, former President Alberto Fujimori, received a presidential pardon.

Congress approves bill that allows the military to tackle drug-trafficking

Peru's Congress has approved a bill that will allow the deployment of the armed forces to tackle drug-trafficking in areas where a state of emergency has been declared. The new legislation seeks to combine efforts from all branches of the armed forces with the national police to launch anti-drugs operations. One of the areas of main concern is a coca-rich region known as VRAEM, the Valleys of the Rivers Apurimac, Ene And Mantaro, located across five provinces in southern Peru.

Expired currency reportedly being given to tourists in Cusco

The UK FCO has issued a warning amidst reports of tourists being provided with Intis - a former currency out of circulation - when exchanging money with street money traders in Cusco. Peru's official currency is the Sol. Travellers are advised to familiarise themselves with the design and overall conversion rates of the Peruvian local currency.

Several injured in narco attack on military base

Six soldiers were wounded on 11 June, when gunmen defending a drug route attacked the Nueva Libertad military base outside Satipo in the Junin region.  The attacks come amid reports that the former Sendero rebel, Victor Quispe Palomino was regrouping.  The main activity of his group is defending drug trafficking routes and areas where coca bushes are grown and where clandestine labs process the drugs.  The area is patrolled by joint military and police operations, and the government has recently stepped up efforts to improve education and health facilities in the area.  Military intelligence reports that the group also plan to disrupt regional elections planned for October this year.

Four police officers killed during armed attack in Huancavelica

At least four police officers have been killed after a police vehicle was attacked in Huancavelica, central Peru. Officials confirmed that the incident happened on Thursday afternoon along a road in Churcampa province. The area of the attack was near the borders of the restive VRAEM region, where the remnants of the Sendero Luminoso group still operate - militants are mostly involved in drug-trafficking. President Martin Vizcarra has condemned the attack.

Congress suspends Kenji Fujimori over alleged vote-buying scheme

Congressman Kenji Fujimori has been suspended over investigations related to an alleged vote-buying scheme. Kenji is being formally accused of bribery and influence peddling on a previous congressional vote which cleared President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski from impeachment - Kucczysnki was eventually later impeached in another vote. Such also sparked allegations that Kenji's partnership with Kuczysnki was part of another deal that led to a presidential pardon to his father and former president, Alberto Fujimori. Kenji has been engaged in grievances with his sister, Keiko, who left the opposition Popular Force party over a corruption probe. 

Thousands march across Lima to protest against fuel prices

Thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of central Lima to protest against the introduction of new taxes. Protesters gathered around the San Martin Square and marched towards the Congress. Tensions escalated when riot police and demonstrators engaged in violent clashes, where a police vehicle was set ablaze. Demonstrators claim that the introduction of a new tax on consumption led to the increase of fuel prices across Peru.

Finance minister steps down after protests against fuel tax

Finance Minister David Tuesta has handed over his resignation on Tuesday amid a wave of protests against his plans to introduce further taxation of diesel and other fuels. Protests were expected to take place, but a deal was reportedly brokered between the government and the influential National Council of Ground Transportation. Tuesta was nominated finance minister nearly two months ago when President Martin Vizcarra took over the presidency after the impeachment of Pedro Pablo Kuczynski.

Fishing industry protesters block highway in northern Peru

Traffic along the Panamericana Norte Highway (1N) from the north-western towns of Talara and Tumbes have been blocked as fishing industry workers launched a protest. The US Embassy in Lima has informed on Thursday afternoon that all traffic between kilometres 220 and 227 are currently suspended. Travellers have been advised to avoid the area and seek alternative routes if possible.

Several killed in bus crash in Ayacucho

At least five people have been killed and more than a dozen others were injured when a bus crashed in Ayacucho, southern Peru. Preliminary police reports suggest that the accident happened on the early hours of Tuesday morning along the 28A Highway - also called the Via Los Libertadores - near a sector known as Apacheta. The bus was carrying more than 40 passengers and lost control before hitting a hill. Bus accidents are common in Peru and mainly occur due to reckless driving.

Court bars former President Fujimori from leaving the country

A court has barred former President Alberto Fujimori from leaving the country ahead of a court hearing on human rights violation charges. According to reports, the court decided to impose the measure due to the risk of Fujimori fleeing the country. He is being accused of killing six Campesinos, who were reportedly tortured and killed back in 1992 during the infamous counter-insurgency campaign against the Sendero Luminoso group. Last year, President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski pardoned Alberto's 25-year prison sentence for human rights violations and corruption. However, the court ruled that the pardon does not apply to these new charges.

Health ministry issues alert over cases of Guillain-Barre syndrome

Peru's health ministry has issued an alert after 19 cases of Guillain-Barre syndrome were identified in the country. Authorities revealed that most cases were reported in the area of La Libertad, while the remaining others were identified in Lima. The measure comes to reinforce the response to potential new cases. The Guillain-Barre syndrome directly affects the immunologic system and part of the nervous system. It may cause paralysis in the upper body and limbs. The health ministry has confirmed that there are indications of close links to the mosquito-borne Zika virus.

Congress overwhelmingly approve new cabinet

Peru's Congress has overwhelmingly approved a confidence vote to endorse the new cabinet headed by Prime Minister Cesar Villanueva. Villanueva is a member of the Peruvian opposition who was nominated by President Martin Vizcarra, who was sworn in office after former President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski was impeached. Peru is currently facing a deep political crisis as a number of government and opposition officials were implicated in corruption scandals.

Court orders release of former president amid corruption probe

Jailed former President Ollanta Humala and his wife, Nadine Heredia, are set to be released from prison as corruption investigations unfold. Peru's Constitutional Court ruled that both should be released as no formal charges were submitted. Humala and Heredia are being accused amid the widespread Odebrecht scandal, which already implicated four Peruvian presidents and a number of high-level officials.

German tourists killed as bus plunges off a cliff near Arequipa

At least two German nationals have been killed and nearly a dozen others were injured after their minibus plunged off a cliff near Arequipa, southern Peru. Police reports revealed that the bus was travelling along the Andean mountains and crashed just before reaching the city of Chivay. AP reported that the bus was heading from Arequipa to the Colca Valley. Bus accidents are common in Peru. In February, more than 35 people were killed when a bus fell off a cliff near Arequipa.

Adventure sports activities in Cusco suspended due to irregularities

Peru's Public Ministry has stated that adventure sports activities in the southern city of Cusco are suspended until further notice. According to the regional tourism and foreign trade director, the move comes after all 40 companies which operate in the region - especially in Maras and Ollantaytambo - are unlicensed. The measure comes due to security concerns and a number of security incidents recently reported in the region.

Political leaders to attend Summit of the Americas in Lima

Leaders from the Americas and the Caribbean are set to attend the Eighth Summit of the Americas on Friday and Saturday. US President Donald Trump will not attend the event, which will instead be represented by his VP, Mike Pence. Although the meeting's theme is focused on corruption, other hot topics such as the Venezuelan crisis, trade and immigration may also be discussed. The Summit will take place at the Lima Convention Centre (LCC) in San Borja neighbourhood. Traffic restrictions and major disruptions in the area may occur due to heightened security measures.

Senate committee approves complaint against Kenji Fujimori

A special Senate committee has unanimously approved a complaint against congressman Kenji Fujimori and some members of his political bench. Fujimori is being accused of involvement in a vote-buying scheme aimed to avoid the impeachment of former President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski. The vote may scrap his political immunity and allow him to be investigated. Kenji is currently engaged in a feud with his sister, Keiko Fujimori, who is the leader of the opposition.

Warning issued over potential floods in La Libertad

The regional offices of the National Institute of Civil Defense (INDECI) have issued a warning over the risk of widespread flooding across La Libertad, north-western Peru. INDECI has stated that heavy rainfall may trigger the overflowing of local rivers especially around areas located along the Andean mountains. The rainy season in Peru usually runs from November to May.

President Martin Vizcarra nominates new cabinet

President Martin Vizcarra has nominated his new cabinet in a bid to end the current political turmoil between the government and the opposition. Among the nominations is Cesar Villanueva, an opposition lawmaker who was sworn as Peru's new Prime Minister. However, other nominations proved to be highly controversial such as Salvador Heresi as the new Justice Minister. Heresi has been one of the main defenders of the presidential pardon to jailed former leader Alberto Fujimori granted last year by impeached President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski.

Sabancaya Volcano activity triggers alert in Arequipa

Peru's National Emergency Operations Centre (COEN) has issued a warning due to the increased activity of the Sabancaya Volcano in southern Peru. On Tuesday morning, ash was expelled up to 30 kilometres around its crater and may affect Arequipa's Huambo, Cabanaconde, Pinchollo, Maca and Tapay communities. In the event of ash fall, it is advised to cover the nose and mouth with a damp cloth, while protecting eyes.

Local authorities call for state of emergency over floods in Ancash

Local authorities have called the ministry of agriculture to declare a state of emergency after heavy rainfall caused widespread damage in Ancash, western Peru. Reported revealed that more than 10,000 hectares of crops in the town of Catac, Recuay province, were completely destroyed when the Llacshahuanca River and other tributaries burst their banks overnight on Monday. No casualties have been reported so far as families were ordered to evacuate the area. Landslides and floods often occur during the Peruvian rainy season, which usually runs from November to May.

Thousands isolated as heavy rainfall triggers landslides in Junin

More than 2,000 families remain isolated after heavy rainfall triggered landslides in Junin, central Peru. Roads between Tarma and the district of Huasahuasi were completely blocked. No casualties have been reported so far. The risk of landslides in Peru significantly increases during the country's rainy season, which usually occurs between November and May.

Access to Machu Picchu restricted due to roadworks

Machu Picchu's Civil Defense authority has announced on Tuesday that access to the ruins will be partially restricted due to roadworks along the Carretera Hiram Bingham - the main road link to the mountain. In a communique, authorities said that the measure comes over potential landslides and rocks that may fall into the road. Restrictions will remain in place until Wednesday afternoon. 

Authorities confirm increase in Dengue fever cases in Piura

Regional health authorities confirmed that a significant increase in the number of Dengue fever cases has been reported in Piura, north-western Peru. More than 100 confirmed cases were identified mainly in the areas surrounding Sullana, Castilla, Tambogrande and 26 de Octubre. A small number of Zika and Chikungunya cases were also reported in the province. The risk of contracting mosquito-borne diseases in Peru significantly increases during the country's rainy season, which usually occurs between November and May.

Judge bars former President Kuczynski from leaving Peru

Former President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski has been barred from leaving the country as he is currently being investigated for money laundering and corruption allegations. A judge ordered the seizure of his passport a day after the Peruvian Congress accepted Kuczynski's resignation. Kuczynski is the fourth Peruvian President to be implicated in the massive bribery scheme linked to the Brazilian-based company Odebrecht.

VP Martin Vizcarra to become Peru's president

Peru's Vice-President Martin Vizcarra is set to be sworn into office as president of the crisis-riddled Andean nation. For much of his political life, Vizcarra has kept a low-profile. He served as governor of the southern department of Monquegua, Peru's ambassador to Canada and minister of transport. He faces increasing challenges in bringing consensus with the highly fragmented opposition. Vizcarra is replacing President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, who resigned on Wednesday over involvement in a vote-buying scheme.

Police on alert due to potential protests after Kuczynski's resignation

Peru's National Police has stated that police officers are on high alert due to a potential wave of unrest which could engulf the country following the announcement of President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski's resignation. Mass protests and political rallies are expected to occur across most major cities over the next few days. Political tensions in Peru remain high as the fragmented opposition seek to remove President Kuczysnki over his alleged links to a massive corruption scheme.

President Kuczynski hands over resignation ahead of impeachment vote

President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski has handed in his resignation as he was set to face a fresh impeachment vote in Congress. He stood down on Wednesday after audio and video records emerged over an alleged vote-buying scheme to support him in the upcoming vote. In December, President Kuczynski survived impeachment proceedings after the opposition-controlled Congress fell short of sufficient votes to remove him from office. He was accused of receiving bribes from the Brazilian-based construction conglomerate Odebrecht. In both cases, he denied any wrongdoing.

Huge drugs capture in el Callao

Police have seized a haul of cocaine hidden in a transport vehicle at the port of el Callao, following a seven-month-long operation.  The drugs were bound for Europe and have a street value of around $68 million.  The vehicle was found to have a false compartment in the driver's cab, where three men were hidden together with 45 bags containing the drug.  The men were to have emerged from their hiding place at night, and distributed the drugs amongst containers in the port heading for Europe.  A police investigation is under way as the suspects had to know which containers to infiltrate, leading police to believe that they had an accomplice working at the port. El Callao is the chief sea port of Peru.  

Opposition party accuse President of corruption

On 20 March, the biggest opposition party in Peru published audio and video recordings which they say prove that President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski offered public work projects to lawmakers in exchange for support to defeat his impeachment process.  The move comes two days before Congress votes on whether to force Kuczynski from office, and is a fresh blow as he seeks to distance himself from the Odebrecht construction scandal relating to the bribing of public officials across Latin America.  Prime Minister Mercedes Araoz said that the recordings were a malicious campaign against the President, and denied any government wrongdoing.  

Five police officers killed in car crash

On 17 March, five police officers on patrol were killed when their vehicle drove off a 200-metre cliff in the Chachapoyas province.  The vehicle landed in a jungle area, and emergency services, including fire crews worked through the night on Saturday to locate the vehicle and remove the bodies from the site.  The route between Chachapoyas and Rodriguez de Mendoza has been the scene of several fatal accidents, including one in 2012 when a bus crash left 19 dead and 13 seriously injured.   

Congress votes to begin impeachment proceedings against President

On 15 March, Congress voted in favour of beginning impeachment proceedings against President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski over his involvement in the Odebrecht scandal.  Odebrecht, the Brazilian construction giant, allegedly paid Latin American officials over $785 million, including $29 million in Peru to finance election campaigns in return for being awarded building contracts. 

Several killed as bus drives off a cliff in Ayacucho

At least 10 people have been killed and more than 40 others injured when a bus drove off a cliff near Lucanas, southern Peru. The accident happened on Wednesday morning along the road between Nazca and Puquio. Reports revealed that the bus belongs to the company Perla del Sur and was operating a service from Lima to Puquio. Several weeks ago, more than 35 people were killed in a similar accident in Arequipa.

Opposition to call for impeachment of President Kuczynski

Opposition parties in Congress are set to launch a new impeachment motion against President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski. The move has been allegedly backed by most opposition parties, which accuse Kuczysnki of receiving bribes from the Brazilian-based company Odebrecht. The new proceedings come after Odebrecht's former chief in Peru, Jorge Barata, said that the company contributed to Kuczynski's presidential campaign back in 2011.

Congressman Kenji Fujimori leaves opposition party

On Thursday, Congressman Kenji Fujimori announced that he is leaving the opposition Fuerza Popular (FP) party after it was implicated in corruption allegations. Kenji has already left the party's parliamentary bench due to infights with his sister and party leader, Keiko Fujimori. The move came after the head of the scandal-riddled Odebrecht, Jorge Barata, said that the company fuelled Keiko's presidential campaign back in 2011. Kenji said that he is leaving as the party lacks moral authority. 

President Kuczynski implicated in fresh Odebrecht allegations

President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski has been the target of fresh corruption allegations linking him to the Brazilian construction conglomerate Odebrecht. On Wednesday, a lawyer of opposition leader Keiko Fujimori said that Jorge Barata, Odebrecht's chief in Peru, contributed to Kuczynski's 2011 presidential campaign. He also said that contributions were made to Fujimori's Fuerza Popular party. President Kuczysnki narrowly escaped an impeachment call in December over his connection to the Odebrecht scandal, which also involved three other former presidents.

Transportation strike to trigger travel disruptions in Cusco

Travel disruption is likely across Cusco, southern Peru, due to a scheduled transportation strike. According to the National Police, the action is expected to last from Wednesday until Friday. Roadblocks and travel delays are expected along roads between Cusco and the Sacred Valley. 

Court refuses to cease Keiko Fujimori's corruption probe

An appeals court has refused to scrap investigations into the opposition leader Keiko Fujimori and her husband, who are being accused of money-laundering. Investigations are being led by the Peruvian Public Ministry and are set to continue for a maximum period of 36 months. Keiko Fujimori is being investigated since March 2016 for receiving money from the scandal-riddled company Odebrecht for her presidential campaign.

Government extends rainy season state of emergency

The Peruvian government has extended the current state of emergency for 45 days across several departments and districts due to risks associated with the country's rainy season. The decree released on Thursday revealed that the state of emergency will continue to be in place in the departments of Tumbes, Lambayeque, La Libertad, Ancash, Cajamarca and Ica. It will also continue to be active across 145 districts across the capital, Lima, and three in Callao. Peru's rainy season usually occurs between November and May.

Scores killed as bus plunges off a cliff in Arequipa

At least 35 people have been killed after a passenger bus fell off a cliff in southern Peru. El Comercio reported that the accident happened along the Panamericana Sur Highway near the Ocano bridge in Arequipa. It is believed that at 45 passengers were on board the Rey Latino service from Chala to Arequipa. Nearly two months ago, more than 50 people were killed when a bus fell off a cliff in the coastal province of Huaral, north of Lima.

Former President Fujimori to stand trial despite pardon

A court in Lima has ordered former President Alberto Fujimori to stand trial over the killing of six farmers back in 1992. Last year, President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski pardoned Alberto's 25-year prison sentence for human rights violations and corruption. However, the court ruled that the pardon does not apply to these new charges. Alberto was pardoned due to health grounds and this decision has triggered tensions within the opposition led by his daughter Keiko Fujimori, who alleged a backdoor deal between Kuczysnki - who survived impeachment proceedings - and her brother, Kenji Fujimori.

Five inmates killed in violent prison riot in Trujillo

At least five inmates have been killed and nearly 20 others injured when a prison riot broke out in Trujillo, north-western Peru. Local media revealed that tensions broke out on Wednesday morning when a group of inmates burned mattresses at the town's youth detention facility. It is believed that the riot erupted when authorities blocked visitors from the prison. 

Weather warning issued to eastern Peru

Weather authorities have issued a warning for eastern Peru as heavy rainfall is expected during the whole week. The areas of most concerns are the regions of Madre de Dios, Ucayali, Pasco and Huanuco. A lower alert has also been issued to Loreto and parts of Amazonas, San Martin, Cusco and Junin. Peru's National Institute of Civil Defense (INDECI) has advised caution as harsh weather conditions in those regions are set to last until Friday.

Extortionists set municipal bus ablaze in Trujillo, La Libertad

Presumed extortionists have set a municipal bus ablaze while carrying 20 passengers in Trujillo, northern Peru. The incident happened on Wednesday evening when three assailants threw gasoline at the bus in El Milagro area. Most of the victims managed to escape, but two people sustained injuries. It is believed that the bus was targeted after the company failed to pay extortion demands.

Four killed as vehicle drives off a cliff in Pataz

Four people have been killed when a cash-in-transit vehicle drove off a cliff in Pataz, northern Peru. The accident happened on Friday morning when the armoured van fell off a 600-metre abyss in Santiago de Challas. The vehicle was travelling between Trujillo and Tayabamba. It is unclear what the circumstances are behind the crash. In recent months, a number of similar accidents have been reported across Peru.

State of emergency extended in Piura over El Nino damages

Peru's government has ordered a 45-day extension to the current state of emergency in Piura, north-western Peru. The measure comes due to ongoing recovery efforts to damage caused by the El Nino meteorological phenomenon. Last year, heavy rainfall forced the displacement of thousands of people after floods completely destroyed their homes.

Alert still in place despite activity decrease of Sabancaya volcano

Peru's National Emergency Operations Centre (COEN) has informed that more than 20 explosions are being recorded daily at the Sabancaya volcano in southern Peru. Despite a reported decrease in the volcano's activity, an orange alert remains in place - the second highest. COEN recommended avoiding the volcano for a 12-kilometre radius. In the event of ashfall, it is advised to cover the nose and mouth with a damp cloth, while avoiding contact with the eyes.

Clashes break out as farmers' protests erupt nationwide

Thousands of potato farmers took to the streets nationwide to demand government support to the sector. According to the interior ministry, at least three people were killed in separate incidents in Cerro de Pasco, Huancavelica and Junin. Protests also took place across Huanuco, Ayacucho, Apurimac and Pasco. Demonstrations are likely to continue as officials and farmers are set to meet in Lima to negotiate further terms.

Kenji Fujimori creates his own group as FP loses majority in Congress

Congressman Kenji Fujimori, son of former president Alberto Fujimori, is set to launch his own political bench in Congress after he and nine others were expelled from the opposition Popular Force (FP). Kenji was expelled by his sister, FP's leader Keiko Fujimori, after he and his political faction abstained from the vote to impeach President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski - with whom he is now presumedly aligned. Kenji's withdraw from the FP means that the opposition party lost its absolute majority in Congress.

Four killed as van falls off a 100-metre cliff in Ancash

Four people have been killed and eight others were injured when a van drove off a cliff in Ancash, western Peru. Reports revealed that the accident happened on Tuesday afternoon on a road near Sihuas, where the vehicle fell into the Sihuas river after falling more than 100 metres. It is unclear what caused the crash, but preliminary investigations suggest human error. The accident happened just as four people were reported dead when a lorry fell off another cliff in Lambayeque, north-western Peru.

Congressman Kenji Fujimori expelled from opposition party

Congressman Kenji Fujimori has been expelled from the fragmented opposition Popular Force (FP) over an alleged family feud with his sister and party leader, Keiko Fujimori. Kenji is being accused of breaking party lines after voting against the impeachment of President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski. The chief of state has survived the vote after Kenji's FP faction voted against a motion to remove him from office just after his father, Alberto Fujimori, was pardoned on alleged medical grounds. Former President Alberto Fujimori was serving a 25-year prison sentence for human rights violations. The presidential pardon has triggered a wave of demonstrations and a number of cabinet resignations.

FCO warns of unregistered tour operators in Cusco

The UK Foreign Commonwealth Office (FCO) has announced that tour activities across rivers in Cusco, southern Peru, have been suspended until 31 March. Local authorities say that the measure comes due to high water levels. Further, the FCO has warned visitors to the country about the risk of hiring clandestine tour agencies operating in the region. In early-January, a 28-year-old Spanish tourist was reported missing after she suffered an accident while zip lining. Two tour operators were preventively detained over claims that they threw her body in a river.

Police intensifies searches for tourist's body in Cusco

Regional authorities in southern Peru have announced the deployment of a helicopter to assist the search for the body of a 28-year-old Spanish tourist, who was reported missing in early-January. Nathaly Salazar Ayala left her hostel in Cusco to head towards archaeological sites in Moray. Two suspects were detained over links to Salazar's disappearance. Prosecutors are investigating allegations that both suspects dumped her body in a river after she suffered an accident while zip lining.

Congress pass bill to allow road construction in the Amazon

Peru's Congress passed a bill on Monday that will allow the construction of a road network across untouched areas through the Amazon. Environmentalists and social organisations claim that the measure will contribute to the Amazon deforestation as the new roads may attract illegal miners and traffickers. It has been reported that the main 277-kilometre road between Puerto Esperanza and the bordering town of Inapari will widely impact in the conservation of national parks and vulnerable indigenous reserves.

Strong 5.2-magnitude earthquake recorded in Huancavelica

A strong 5.2-magnitude earthquake was recorded late on Thursday evening in Huancavelica, south-western Peru. According to the Geophysics Institute of Peru (IGP), the quake's epicentre was on the outskirts of the remote village of Licay at a depth of 100km. No casualties or major damages were reported, but the National Institute of Civil Protection (INDECI) continues to monitor for potentially vulnerable areas in the region. Several days ago, hundreds were injured when a powerful 7.1-magnitude earthquake struck Arequipa. Peru is an earthquake-prone nation due to its location along the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire.

Weather alert issued due to heavy rainfall in southern Peru

Peru's National Meteorology Service (Senamhi) has issued a red warning to areas located close to the Andean mountains as heavy rainfall is expected to hit the region between Tuesday and Saturday. Areas expected to be affected are central Huacavelica and Ayacucho, Apurimac, northern Arequipa and Moquegua, and southern Puno. A lower alert has also been issued to other areas surrounding the mountain range, especially in southern Peru. Floods and landslides tend to intensify during the Peruvian rainy season, which usually occurs between November and May.

Hundreds injured as powerful earthquake struck Arequipa

Hundreds of people have been affected when a powerful 7.1-magnitude earthquake struck southern Peru. The quake hit the town of Acari in Arequipa in the early hours of Sunday at a depth of 36 kilometres. Preliminary reports revealed that more than a dozen people were missing, while the National Emergency Operations Centre (COEN) confirmed that one person was killed and more than 60 others were injured. Peru's military has been deployed to the area to assist the victims and assess the extent of the damage, while a 60-day state of emergency has been declared to the affected areas. Landslides triggered roadblocks in several areas, including at the Panamericana Sur highway. Peru is an earthquake-prone nation mainly due to the continuous interaction between the South American and Nazca tectonic plates.

State of emergency declared to curb unrest in southern Peru

Peru's Council of Ministers has declared a 30-day state of emergency for some areas in southern Peru in an attempt to curb a wave of social conflict in the region. The move was requested by the National Police and is comprised of a 482-kilometre corridor that links the mining areas of Apurimac, Cuzco and Arequipa. Some citizen's rights will be limited and some transit restrictions will be imposed. Critics accused the government of taking advantage of the measure to discriminately scrap basic rights. A previous state of emergency was declared in August after mining protests escalated in Apurimac.

Thousands to head to Peru ahead of Pope Francis' visit

Thousands of people are expected to head to Peru ahead of Pope Francis' visit to the country next week. Pope Francis is set to visit Peru between 18 and 21 January. According to his official schedule, he is mainly visiting the capital, Lima, but will also head to the eastern Amazon city of Puerto Maldonado and the northern city of Trujillo. Road traffic and disruptions are widely expected prior to and during the visit. It has been advised to remain vigilant when near large gatherings as pickpockets and bag snatchers may operate amongst the crowd.

Thousands march nationwide against presidential pardon

Thousands of people took to the streets nationwide to protest at the presidential pardon of former president Alberto Fujimori. Demonstrators marched across Barranca, Ayacucho, Cuzco, Piura and Arequipa to demand President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski to retract the decision. Protesters also flocked the streets of the capital, Lima, and gathered at the iconic Plaza Dos de Mayo. The protests were mainly endorsed by left-wing parties and social organisations. President Kuczynski has pardoned Fujimori for his crimes against humanity during his violent counter-insurgency campaign against the Sendero Luminoso group. Opposition parties claim that this was used as an exchange chip to Kuczynski's impeachment survival.

Weather alert issued as heavy rainfall approaches western Peru

Peru's National Institute of Civil Defense (INDECI) has issued a weather alert to central and south-western Peru as heavy rainfall may bring hazardous conditions mainly to mountainous areas. An Orange alert is in effect until Sunday across Arequipa, Cusco, Moquegua, Lima, Junin, Apurimac, Huancavelica, Puno, Ayacucho and Pasco. Meanwhile, a Red alert - the highest - was issued to some areas in eastern Lima and eastern Arequipa. Caution has been advised especially near rivers and hills due to the possibility of landslides and flooding. Peru's rainy season usually lasts from November to May.

Defense Minister resigns amid presidential pardon row

Peru's Defense Minister Jorge Nieto has stepped down from office weeks after President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski pardoned jailed former president Alberto Fujimori. Nieto's resignation on Wednesday is the third to hit the government after the country's interior and culture ministers also resigned last week. Dozens of officials within the ministry of justice also left their functions. President Kuczynski pardoned Alberto Fujimori on 24 December just as he was facing impeachment proceedings in Congress for allegedly receiving millions from the Brazilian-based company Odebrecht. Critics accuse Kuczynski of brokering a deal with the opposition Alianza Pais - headed by Alberto's daughter, Keiko Fujimori - which failed to reach enough votes to outs him. Alberto Fujimori was serving a 25-year prison sentence for the death of 25 people during an infamous counter-insurgency campaign against the Sendero Luminoso group in the 1990s.

Land traffickers kill social leader in Lambayeque

A local community leader has been brutally murdered when four assailants invaded his residence in Lambayeque, northern Peru. Jose Napoleon Tarrillo Astonitas was killed on Saturday evening by suspected land traffickers in El Mirador area in Chongoyape district. Tarrillo Astonitas was widely opposed to land traffickers who were attempting to snatch pieces of land from the famous Chaparri Ecological Reserve. His friends and family members revealed that he had previously received death threats over his work as a community leader. Land traffickers have intensified their presence in the area due to a reported hike in the price of land aimed to house an ambitious government project in the ecological reserve.

Buses banned from Devil's Bend road after deadly accident

President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski has ordered his communications and transport minister, Bruno Giuffra, to cease bus traffic at the deadly road stretch locally known as the Devil's Bend near Pasamayo, north of Lima. Last Tuesday, at least 50 people died after an interprovincial bus fell off a 100-metre cliff after reportedly hitting a lorry. Dozens of deadly accidents have previously been reported in the area, which is the only route to lorries and buses along the notorious Panamericana Norte highway (1N).

Several killed as suspension bridge collapses in Kimbiri, VRAEM

At least five people have been killed when a suspension bridge collapsed in the VRAEM region, southern Peru. The National Institute for Civil Defense (Indeci) has announced that a rescue operation was launched alongside the Peruvian armed forces to locate dozens of people who are still missing. The bridge is located over the Apurimac River in Kimbiri, in the provincial border between Ayacucho and Cusco.

Scores killed as bus falls off a cliff in Pasamayo, Huaral

Nearly 50 people have been killed when an interprovincial bus fell off a cliff in the coastal province of Huaral, north of Lima. The accident happened on Tuesday morning along the Panamericana Norte highway (1N) at a dangerous stretch known as the Curva del Diablo or the Devil's Bend. 53 passengers were on board the service operated by the company San Martin de Porres between Huacho and Lima. Reports suggest that a lorry coming from the opposite direction crashed into the bus and forced it more than 100 metres down a cliff in Pasamayo. Emergency services have launched a massive rescue operation, which was briefly suspended due to difficult access to the area and rising tides. Authorities are investigating if the accident was caused by a mechanical failure or reckless driving.

Security measures heightened ahead of the Pope's visit to Peru

Security measures are set to be reinforced nationwide ahead of Pope Francis' visit to Peru in mid-January. Peru's armed forces will assist the National Police (PNP) between 18 and 22 January during the Pope's visit to Lima, Trujillo and Puerto Maldonado. Large gatherings and potential road traffic restrictions are expected prior to, and during the visit. Additional deployment of security forces to the streets was announced to ensure public order and the smooth functioning of most public services.

Minister of Culture resigns days after presidential pardon

Peru's Culture Minister Salvador del Solar has announced on Wednesday his resignation. In a statement released on Twitter, Solar has not disclosed the motives behind the move, which comes just days after President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski pardoned jailed former president Alberto Fujimori. Political tensions remain high in Peru as President Kuczynski is being accused of brokering a deal with the opposition party Fuerza Popular - which controls the Congress and failed to reach enough votes to oust Kuczysnki amid a controversial impeachment proceeding.

Presidential pardon to Alberto Fujimori sparks protests in Lima

President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski has pardoned the former President Alberto Fujimori, who is currently serving a 25-year prison sentence on charges of corruption and human rights violations. In a statement released on Christmas Eve, President Kuczynski said that the decision comes as “a medical panel has determined Mr Fujimori has a progressive, degenerative and incurable disease and the jail conditions present a grave risk to his life and health.” The move sparked a wave of demonstrations in the capital Lima - where more than 5,000 protesters took to the streets on Monday. Demonstrators accused the president of benefiting from backdoor deals with the opposition party Fuerza Popular - led by Fujimori's daughter Keiko Fujimori - which failed to obtain the necessary votes in last week's impeachment procedings to remove Kuczynski from office. Alberto is accused of killing dozens of people during a violent military campaign against the Shining Path insurgency during his time in office.

President Kuczynski survives impeachment vote amid Odebrecht scandal

President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski has survived an impeachment vote after the opposition-controlled Congress fell short of support to remove him from office. To be removed, the Peruvian Congress, which is currently controlled by Keiko Fujimori's Popular Force needed at least 87 votes, however, it only got 78 votes. Meanwhile, 19 politicians voted against, 21 abstained and 10 others were absent. Popular Force had recently submitted an approved motion to remove President Kuczynski from office over claims that he is unfit to rule. He is being accused of receiving, through his companies, bribery money from clandestine dealings with the Brazilian conglomerate Odebrecht.

Congress begins impeachment proceedings against President Kuczynski

Peru's opposition-controlled Congress is set to decide the fate of President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski on Thursday. After the leader of the opposition, Keiko Fujimori, submitted the initiation of impeachment proceedings against him, lawmakers are set to decide if President Kuczynski is removed from office. The vote to oust the president has to be backed by at least 87 votes out of 130 in parliament. President Kuczynski is being accused of illegitimately receiving money from the Brazilian-based construction company Odebrecht, which already implicated a number of high-level Peruvian officials, including two former presidents and Keiko Fujimori's presidential campaign. Earlier this week, pro-government supporters took to the streets to protest against the opposition. Further demonstrations and political unrest are likely to continue in the coming days.

Hundreds protest against opposition-controlled Congress in Lima

Hundreds of people took to the streets after the opposition-controlled Congress submitted a motion to initiate impeachment proceedings against President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski. Protesters gathered in the San Martin square in the so-called 'March Against the Fujimorist Coup'. Government supporters called for the immediate dissolution of the Congress over claims that it seeks to destabilise the country in an attempt to get power. Peru's Congress is led by the opposition Fuerza Popular - headed by Keiko Fujimori - that sponsored the impeachment motion to remove President Kuczynski, who is being accused of involvement in the Odebrecht bribery scandal.

President Kuczynski faces impeachment calls amid Odebrecht scandal

Peru's opposition-controlled Congress has submitted a motion to start impeachment proceedings against President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski over corruption allegations. Members of the opposition accuse President Kuczynski of channelling large sums of money through his own companies from the Brazilian construction conglomerate Odebrecht. Further, the opposition claims that the president fails to maintain the moral capacity to hold the country's highest office. The move came moments after President Kuczynski denied any wrongdoing and refused to step down. The Odebrecht scandal has already implicated dozens of high-level politicians across Latin America, Africa and Europe. Recent reports revealed that dozens of politicians received millions in bribes in Peru to grant lucrative public contracts to the company.

Opposition-controlled Congress pressure President Kuczynski to resign

President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski has resisted opposition calls to resign over corruption allegations. As the opposition-controlled Congress threatens to initiate impeachment proceedings against him, the head of state has denied any wrongdoing and refused to resign. Kuczynski is being accused of receiving more than $5m in bribes through his companies from the Brazilian construction company Odebrecht. This was revealed in a deal between prosecutors and former Odebrecht chief Marcelo Odebrecht, who also said that the company had paid more than $29m in bribes to Peruvian officials over several years.

Heavy rainfall forecast to batter eastern Peru

Peru's National Emergency Operations Centre (COEN) has revealed that heavy rainfall is expected to batter eastern Peru over the weekend. The highest weather alert has been issued to the departments of Amazonas, Cusco, Huanuco, Junin, Loreto, Madre de Dios, Pasco, Puno, San Martin and Ucayali. Meanwhile, a lower alert was also issued for the north-eastern jungle areas. Small villages and towns located around rivers are prone to flash flooding, while mountainous areas tend to face landslides.

Several injured in police clashes in Apurimac

At least a dozen people have been injured when clashes between locals and police officers broke out in Apurimac, southern Peru. Canal N reported that tensions erupted when residents of Challhuahuacho attempted to beat up nine detained criminals who took part in the robbery of a local businessman. Among the injured are nine police officers and three suspects. Reports revealed that the businessman was leaving a bank when the criminals targeted him and robbed around 100,000 soles ($30k).

Mining workers strike continue after failed negotiations

An ongoing strike action entered its ninth day on Wednesday after a failed negotiation attempt between miners and the Southern Copper Corp. More than 3,000 workers are currently engaged in an indefinite strike to demand a larger share of the mining giant's profits. Union leader Fidel Roman said that: "The strike continues, and we expect a new meeting in Lima with representatives of the company and the labour ministry to achieve a solution.” Southern Copper Corp operates two mines in Taquepala and Cuajone, and an oil refinery in Ilo, all located in southern Peru.

Low-intensity earthquake recorded near Lima

Peru's National Emergency Operations Centre (COEN) is monitoring a 4.7-magnitude earthquake recorded in the outskirts of Lima. According to a preliminary report, the quake's epicentre was recorded near the town of Matucana at a depth of 76-kilometres. It remains unclear if the earthquake caused significant damage or casualties. The National Institute of Civil Defense (INDECI) urged people to remain calm and seek a safe location.

Criminals shoot and kill police officer near Lima

An off-duty police officer has been killed when four armed criminals opened fire on the outskirts of Lima. Eduardo Flores was attacked in the Ventanilla district while outside a shop on Thursday afternoon. Local media reported that criminals approached him from a moto taxi and fled the scene after the shooting. It remains unclear if the incident is linked to a retaliatory attack or a robbery attempt. Eduardo Flores was a police officer in the police's house-arrest division.

Red alert issued over severe weather in south-eastern Peru

The National Meteorological Service (Senamhi) has issued a red weather alert as heavy rainfall, strong winds and thunderstorms are forecast to affect south-eastern Peru on Thursday. The areas of main concern are the departments of Junin, Ucayali, Cusco and Madre de Dios, while a lower alert was issued to the surrounding departments of San Martin, Huanuco, Pasco, Puno and Ayacucho. Heavy rains are also expected to hit the north-eastern department of Loreto. Landslides and widespread flooding tend to intensify during the Peruvian rainy season, which usually runs from November until May.

Alert issued over increasing activity at the Sabancaya volcano, Arequipa

The National Emergency Operations Centre (COEN) has issued an orange alert - the second highest - due to increasing activity recorded in recent days at the Sabancaya volcano in Arequipa, southern Peru. More than 80 daily explosions have been recorded, while ashes and gases have been expelled up to 4,000 metres into the atmosphere and spread across a 40-kilometre radius. Ash and gas clouds are mostly moving northwards. COEN recommended avoiding the volcano for a 12-kilometre radius. In the event of ashfall, it is advised to cover the nose and mouth with a damp cloth, while avoiding contact with the eyes.

Weather alert issued as heavy rainfall approaches central Peru

Peru's National Emergency Operations Centre (COEN) has issued an alert as heavy rainfall is forecast to hit central Peru on Monday. Adverse weather conditions are set to mostly affect the departments of San Martin, Loreto, Huanuco, Ucayali, Pasco, Junin, Casco and Madre de Dios. Lightning and strong winds are also set to hit most areas in northern, central and southern Peru. 

Several killed as heavy rainfall hit San Martin

At least five people have been killed and eight others were injured when heavy rains triggered flooding in San Martin, northern Peru. According to the National Institute of Civil Defense (Indeci), around 1800 people were mainly affected in the districts of Tres Unidos, Pilluana and Tingo de Ponaza, all located in Picota province. Local infrastructures were also damaged along with large agricultural terrains and livestock. Last week, the government declared a 60-day state of emergency in most parts of Peru due to the start of the rainy season, which usually occurs between November and May.

State of emergency declared ahead of Peru's rainy season

The Peruvian government has declared a state of emergency in several regions and districts along the Pacific coast ahead of the country's rainy season. The regions of Tumbes, Lambayeque, La Libertad, Ancash, Cajamarca and Ica are included in the 60-day state of emergency along with around 145 districts across Lima department and three districts in Callao. The move comes as a preventive measure to allow the quick mobilisation of the emergency services and resources to areas potentially affected during the rainy season, which usually occurs between November and May.

Robberies targeting tourists reported in southern Lima

The UK Foreign Commonwealth Office (FCO) has informed on Wednesday that a recent hike on armed robberies targeting foreign nationals has been reported in southern Lima. According to the latest FCO update, incidents have been reported around tourist areas in Miraflores and Barranco. It is widely advised not to resist attackers in any circumstances.

South American governments targeted by cyber-espionage group

Researchers from the US-based software company Symantec had uncovered a clandestine cyber-espionage group that targeted official documents of several South American and Asian governments. According to reports, the virus would be introduced into the system through a malware known as 'Felismus', which would usually come in the form of an Adobe software update. It is believed that the group - named as Sowbug - systematically targeted foreign policy bodies and government agencies in Brazil, Argentina, Peru, Ecuador, Brunei and Malaysia since 2015. Symantec said that: "The group is well resourced, capable of infiltrating multiple targets simultaneously and will often operate outside the working hours of targeted organisations. (...) It gives its tools file names similar to those used by software and places them in directory trees that could be mistaken for those used by the legitimate software."

Police still investigating Canadian hiker's disappearance in Huazca

Peruvian authorities are still investigating the disappearance of a 22-year-old Canadian student who was reported missing back in late-September. Local officials revealed that no hypothesis is being ruled out over the disappearance of Jesse Galganov. It remains unclear if he suffered an accident or was targeted by criminals. Galganov went missing after he took a bus from the capital Lima to a popular hiking trail in Huaraz. The victim was on an eight-month-long trip across South American and Asia in his gap year.

Mining operation to resume amid high tensions in Oyon

Mining operations in eastern Peru's Uchucchacua silver mine are set to resume after campesinos lifted a roadblock erected last week amid a protest. The mine is exploited by the mining-giant Buenaventura that is currently engaged in disputes with the local community in Oyon. Campesinos are protesting since late-October to demand compensation for their land. Demonstrations came to a halt after members of Peru's Mining and Energy Ministry and the Council of Ministers established dialogue channels between the company and the campesino community.

Floods kill five and affect thousands in Picota, San Martin

At least five people have been killed when several rivers in northern Peru's San Martin region burst their banks overnight on Wednesday. According to the Mayor of Picota, Rolando Garcia, more than 4,000 people have been heavily affected when rising water levels of the Ponaza and Mishquiyacu rivers triggered widespread flooding. Hundreds of houses were damaged across Tres Unidos and Shamboyacu districts. President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski said that emergency efforts are being led by the Peruvian Ministry of Defense, which is working alongside the Civil Defense authority to assess the situation.

Protesters block access to Cusco International Airport

Roads leading to the Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport (CUZ) in Cusco, southern Peru, have been temporarily blocked as protesters took to the streets on Tuesday afternoon. According to El Comercio, administrative workers of the San Antonio Abad University launched a demonstration to demand better salaries, while they threatened to take over archaeological sites and tourist venues in Cusco if their demands are not met. The protest came as other workers from the judicial and education sector launched an indefinite strike action.

Twelve injured in emergency aircraft landing, Ucayali

Twelve individuals, including 10 passengers and two crew members have been injured after an Air Majoro aircraft was forced to make an emergency landing.  The plane was flying from Contamana to Pucallpa and landed 40km north of its' destination in a heavily forested area, near to the Brazilian border.  The authorities rescued the 12 people, and opened an investigation into the cause of the crash.


Travel advice during forthcoming census

On 22 October, a national census will take place in Peru.  The following information was issued by the British FCO: "There will be a curfew during the census from 08:00 to 17:00 but tourist services such as hotels and restaurants should continue to function as normal. If you are travelling to Peru on that date you can register at the nearest Census office in your district or wait until 22 October to be registered at your hotel.  You will be allowed to transit freely during the curfew once you have your registration card."

Seventeen arrested after cocaine seizure

Peruvian police have confirmed that they have seized 1,300kgs of cocaine at the port of El Callao.  The drug was compacted into synthetic tubes, and was bound for Mexico.  Police arrested 17 people involved in the operation, with raids taking place simultaneously in Valle del Rio Ene, Apurimac and Maranon, a zone in the Andes where 75 percent of the cocaine in Peru is grown. The leader of the anti-drugs squad, General Hector Loayza, said that it was the most sophisticated operation he had ever seen, with the cocaine combined in the structure of the tubes, and the cocaine being "neutralized" so that it was undetectable to sniffer dogs.  Indications are that the drugs were going to be sent to Mexico where they would have been distributed by the Sinaloa cartel.  Amongst those arrested was the suspected financial backer and the chemist who developed the new method of transporting the drugs.  According to the UN, Peru and Colombia are biggest global producers of cocaine.

Six arrested for extortion of transport company

On 17 October the National Police arrested six people belonging to four different criminal gangs in La Libertad for coercion and intimidation.  The gangs demanded that a transport company pay "security money" or face threats of the murder of family members and destruction of transport assets.  The operation involved more than 100 police officers.

Curfew for census on 22 October

Every 10 years the Peruvian Statistics Office INEI carries out a nationwide population census to update information about the population development, social, economic and employment situations as well as migration levels. The census will take place this year on 22 October 2017 between 08:00 and 17:00.  Everyone is obligated to participate, including Peruvians, foreign residents, tourists and visitors. During these hours there is a curfew in place to avoid duplications.  Police, armed forces and other state officials will block roads and check people who are not in their accommodation. Independent travellers arriving at the airport will not be permitted to leave until 17:00. All tourist facilities and restaurants will be closed.

Four Sendero Luminoso rebels killed

On 15 October it was announced that four Sendero Luminoso militants had been killed during police operations in the first half of October.  During the same operations, a further 13 people wanted for drug trafficking were detained. President Pedro Pablo Kuckzynkski's government has stated that the group is still a threat to the security despite the capture of its' main leader 25 years ago, with some elements of the group still operating in the VRAEM.

Shining Path militants kill police officer in VRAEM

A police officer has been shot dead during an armed confrontation with Shining Path militants in Ayacucho, southern Peru. The Colombian armed forces revealed that the incident happened near Pucacolpa on Sunday amid joint patrol operations in the restive VRAEM region. Security forces have been continuously operating across the coca-rich region in a fresh crackdown against the remnants of the Shining Path insurgent group.

Paraguayan national kidnapped in Lima

A 28-year-old Paraguayan national has been kidnapped after two armed criminals forced him into a car near Lima's Jorge Chavez International Airport (LIM). Peru's National Police warned Paraguayan diplomatic authorities of the kidnap of Jose Santa Cruz, a mechanic based in eastern Paraguay's Ciudad del Este. Local media reported that the victim's family was contacted to proceed with the ransom payment, but the information was not officially confirmed. A police operation located Santa Cruz in Tarapoto, San Martin department, while further investigations were launched to assess the motives behind the abduction.

Tribes occupy power plant to protest operational contracts in Loreto

Hundreds of natives took over a power plant and a number of oil wells in the Amazon to protest against the attribution of new exploration contracts in Loreto, north-eastern Peru. A local representative told Reuters on Wednesday that they demand that the government include indigenous tribes in the decision to renew contracts for major foreign oil producers currently operating in the region. All wells are part of the plot 192 - located near the Ecuadorian border - which is one of the biggest in the country. The protest came just a day after tensions broke out when indigenous tribes blocked Petroperu's engineers from fixing damage to an oil pipeline in Loreto's Santa Rosa community.

Renewed oil spills feared to spread across Amazon village

Two renewed oil spillages have been reported in the Peruvian Amazon after one of the main northern oil pipelines was damaged. According to the state-owned Petroperu, the incident happened near the community of Santa Rosa in Loreto. Petroperu's manager Beatriz Alva told local news that she fears that the spillage may reach the Maranon River as local indigenous tribes are blocking engineers from reaching the area to fix the damage. Oil spillages in Peru often occur mainly due to poorly maintained oil ducts or third-party attacks. An ongoing dispute is in place as indigenous communities request the hiring of local companies to operate in the region.

Earthquake series recorded in Matucana, near Lima

An earthquake series was recorded in Matucana, outskirts of Lima, in the early hours of Thursday morning. According to Peru's Geophysical Institute (IGP), 18 medium-intensity earthquakes shook the mountainous region around the capital, with the strongest reaching a 4.8-magnitude. IGP's chief Hernando Tavera told Peruvian media that despite being infrequent, such seismic activity in the region is normal due to a number of geological and tectonic faults. Peru is located along the Pacific Ring of Fire, a region highly prone to seismic and volcanic activity.

Congress outs Kuczynski's cabinet in no confidence vote

The opposition-controlled Congress has delivered a no confidence vote to President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski's cabinet. The parliament led by the right-wing Fuerza Popular rejected to renew confidence to Kuczynski's 19-member-cabinet, which is currently headed by Prime Minister Fernando Zavala. The government previously accused the opposition of blocking key reforms and seeking the demotion of Education Minister Marilu Martens. Political tensions in Peru could further deteriorate if the Congress rejects the new cabinet - which is set to be formed within the next 72 hours - forcing President Kaczynski to dissolve the parliament and call for snap elections.

Minister claims Shining Path still a threat to Peru

Interior Minister Carlos Basombrio said that the subversive Shining Path (Sendero Luminoso) group still poses a threat to Peru. Basombrio said during a decoration ceremony to intelligence officers that although they have been 'strategically defeated', the threat posed by the group should not be ignored. The Shining Path - which has largely focused on the drug-trafficking business - still widely operate in the restive VRAEM region, where recent attacks targeting security forces have been reported.

Jailed Shining Path ballerina released after 25 years

The jailed ballet dancer Maritza Garrido Lecca has been released after spending nearly 25 years in prison. Lecca was sentenced in 1992 for suspected links to the subversive Shining Path group. Lecca was sentenced for sheltering Shining Path's leader Abimael Guzman at her apartment in an affluent Lima neighbourhood, where propaganda material was recovered. Guzman was also charged with terrorism along with his associate and Lecca's boyfriend, Carlos Inchaustegui. Despite significantly weakened and turned to the drug-trafficking business, the Shining Path still widely operate in the restive VRAEM region.

North Korean ambassador to Peru expelled

The North Korean ambassador to Peru, Kim Hak-chol, has officially been declared persona non grata by the Peruvian government. Hak-chol has been given five days to leave Peru and return to North Korea. The expulsion was announced to demonstrate the country's condemnation of continued North Korean nuclear tests. According to local reports, the Peruvian described North Korea's nuclear testing as a flagrant violation of UN Security Council Resolutions. The expulsion comes a week after Mexico similarly expelled their North Korean ambassador, and just hours after the UN imposed a new series of sanctions on North Korea in response to their latest nuclear test.

State of emergency extended in Piura over El Nino

The government has ordered a 60-day extension to the current state of emergency in Piura, north-western Peru. The measure comes as part of recovering efforts for widespread damage caused by the El Nino meteorological phenomenon earlier this year. Thousands of people are still displaced in camps across the province after floods completely destroyed their homes.

Six campesinos shot dead in Amazon land dispute

Six campesinos have been shot dead as part of a presumed land dispute in the Peruvian Amazon region. According to the police, six bodies were recovered from a river and near a road in the isolated Nueva Requena district in Ucayali region. Reports suggest that dozens of heavily armed men stormed the community to forcefully evict more than 20 farmers working on the land. The chief of the local indigenous federation, Robert Guimaraes, told Reuters that all victims were members of a campesino community that was being pressured to leave the area. Land disputes across the Amazon are becoming common due to disagreements involving large landowners and mining companies against local farmers and indigenous communities.

Three police officers killed in VRAEM ambush

At least three police officers have been killed during an ambush in Huancavelica, south-western Peru. The incident happened on Wednesday afternoon in Churcampa province when armed criminals attacked a police patrol unit along the road between Tucuccasa and Huachuapampa. Huancavelica is located in the restive VRAEM region, where a state of emergency is in place due to ongoing military operations targeting drug-trafficking groups.

Hundreds of local officials under investigation for links to corruption

More than 600 local and regional officials are under investigation for crimes linked to corruption across Peru. Anti-corruption prosecutor Amado Enco informed that among the investigated are mayors and governors from current and previous mandates from 2008, 2011 and 2015. Corruption allegations recently engulfed Peruvian politics early this year after former presidents and high-level officials were implicated in a major bribery scandal linked to the Brazilian construction company Odebrecht.

Protests to continue in central Peru amid teachers' strike

Hundreds of teachers continue to protest in central Peru amid the ongoing nationwide teachers' strike. Demonstrations have been reported in Huancavelica, Ayacucho and Pasco, where main roads were blocked. In Huancayo, demonstrators clashed with the police, while in Chupaca protesters occupied a local education office. Marches intensified since the government and teachers' unions failed to reach an agreement last week.

Powerful 5.0-magnitude earthquake recorded near Arequipa

A powerful 5.0-magnitude earthquake was recorded on Wednesday morning near Arequipa, southern Peru. According to Peru's Geophysical Institute (IGP), the quake's epicentre was about 50 kilometres east of Acari at a depth of 103 kilometres. Reports revealed that a number of intersections along the Panamerican Sur highway were blocked due to falling rocks, while no casualties or major structural damages were recorded.

Thousands to march in Lima amid teachers' strike

Thousands of demonstrators are expected to take to the streets of Lima after syndicates and workers' organisations called a 48-hour nationwide strike. Public servants and private sector workers' are set to march towards Plaza Dos de Mayo on Thursday morning to demand better salaries and pensions among other requests. Demonstrations are being mainly fueled by the ongoing teachers' strike, which is set to continue due to failed negotiations between workers' unions and the Ministry of Education.

Teachers' protests to continue after failed negotiations

Nationwide protests are likely to continue after the Ministry of Education and teachers' syndicates failed to reach an agreement on Monday. Demonstrators have been gathered for several weeks at Lima's San Martin square while labour leaders negotiate their terms with the government. Although an initial deal was reached, protesters demand the current appraisal system to be fully scrapped. The Minister of Education Marilu Martens has been widely criticised as she reportedly refused to directly negotiate with workers' associations.

Several killed as passenger van crashes into lorry in Lima

Five people have been killed and at least 16 others were severely injured when a passenger van crashed into a lorry in Lima. The accident happened on Monday when the vehicle collided into the rear of a lorry along the Panamericana Sur highway. According to La Republica, the unlicensed vehicle was heading from the capital southwards to Canete. Road accidents in Peru are common mainly due to the lack of regulations, reckless driving, and - in some areas -poorly maintained roads. 

Minister raises concerns over criminal groups in eastern Peru

Defense Minister Jorge Nieto said during a press conference that he is concerned over the security situation in eastern Peru, especially in the tri-border with Brazil and Colombia. Nieto said that due to an ongoing crackdown on drug-trafficking groups in the restive VRAEM region, criminals are moving and diversifying their operations towards the areas surrounding the Putumayo River. He also issued concerns regarding a potential alliance to be forged between FARC dissidents and local criminal groups, namely the subversive Shining Path.

State of emergency declared over protests in Apurimac

The government declared on Wednesday a 30-day state of emergency due to ongoing protests in Apurimac region, southern Peru. Protesters erected road blockades along the main roads around the Las Bambas mine to block copper lorries from reaching the ports. Demonstrators are demanding that the government and the Chinese-owned mining company MMG Ltd pay the local community for use of the road. Police and military forces were dispatched to Challhuahuacho, Haquira and Mara. Despite the emergency - which forbids protests and gatherings - demonstrators said that further actions are set to continue.

Venezuelan Ambassador expelled as diplomatic tensions escalate

The Venezuelan Ambassador to Peru has been expelled as diplomatic tensions in Latin America deteriorate after Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro carried on with his National Constituent Assembly (ANC). The move came after President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski labelled Maduro a dictator and strongly condemned the ANC along with a dozen other Latin American governments. In response, Venezuela gave Peru's Ambassador in Caracas five days to leave the country; the diplomat was recalled in March when the Venezuelan Supreme Court took over the opposition-led parliament.

Deadly 5.6-magnitude earthquake triggers landslides in Arequipa

One person has been killed and two others were injured when a strong 5.6-magnitude earthquake triggered landslides in Arequipa. According to the US Geological Survey, the quake was recorded off the coast of Camana in the early hours of Friday. Local authorities revealed that the landslide happened along a road in Secocha, which was temporarily blocked. Peru is located in the Pacific Ring of Fire, a highly seismic area located along the western coast of the Americas.

Thousands protest nationwide amid teachers' stirke

Thousands of protesters took to the streets nationwide on Wednesday amid the ongoing teachers' strike. Demonstrators in Lima marched towards the San Martin square, where traffic across most central districts of the capital was highly affected. Demonstrations also took place in Chiclayo, Arequipa, Piura and Cusco. Syndicate leaders from several regions announced the suspension of further protests as President Pedro Pablo Kaczynski and the ministry of education agreed to engage in negotiations over a potential salary increase. 

One killed as clashes break out in displacement camp in Piura

A 23-year-old youngster has been killed and six others have been injured after clashes broke out at a camp in Piura, north-eastern Peru. According to El Comercio, an altercation erupted when the camp's landowner attempted to repossess the area in which more than 5,000 displaced people are settled. Riot police were deployed to the area when tensions escalated. Since March, thousands of people are living at the Santa Rosa camp after the El Nino meteorological phenomenon triggered widespread floodings in Piura.

Four killed as car falls into a canal in Piura

Four members of the same family were killed when their vehicle drove into a canal in Piura, north-western Peru. The accident happened in the early hours of Wednesday near El Partidor when the victims were travelling from Monterio to Piura. Authorities launched an investigation to assess the causes of the accident, which preliminary reports suggest it happened after a rupture at the car's front wheel.

Thousands march in Lima amid ongoing teachers' strike

Thousands of teachers marched on the streets of Lima amid an ongoing nationwide strike. Demonstrators reached the capital to demand better salaries and working conditions as well as to reject proposed education reforms. The march comes as part of an indefinite strike launched in mid-July, which has been extended due to failed talks with the government.

Soldier killed in renewed VRAEM clashes

A soldier has been killed when renewed clashes between security forces and militants broke out in Llochegua, VRAEM region. According to official sources, the soldier was killed when armed men attacked a special military unit in the Nuevo Horizonte area on Tuesday afternoon. The incident happened just hours after another soldier was also killed in the same area. Military operations in the region intensified amid efforts to tackle subversive groups linked to drug-trafficking operations.

Three climbers reported missing at Cordillera Blanca, Ancash

Three foreign tourists have been reported missing after climbing the Piramide de Garcilaso, located along the Cordillera Blanca mountain range in Ancash. Chile's Embassy in Lima is assisting in the searches as two of their nationals were reported missing last week. Another Russian climber also disappeared days later on the same 5,885-metre-high mountain.

Soldier shot dead in VRAEM ambush

A Peruvian soldier has been killed when heavily armed insurgents ambushed a patrolling unit in the restive VRAEM region, central Peru. The incident happened on Monday evening when army soldiers were carrying out a military operation near Nuevo Horizonte area in Llochegua. There is still a strong military presence in the area as reports suggest the presence of criminals widely operating around Nuevo Horizonte. 

Government extends state of emergency in VRAEM

The government issued a 60-day extension to the ongoing state of emergency in the restive VRAEM region, central Peru. Among the areas affected are 46 districts in Ayacucho, Huancavelica, Cusco and Junin provinces. With the measure, protests and some constitutional civil rights remain highly restricted. The VRAEM has under a state of emergency for several months now due to ongoing military operations to tackle drug-trafficking and criminal groups stationed in the region.

Protests spread amid teachers' strike in southern Peru

Thousands of people are still protesting amid the ongoing teachers' strike that started in Cusco, southern Peru. Protests spread across Junin, Huancavelica, Apurimac, Ayacucho and Puno, where daily protests are taking places. Tensions escalated when hundreds stormed the Francisco Carle Airport's landing strip in Jauja, while in other areas roadblocks and further clashes with the security forces were also reported. Last week, the government declared a state of emergency in Cusco after protests affected thousands of residents and tourists.

Authorities confirm three Dengue fever deaths in Piura

Regional health authorities announced on Tuesday morning that three people died after contracting Dengue fever in Piura, north-western Peru. The victims were a 76-year-old man and two women, whose symptoms were confirmed after extensive investigations. So far, Dengue fever has claimed the lives of more than 41 people in Piura, while accounting for more than 44,000 cases. Piura is currently under a state of sanitary emergency after intense floods and mudslides hit the region in early-2017, heavily affecting local health centres' operations.

Strong eruption recorded at the Sabancaya Volcano, Arequipa

Local authorities recorded a strong eruption at the Sabancaya Volcano in Arequipa, southern Peru, on Monday morning. According to reports, ashes reached up to 4,500 metres into the air, affecting villages across a 40-mile radius - mostly around the province of Caylloma. It remains unclear if the eruption constitutes any environmental or health risks, but authorities have advised people to remain aware of ash clouds.

Three shot during robbery attempt in Lima

Three people were injured when an intense shooting broke out overnight on Friday in Lima. According to local media, the shootout erupted between armed criminals and security guards during a robbery attempt on a businessman in Santiago de Surco. Robberies in the area are relatively common, mainly due to its location near several escape routes.

Five police officers ambushed in Huanta, VRAEM

Five police officers have been injured after they were ambushed by heavily armed criminals in the restive VRAEM region, southern Peru. General Vicente Romero told local media that the police officers were attacked on Friday afternoon during an operation to capture a wanted drug-trafficker in the Llochegua district, Huanta province. VRAEM is a volatile area in southern Peru, where criminal groups involved in international and domestic drug-trafficking widely operate.

State of emergency declared over protests in Cusco

The government has declared a state of emergency after nearly 40 days of unrest in Cusco, southern Peru. The decision was implemented a day after the Council of Ministers approved the new measure to address the ongoing teachers' demonstrations in the region. The areas affected are Cusco, Machu Picchu, Ollantaytambo, Wanchaq and San Sebastian. With the institution of an emergency, the government has reserved the right to block protests and large gatherings.

Government under pressure after dismissal of special counsel

President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski's administration is under pressure after the dismissal of Katherine Ampuero, a special counsel on the Odebrecht corruption probe. The government is being accused of interference after Justice Minister Marisol Perez sacked Ampuero for failing to reach a deal on the sale of Odebrecht's irrigation company Olmos. Peruvian politics has been shaken by the widespread corruption scandal, which already implicated several high-level government officials, including four former presidents. 

One killed during violent clashes in Puno

A 38-year-old man was killed and two others injured during violent clashes between miners and the police in Puno, south-eastern Peru. Local media reported on Tuesday that the situation escalated when eight criminals were arrested for stealing gold from a mine in La Rinconada. Shooting broke out when miners set a police vehicle on fire and attacked a station in an attempt to grab the suspects, who were already in police custody, to lynch them on the streets.

Ongoing protests cause disruption in Cusco

The Peruvian National Police (PNP) revealed to the US Embassy in Peru that the ongoing teachers' protests are expected to last for several weeks in Cusco. Last week, thousands of tourists were stranded after demonstrators forced the suspension of services to the historical sites of the Machu Pichu. In a statement released on Tuesday, Peru's Tourism Ministry said that the government is working to avoid further disruptions, while the PNP announced the deployment of additional police officers to the area.

Strong 6.4-magnitude earthquake hits Arequipa

A powerful 6.4-magnitude earthquake was recorded on Monday along the south-western coast of Peru. The US Geological Survey revealed that the quake struck off the coast of Camana in Arequipa at a depth of 44-km. No casualties or major damage was reported. Peru is located in the Pacific Ring of Fire, a highly seismic area located along the western coast of the Americas.

Eight killed as bus falls into a cliff in Amazonas

At least eight people have been killed and 32 others injured when a bus drove off a cliff in Amazonas, northern Peru. Local media reported that the vehicle was heading from San Martin to the capital Lima, when it crashed in the early hours of Sunday in Bongara province. Bus accidents in Peru are common and often cause a high number of casualties, mainly due to reckless driving and poorly maintained roads.

A dozen injured in massive gas explosion in Lima

At least a dozen people were injured on Wednesday when a lorry carrying gas cylinders exploded in Lima. Five surrounding vehicles in the San Isidro neighbourhood were completely destroyed in the blast. Investigations were launched to assess the cause of the explosion, while preliminary reports suggest that the fire was ignited after the lorry experienced an electrical malfunction.

Former president to face prison time over bribery scheme

Former President Ollanta Humala is under investigation for alleged money laundering charges. A prosecutor is requesting up to 18 months in prison for Humala and his wife - Nadine Heredia, the founder of Humala's Peruvian Nationalist Party (PNP) - after they were both accused of receiving bribes from the Brazilian conglomerate Odebrecht and former Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. Humala is set to attend a court hearing on Wednesday. This is the second former Peruvian president to be implied in the Odebrecht scandal. In February, a judge ordered an 18-month sentence to Alejandro Toledo.

Protesters block access to the Machu Pichu, Cusco

Thousands of teachers and education professionals have blocked one of the main stations of access to the Machu Pichu in Cusco, southern Peru. Demonstrators stormed the Ollantaytambo station on Monday and blocked the railway with stones and logs, forcing hundreds to remain stranded as services were suspended for several hours. The protest came several days after the Ministry of Education and the teachers' syndicate failed to reach an agreement aimed to improve salaries and working conditions. Further protests are expected on Thursday.

Peru recalls ambassador to Ecuador over border row

Peru has recalled its ambassador to Ecuador due to an ongoing diplomatic row regarding the construction of a border wall along the Zarumilla River. The information was confirmed on Monday by the Peruvian Foreign Affairs Ministry. Ecuador claims that its urban redevelopment project aims to avoid increasing the risk of floods in the bordering area; however, Peru stated that such construction would divert the river flow and increase the risk of floods in its territory. Concerns have previously been raised over potential threats to regional integration between communities along the border. The Ecuadorian government has requested a meeting with its Peruvian counterparts in order to discuss such grievances.

Nine killed and scores injured in Lima tourist bus crash

At least nine people have been killed and 25 others were injured when a bus crashed near the presidential palace in Lima. The accident happened on Sunday evening when the tourist bus was heading to San Cristobal Hill. According to the health ministry, the double-decker vehicle was likely travelling at an excessive speed before plunging off a cliff. Bus accidents often occur in Peru and usually cause a high number of casualties, mainly due to reckless driving and poorly maintained roads.

Thousands to march against pardon to former president

Thousands of people are expected to take part in a nationwide protest against former President Alberto Fujimori on Friday. Demonstrations were called in Lima at San Martin Square at 19:00 local time. The protest is against President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski's plans to pardon Fujimori for his crimes against humanity. Fujimori was convicted in 2009 to spend 25 years in prison after a court ruled his part on the extrajudicial killings during his government clashes against left-wing guerillas in the 1990s.

Police destroy illegal mining camps in Madre de Dios

More than 2,000 police officers have been deployed to dismantle dozens of illegal mining settlements in Madre de Dios, eastern Peru. A police operation initiated on Tuesday evening to destroy illegal camps in Zorro Valencia, La Nueva Pena and Tres Fronteiras, all located close to the Tambopata National Reserve. Besides illegal mining exploration and trade, the area is known for high levels of subversive activities, including the prostitution of minors and human trafficking. 

Police dismantle extortion ring in northern Lima

More than 1,000 police officers took part in a crackdown to an extortion ring in northern Lima. The police operation was launched on Tuesday to target members of the 'Los Babys de Oquendo' gang. The group was responsible for extortion and assassinations in the capital. At least 55 people were arrested, including 21 police officers, when the police raided dozens of properties in Callao and other areas. Three police officers were injured after a shooting broke out during the operation. 

Hundreds deployed to fight massive fire in Lima

Four people are missing after a massive fire broke out in a warehouse on Thursday evening in Lima. More than 600 firefighters have been deployed to the commercial area of Las Malvinas to put out a fire which spread across several buildings. Emergency services isolated a large area around the capital's south-east while firefighters have been battling the flames for nearly 12 hours.

Finance Minister forced to step down over contract scandal

Peru's Congress overwhelmingly vote on Thursday to oust Finance Minister Alfredo Thorne over an alleged contract scandal. Thorne is accused of secretly attempting to modify a millionaire airport contract. Political tensions in Peru remain high after several high-level politicians were implicated in bribery schemes linked to the Odebrecht scandal. This is the third minister to step down from President Pablo Kuczynski's administration amid a fierce battle with the opposition-controlled Congress.

Neighbourhood on lockdown during false police operation

A small neighbourhood in a Lima district has been put on lockdown after dozens of fake police officers carried out a false anti-drugs operation. Residents of an entire neighbourhood in Carabayllo were asked to leave their residences while more than 40 heavily armed fake police officers raided their homes in the early hours of Friday. A similar operation was recently dismantled when a criminal duo posing as police officers targeted pedestrians in La Libertad.

Protesters chained in protest at Ministry of Health in Lima

Demonstrators chained themselves in front of the Ministry of Health in the capital Lima to protest an alleged contamination caused by mining exploration in Pasco, central Peru. Protesters claim that dozens of children and hundreds of residents of Simor Bolivar are facing health problems due to a high level of contamination caused by heavy metals, especially in the drinking water. 

Several injured in clashes in Tuman, Chiclayo

Clashes between protesters and riot police led to several people getting injured in Chiclayo, north-western Peru. Clashes escalated when local sugar factory workers stormed the company's plantation sites in Tuman. Protesters have been protesting for more than a month to demand the company's current shareholders to resign. 

Massive fire breaks out at commercial centre in Lima

More than 200 firefighters were deployed to put off a massive fire that broke out at a commercial centre in Lima. The fire at the Galeria La Cochera, located near Mesa Redonda, initiated on Monday morning and put off hours later. However, on Tuesday morning the fire was reactivated. Five people have been injured due to the inhalation of hazardous fumes. Meanwhile, no victims have been reported in another large fire at a plastic factory in Callao where authorities urged locals to avoid the area over the burning of highly inflammable materials.

Two die of Dengue fever in Piura

Regional health authorities announced that two people died after contracting Dengue fever in Piura, north-western Peru. One of the victims was a 72-year-old from La Matanza, while the second patient was an 83-year-old from Castilla. More than 7,000 Dengue cases have been reported in the area so far, while health authorities have ordered a fumigation to fight mosquitos - which also transmit Zika and Chikungunya.

Government condemns Ecuadorian border wall in Zarumilla

The Peruvian government condemned the construction of an 800-metre border wall as part of an urban development project in south-western Ecuador. Peru's foreign ministry demanded the immediate suspension on the construction project part of the wider development of the Parque Lineal de Huaquillas, on the Ecuadorian side of the Zarumilla International Canal. The project borders the Peruvian municipality of Aguas Verdes, and the government claims the wall will hinder regional integration.

Regional authorities confirm four Zika virus cases in La Libertad

Regional health authorities confirmed on Monday four Zika virus cases in La Libertad, north-western Peru. The cases were reported in Milagro, Guadalupe and Laredo. Fumigation teams are working across the country in order to extinguish potential aedes aegypti breeding grounds - the mosquito that also transmits Dengue and Chikungunya. 

Strong earthquake reported in north-western Peru

A strong 6.2-magnitude earthquake was recorded on Monday morning in north-western Peru. The quake with 52 depth happened between the provincial borders of Tumbes and Piura. No significant damage was reported besides local schools. According to Peru's Geophysics Institute (IGP), 145 quakes were reported so far in the country in 2017. Peru is located in the Pacific Ring of Fire, a highly seismic area located along the western coast of the American continent.

Four soldiers die during military training in Lima

Four Peruvian soldiers drowned during a military training exercise at a beach in the capital Lima. The incident happened on Friday morning when dozens of soldiers headed to Marbella Beach in Magdalena del Mar. Weather conditions were severe with high winds and large waves reported along the coast. The government opened investigations on the group's commanding officers, while family members demand justice.


Bus falls into a cliff and kills five in Moquegua

Five people have been killed and four others have been injured after a minibus fell off a cliff in Moquegua, southern Peru. The incident occurred on Wednesday afternoon when the vehicle was en route from San Antonio to Yunga. Preliminary reports suggest that the cause was a mechanical malfunction. Bus accidents often occur in Peru and usually cause a high number of casualties, mainly due to reckless driving and poorly maintained vehicles.

Two police officers ambushed in Luricocha, VRAEM

Two police officers have been killed during an ambush in the restive VRAEM region - Apurimac, Ene, Mantaro Rivers Valley - in southern Peru. Over six suspected drug traffickers ambushed both officers during a road patrol in Luricocha. The incident comes just a week after the Peruvian government announced plans to reinforce security around the VRAEM region, where insurgents and drug traffickers widely operate.

Arequipa's Sabancaya volcano suffers activity increase

The National Emergency Operations Centre (COEN) reported a slight increase in the activity of the Sabancaya volcano in Arequipa, southern Peru. According to COEN, the Sabancaya has been facing a daily average of 41 explosions, whilst continually emitting ashes and gas up to 3,500 metres over the crater. Low-intensity earthquakes have also increased, especially in Maca, Pinchollo and Cabanaconde. 

Dozens of dengue fever cases reported at schools in Talara, Piura

The Emergency Operations Centre (COE) revealed that 43 cases of dengue fever have been reported in several schools in Talara, Peru's north-western Piura department. All reported cases involved students, staff and teachers. Piura has been hit by a dengue outbreak, where 16 people were already killed and more than 700 others infected. The risk of mosquito-borne diseases has significantly increased due to intense rains followed by floodings and landslides nationwide.


Clashes break out in Chimbote as fishermen demand minister's resignation

Hundreds of fishermen endorsed by two major syndicates stormed the streets of Chimbote, north-western Peru, to demand the resignation of the country's Production Minister Bruno Giuffra. Two men were injured when the protest escalated, forcing the riot police to fire tear gas to block the march. Demonstrators are accusing Giuffra of favouring large fishing companies through policies that, among them, ban the direct human consumption of the local fish Peruvian Anchoveta. 

Mining federation approves strike action over labour disputes

Mining workers opted to launch strike action in June due to ongoing labour disputes. The group led by the National Federation of Miners, Metallurgists and Steelworkers are set to engage in the biggest strike action in the last two years. The move comes against the government's new labour law aimed at reducing workers. Peru is an important power in the worldwide mining industry, being the second largest producer of copper, zinc and silver.

Woman dies from dengue fever in La Libertad

A 22-year-old woman has died after contracting Dengue in La Libertad, north-western Peru. Daniela Sosaya headed to the hospital on Saturday after feeling some symptoms, which deteriorated days later. So far, the recent Dengue outbreak has caused eight deaths in Peru. The risk of mosquito-borne diseases has significantly increased due to intense rains followed by floodings and landslides nationwide.

Massive operation targets military-linked criminals in Lima

At least nine people were arrested and hundreds of weapons seized in a massive police operation across six Lima's districts. The operation led by the Prosecutor's Office and the National Police targeted a criminal group mainly composed of former military personnel and police officers. According to Interior Minister Carlos Basombrio the group trafficked weapons to other groups and used Peruvian Air Force (FAP) facilities to train assassins. 

Criminals storm restaurant in Lima

Four armed men stormed a restaurant in Lima's Chorrillos district on Wednesday evening. A customer was injured when criminals attempted to reach for the counter. According to El Comercio, this is the third time the restaurant El Hornero was attacked by robbers.

Indigenous groups protest over land dispute

Hundreds of indigenous protesters invaded a petrol company's plot of land in the Amazon over a compensation dispute. The protesters are demanding a compensatory payment for Pacific Stratus International Energy's exploration activities in indigenous areas in Andoas district, Datem del Maranon province. Indigenous leaders also called on Prime Minister Fernando Zavala to negotiate the deal under threats to launch further protests.

Shining Path militant arrested in Huancavelica

A presumed member of the Shining Path group has been arrested in Huancavelica, south-eastern Peru. Wilmer Jaime Huaman was targeted by a joint operation led by the police anti-terrorism detachment in Tayacaja province. The 29-year-old assailant is suspect of providing logistical support and recruitment to the group. The Shining Path is a subversive group dedicated to drug-trafficking and kidnapping in southern Peru.

Mine workers in southern Peru to launch strike action

Workers of southern Peru's Toquepala and Cuajone copper mines are set to engage in a strike action next week amid compensation disputes. The strike comes as workers demand a larger share of the profits from the Southern Copper Corp - the world's second-largest copper producer - as the copper's price and revenues suffered a significant increase. A previous industrial action took place in another copper mine also in southern Peru, where workers suspended activities for three weeks.

Foreign ministry recalls Peru's Ambassador to Venezuela

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced on Thursday the recall of Peru's Ambassador to Venezuela. The measure comes after the Venezuelan Supreme Court took over legislative functions of the opposition-led National Assembly. The Venezuelan government has been facing severe pressure from its Latin American peers, including threats of suspension from the Organisation of the American States (OAS), over claims of anti-democratic policies and values.

Four killed as Piura river overflows in northern Peru

Widespread flooding across northern Peru has forced more than  500 people to be evacuated in Catacaos and Piura. Four people drowned after the Piura river overflowed due to incessant rains during the weekend. It is estimated that more than 30,000 people were affected by the heavy downpour, wich is expected to last until Saturday. So far, more than 90 people have lost their lives since the start of Peru's rainy season.

Peruvian Airlines plane caught on fire at runway in Junin

A Peruvian Airlines plane crashed when descending at the Francisco Carle de Jauja Airport in Junin, central Peru. The accident happened on Saturday afternoon, where at least 20 passengers were slightly injured and dozens were evacuated. The aircraft crashed into the airport's runway and caught on fire due to undisclosed reasons, which are being investigated.

Warning over potential flooding in Cajamarca and La Libertad

The National Meteorological Service (Senamhi) has issued flood warnings for villages in Cajamarca and La Libertad, north-western Peru. Senamhi reports raised concerns over the potential overflowing of the Jequetepeque river, which on Tuesday reported one of its highest levels ever. The most affected villages are Tembladera, Chilete and Yonan; along with the road between Cajamarca and Ciudad de Deos.  

Thousands suffer from water shortages across Peru

Hundreds of thousands of people across Peru are suffering from water shortages as rivers are operating at maximum capacities. Despite the rains, centres are not complying with the treatment of the large volumes of water. Lima's districts, Trujillo and Arequipa are the main areas affected. Water providers have reassured people that the situation is likely to come back to normal, while alternative water sources suffered a significant price hike.

Woman dies of dengue fever in Lambayeque

The regional health director of Lambayeque, north-western Peru, announced that a 49-year-old died on Saturday after being diagnosed with dengue fever. Two others remain hospitalised as local health authorities urged central government for medicines. Due to the ongoing weather conditions in Peru, health facilities are suffering medicines shortages. The risk of dengue and other mosquito-borne diseases are increased in flooded and forest areas.

Officers killed during Shinning Path incursion in Ayacucho

Three police officers have been killed and another has been injured during an ambush in Ayacucho, southern Peru. The incident happened on Saturday morning in the Santa Rosa district. An intense shootout was reported before the criminals fled into the jungle. The attack happened in the Apurimac, Ene and Mantaro Rivers Valley (Vraem) - a known stronghold of Shinning Path militants. 

Heavy rains trigger massive landslide in Trujillo

The historical centre of Trujillo, north-western Peru, was hit by a massive landslide on Sunday afternoon. Torrential rains triggered a sudden mudslide across the city, affecting areas such as El Provenir and Victor Larco. Trujillo remains isolated after a bridge in the Viru province collapsed just a few days ago. The town's mayor told La Republica that this is potentially one of the worst landslides to hit the area in the last 20 years.

Heavy downpour to heavily affect western Peru

Heavy rains are expected to affect more than 19 regions in Peru, including provinces in the capital Lima. According to the National Meteorological Service (Senamhi) the areas most affected are located along the Peruvian western mountains. The downpour is expected to last until Saturday 25 March, when rivers in the capital are feared to overflow. On Sunday, authorities announced that, since the rainy season started, more than 745 people were killed and hundreds were injured across the country.

Downpour expected to continue across north-western provinces

The communications and transport minister has announced that intense rains along Peru's north-western provinces - Lambayeque, Piura and Ascope - are likely to continue until the end of March. Areas around the capital Lima are also expected to be hit by heavy downpours. According to the government, landslides, mudslides and flooding across the country have already killed more than 60 people and injured 170 others during the rainy season.

Warning over increasing river levels around Lima

Heavy rains and severe weather conditions have forced the National Meteorology Service (Senamhi) to issue a weather alert to several areas across the capital. The warning comes as the levels of the Rimac, Chillon and Chancay rivers are expected to rise. Since Tuesday, thousands of residents have been heavily affected by the overflowing of major Peruvian rivers.

One shot during robbery attempt in Lima

One person was injured when a shootout erupted during a robbery attempt in Lima. The incident was reported on Tuesday afternoon when two vehicles approached the victim's car in the Chorrillos district. According to El Comercio, the victim was attacked moments after withdrawing a large amount of cash. 

Flood sweeps passenger bus off road in Chiclayo, Lambayeque

A passenger bus was swept off the road on Sunday evening as a river in Lambayeque, northern Peru, overflowed due to heavy rains. The bus - which had been en route from Chiclayo to Chota, Cajamarca - was hit by the flood when the driver tried to cross a flooded road in the Chongoyape district. One person is feared to be missing as the remaining unharmed passengers were rescued by the National Police.

Over a dozen killed in bus accident in Yauya, Ancash

At least 15 people died on Saturday afternoon after a minibus drove off a 400-metre high cliff in northern Peru. Local authorities said the crash happened in Yauya, Ancash department, and believe that it was caused by heavy rain. Bus accidents in Peru are common and often lead to a high number of casualties, especially during severe weather conditions.

Several injured and three missing due to mudslides in Satipo

Nine people have been injured and three remain missing after mudslides hit the Satipo province, central Peru. Heavy rains overnight on Thursday affected hundreds of residents in the Puerto Prado community. Satipo's governor, Angel Unchipaico, demanded that the central government declare a state of emergency in the area as widespread landslides have been reported in several areas of the province.

Thousands march in renewed anti-corruption protest in Lima

Thousands of protesters represented by workers' and students unions marched on the streets of Lima against corruption. Demonstrators gathered at San Martin Square on Thursday afternoon to head towards Supreme Court's office. The march came over the ongoing investigations to three previous administrations involved in a Latin American bribery scandal led by the Brazilian construction company Odebrecht.

Weather alert issued to northern Peru

The Hydrology and Meteorology National Service (Senamhi) issued an alert of extreme weather conditions in northern Peru on Friday. The areas of Tumbes, Piura, Lambayeque, Cajamarca and La Libertad are expected to be hit by heavy rainfall and thunderstorms - which are expected to last until Thursday 09 March. Thousands were already trapped in Piura over non-stop rains during the week, while widespread flooding was reported across northern Peru.

Six dead and scores injured in bus crash near Lima

At least six people were killed and 22 others injured in a bus crash near Lurin, on the outskirts of Lima. The accident happened on Wednesday when a bus en route to Brena crashed with a lorry on the Pan-American highway. The motives remain uncertain. Most accidents in Peru are caused by reckless driving. The Pan-American highway is reported to be a very dangerous road, especially between Lima and Asia district.

Thousands trapped due to heavy rainfall in Piura

Over 3,000 people remain trapped after heavy rainfall affected several localities in Piura region, north-western Peru. Most of the areas hit by the severe conditions are located across the Morropon district, while authorities warned of the potential overflowing of the Piura river. Northern Peru has been severely hit by heavy rains, which is expected to last until March.

Scores killed in bus crash in Trujillo

At least 18 people have been killed and seven others have been injured in a massive accident in the Panamericana Norte road in Trujillo, north-western Peru. On Thursday morning, a lorry, a passenger bus and a motorcycle crashed near Mache district. In 2016, dozens of people died in several deadly accidents involving buses and other vehicles on the Panamerican road.

Shooting breaks out on passenger bus in Lima

A shooting erupted at a passenger bus in Lima, when three robbers stormed the vehicle on Thursday. The incident happened in San Juan de Lurigancho when an off-duty police officer repelled the criminal action with his gun while they were robbing passengers. No civilian were injured. Criminals, often posing as passengers, raid public buses targeting to steal mobiles, tablets and other valuables. 

Armed robbers raid sushi restaurant in Lima

Costumers and employees of an exclusive sushi restaurant in Lima were attacked by armed robbers on Thursday evening. The restaurant located in San Borja neighbourhood was raided by at least four armed men, who took approximately S/4,000 (US$1,200). A similar attack happened in mid-January when criminals robbed a Chinese restaurant in the Salamanca neighbourhood.

Emergency declared over protests against mining company in Cusco

A 30-day state of emergency has been declared in Coponaque, southern Peru's Cusco region, over an ongoing strike against a mining company. The measure was imposed on Monday after local residents staged a 72-hour strike against a the Canadian company Hudbay. Demonstrators demand the company rehabilitate the road used by its lorries, claiming that the conditions and dust contaminate the region. The emergency was declared as tensions were feared to escalate.

Emergency authority warns over flooding in northern Peru

The National Emergency Operations Centre (COEN) has warned that heavy rains have increased the levels of the Tumbes and Piura rivers, raising the risk of overflowing. Both rivers located in northern Peru, have been under alert due to the sudden increase that is likely to trigger flooding in communities located along the rivers' bank. The warning comes after hundreds were already affected across Lima's districts, especially in Huarochiri and Yauyos.


Four dead and several injured in shootout in Lima

At least four people were killed and nine others injured when a gunman opened fire around Lima's Financial district on Saturday evening. Local media reported that the shooter was a street food vendor who was asked by local municipal workers for his business permit. The 32-year-old opened fire indiscriminately on the workers and later stormed a disco, killing a security guard and two employees. The shooting spree ended after authorities managed to kill the perpetrator hours later.

Thousands march in Lima against corruption

Thousands of people have marched in the streets of Lima against recent corruption scandals involving prominent Peruvian politicians. Civil associations gathered with students and social groups near the Supreme Court to head towards San Martin square. Peru has been engulfed by the Latin American bribery scandal involving public contracts with the construction company Odebrecht, where four former Peruvian presidents were already implicated in the investigations.

Government declares 90-day sanitary emergency to Lima provinces

The government has declared a 90-day state of sanitary emergency to eight provinces around the capital Lima. The emergency is intended to enable mobilisation by all means necessary to provide resources to affected areas in Huarochiri, Canete, Barranca, Yayuos, Huaral, Huaura, Oyon and Canta. Recent episodes of heavy rain and mudslides have increased the risk for contraction of mosquito-borne diseases such as zika, chikungunya and dengue. 

Rivers around Lima on alert due to potential overflowing

The National Meteorological and Hydrology Service (Senhamhi) has issued an alert over the rising levels of several rivers around the capital Lima. The alert includes the Lurin, Mala, Chancay-Huaral, Chillon and Riumac rivers. A warning was issued for potential flooding and landslides in areas located on the rivers banks. The alert comes a week after an alert was issued for the Riumac river, which passed its maximum capacity.

Thousands already affected by flooding and mudslides in Ica

The National Civilian Defence Institute (Indeci) has reported that over 52,000 people have been affected by the intense rains which have triggered flooding and mudslides along the Ica region in south-western Peru. The most severely hit areas were Santiago, Palpa and San Jose de los Molinos. The Indeci also revealed that over 12,000 homes were affected. Last week, the government declared a 60-day state of emergency to the province's Pisco and Chincha areas.

Health institute issues sanitary alert over flooding and mudslides

The National Health Institute (INS) has issued an alert over potential sanitary risks to areas affected by flooding and landslides. According to the INS, the main risks regard the contraction of leptospirosis - a bacterial infection transmitted by animals such as rats. It is recommended to avoid any skin contact with strained and muddy water on the streets. Also, the INS warned over the increasing risk of mosquito-borne infections such as dengue, chikungunya and zika. Most of Peru's western coast and areas around Lima were highly affected by the heavy downpour.

Lima districts on alert over rising levels of Riumac river

Several districts in the capital Lima have been placed on alert over the rising levels of the Riumac river. The highest alerts were issued in Chaclacayo, Chosica, San Juan de Lurigancho, el Cercado and San Martín de Porres. Authorities reported a volume increase in the river, which has passed its maximum capacity.

Judge issues international arrest warrant for former president

An international arrest warrant has been issued for former Peruvian president Alejandro Toledo. A judge has given a 18-month preventive prison sentence to Toledo, who is accused of money laundering during his time in office between 2001 and 2006. He is one of the four former Peruvian presidents to be implicated as part of the Latin American corruption scandal involving the construction company Odebrecht. 

Emergency declared over weather in Chincha and Pisco

A 60-day state of emergency has been declared on Peru's western province of Chincha and the city of Pisco. The decree was announced by Prime Minister Fernando Zavala who declared the emergency over the intense rains and mudslides which have affected the area. The announcement comes just one day after the government issued a state of sanitary emergency to Lambayeque, Tumbes and Piura over public health concerns in areas affected by floods.

State of sanitary emergency declared in north-western Peru

The government declared a 90-day state of sanitary emergency in three provinces in north-western Peru. The provinces of Lambayeque, Tumbes and Piura are under alert over potential health risks caused by the lack of operational health centres after they were destroyed by flooding and mudslides. The emergency will be key to directing all necessary resources to rebuild the structures and assist the population. The government fears that the flooded areas may be infested by mosquitoes that transmit dengue, zika or chikungunya.

Dozens affected by flash flooding in Yungay, Ancash

Dozens of houses and lands have been completely destroyed due to flooding in Yungay, Ancash region in western Peru. Several roads across the Canyasbamba sector were blocked by the flash floods caused by the intense rain and overflowing of the Lacramarca river. Regional authorities have urged the government to declare an emergency in the area as further landslides and flooding are feared to continue. Meteorological authorities have issued heavy rain alerts for the whole Peruvian coast, especially in areas in the outskirts of Lima and Arequipa.

Workers' association calls march against corruption in Lima

Peru's General Workers Confederation (CGTP) called the population and civil associations to stage a march on the streets of Lima on Thursday 16 February. The march will take place amid the investigations involving the construction company Odebrecht, where several high level politicians - including four former presidents - are implicated in corruption schemes. Further, the demonstration also demands thar President Pedro Kuczynski enforce workers' rights previously agreed between the government and the CGTP.

Four former presidents implicated in corruption scandal

Four former Peruvian presidents have been implicated in the Car Wash investigations in connection to the Brazilian giant-construction company Odebrecht. Most cases point to Alejandro Toledo, who was denounced by a Brazilian executive for having receiving US$20 million in bribes over a contract. Ollanta Humala - president from 2011 to 2016 - is suspected to have received funds from the company to finance his National Party electoral campaign. Minor charges are also held against Alberto Fujimori and Alan Garcia. 

Water shortages as flooding and downpour hit Lambayeque

Several villages in Lambayeque, north-eastern Peru, have been suffering a severe water shortage due to heavy downpour and flooding. The situation is enhanced by the deficient drainage system in the region, especially in Chiclayo and Tucume. Locals have urged the government to declare an emergency in the area as health concerns are being raised. Authorities are battling the main sources of mosquitoes in the area to avoid any outbreak. Flooding and downpour has been reported in the area for weeks and is likely to remain unstable.

Communities isolated as mudslides hit Ancash province

Renewed mudslides have led to the isolation of several communities in Ancash province, western Peru. The incident happened on Thursday evening when the mudslides hit the towns of San Jacinto and Napena, that had at least six neighbourhoods isolated. Several areas were also affected by flooding caused by the Solivin river. The phenomenon have been triggered by the intense downpour reported in the area in recent weeks.

Thousands protest against airport construction delay in Cusco

Residents of southern Peru's Cusco region staged a protest on Wednesday afternoon over the construction delays on the Chinchero International Airport. The project was put on hold over opposition criticism regarding a potential change in the contract that President Pedro Pablo Kuczysnki claims to save the country nearly half the initial budget. Demonstrators blocked the roads between Cusco, Lima and Abancay - they also connect to the Machu Pichu and the Inca monument, Ollantaytambo - with stones and other objects. The situation is set to be discussed on Friday, as the minister of transport will meet with Kuczysnki to resume the works.

Several injured as massive fire breaks out in Lima

At least 20 people were injured on Wednesday when a massive fire broke out in Lima. According to news reports, more than 40 houses were destroyed by the flames that ravaged three communities in La Victoria neighbourhood. The blazes were enhanced due to the residences structures made of wood and cardboard. Authorities believe the fire was triggered by an electrical malfunction.

Huaycoloro river overflowing causes disruptions near Lima

Flooding caused by the overflowing of the Huaycoloro river led to several disruptions in several districts of Lima. Hundreds of vehicles were stranded on the traffic blocked by the mud and more than 5,000 people were affected. The Huaycoloro bridge was dragged for more than 20 metres as the strong river stream damaged its structure. Several residents across Huachipa were affected by the rising levels of water forcing the local potable water supplier to suspend some services overnight on Wednesday.

Regional government issues alert over flooding in Loreto

The Regional Government of Loreto, north-eastern Peru, declared a red alert over the potential level increasing of the Ucayali, Maranon and Huallaga rivers. The National Meteorology and Hydrology Service (Senamhi) stated that, despite moderate rainfall, the region is expected to be hit by electrical storms and heavy winds in the coming days. The government put 20 hydro-ambulances on standby in order to transport the potential injured and bed-sick residents. The rivers are tributaries to the Amazon and Napo rivers that already hold a yellow emergency alert.

Man killed as landslides and flooding hit villages around Arequipa

One man has been killed and five others have been injured as landslides hit Arequipa. Intense rains and severe weather ravaged the high grounds of Paucarpata on Sunday, leading to landslides and flooding across the area's lowlands. Police reports stated that several people also needed assistance after being trapped in their homes in Mariano Melgar and Jose Luis Bustamante areas. Widespread mudslides have been triggered across central and southern Peru, especially around Arequipa, due to the heavy downpour and erosion.

Two hotels and houses destroyed due to flooding in Huancavelica

Two hotels and more than a dozen houses have been completely destroyed by flooding in Huancavelica, central Peru. The information was confirmed by the regional authority that urged central government to declare emergency in the region. According to the authorities, the flooding was caused by the rising levels of the Sicra river that weakened the foundation of several buildings, forcing hundreds to be evacuated. Extreme weather and heavy downpours have been triggering destruction across southern and central Peru through flooding and successive landslides.

Three killed as mudslides hit dozens of vehicles near Arequipa

Three people have been killed as a mudslide has hit southern Peru's Panamericana Sur road near Arequipa. Dozens of vehicles were dragged away by the mud caused by intense rains across the region on Wednesday afternoon. The most affected area was near the Santuario de la Virgen de Chapi and also the main roads of access to Arequipa. Local emergency services have suggested that buses and cars avoid the area which has been obstructed since the incident. Emergency services have warned of the increased risk of mudslides triggered by heavy downpours in central and southern Peru.

Tourists rescued after getting lost near Machu Picchu

Two Peruvian tourists have been rescued after getting lost in a mountain near the iconic Machu Picchu in southern Peru. The police have stated that both tourists got lost after diverting from a trail on Putucusi mountain. Authorities launched a search in the area in the early hours of Wednesday morning. Both tourists were found with several injuries. Tourists visiting the surrounding areas of Machu Picchu should follow standard safety recommendations, especially inexperienced hikers who may be easily diverted from main routes.

State of emergency declared over mudslides in Ica province

Following intense rains and mudslides in south-western Peru's Ica province, the government has declared a 60-day state of emergency. The action was announced on Wednesday by Peru's President Pedro Kuczysnki and the president of the ministry council, Fernando Zavala. At least 1,500 residences and 500 families were affected by flooding in five distinct locations across La Tinguina district. Mudslides and flooding have been reported across the coastal and central regions of Peru.

Several families affected by mudslides in Cañete village

Heavy rains have triggered several mudslides across the Cañete province in western Peru. At least 25 families have been affected in San Lucas and Roldán after their houses and fields have been completely destroyed. Emergency authorities have also issued a red alert over the potential overflowing of the Marañón river in Loreto. Intense downpour is also expected across the central and southern areas of the country. Extreme weather has been ravaging several areas of Peru, increasing the risk of mudslides and flooding.

Panamericana Norte motorway blocked as protesters demand road safety

The coastal Panamericana Norte road has been blocked by dozens of protesters that have demanded that the road's administrator and the government deliver more security features to be placed on the motorway. Residents of the Chancay sector, including the local mayor, raided the area and blocked both ways on Monday morning, forcing dozens of riot police officers to be deployed to the area. The movement - which demands pedestrian bridges and traffic lights - comes as two police officers have died on the Panamericana Norte after being hit by a car.

Extreme weather triggers mudslides in Ayacucho department

Heavy rains have triggered mudslides across central Peru. The main road between Huánuco and Ucayali - PE-18C - was completely blocked on Wednesday by the mud. Residents of Ucayali have urged the government to declare a state of emergency as the village remains isolated. Ayacucho's regional government has declared a state of alert in nine provinces ahead of heavy rains expected to reach the region. This comes as the Meteorology and Hydrology National Service (Senamhi) has issued mudslide warnings to areas surrounding the capital Lima.

Emergency authority issues mudslide alert to districts near Lima

Districts in the outskirts of Lima have been issued a weather warning by the Meteorology and Hydrology National Service (Senamhi) over the renewed possibilities of mudslides. The Senamhi stated that from Friday 20 January, the districts of Chosica and Santa Eulalia are likely to be hit by mudslides caused by the heavy downpour. So far, at least 170 families have been affected and 15 people have been injured when a mudslide blocked the national road of Carretera Central. Authorities stated that the situation has been escalated by the heavy rains in the country's interior along with strong heat across Lima's provinces.


Several districts hit by mudslides in Huarochirí province

Several districts of central Peru's Huarochirí province have been widely affected by mudslides and flooding following heavy rains on Sunday. Despite no casualties being reported, several houses have been destroyed in the Santa Eulalia, Chosica and Huarochirí districts. President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski held an emergency meeting in order to assess the situation and proceed with the road cleaning process. He urged residents and travellers to avoid the central region of the country, especially the national road of Carretera Central. Emergency services expect more rain during the followings months, which will be centred in central Peru and then head southwards.

Renewed protest against road toll escalates in Puente Piedra

The Panamericana Norte road in Puente Piedra, outskirts of Lima, has been blocked amid a renewed protest. Hundreds of demonstrators have clashed with the riot police, after protesters started throwing stones at police forces - forcing the police to use tear gas to disperse the demonstration. The clashed escalated during the afternoon and remained out of control for several hours in the area of Establo, which was later isolated by the authorities. The protest comes one week after a fierce confrontation took place on the same road over the increase on the price of road tolls planned by the government.

Chinese restaurant raided by armed men in Lima

Four robbers have stormed a Chinese-Peruvian restaurant in Lima. The restaurant was located in the Salamanca neighbourhood, where two armed men raided the facilities while two others waited by the door. An employee was attacked and over S/15,000 (US$ 4,500) was reportedly stolen. Security sources have stated that the assailants fled the scene in an allegedly stolen vehicle, as the police is analysing CCTV footage to identify the criminals.

Criminals hijack bus amid robbery attempt in Huaura province

Six armed criminals have hijacked a regional bus amid a robbery attempt in Huaura province, near Lima. According to the bus driver, the assailants were posing as passengers when they forced him to divert the route. A shootout was triggered after two police vehicles approached the bus at the Panamericana Norte motorway. The police launched an investigation in order to locate the assailants that fled the scene during the shooting. Roads located on the outskirts of Lima and other major cities such as Cusco and Nazca often are target of hijackings, especially at night.

Saleswoman shot in robbery attempt, Ayacucho

A saleswoman has been injured as a criminal gang stormed her store in Ayacucho, southern Peru. The incident took place on Wednesday evening when two armed robbers opened fire at the victim, who was accompanied by her family members. The victim told Diario Correo that robberies in the area are recurrent and demand the authorities enforce more security. The Ayacucho department remains an area of security concern, where on previous occasions, a state of security emergency was declared due to hampering levels of criminality.

Hundreds protest over toll rise on motorway in Lima

Hundreds of people gathered have in a violent protest against the toll rise on the Pan-American motorway in Lima. Demonstrators have blocked the road near Puente Piedra by setting tires and toll booths on fire. At least 28 people have been arrested and five police officers have been injured as riot police have been deployed to the scene and fired tear gas at the protesters. The company that operates the road has said that the increase was planned in a government contract and was intended to fund a new point on the road.

Dozens taken to hospital as major market catches on fire, Rioja

At least 30 people have been taken to the hospital as a major market in Nueva Cajamarca, Peruvian north-western province of Rioja, was completely destroyed by a fire on Monday evening. Several regional fire brigades were deployed and had the fire controlled within three hours. More than 600 stores were destroyed reaching losses up to S/19 million (US$5.6 million). Initial investigations have revealed that the fire was caused by an electric malfunction and was quickly spread after reaching flammable material stored in the building. Witnesses told La Republica that fires in the area are common due to the poor conditions of the market. 

Low intensity earthquake rocks northern Peru

A low intensity 5.8-magnitude earthquake has rocked the region of Loreto, northern Peru. The Geophysics Institute of Peru (IGP) stated that the quake occurred on Monday morning, with its epicentre in the Alto Amazonas region at a depth of 120 kilometres. Reports show that the earthquake widely affected the northern area of the country, however no casualties or damages have been reported. Peru is located in the Pacific Ring of Fire, a highly seismic area located along the western coast of the American continent.

Lima and El Callao to suffer water shortages over drought

The capital's water services provider, Sedapal, have announced that services in the area of Lima and El Callao will be highly controlled due to the lack of rain in the central provinces of the country - where the reservoirs are located. The Sedapal said that despite a significant improvement in the water levels, the amount available remains insufficient. According to Peru's civil defence institute, the country has been facing one of the most severe droughts in the last decade, with the situation believed to be related to climate changes.

Strong eruption reported in southern Peru's Sabancaya volcano

A strong eruption has been reported on the Sabancaya volcano in southern Peru. The ashes and fumes have reached nearly 3,500 metres in the atmosphere according to the volcanology authority. The ashes are expected to be carried by the strong winds northwards towards the districts of Cabanconde and Tapay y Lari in the Valle del Colca. The authorities have urged local residents to be aware of the water sources and plantations that may be affected by the ashes. The Sabancaya volcano had its activity halted during late November due to the rain, however, during recent weeks the volcano became more active.

A dozen police officers killed on bus crash in Apurímac

At least a dozen police officers have been killed and 13 others have been injured as a bus crashed into a 700-metre ravine in Apurímac, central Peru. The authorities announced on Tuesday, that 32 police officers were heading from Abancay to Antabamba to a political meeting between members of the presidency and local residents. Bus accidents in Peru are common due to the lack of regulations, reckless driving and, in some areas, poor roads. 

Local businessman shot dead during car theft in Lima

A business owner has been shot during a car theft attempt in Lima. Miguel Ángel Romero Valverde was driving his pick-up truck on the Comas area when he was approached by two assailants posing as police officers. The criminals opened fire at Romero as he resisted the robbery. The victim was taken to the local hospital, where he succumbed to his wounds moments later. According to the UK Foreign Commonwealth Office (FCO) Comas is under a state of emergency amidst security concerns in the neighbouring Andamarca district.

Thousands set to protest against minister's no confidence motion

Thousands of people are expected to storm the Plaza San Martín in Lima over the government's motion of no confidence issued to the country's education minister, Jaime Saavedra. The demonstration was organised on social media and is expected to take place across the country from 18:00 local time on 12 December. The protest is against the accusations levied by 48 politicians, who blame Saavedra of negligence and crimes of political responsibility. Amid the claims is the involvement of Saavedra in a corruption scandal involving the purchase of computers, and his alleged inability of settling arrangements for the upcoming 2019 Pan-American games.

Woman targeted by taxi driver in Lima

On 12 December, a 25-year-old woman was targeted by a fake taxi driver in Lima. The victim entered a fake taxi and was briefly abducted before escaping during a traffic jam near the Castilla bridge in Riman neighbourhood. The situation triggered developed into a shooting that caused a lorry to crash on the opposite lane of the busy road. The criminal fled the scene and police are still investigating the incident. Criminals often impersonate taxi drivers in order to momentously abduct their victims and rob them. The assailants often use fake documents and target women and the elderly.

Government declares state of emergency in San Román

Under the wave of protests against insecurity and rise of crime in San Román, the government has declared a state of emergency in the Peruvian south-eastern province. The decision has come after a 48-hour strike led to widespread protests across Puno department. The state of emergency has been signed by the country's VP Martín Vizcarra and is set to last for 30 days. During the period, the military will be deployed to the area in order to assure domestic order as demonstration and some basic security liberties will be suspended. Criminal groups are known for operating in Puno on armed robberies and other organized crime activities.

Hundreds attempt to invade police station near Lima

Hundreds of people attempted to invade the local police station of Huaycán, outskirts of Lima, on Thursday. According to the authorities, two suspected organ traffickers were aggressively approached by the population, which forced the police to take both of the suspects to the local police station. However, the move led hundreds of outraged people to storm the area near the building. One woman was shot dead amid the confrontation and 22 police officers were injured. The authorities revealed that both men were falsely accused on social media to be organ traffickers.

Strong earthquake struck Andean Mountains in southern Peru

A 6.3-magnitude earthquake was reported near the Andean Mountains area in southern Peru. According to the US Geological Service (USGS), the quake took place near the Titicaca lake in Juliaca, with a depth of 32 km. Initial reports state that no casualties have been reported and no tsunami alerts have been  issued. Southern Peru is located at the heart of the Ring of Fire, a highly seismic active region on the Pacific coast.

Dozens block roads amid protest in Apurímac

Dozens of protesters have stormed the roads of Apurímac, southern Peru, as part of an ongoing strike. The local population of Andahuaylas has demanded that the central government declare a state of emergency over the deficient education and health in the region. The protesters have blocked the main road between Andahuaylas and Cusco, where hundreds of vehicles have remained stationary. Local residents and government officials are scheduled to hold a meeting in order to come in terms regarding the one-week long strike. According to the government, the province of Apurímac is already included on the emergency measures over water shortages and drought currently affecting the region.

Low intensity earthquake hits Lambayeque department

On 30 November, a low-intensity earthquake was reported in Lambayeque department, north-western Peru. According to Peru's Geophysical Institute (IGP), the epicentre of the 4.2-magnitude quake was in the province of Chiclayo. Lambayeque has been already under a state of emergency amid the widespread wildfires across the region.

Senior financial officer asassinated at home in Moyobamba

A senior local financial officer has been shot dead in Moyobamba, northern Peru. Fermín Caro Rodríguez was killed on Saturday evening when two men approached his house in the Zaragoza neighbourhood. Caro was taken to the local hospital, where he succumbed to his wounds. According to the authorities, the victim was previously threatened by unknown individuals. The incident comes nearly a week after the national mayor association denounced an ongoing wave of assassinations targeting mayors in the country.

Emergency state declared over water shortages in Moquegua

On 25 November, the Peruvian government declared a state of emergency in the southern region of Moquegua due to water shortages. The region, along with areas of Arequipa, has been suffering a severe water shortage on the Pasto Grande dam. For months, local authorities have been urging the measure to be employed, with the government only now granting the request, with the state of emergency lasting for a 60-day period. The measure will provide additional actions to tackle the lack of water in the region. In addition to the lack of water on the Pasto Grande reservoir, the local basins also record low levels.

Several explosions reported on Sabancaya volcano in Arequipa

On 23 November, at least 24 eruptions were recorded on the Sabancaya volcano, south-western Peru. The volcano, located in the area of Caylloma in Arequipa, expelled a substantial amount of gas and ash, reaching up to 3,500 metres. The areas most affected by the eruption were villages located within a 40 km-radius from the crater. The authorities state that the ash and other substances may affect water sources, as well as the quality of air, soil and people's health.

Government declares 30-day state of emergency over wildfires

Peru's government has declared a 30-day state of emergency in several districts affected by wildfires in the north-west of the country. The fires in the provinces of Lambayeque and Cajamarca forced the government to adopt urgent measures to deal with the fires. The worst affected districts are Incahuasi, Cañaris, Salas and the province of Ferreñafe. The situation has been caused by a lack of rain during the dry season, which is expected to last until the end of November.

Four major forest fires hit Peru's western coast

In less than one week, four major forest fires were reported along the Peruvian western Pacific coast. In Lambayeque, a fire affected the Laquipampa Wild Animals Shelter. In Cajamarca, a widespread fire in the Querocoto district consumed over 1,000 hectares of the Pagaibamba Protection Park for days and continued to quickly spread across the area. A 100-hectare park in Tumbes, the Cerros de Amotape National Park, was burned down for the sixth time this year. Most of the fires affected the local wildlife, but no human casualties have reported. The lack of rain during the dry season in Peru, lasting from April to November, makes forest fires a lot more likely.

Judiciary workers to stage indefinite strike across Peru

On 22 November, workers of Peru's judiciary system are set to start a indefinite strike to demand an increase in salaries, more specialised equipment and an improvement in the working conditions. The decision comes after the group made several demands throughout November, including the adjustment of their salaries in accordance with other civil servants covered by the same legislation. If the government does not comply with the demands, the workers also plan to stage several protests and marches across Lima and other provinces in the coming days.

Mayor association leader condemns increase of death threats

The leader of Peru's Municipalities Association (AMPE), Pedro del Rosario, revealed that at least 70 mayors received death threats by criminal gangs in the past 30 days. According to the AMPE, the main cases are recorded in Lima, La Libertad, Áncash, Puno and Huánuco. The report shows that in this time period, three mayors were assassinated in separate incidents across the country. The latest case was reported on 12 November, where Luis Enrique Yui Botero, mayor of Yaután, was shot dead at a road in the Pativilca district. The move led protesters to stage a demonstration near the municipal palace. The AMPE demanded that the Interior Ministry hold a meeting in order to tackle the recent wave of murders, which has not been dealt since the start of the new administration.

Four killed by accidental fire at cinema in Lima

On 16 November, at least four people were killed in a fire at a busy shopping centre in Lima. Initial investigations claim that the fire was caused by a electric circuit malfunction. The fire started at the Larcomar Shopping Centre's cinema and rapidly spread across the rooms. The mall is located one block away from the British Embassy, which was shut down after the incident. Further information revealed that the mall is also located in front of the hotel that the American president Barack Obama is scheduled to stay in during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit from 19 to 20 November.

Government under pressure amid widespread protests

Widespread protests by health professionals, civil servants and students have been reported in Lima. On 8 November, social groups and civil servants staged a demonstration over the recent appointment of Jose Chimpler and Rafael Rey to the Central Bank. One day later, health professionals marched on the streets of Lima to demand a budget increase in the sector. The demonstrations have put the government under further pressure, coming after the indigenous protests against oil spills and copper mine explorations in the Amazon region. Since President Pedro Kuczynski was sworn in to office nearly 100 days ago, his approval ratings have fallen over his inability to resolve the various social conflicts.

One killed amid indigenous tribal clashes in Ucayali

Tribal clashes led to the death of one indigenous man and injured two others in the isolated Amazonian area in Peru. The confrontation were between the nomadic Mashco Piro indians and the Nahua tribe. The Mashco Piro tribe has been shifting their presence across the Peruvian and Brazilian Amazonian jungle due to drug-traffickers, climate change and illegal loggers, which has been generating territorial grievances. The regional Deputy Culture Minister Alfredo Luna told Reuters that the clashes happened in the Nahua tribe area near Santa Rosa de Serjali, in the Ucayali region. The Amazon is house of dozens of isolated tribes, who are very vulnerable to diseases and even be killed due to common cold.

Hundreds of families displaced after village fire near Lima

On 4 November, an accidental fire ravaged hundreds of residences on an Amazonian community. Peruvian authorities have stated that the fire started at a market in the village of Cantagallo and quickly spread along the Rimac river, towards the historical city centre of Lima. No casualties were reported, but more than 500 families have been displaced. Local witnesses have said that the fire was caused by a candle lit close to some gas balloons. Despite the firefighters already have the situation under control, the Civil Defence authorities initially declared the fire as uncontrollable, due to the poor structures of the houses.

Interior minister orders Sendero Luminoso's tomb destruction

On 1 November, Peru's Interior Minister, Carlos Basombrío, ordered the destruction of the tomb of deceased militants of the outlawed Sendero Luminoso group. In a post on Twitter, Basombrío said that the erection of the monument symbolises an "offense to the terrorism victims". The mausoleum is placed at a cemetery in the Comas district and was initially not known to the authorities. The move generated outrage from the family members of the deceased, who gathered at the cemetery during the All Saints' day on Tuesday. One of the family members said that the move is as a political persecution carried out by the government. The decision was already stated in September by the city's mayor, however it is still pending approval.

Three dead as mayor's return sparks outrage in Curimaná

On 2 November, three people were killed and at least 20 others, including a number of police officers,  were injured in clashes in Curimaná, central Peru. Reports show that the casualties occurred when armed elements within the group of demonstrators opened fire. The confrontation between the police and the protesters was triggered by the return of the city's mayor Loiber Rocha, who was arrested in May under corruption allegations. A court ordered Rocha's release in September and the approval for the National Elections Court (JNE) to reinstate his mandate.

Local residents protest against mining companies in Cusco

Dozens of residents staged a protest against local mining companies in Capacmarca, Cusco, southern Peru. The demonstrators announced the initiation of a strike after local mining companies failed to comply with the agreement with the government. According to the local government the population is urging for the construction of new asphalted roads where the companies transport their minerals. The companies, Las Bambas and Hudbay, have also been accused of failing their commitment to the construction of new infrastructures and the attribution of health care for people contaminated by heavy metals.

Taxi driver victim of car-jacking in Samegua

A taxi driver was severely wounded during an attempted car-jacking in Samegua, southern Peru. The incident took place in the Buenavista neighbourhood at 21:00 on Wednesday when two armed passengers attacked the driver, Mario Choque Cruz, with a kitchen knife. During the struggle the vehicle crashed into a small ravine. Locals rushed to the scene and alerted the authorities, while the assailants fled on foot. Car-jackings and robberies often take place across the country during rush hour, when vehicles are stuck in traffic with windows open and doors unlocked.

Police officer shot dead in Lima

On 27 October, a police officer was killed by two armed men during a robbery attempt in Lima. Kenyo Gutiérrez de la Cruz was off duty when a black vehicle with two men approached him in the San Martin de Porres neighbourhood to allegedly take his mobile phone. Reports reveal that the criminals opened fire four times before fleeing the scene. Both assailants were later arrested while a police investigation was launched to assess the motives for the attack. Police officers recovered a vehicle containing two firearms and a taxi signal used to commit robberies and thefts in the region.

President Kuczynski vows to tackle corruption

Peru's president, Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, has vowed to crackdown of corruption in public office.  He made the announcement on Monday after Carlos Moreno, a former advisor of Kuczynski, was caught on tape plotting to work the system.  The scandal led to a eight-point fall in the president's approval rating, while Mr Moreno resigned from his post.  "Those who have been convicted for corruption may never return to work in the state. whether in the central government, municipalities or regions," the president said.

Ex-president indicted in money laundering investigation

On 12 October, former president Ollanta Humala was indicted in a government investigation over allegations of money laundering. Humala's wife, Nadine Heredia, and several members of her family and friends are being investigated over allegations of money laundering after the prosecutor found evidence containing the management of funds during Humala's losing 200 and successful 2011 presidential election campaigns. 

Former intelligence chief jailed for forced disappearances

On 28 September, Peru's former intelligence chief, Vladimiro Montesinos, was sentenced to 22 years in prison for the forced disappearance of one teacher and two students in 1993. All three were killed in prison for protesting against President Alberto Fujimori, and their bodies were burnt in an oven in the basement of the intelligence agency headquarters. 

Flooding in Iquitos after heavy rainfall

Heavy rain and strong winds have caused flooding in Iquitos in recent days, resulting in damage to homes and businesses and the death of a foreign national. The British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advises that travellers take care when moving around in the Iquitos and should check the latest conditions with your travel company. You should also monitor local media for any updates and up-to-date travel information.

Sabancaya volcano in Arequipa is active

On 13 September, the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) released a travel advice statement warning people that the Sabancaya volcano in Arequipa is active, and that trekking and climbing in the areas of the Sabancaya and Ampato volcanoes is not recommended. 

Nine officers implicated in police death squad probe

Nine officers, including a general, have been implicated in an investigation into alleged police death squads in Peru.  The government made the announcement on Monday night as part of its preliminary report, and comes after Interior Minister Carlos Basombrio said there was strong evidence that officers ran death squads across the country.  Earlier this month the La Republica newspapers published allegations that as many as 90 officers have been involved in the operations.

Thousands march against gender violence in Peru

Over 50,000 people held demonstrations across the country to protest against gender violence on Saturday. The demonstrations mainly took place in Peru's capital Lima, with other protests reported in nine other cities. The act was triggered by several high-profile cases where male assailants were given light sentences after carrying out violence against women. The demonstrations come amid the series of protests over gender violence across Latin America.

Four dead in earthquake in Peru

At least four people died and a further 40 were injured in a 5.2-magnitude earthquake in Peru on Sunday night, a civil defence official has said. The earthquake occurred near the town of Chivay in the southern Arequipa region at around 22:00 local time. The toll from the earthquake could rise after 50 houses collapsed and roads were cut off.

Pedro Kuczynski sworn in as Peru's new president

Pedro Pablo Kuczynski was sworn in as Peru's new president on Thursday. Kuczynski won June's elections with 50.1 percent of the vote, defeating Keiko Fujimori.  However, despite losing the elections, Fujimori's Popular Force Party achieved an absolute majority in congress. Kuczynski, a former Wall Street banker, promised "not just economic, but human growth". He succeeds Ollanta Humala, who faced a severe increase in crime and a downturn in the country's economy.

Tourists robbed on Amazon cruise

A group of tourists have been robbed by gunmen during a riverboat cruise on the Amazon.  Eight masked men targeted the boat, with around 30 tourists, after it left the city of Iquitos on Wednesday.  None of the tourists - 21 US nationals, six Australians and two from New Zealand - were wounded in the attack but around $20k worth of valuables and cash were stolen.

Government declares health emergency over Zika

Peruvian government officials declared a Zika virus health emergency across the northern part of the country on Wednesday. The three-month-long emergency was declared after more than 100 confirmed cases, with at least 34 pregnant women affected. The Zika virus outbreak has already infected over 1,500 babies in neighbouring Brazil, and is believed to be one of the main causes of microcephaly, a condition which cause babies to be born with abnormally small heads and underdeveloped brains.

State of emergency declared in Madre de Dios

The Peruvian government declared a state of emergency on Monday in the Madre de Dios region, near the Brazilian border. The 60-day measure was announced after high levels of mercury contamination were reported in the region's population, rivers and fish caused by illegal gold extraction. According to the Ministry of Health, at least 50,000 people are feared to be exposed to the high levels of mercury. It is estimated that thousands of small and medium mines operate in the region illegally, causing severe environmental damage. 

Three dead in pre-election attack

Suspected Shining Path rebels killed three people and wounded six others in an attack on the eve of Peru's elections.  The incident happened in a remote cocoa-growing region on Saturday when rebels targeted a vehicle carrying election materials.  On Sunday early exit polls put Keiko Fujimori in the lead with 37.8 percent of the vote, with Pedro Pablo Kuczynski on 20.9 percent and Veronika Mendoza at 20.3 percent.

Protests erupt against presidential candidate

Tens of thousands of people have joined a protest against presidential candidate Keiko Fujimori in the Peruvian capital, Lima.  More than 30,000 joined the march against Fujimori, the daughter of jailed former leader Alberto Fujimori, forcing her to suspend campaign events.  Despite the public opposition she is the front-running candidate ahead of elections on 10 April.

Thousands protest against bus fares in Manchay

Demonstrations against rises in bus fares have been held out in the outskirts of Lima. Thousands of residents of the small village of Manchay, in the Pachacamac district, protested against the public transportation fares after the main services provider was replaced. The protesters blocked the roads, causing traffic disruption and conflicts with the police. A significant part of the population of Munchay live in extreme poverty.

State of emergency declared over drug trafficking

Peru has declared a state of emergency in three provinces in a bid to tackle drug trafficking.  Police forces in El Callao, Santa and Casma will be given additional powers for 25-days to search and arrest people without warrants.  The freedom of movement and public assembly have not been affected by the emergency measures.

Chile-Peru relations hit by border dispute

Chile has "strongly" protested against the decision by Peru's president, Ollanta Humala, to recognise an administrative district in a disputed border area.  Chile said it rejected the decision over the new La Yarado-Los Palos district because it concerns "unquestionably" Chilean territory. "Chile has made consistent efforts to generate a favourable climate for constructive bilateral relations. This move causes significant damage," read the statement by the Chilean government.  The two countries fought over the territory in the War of the Pacific (1879-1883) and it has remained a source of contention ever since.

Two killed in gang clashes in Callao

Two people were killed and two others wounded in clashes between two rival criminal gangs in the Peruvian city of Callao.  The incident took place at a party at a concert hall in the Castilla area of the city on Monday night.  At least one suspect - Jean Pierre Nimbela - was arrested by police following the shooting.

State of emergency declared over mine violence

Peru has declared a 30-day state of emergency in six provinces after protests against a Chinese-owned copper mine project which have left four people dead.  The government said additional troops would be sent to Apurimac "to restore internal peace".  Local residents fear that the $7.4bn project will contaminate their water and their crops.

Three killed in Las Bambas mine protest

At least three people have been killed and 17 others wounded in clashes between police and local residents over the Las Bambas copper mine.  Police reportedly opened fire on the protesters at the site, which is owned by Chinese state giant China Minmetals Corp.  A local health director said two of the victims died on their way to a hospital in Cuzco, while another died at the medical facility.

Peru approves shooting down of drug smuggling planes

The Peruvian Congress has approved legislation that allows the country's air force to shoot down small planes suspected of carrying illegal drugs. The bill was passed unanimously 89-0 and is expected to be signed into law by President Ollanta Humala. However, officials say the US has expressed its opposition to restoring so-called aerial interdiction. Peru halted the tactic in 2001 after an American missionary and her infant daughter were killed in an attack on a plane wrongly identified as carrying drugs. The plane was brought down by the Peruvian Air Force but it was a joint operation with the CIA. The US, which sponsors anti-drugs programmes across South America, has opposed attacks on suspected drug planes since then.

One killed, 50 injured in mining protest in La Oraya

On August 11, 1 person died and at least 50 were injured during a clash between police and striking miners in La Oraya. The protester was shot by police when officers intervened to disperse hundreds of protesters who were blocking the main highway linking the Junin region to Lima. The plice opened fire in response to miners throwing stones at them. Protesters are calling for more flexible laws in order for the metallurgical complex of La Oray, which was shut down in 2009 over environmental concerns and mounting debt, to reopen.

Two Shining Path fighters captured

The Peruvian government has captured two leaders of the Maoist guerrilla group, Shining Path. They were brought to the capital Lima by air from an isolated valley in the Amazon region. The army said their column had stashed explosives and weapons near a pipeline connecting a gas field to the capital. 

State of emergency declared over mine protests

A state of emergency has been declared in the southern region of Tambo valley after a fourth person was killed at anti-mine protests.  Cabinet chief Pedro Cateriano said a 60-day emergency would begin on Saturday, adding that extra soldiers had been deployed to the area to support local police. The suspended rights would include freedom of assembly, freedom of movement and protection warrant-less searches. "The government of President (Ollanta) Humala will defend the constitution firmly and forcefully for the right of all the people of Peru to live in peace," the announcement said.

Attorney General sacked over corruption allegations

Peru's Attorney General Carlos Ramos Heredia has been dismissed over allegations of corruption.  Mr Heredia, who has been suspended since December, has been linked to organised crime syndicates in the country. The National Judiciary Council said in a statement on Wednesday that it ordered the formal dismissal of Ramos Heredia on a 5-1 vote.

Troops deployed to Tia Maria copper mine

Peru's government has deployed soldiers to the Tia Maria copper mine to "help maintain law and order".  The decision comes following weeks of violent protests which have claimed the lives of three people.  The army will remain at the site in Islay province until 7 June and the government has not ruled out declaring a state of emergency in the area.

Death reported at Tia Maria copper mine protest

A man protesting against the proposed $1.4 billion Tia Maria copper mine has died in the southern region of Arequipa. Interior Minister Jose Luis Perez said authorities were investigating how the protester, Jenrry Checya Chura, was killed and two others wounded. Last month a 61-year-old activist died during clashes at the controversial site.

Anti-mining protesters clash with police in Arequipa

One person has been killed and 12 others wounded during clashes between protesters and police at an anti-mining protest in the Arequipa region of Peru.  Farmers from the Valle del Tambo claim the Mexican Southern Copper Corporation project would contaminate the Tambor river which their crops depend on.  Local media said more than 500 people joined the rally in the city of Arequipa.

Congress votes to sack PM over spying

Peru's congress has voted to sack Prime Minister Ana Jara over alleged spying by the National Intelligence Directorate against leading officials. The vote means President Humala has 72 hours to accept Ms Jara’s resignation and that of the rest of cabinet.  It is the first time that a prime minister has been deposed in Peru since 1968.

Mudslide kills seven in eastern Peru

At least seven people have been killed in a mudslide in the eastern town of Chosica, 47km from Lima.  Torrential rains caused a torrent of mud and rocks which buried the town, destroying 65 houses.  Peruvian authorities have declared a state of emergency for 60 days.

Two police officers killed at mining protest

Two Peruvian police officers have been killed during a protest at a mine in the southern Andean highlands.  District Mayor Cosme Cari said the officers died of brain trauma after local farmers threw rocks at them at the Aguilas mine.  The protesters were angry that the mine's owner, Ciemsa, had failed to prove that it had permission to extract ore at the site.

Thousands join marches over youth worker rights

Thousands of people have joined marches across Peru against a new law that strips workers between 18 and 24 of some of their employment rights.  More than 5,000 people joined a protest in the capital, Lima, leading to clashes with riot police.  Sixteen officers were wounded in the unrest and at least 20 people were arrested.

Earthquake kills eight in remote village

At least eight people have been killed in an earthquake in a remote area of southern Peru.  The 4.9-magnitude quake struck the Cusco region on Sunday morning, causing around 45 houses to collapse in the remote Andean village of Misca.  President Ollanta Humala said that the government would rebuild the village in a new area, away from the geological fault line.

Troops kill three Shining Path guerrillas in clashes

Peru's security forces have killed three members of the Shining Path rebel group during clashes in the south-eastern region of Cuzco.  The armed forces Joint Command said a civilian was also wounded during the fighting and is now at a hospital in the city of Quillabamba.

Peru authorities arrest 24 Shining Path members

Peruvian security forces have arrested 24 people accused of belonging to the Shining Path militant group.  The country's president. Ollanta Humala, said they included the leaders of the group's political arm, Movadef.

Thousands stranded by Peru snowstorms

More than 30,000 people have been left stranded by heavy snowfall across southern Peru, leading to a state of emergency being declared in nine regions.  At least two people died in the Carabaya province due to the extreme conditions, while tens of thousands of animals have frozen to death in the past week.

Shining Path rebels killed in clashes with Peruvian troops

Three Shining Path rebels have been killed in clashes with Peruvian troops in the southern region of Ayacucho.  Local reports suggest that Alejandro Borda Casafranca, the rebel groups number two in command, was among those killed.

Police clash with protesters in Lima

Police in Peru have fired tear gas and water cannons at protesters as they marched toward the National Congress in the capital, Lima.  Thousands of students and civil servants took part in the march in response to President Ollanta Humala's proposed education law which they say threatens the autonomy of the country's universities.

Peru Data Sheet

Population:
30.5 million
Major Religion/s:
Christianity
International dialing code:
+51
International dialing prefix:
00
Emergency services:
Ambulance 117, Fire 116, Police 105
Drives:
Right
Voltage:
220V
Climate:
Varies from sub-tropical in coastal area to Equatorial in the east
Ohter Major Cities:
Arequipa, Trujilo, Chiclayo
Borders:
Ecuador, Colombia, Brazil, Bolivia, Chile