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Political Crisis Strands Americans in Machu Picchu

Rail lines to airport, highways have been blocked in Peru

(Newser) - Violent protests that began after the removal from office of President Pedro Castillo are keeping American tourists from leaving Peru. The government declared a national emergency on Wednesday, per NBC News . Hundreds of foreign visitors in total have been stranded around the historic city of Machu Picchu. Brian Vega said...

Peru President Gives in to Protesters' Demands

Proposes moving up elections

(Newser) - Peru's newest president, Dina Boluarte, gave in to protesters' demands early Monday, announcing in a nationally televised address that she will send Congress a proposal to move up elections, the AP reports. Boluarte's decision came after thousands of demonstrators took to the streets around Peru for another day...

Peru's President Asks New Cabinet for Promise

Dina Boluarte, facing calls for new elections, seeks anti-corruption pledge

(Newser) - Peru’s newest president, Dina Boluarte, swore in her Cabinet on Saturday, just three days after becoming the country's first female head of state, and asked each minister to pledge not to be corrupt while in office. The 16 ministers picked by Boluarte, who on Wednesday was elevated from...

Peru&#39;s Congress, President Try to Remove Each Other
Ousted Peru President
Charged With Rebellion

Ousted Peru President Charged With Rebellion

After dramatic day, Pedro Castillo's successor calls for national unity government

(Newser) - The president of Peru was arrested on a charge of rebellion Wednesday after he sought to dissolve the legislature and take unilateral control of the government, triggering a grave constitutional crisis. Pedro Castillo was ousted from office in a 101-6 vote. He was replaced by Vice President Dina Boluarte, who...

Virtual Hearing on Peru's Leader Has Unexpected Guest

Clip of male stripper interrupts videoconference on corruption probe into Pedro Castillo

(Newser) - A virtual public hearing into possible corruption involving Peruvian President Pedro Castillo took a briefly bizarre turn on Wednesday thanks to what the Mirror calls a "lewd gaffe" that made its way into the videoconference. As seen in a clip that's now widely being shared on Twitter and...

After Twice Praising Hitler, an Apology From Peru's PM

Anibal Torres' comment comes amid a political crisis

(Newser) - Peru's prime minster has apologized for his praise of Adolf Hitler—the latest blow to a government already facing a political crisis over soaring inflation and corruption allegations. Anibal Torres, 79, had been speaking in a cabinet session in the Junín capital of Huancayo, the site of ongoing...

Machu Picchu Does Not Exist, Historically Speaking

The real name doesn't have quite the same ring, but at least it's historically accurate

(Newser) - In 1911, when American explorer Hiram Bingham first reached the ancient Incan city in the clouds, his guide told him it was called Huayna Picchu. Soon after, per NPR, another guide called it Machu Picchu, and that’s the name Bingham carried to the outside world. At the time, the...

Plane Crash Kills 7 in Peru
7 Die in Peru Plane Crash

7 Die in Peru Plane Crash

Group was heading to famous Nazca lines, officials say

(Newser) - Seven people from three countries died Friday in a plane crash over the famous Nazca Lines in Peru, according to Reuters . The plane carried three Dutch tourists, two Chilean tourists, a Peruvian pilot, and a Peruvian co-pilot, the Guardian reports. The Cessna 207 plane was owned by a tourism company...

New Technology Reveals Old Structures Near Machu Picchu

They may be the former homes of the keepers of the nearby site of Chachabamba

(Newser) - Long-ago visitors to the famed Incan citadel of Machu Picchu in Peru had to first pass through a ceremonial site known as Chachabamba less than 5 miles away along the Urubamba River. Discovered in the 1940s, Chachabamba consists of a main altar surrounded by 14 baths, where elites would’ve...

Family&#39;s Puppy Grows Up, Takes Surprising Turn
Family's Puppy Grows Up,
Takes Surprising Turn

Family's Puppy Grows Up, Takes Surprising Turn

Adorable baby critter in Peru turns out to be a wild Andean fox

(Newser) - Run Run is on the run. The Sotelo family in Lima, Peru, raised a puppy they thought was going to grow up to be purebred husky. They raised the cute little puppy with no problem for a while. Then Run Run started to chase things, killing and eating guinea pigs,...

We Didn&#39;t Have Machu Picchu&#39;s Timeline Quite Right
Machu Picchu
Study Alters Story
of Inca Emperor
new study

Machu Picchu Study Alters Story of Inca Emperor

Results suggest Pachacuti's initial conquests occurred earlier than thought

(Newser) - Our understanding of Machu Picchu's timeline wasn't quite right, or so a new study published in Antiquity suggests. It's long been thought that the Peruvian site was built after AD 1438, reports the Guardian , a conclusion that was drawn from the accounts of Spanish conquistadors who were...

Cops: Gang Charged $21K for Bed in Hospital's COVID Unit

Administrators of public hospital in Peru among 9 'Black Angels' arrested

(Newser) - Authorities in Peru say they have busted a gang that charged the desperate relatives of COVID patients vast amounts of money for beds in the intensive care unit in a public hospital. Prosecutor Reynaldo Abia says nine people arrested Wednesday include administrators of Lima's Guillermo Almenara Irigoyen hospital, which...

'Now It's All Over,' Said Her Mom. But the Teen Survived

Juliane Diller, nee Koepke, talks to the 'New York Times' about the 1971 plane crash

(Newser) - Juliane Diller, nee Koepke, hasn't made public comments about the accident in many years, writes Franz Lidz for the New York Times . She does with Lidz, recounting the Christmas Eve 1971 plane crash that killed 91 people; there were 92 aboard. The then-17-year-old and her mother had left Lima,...

This Nation Now Claims a Global Worst for COVID

After criteria for coronavirus deaths expanded, Peru finds out it has worst mortality rate per capita

(Newser) - Last month, researchers determined that the global death toll from the coronavirus is double what's been reported thus far. Now, one country's recalculations have bestowed upon it a depressing statistic. After figuring out this week it can tack 100,000 more COVID deaths onto its official count, Peru...

Squatters at Ruins Fight Eviction With Death Threats

Archaeologist who discovered Caral tries to preserve it

(Newser) - It would be understandable if Ruth Shady felt a sense of ownership over the ruins of a 5,000-year-old civilization in Peru: The archaeological discovered the site in 1994. But she says, "The owner of the land is the Peruvian state." And she's sure the squatters at...

Peru Has Its 3rd President in a Week

Francisco Sagasti aims to restore trust in government after Martín Vizcarra's ouster

(Newser) - Peruvians watched in hope as the nation's third president in just over a week was sworn in to office Tuesday, promising to restore trust in government after the worst constitutional crisis in two decades. Francisco Sagasti donned the presidential sash and in his first words to the nation paid...

This Nation&#39;s President Lasted Just 5 Days
This Nation Currently
Has No Leader

This Nation Currently Has No Leader

Peru's interim president resigns after only 5 days amid a constitutional crisis

(Newser) - Peru’s interim president resigned Sunday after only five days on the job as the nation plunged into its worst constitutional crisis in two decades, per the AP . The resignation followed massive protests unleashed when Congress ousted the nation’s popular leader. In a short televised address, Manuel Merino said...

Young Woman Made Mark as Early Big-Game Hunter
New Find Upends Thinking
on Early Big-Game Hunters

New Find Upends Thinking on Early Big-Game Hunters

Researchers think up to 50% of such hunters in the Americas were female

(Newser) - Think the women of the ancient Americas were stuck crushing grain into flour while the men went hunting for big game? Researchers say you're wrong. "Early big-game hunting was likely gender neutral," reads a new study in Science Advances . The conclusion stems from a 9,000-year-old burial...

Peru's Nazca Lines Reveal a Massive Cat

Huge feline geoglyph is 2K years old

(Newser) - Peru's Nazca lines are still revealing new geoglyphs. The latest is a huge cat that dates back to 200-100 BC and measures more than 121 feet across, per the Guardian . "The figure was scarcely visible and was about to disappear because it’s situated on quite a steep...

Peru Opens Machu Picchu for a Single Tourist

Jesse Takayama held on to his entry ticket while stranded for seven months

(Newser) - A Japanese man found himself the lone tourist exploring Machu Picchu over the weekend—a privilege granted after seven months of waiting. Jesse Takayama had arrived in Peru in March with plans to stay for only a few days while taking in the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Instead, he became...

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