Peruvian presidential candidate Keiko Fujimori. (Image: Organization of American States, (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Top Story — The center-right candidate Keiko Fujimori won the first round of presidential elections in Peru on Sunday, during a weekend rocked by political violence that left three people dead, The Associated Press reported. After winning 40 percent of the vote, Fujimori will face off in a June runoff against the business-friendly centrist Pedro…

Presidents Ollanta Humala, right, of Peru, and Evo Morales, of Bolivia, at a press conference in 2015. (Image: Peruvian Ministry of Foreign Relations, CC BY-SA 4.0)

Top Story — The presidents of Peru and Bolivia have both been associated with large-scale corruption investigations in recent days. A Brazilian federal police report from Feb. 5 asserts that authorities investigating a kickbacks scheme at the state oil firm Petrobras are broadening the scope of their probe, alleging that Peruvian President Ollanta Humala received…

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Top Story — Peruvian authorities on Wednesday announced they will investigate corruption in the armed forces following an investigation by The Associated Press detailing the near impunity with which illegal flights ship cocaine out of the Andean country. The flights have reportedly contributed to half of the growth in the cocaine trade in the past 4…

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Top Story — The Peruvian government on Tuesday called a 30-day state of emergency following a clash between anti-mining protesters and police that left four people dead and 22 injured. The announcement marks the second time this year that a state of emergency has been declared following fatalities in an anti-mining protest. The government suspended…

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Top Story — A former minister on track to run for president in Peru has been charged with the murder of a journalist 26 years ago during the country’s internal conflict, according to prosecutor Luis Landa. Daniel Urresti, a retired general, has been charged with the murder of Hugo Bustios, a correspondent based on the…

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Top Story — The diplomatic crisis between Peru and Chile over a suspected spying plot intensified over the weekend as Peruvian President Ollanta Humala sent a strongly worded letter to Chilean officials and announced that he would withdraw the country’s ambassador from Chile. Ollanta’s letter and statement follow revelations last week that three Peruvian naval…

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U.N. negotiators will meet this week in Lima, Peru, to begin the latest round of talks aimed at stopping climate change, and diplomats are expressing increasing optimism that a legally binding deal can be struck after decades of negotiations. The effects of climate change are already being felt across the world, and Latin America is…