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Top Story — Just two weeks before the U.N. Climate Change Conference begins in Lima, Peru, nonprofit Global Witness has released a widely publicized report naming the country the fourth deadliest in the world to be an environmental or land activist. Since 2002, 57 activists have been killed in Peru, more than half of them…

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NEW YORK — The People’s Climate March drew more than 300,000 people to Manhattan on Sunday to demand world leaders to take action on climate change. Demonstrators came from all over the world, including many from Latin America. Latino immigrant farmers from Florida and Dominican construction workers from the Bronx also joined the mix. The march…

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Top Story – Peru’s government has formed a commission to stop illegal logging on the Peru-Brazil border following the killings of four indigenous leaders of the Ashaninka community in early September, the BBC reported. Anti-logging activist Edwin Chota was shot and killed along with three other Ashaninka leaders near the Brazilian border on Sept. 1, but…

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Former President and dictator of Peru Alberto Fujimori may have to give up the paintings he produced while in prison, according to a report by Peruvian daily El Comercio. Peru’s anticorruption prosecutor Julio Arbizu said Fujimori’s 33 paintings — a mixed bag of self-portraits and landscapes — could eventually cost more than 27 million soles ($10.4…

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Top Story — After Peru’s Supreme Court reduced the sentences of members of the Grupo Colina death squad, critics on Monday raised the possibility that former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori could be released from prison. Fujimori’s former spy chief, Vladimiro Montesinos, presided over  the infamous death squad that terrorized Peruvians in a supposed effort to root out…

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Top Story— The state of emergency in Peru’s Cajamarca province continued Wednesday after another civilian was killed in protests over the $4.8 billion Conga mining project. On Tuesday, Peruvian Justice Minister Juan Jimenez declared a state of emergency in three of Peru’s northern provinces after thousands of protesters seized a municipal building in the town…

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Top Story — The Peruvian government on Tuesday threatened to arrest pregnant women participating in a protest march against the U.S.-based Newmont’s $4.8 billion Conga mining project, based on a claim that their political activity would be harmful to their unborn children. “The participation of pregnant women in public protests is intolerable and cannot be justified ……

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Today in Latin America Top Story — Peru’s oceanographic agency says that it will investigate a mass die-off of pelicans in a zone where 900 dead dolphins were recently discovered washed up on the northern Peruvian coast. Fisherman in Puerto Eten, Peru said that they have discovered approximately 1,200 dead birds washed up on the beach along 105…

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Today in Latin America Top Story — Shining Path rebel leader Martin Quispe Palomino said in a television broadcast Wednesday that the guerrilla group kidnapped 36 gas construction workers as part of a strategy to lure Peruvian security forces into the jungle to kill them. Quispe, known by nom de guerre “Comrade Gabriel”, spoke with reporters from El…

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Today in Latin America Top Story — The Peruvian government declared a 60-day state of emergency in the Echarate region following the kidnapping of dozens of gas pipeline workers who were allegedly rounded up and driven away by Shining Path guerrillas. The workers, now thought to number at least 40, were taken Monday morning from…