Peru’s Castillo builds election lead but Fujimori says won’t concede yet

Peruvian socialist Pedro Castillo widened his lead against right-wing rival Keiko Fujimori in the country’s presidential vote on Monday, but she said she will not concede yet and alleged “irregularities,” although without showing much proof. The official count from Sunday’s election showed outsider candidate Castillo with 50.3% and Fujimori on 49.7%, with around 95% of the voteContinue reading “Peru’s Castillo builds election lead but Fujimori says won’t concede yet”

Ipsos poll shows tie on eve of Peru’s election, with Fujimori slightly ahead

An Ipsos poll on Saturday afternoon showed Peru’s runoff presidential election still locked in a statistical tie, but right-wing candidate Keiko Fujimori is slightly ahead of leftist Pedro Castillo, by a 0.7 percentage point margin. Peruvians will head to the polls on Sunday in a bitterly divisive election that has pitted Fujimori, the daughter ofContinue reading “Ipsos poll shows tie on eve of Peru’s election, with Fujimori slightly ahead”

Peru revises pandemic death toll, now worst in the world per capita

Peru on Monday almost tripled its official COVID-19 death toll to 180,764, following a government review, making it the country with the worst death rate per capita, according to Johns Hopkins University data. Peru has been among the hardest hit Latin America countries during the COVID-19 pandemic, with its hospitals overcrowded with patients and demandContinue reading “Peru revises pandemic death toll, now worst in the world per capita”

Peru forced sterilisations case: ‘They could get away with it’

Victims of mass forced sterilisations in the 1990s fear upcoming Peru presidential runoff results could close door to justice. Maria Elena Carbajal still vividly recalls the doctor’s chilling response when, from her hospital bed, she asked repeatedly to see her newborn son, Francisco. “Once you have the procedure, you can see him,” the mother ofContinue reading “Peru forced sterilisations case: ‘They could get away with it’”

COVID-19 deaths in Latin America surpass 1 million as outbreak worsens

The death toll from COVID-19 in Latin America and the Caribbean passed 1 million people on Friday, according to a Reuters tally, with the pandemic worsening in the part of the world with the highest per capita death rate. From the dusty highlands of Bolivia to the Brazilian metropolis of São Paulo, the pandemic hasContinue reading “COVID-19 deaths in Latin America surpass 1 million as outbreak worsens”

Thousands of Peru’s indigenous people exposed to toxic substances: report

Thousands of Peruvian indigenous people living near major mining projects face a health crisis after testing positive for high levels of metals and toxic substances, Amnesty International said in a report published Tuesday. It accused Peru’s government of “failing” in its health obligations towards the K’ana indigenous people in southeast Espinar province, in the CuscoContinue reading “Thousands of Peru’s indigenous people exposed to toxic substances: report”

Pictures from outer space reveal the extent of illegal gold mining in Peru

In the Madre de Dios region of Peru, a human-made wasteland brushes up against the border of the Amazonian rainforest. Over the past decade, small-scale illegal gold miners have transformed the landscape from tree-covered marshlands to a desert pockmarked with polluted ponds, leaking mercury into the local food web. Multiple government crackdowns have tried toContinue reading “Pictures from outer space reveal the extent of illegal gold mining in Peru”

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