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South American Superhero Makes ... $160 a Month

Meet Lima, Peru's Superman, Avelino Chavez

(Newser) - If crime doesn't pay, then fighting crime doesn't, either. Lima's own resident superhero makes just $160 a month—though, to be fair, he's not known for making daring rescues. Instead, Avelino Chavez dons Superman garb every day to appear at notable weddings and political rallies; he... More »

6.8 Quake Rattles Peru

Quake was centered near Brazil, felt mildly in Lima

(Newser) - The US Geological Survey is reporting a strong, but deep, earthquake in a northern Peruvian jungle region near Brazil. There are no immediate reports of damage or injury in the quake, which was felt mildly in the capital of Lima. The Colorado-based USGS says the quake was centered just north... More »

Van der Sloot Clams Up in Court

Murder suspect refuses to answer Peruvian judge's questions

(Newser) - Joran Van der Sloot appeared in court in Lima today but refused to answer a judge's questions, reports CNN . He says his rights were violated when he was questioned by Peruvian police and confessed to the murder of Stephany Flores Ramirez, Van der Sloot's lawyer said after the hearing. The... More »

Van der Sloot Jailed on Murder Charges

Peru judge orders him to prison until trial

(Newser) - A Peruvian judge today ordered Joran Van der Sloot jailed on charges of first-degree murder and robbery in the killing of a 21-year-old Lima woman, determining that he acted with "ferocity and great cruelty." The judge issued the order before dawn, instructing penal authorities to place the 22-year-old... More »

Van der Sloot Video Shocks Victim's Family

Peruvian woman's relatives stunned by Holloway connection

(Newser) - For the family of Stephany Flores Ramirez, the fear surrounding her disappearance was compounded by a shocking revelation: that the man she'd last been seen with was Joran van der Sloot, the top suspect in the Natalee Holloway case. After police gave the family the suspect's name "my wife... More »

Judge Extends Van der Sloot Probe

Dutch national will remain jailed in Lima, Peru

(Newser) - Peruvian investigators will have another week to consider filing charges against Joran Van der Sloot, who will remain locked up in Lima while they work, CNN reports . The Dutch man has not been charged in the death of Stephany Flores Ramirez, whose body was found last week in a hotel... More »

Nervous Peace Prevails After Peru Cops Quell Unrest

Curfew in place after clashes kill dozens of indigenous people, police

(Newser) - An uneasy peace has returned to northeast Peru after 3 days of clashes between indigenous people and security forces that left dozens dead, CNN reports. A curfew is holding, and both police and protesters say they want to settle their dispute through nonviolent means. The leader of the indigenous rights... More »

Peru Army Cracks Down on Amazon Eco Uprising

(Newser) - The Peruvian Army has imposed a curfew and set up checkpoints following deadly clashes with indigenous tribes protesting plans to drill for oil and gas in ancestral homelands in the Amazon region, reports the BBC. Dozens of people, both police and protesters, were killed in the clashes that mark the... More »

Peru Court Ruling Protects Drunk Workers

Court rules drunks can't be fired

(Newser) - You might want to think twice about getting on a bus or even a plane in Peru because the nation's highest court has ruled that workers can't be fired for being drunk on the job, reports Reuters. In a decision criticized by government officials, a janitor fired for drunkenness was... More »

Ancient Plaza Found in Peru

Site may be oldest urban structure in the Americas

(Newser) - Archaeologists in Peru have unearthed one of the oldest structures in the Americas, Reuters reports. Carbon dating indicates the ceremonial plaza in Casma is 5,500 years old, scientists at the dig say. That's 500 years older than the nearby ancient citadel of Caral, previously thought be Peru’s oldest... More »

Peru Quake Toll Reaches 450

More expected as rescuers dig through rubble

(Newser) - The death toll from a powerful earthquake that devastated a province in Peru has reached 450, but the numbers are expected to rise even higher as rescuers dig through rubble. At least 1,500 have been injured. Government doctors have called off a national strike to care for the wounded,... More »

330 Killed in Peruvian Quake

Coastal areas devastated by powerful earthquake

(Newser) - The death toll has reached at least 330, with hundreds injured, in a powerful earthquake that jolted the coast of Peru last night, the BBC reports. While buildings in LIma, 90 miles away, were rattled by the 7.9 shaker, most of the casualties were in the province of Ica,... More »

Huge Earthquake Rattles Peru

Tsunami warning after 7.9 hits off coast; at least 15 dead

(Newser) - A massive earthquake shook central Peru tonight, raising fears of a tsunami along the Pacific coast of Central and South America. The quake hit about 90 miles southeast of the capital of Lima, but witnesses felt it deep into the hinterlands. The country has been put on alert for deadly... More »

Americas' First Gun Victim Found in Peru

Inca warrior shot in head by Conquistadors, archaeologists say

(Newser) - The first gunshot victim in the Americas—an 16th century Inca warrior blasted in the back of the head by Spanish Conquistadors—has been discovered by archaeologists poring over the bones of 72 Incans killed in a 1536 uprising in Peru. The remains of the warriors were uncovered in a... More »

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