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Holloway suspect charged in Peru

Joran van der Sloot accused of killing Peruvian woman.
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Van der Sloot after his arrest in the Flores murder in 2010. (STR/Stringer/AFP/Getty Images)

Joran van der Sloot, the young man suspected in the case Natalee Holloway, the blonde American teenager from Alabama who went missing in Aruba in 2005, has been formally charged in Peru with murder in another case.

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Peru: strong earthquake hits Amazon

Earlier this week, a 5.8-magnitude earthquake hit the U.S. East Coast, damaging buildings in Washington, DC, and disrupting transportation. It was centered in Virginia and felt in New York and as far as Toronto and Georgia. The Tuesday quake closed the Washington Monument indefinitely to the public.

Should bullfighting be banned?

Catalonia outlawed the sport, Peru might consider it. But there are plenty of voices of support still out there.

First Catalonia outlawed bullfighting, which the Economist likened it to a German state banning wurst or a French region condemning berets.

Now Peru's minister of culture has said the sport is "terrible" and that it causes excessive suffering for the animals.

So is bullfighting on the way out? Is it a "tradition of tragedy," as PETA claims, that kills 250,000 bulls annually?

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Can Peru avoid the protest bug?

Recent violence suggests social unrest is unlikely to disappear anytime soon in the mineral-rich nation.
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Demonstrators seize and burn the grass field around the airstrip at the the airport of Juliaca, southern Peru, on June 25, 2010. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

Five killed over the weekend, almost $100 million lost to strikes and a weeklong stock market slide.

For Peru, that's only a partial tally of the cost of weeks of protests over a proposed silver mine.

The mining project, by Canadian firm Bear Creek, has now been cancelled. The Peruvian government revoked the company's license to build a mine near the shores of Lake Titicaca and halted all new mining concessions in the Puno province for the next 36 months.

(See photos: Protests shut down Peru-Bolivia border)

But while the agreement might put an end to the most recent violence, it hardly seems like a lasting solution to the social protests besetting the Andean nation.

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Uncontacted tribe found deep in Brazil rainforest (VIDEO)

The community is likely to be home to about 200 people, probably from the Pano linguistic group which straddles the border between Brazil, Peru and Bolivia

Officials from Brazil’s Indian affairs agency, Funai, say they have confirmed the existence of a previously unknown indigenous group in the western Amazon, one of the remotest corners of the rainforest. The tribe was first discovered by examining satellite images to look for rain forest clearings and then it was confirmed by aerial reconnaissance flights earlier this year, National Geographic reported.

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Peru election results: Left-wing Humala wins and markets plunge

Investors and many Peruvians are scared of what Humala will do to the nation's economy because he ran on a much more radical platform in 2006.

Protests bad for business?

The Peruvian city of Puno is worried that looting and protesting will give it a bad name among tourists.
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The Andean town of Copacabana on the shore of Lake Titicaca. (Aizar Raldes/AFP/Getty Images)

Update: Protesters in Peru's Puno region agreed to halt demonstrations until after Sunday's presidential run-off.

As North African countries can attest, revolts tend to drive away tourist dollars.

Thousands of protesters in Peru have shut down an international border with Bolivia. They've blocked roads into the regional capital of Puno, where they torched cars and looted buildings.

The protesters, who are mostly members of the Aymara indigneous group, oppose plans to build a silver mine near Lake Titicaca.

And hundreds of tourists remain trapped in Puno, a tourist town on the shores of the lake.

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Analysis: Peru's bad choices

Peru's presidential election may deal a new blow to Latin America’s fading brand of leftist populism.

Photos: Protests shut down Peru-Bolivia border

No one seems to have noticed that thousands are blocking an international border.
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A Bolivian woman puts stones on the road linking Bolivia and Peru. (Aizar Raldes/AFP/Getty Images)

For more than two weeks, thousands of people have blocked an international border in Peru — and almost no one in the English-speaking world seems to have noticed.

The story has fallen through the cracks, but here's what's happening:

A proposed mining project on the shores of Lake Titicaca has provoked outrage among Peruvians. Protests are growing in the southeastern part of the country.

About 10,000 people gathered in the city of Puno this week, shouting "Mina no, agro si" (roughly "Mines no, farms yes"). Shops, schools and public transit all shut down.

The protests were sparked by the announcement that a subsidiary of the Canadian mining company Bear Creek would be allowed to build a silver mine near Lake Titicaca.

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