LIMA — Mining has so convulsed Peru that President Ollanta Humala has sacked two prime ministers in the last 12 months and frozen the proposed $4.8 billion Conga copper and gold mine. Now, the environment minister has unveiled plans to tighten government oversight of mines' potential environmental impact. Green groups have cautiously welcomed a planned shake-up of Peru’s troubled mining sector.
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LIMA — With the US drought hiking global food prices, El Nino was the last thing the world needed. Meteorologists warn that the phenomenon, which sees unusually warm waters in the Pacific cause freak weather from California to Australia, is underway. Here’s a look at what’s happening.