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Deadline lapses in Peru for illegal gold miners; fears of confrontation grow

LIMA, Peru - The clock has run out for an estimated 40,000 illegal gold miners who had until Saturday to legalize their status in a region of southeastern Peru where fortune-seekers have ravaged rainforests and contaminated rivers. The government's vow to enforce a ban on illegal mining is raising fears of bloody confrontations.

Peruvians block roads to protest fuel-sale limits

Lima, Apr 15 (EFE).- Hundreds of people blocked roads Tuesday in the southern region of Madre de Dios to protest the Peruvian government's imposition of controls on fuel distribution as part of authorities' battle against drug trafficking and illegal mining. Miners in the region have been mobilized for three weeks in response to Lima's decision to exclude them from a process of legalization of mining activities in natural reserves.

Peru arrests 28 linked to Shining Path on drugs, terror charges

LIMA (Reuters) - Peru arrested 28 people linked to the political wing of the largely defunct Shining Path insurgency on suspicions they are involved in drug trafficking and terrorism, the interior minister said on Thursday. The operation marks the first big bust of members of Movadef, a group that calls for the release of Shining Path militants and others jailed during Peru's bloody internal conflict in the 1980s and 90s.

Peru arrests 24 for alleged ties to Shining Path rebels

Lima, Apr 10 (EFE).- Peruvian authorities arrested 24 people accused of links to the Shining Path guerrilla group that terrorized the Andean nation in the 1980s, President Ollanta Humala said. The detainees, who are charged with terrorism and material support for terrorism, include the main leaders of the Movement for Amnesty and Fundamental Rights, or Movadef, Humala told RPP radio from Canada, where he is traveling on official business. Movadef, a group sympathetic to Shining Path ideology, has made forays into electoral politics.

Fans' racist taunts cost Peru soccer club $12,000

Asuncion, Mar 25 (EFE).- The South American Soccer Confederation announced Tuesday a $12,000 fine levied on Peru's Real Garcilaso for fans' racist taunts at an Afro-Brazilian player during a Copa Libertadores match between the Peruvian club and Brazil's Cruzeiro. A second infraction will result in Garcilaso's being forced to play in an empty stadium, the confederation, known as Conmebol, said, affirming its commitment "to combat any form of discrimination and racist acts" in its competitions.

Popularity of Peru's Humala tumbles as political crisis balloons

By Teresa Cespedes LIMA, Peru (Reuters) - Peruvian President Ollanta Humala's approval rating in March dove back down to the lowest levels of his presidency, stung by a political crisis and amid discontent over income distribution, a poll showed on Sunday. Humala's popularity shed 8 percentage points to fall to 25 percent, according to the Ipsos Peru poll

Peru's former president, Fujimori, discharged from hospital after stroke

LIMA, Peru (Reuters) - Peru's jailed former president, Alberto Fujimori, has been discharged from hospital following a small stroke on Friday, his doctor said on Sunday. Fujimori, 75, returned on Saturday to the jail where he is serving 25 years on charges of human rights abuses and corruption committed during his 1990-2000 term.

Peru former President Fujimori hospitalized after stroke

LIMA (Reuters) - Peru's jailed former president, Alberto Fujimori, was hospitalized and in stable condition on Friday after suffering a small stroke, doctors said. Fujimori, 75, was conscious and talking on Friday afternoon following a stroke in his jail cell in the morning, said Dr Juan Barreto, with the Clinica La Luz in Lima. "He suffered a very small cerebral infarction," Barreto told reporters. "He is a little bit delicate."

Peru's former president Fujimori suffers stroke, hospitalized

LIMA (Reuters) - Peru's jailed former president Alberto Fujimori was hospitalized and in "moderately serious" condition after suffering a small stroke Friday, a doctor said. Fujimori, 75, was conscious and talking on Friday afternoon following a morning stroke in his jail cell, said doctor Juan Barreto with the Clinica La Luz in Lima where the former political leader is recovering.

Peru's keeps finance minister in cabinet shuffle, names fifth PM

By Marco Aquino and Patricia Velez LIMA (Reuters) - Peru's President Ollanta Humala reappointed his finance minister in a major cabinet reshuffle late on Monday that also replaced the mines minister and made the current housing minister his fifth prime minister. Finance Minister Luis Miguel Castilla had offered his resignation to Humala earlier on Monday, three government sources said, following a spat with the outgoing prime minister over a bid to raise the minimum wage.
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