Pedro Pablo Kuczynski has family ties to European cultural royalty, Hollywood celebrity, and US politics. He has also spent multiple spells in Peruvian cabinets that have tended to end rather badly.
Keiko, the daughter of imprisoned 1990s strongman Alberto Fujimori, is the favourite to win Sunday’s presidential poll despite accumulating allegations of money laundering and other sketchy dealings involving her closest confidants.
The environment ministry declared the emergency in 11 jungle districts near Peru's border with Brazil, after hair samples from local people revealed levels of mercury up to 16 times what is considered safe.
Activists are warning that Peru's sharp lurch to the right in the country's general elections earlier this month could bring an escalation of the often violent conflicts between local communities and mining companies.
Voting is compulsory and alcohol sales are banned during the weekend of the election so Peruvians will have to swallow these candidates without a stiff drink.
Nobody has ever faced charges for a forced sterlization campaign launched by the far-right Peruvian president Alberto Fujimori in the 90s which rights groups say involved more than 270,000 people. Now prosecutors are investigating some of the cases.
Julia Príncipe wanted Nadine Heredia to undergo handwriting tests to see if she penned lists of sums contained in mysterious notebooks amounting to $3 million.
Cultivation of the plant used to manufacture cocaine has declined in Bolivia for the fourth straight year, a success achieved without relying on heavy-handed eradication programs.
The government of Peru lodged an official complaint after it emerged that Peru's military courts had detained two Peruvian naval officers accused of selling information to Chile.