Pope Francis will make his first visit as pontiff to Spanish-speaking Latin America in July, stopping in Ecuador, Bolivia and Paraguay, the Vatican said Thursday. The pope will kick off his trip in Ecuador on July 6, then travel to Bolivia on July 8 and wrap up his tour in Paraguay from July 10 to 12.
Peru's prime minister was ousted by Congress in a vote of no confidence late on Monday following allegations of spying on her opponents, delivering a blow to President Ollanta Humala who will now have to form another new government. The new PM will be Humala's seventh in less than four years.
Peru said it was withdrawing its ambassador from Chile, amid an intensifying diplomatic spat that was sparked by accusations of military espionage. The Peruvian government is prosecuting two non-commissioned officers in its navy and investigating a third for allegedly spying for neighboring Chile.
Peru will evaluate a natural gas contract it signed with Pluspetrol in 2005 and is asking the Argentine company to leave a restive Amazonian town following deadly protests, the government said on Thursday. Pluspetrol started exploratory activities in natural gas block 108 last year, upsetting locals in the town of Pichanaki who fear it will lead to pollution and hurt farming.
The governments of Guyana, the United States, Peru and Uruguay confirmed this week to the General Secretariat of the Organization of American States (OAS) their consent to receive on site visits as part of the Fifth Round of the Mechanism for Follow-up on the Implementation of the Inter-American Convention against Corruption (MESICIC) of the OAS.
Peru is investigating the deaths of some 500 sea lions found on a beach on its northern coastline. The local governor has accused fishermen of poisoning the mammals, which usually come close to the shore looking for food.
US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel met with government leaders in the Chilean capital of Santiago on Sunday to discuss deepening the U.S. military partnership with Chile.
The head of the OAS Electoral Observation Mission in Peru, Uruguayan Senator Sergio Abreu underlined the orderly way in which Peruvians went to vote on Sunday's regional and municipal elections, this despite some regrettable episodes of violence in the pre-election phase, Election Day at some polling stations, and at the conclusion of voting in some departments.
Uruguay's lawmaker and chief of the Organization of American States Electoral Observation Mission (OAS/EOM) Sergio Abreu arrived on Tuesday in Lima to lead a group of 35 people who will observe the October 5 Peru's regional and municipal elections in 16 departments of the country and the Province of Callao.
The Organization of American States (OAS) and Peru´s National Elections Jury (JNE) signed the Agreement on the Electoral Observation Process of the Mission that the OAS will deploy in the country to observe the regional and municipal elections to be held on October 5.