The suspended governor of Peru's Cajamarca region Gregorio Santos was released from prison following a decision by the Supreme Court not to extend his "preventative detention."
The fascistic Keiko Fujimori was narrowly defeated in Peru after the leftist candidate bumped out in the first round threw her tactical support behind the centrist victor.
Lima was treated to the spectacle of topless women being tear-gassed by police at a protest outside the Congress building against a new law to toughen strictures on abortion.
Far-right Keiko Fujimori is headed for the second round in a Peruvian presidential race so marked by controversies and irregularities that The Economist calls it a "dangerous farce."
Four of Peru's presidential candidates, including far-right front-runner Keiko Fujimori, have been implicated in the "Panama Papers" revelations.
Left-populist presidential candidate Gregorio Santos Guerrero insists he will run in Peru's April election—despite remaining behind bars at Ancón I prison outside Lima.
The former president was once hailed for his ruthless neoliberal programs and his defeat of two rebel groups. Now he's serving 25 years for murder and corruption.
A state prosecutor cleared Peru's imprisoned ex-president Alberto Fujimori of charges that he was responsible for the forced sterilization of thousands of indigenous peasant women.
Following a shake-up in the military high command, the Peruvian blogosphere is abuzz with rumors of an imminent coup d'etat against President Ollanta Humala.
Peru's Supreme Court acquitted former intelligence chief Vladimiro Montesinos of charges related to the bloody 1997 raid on the Japanese ambassador's residence in Lima.
Five former South American dictators are in prison for crimes committed under their regimes; Peru's Morales Bermúdez and Haiti's Jean-Claude Duvalier also face charges.