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June 7, 2011 | By Tracy Wilkinson, Los Angeles Times
The narrow victory of leftist nationalist Ollanta Humala in Peru's contentious presidential election triggered serious jitters throughout the Peruvian stock market and business establishment Monday but also words of conciliation from some of the president-elect's most implacable enemies. By a thin margin in Sunday's vote, Humala defeated Keiko Fujimori, a conservative 36-year-old lawmaker who is the daughter of Peru's disgraced former President Alberto Fujimori. The elder Fujimori is serving a 25-year jail sentence for corruption and authorizing death squads.
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FOOD
April 5, 2014 | By S. Irene Virbila
I have such a strong memory of nibbling on charred octopus tentacles between sips of ouzo on a terrace overlooking the sea in Santorini. Much as I've tried, I haven't turned up that particular way of eating octopus in SoCal. The good news, though, is that lately the tasty cephalopod is showing up on more local menus - not only at Mediterranean restaurants but also at places with Mexican and Peruvian dishes. It's about time. Picca Peruvian Cantina At this exuberant Peruvian cantina, one of the standbys on the menu is chef-owner Ricardo Zarate's anticucho de pulpo - a small dish of boiled octopus marinated in lots of Peruvian chiles accented with oregano and cumin, then grilled over charcoal on the robata . It's served with baked and fried Kennebec potatoes and drizzled with a fiery rocoto rustico , a sauce of jalapeño and Peruvian black mint.
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WORLD
July 11, 2011 | By Tracy Wilkinson, Los Angeles Times
In this village that still bears the name of the old Santa Barbara sugar plantation, Susana Baca is trudging through a field of sweet potatoes. Not 48 hours earlier, the internationally acclaimed diva of Afro-Peruvian music returned from Paris, the last stop in her latest world tour. But on this day, she is visiting her mother's tumbledown hometown, a neglected part of Peru that is the cradle of its multiethnic history, where the descendants of black slaves and Chinese and Japanese field hands have lived together for generations, intermarried and even now continue to work the land.
WORLD
October 12, 2013 | By Richard Fausset
MEXICO CITY - Fifty-one people, including 14 children, were killed when a vehicle plunged off of a mountain road in southeast Peru and fell more than 650 feet, local news media reported. According to the Peruvian newspaper El Comercio, the vehicle was packed with revelers from a party Friday night  when it left the city of Santa Teresa, in the Cuscu region. [Link in Spanish.] No one in the vehicle was believed to have survived, and authorities are investigating whether the driver of the vehicle was under the influence of alcohol at the time, the newspaper reported.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 27, 2012 | By Ben Poston, Los Angeles Times
When Milagros Lizarraga wants comfort food, she heads to her mainstay restaurant in Hollywood - Los Balcones del Peru on the corner of Vine Street and De Longpre Avenue. She usually orders lomo saltado , a signature Peruvian dish that is a mixture of sauteed sirloin, onion and tomatoes served over white rice with french fries. A first-generation Peruvian immigrant, Lizarraga envisions a hub of Peruvian business and culture in the area. "There is Chinatown, Koreatown, Thai Town, but what about Peru?"
WORLD
June 29, 2011 | By Tracy Wilkinson, Los Angeles Times
Ica, in southern Peru, is known as a city of zero unemployment. Work is so plentiful that men with megaphones ply the city's neighborhoods offering jobs. Thousands of mostly indigenous Peruvians from the central Andes have flooded the coastal community, attracted by radio ads and word of mouth, successfully joining the ranks of the employed. Deep-green asparagus fields among gray sand dunes ring the city, the key to its success. Ica sits at the heart of Peru's gigantic agro-industrial business, one of the main motors driving Latin America's fastest-growing economy.
NEWS
July 30, 1985 | United Press International
Peru's new government today ordered banks closed for two days as part of a tough new economic program that could include exchange controls. The measure, announced by the Finance Ministry, appeared designed to prevent a run on the banks by nervous Peruvians who might try to withdraw dollar deposits.
NEWS
May 22, 1989
A small U.S. plane used in the anti-drug effort in Peru crashed in the Andes mountains, killing the six Americans and three Peruvians aboard, officials said. U.S. Embassy spokesman Charles Loveridge said the plane went down Saturday, after it left the town of Tingo Maria. The dead Americans included Drug Enforcement Administration agent Rick Finley, 36, of Ft. Knox, Ky., two helicopter pilots, the plane's pilot, a mechanic and an embassy security officer. The Peruvians included a police captain, the son of a police commander and the chief of the U.S.-funded coca eradication program.
WORLD
August 13, 2013 | By Adriana Leon and Chris Kraul, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
LIMA, Peru -- The killing in southern Peru of the two top military commanders of the Maoist rebel group Shining Path, which has reemerged as a major trafficker of narcotics, may force it to reorganize, analysts and officials say. Alejandro Borda Casafranca, alias “Alipio,” and Martin Quispe Palomino, alias “Gabriel,” were killed Sunday night by a covert force formed to track down top rebel leaders. After a firefight, their bullet-riddled and burned corpses were found in a house in an isolated township of Ayacucho state south of Lima.
NEWS
June 29, 1997
I really enjoyed reading Sebastian Rotella's interview of Mario Vargas Llosa, one of Peru's and Latin America's finest writers ("A Man of the World," June 23). Although most Peruvians respect him as the brilliant writer he is, the reason most of us stopped liking him is no mystery. As one who idolized him and voted for him twice, I lost all respect for him because he was such a sour loser in the 1990 elections. His reaction, unexpected for someone of his stature and caliber (tantamount to a toddler throwing a tantrum)
ENTERTAINMENT
October 2, 2013 | By Emily Keeler
Literary lucha libre: It's a battle of words between writers wearing luchador wrestling masks. Husband and wife tag team Christopher Vazquez and Angie Silva founded an event for Peru's up and coming writers to compete in the ring, based on the Mexican wrestling tradition of agile men in colorful masks and iridescent, tight-fitting outfits who try to pin each other to the ground. Lucha Libro writers wear the masks but are allowed to wear street clothes. They get on a stage in a bar in Lima and grapple with each other - using just their words.
WORLD
August 13, 2013 | By Adriana Leon and Chris Kraul, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
LIMA, Peru -- The killing in southern Peru of the two top military commanders of the Maoist rebel group Shining Path, which has reemerged as a major trafficker of narcotics, may force it to reorganize, analysts and officials say. Alejandro Borda Casafranca, alias “Alipio,” and Martin Quispe Palomino, alias “Gabriel,” were killed Sunday night by a covert force formed to track down top rebel leaders. After a firefight, their bullet-riddled and burned corpses were found in a house in an isolated township of Ayacucho state south of Lima.
NEWS
April 13, 2013 | By Dominic A. Riley
Kobe Bryant fans weren't the only people in Los Angeles on Friday night looking glum. If you didn't have a reservation on opening night at Paiche, the Marina del Rey Peruvian izakaya from chef Ricardo Zarate, you were in for an hour wait. The packed 12-seat bar greeted diners upon entering the subtly aquatic-themed space. Every seat was filled, including chef tables adjacent to the open kitchen, which provided a view of Zarate and his team of nearly a dozen carefully plating slices of Amazonian fish.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 27, 2012 | By Ben Poston, Los Angeles Times
When Milagros Lizarraga wants comfort food, she heads to her mainstay restaurant in Hollywood - Los Balcones del Peru on the corner of Vine Street and De Longpre Avenue. She usually orders lomo saltado , a signature Peruvian dish that is a mixture of sauteed sirloin, onion and tomatoes served over white rice with french fries. A first-generation Peruvian immigrant, Lizarraga envisions a hub of Peruvian business and culture in the area. "There is Chinatown, Koreatown, Thai Town, but what about Peru?"
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 19, 2012 | By Catherine Saillant, Los Angeles Times
It was a tough game that almost came to fisticuffs when one player fouled another. But in the end, it was the red-shirted Salvadorans who beat the Mexicans, 4-2, during a recent adult league soccer game at Delano Recreation Center in Van Nuys. Giovanni Molina, the top scorer with two goals, celebrated at a sidewalk grill where the Nunez family was frying handmade pupusas , a doughy, cheese-and-bean-filled tortilla sold on every corner back home in El Salvador. Molina bought six - three for dinner and three more for tomorrow's lunch.
FOOD
September 22, 2011 | By S. Irene Virbila, Los Angeles Times Restaurant Critic
If you've ever enjoyed a baked potato or an order of French fries, you have Peru to thank. Of course, we all learned in school that the potato came from Peru and that people there enjoy a gazillion different varieties. Anything more about Peruvian cuisine, though, and most people would draw a blank. But all that is about to change as Peru sprints onto the culinary scene. René Redzepi from Noma in Copenhagen, one of the world's best restaurants, tweeted just last week, photo attached: "Im in Lima!
ENTERTAINMENT
October 2, 2013 | By Emily Keeler
Literary lucha libre: It's a battle of words between writers wearing luchador wrestling masks. Husband and wife tag team Christopher Vazquez and Angie Silva founded an event for Peru's up and coming writers to compete in the ring, based on the Mexican wrestling tradition of agile men in colorful masks and iridescent, tight-fitting outfits who try to pin each other to the ground. Lucha Libro writers wear the masks but are allowed to wear street clothes. They get on a stage in a bar in Lima and grapple with each other - using just their words.
OPINION
August 17, 1986 | Juan E. Mendez, Juan E. Mendez is director of the Washington office of Americas Watch, a human-rights organization
When Alan Garcia took office as president of Peru last year, he raised high hopes throughout Latin America with his dynamic new style of leadership. Like his counterparts, Raul Alfonsin in Argentina and Julio Sanguinetti in Uruguay, he was setting an innovative course, steering clear of revolutionary paths, yet distancing himself from the old imperialist powers.
IMAGE
August 28, 2011 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
Much of what's out there for fall looks like it could have been ripped from the pages of Cowboys and Indians magazine: arrow print maxi-skirts, blanket-stripe ponchos, suede jackets with swinging fringe, cowboy booties and T-shirts with more Navajo patterns than Ralph Lauren's RRL ranch. Shopbop.com calls the trend "neo-native," Les Nouvelles refers to it as "nouveau Navajo," and at H&M it's "bohemian style. " It brings me back to the 1990s and my first apartment in West Hollywood, with its Kokopelli lamp and IKEA Ektorp sofa in Santa Fe stripe.
OPINION
August 7, 2011 | By Heather Williams
Seventeen thousand feet above sea level, at the top of the Lake Titicaca basin in Peru, the gray-black slopes sparkle with tiny flakes of gold. Each day, 40,000 people with pickaxes and crude hydraulic drills work the shaft mines of La Rinconada. Another few thousand toil in teams sifting sand in an open pit mine at the headwaters of the lake's principal tributary. A gold rush is on in this part of the Andes. New fortunes are made by a few, while many others toil amid mass squalor.
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