Frank Bajak

Monday, October 31, 2016 - 07:19
President Juan Manuel Santos told Colombians on Friday that “everything is on the table” in efforts to revive a peace pact that voters narrowly defeated Oct. 2 and said a revised accord could be reached “in a matter of days.”
Monday, October 26, 2015 - 06:25
A Peruvian army lieutenant arrested for allegedly letting small planes ferry cocaine unhindered from the world’s No. 1 coca-producing valley was getting bribes of $10,000 a planeload that he apparently shared with his superiors, the prosecutor said Friday.
Thursday, October 15, 2015 - 06:35
Peru's defense minister announced Wednesday an investigation into allegations of military corruption in the world's No. 1 cocaine-producing valley after The Associated Press reported that the armed forces turned a blind eye to the ferrying of cocaine abroad by small planes.
Monday, August 17, 2015 - 11:50
A record 55,000 hectares (just over 210 square miles) of coca were destroyed in 2013-14 — dropping the Peru to No. 2 behind Colombia in land area under coca cultivation. Peru nevertheless remains the world's top cocaine-producing nation. Thousands of Peruvians who have lost their livelihoods to the government's campaign to destroy the plant used to make cocaine.
Friday, July 10, 2015 - 07:09
Pope Francis apologized Thursday for the sins, offenses and crimes committed by the Catholic Church against indigenous peoples during the colonial-era conquest of the Americas, delivering a powerful mea culpa on the part of the church in the climactic highlight of his South American pilgrimage.
Thursday, May 7, 2015 - 07:15
Sixty percent of Peru's cocaine comes from the remote Apurimac, Ene and Mantaro river valley, and the backpackers trek for three to five days to deliver cocaine to traffickers who move the drugs on for export. The young men often become victims of the armed gangs, crooked police, and rival backpacker groups.
Thursday, June 19, 2014 - 08:10
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden pledged firm support Wednesday for Colombia's newly re-elected leader and the peace process on which he has bet his presidency.
Monday, June 16, 2014 - 07:21
Santos got 53 percent of the votes for candidates, against 47 percent for right-wing challenger Oscar Ivan Zuluaga, the hand-picked candidate of former two-term President Alvaro Uribe.
Monday, June 9, 2014 - 07:18
While colossal copper, gold, lead, tin and silver pits helped Peru's economy more than double in size, the people in the rural highlands that they dominate have been largely left behind, battling one environmental disaster after another.
Monday, April 14, 2014 - 00:00
Nolasco had repeatedly warned that his home state, Ancash, was run by a criminal syndicate that plundered the treasury, killed people it couldn't buy or intimidate, wiretapped foes and used police as spies and journalists as character assassins.