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PUNO, Peru - In the beginning, there was a lake cradled in the mountains of a high plateau in the Andes. How it got here was simple: The universe cried, and its tears flooded the world. Mankind had disobeyed the gods, and the gods sent in pumas. Lake Titicaca - literally, pumas of stone - is proof, tragedy burnished into beauty. Standing on a quay in Puno, a city on the lake's western shore, ...

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The Pan Am Games are being held as Peru has been rocked by major political troubles. Former Peru President Alejandro Toledo was recently arrested in the U.S. following an extradition request. He's wanted in Peru on accusations of taking bribes from Odebrecht, a construction Brazilian company at the center of Latin America's biggest corruption scandal.

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In all, Peru spent about $1 billion for what it has branded the biggest sporting event in its history. It also includes a housing complex for the athletes and the remodeling of several stadiums.

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SYDNEY, Australia - The view over Sydney's harbor is postcard-perfect. Long blue fingers of water reach into the metropolis, creating peaceful mini-harbors cluttered with sailing ships. Yellow ferries and gleaming yachts crisscross the harbor, surrounded by a city of cliffs, palms, evergreens and, beyond, the famous beaches of Bondi and Manly. The Opera House, ceramic sails unfurled, sits at ...

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The Associated Press explains why lawmakers are considering ousting Peru's president, as well as the impact that decision might have.

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As most Lima residents prepare to sleep, a handful of hardcore surfers descend on La Pampilla beach, where four 1,000-watt soccer-stadium ligh…

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#75. Peru