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Rick Vecchio

Peru’s Garcia works to erase painful legacy from past

In only 100 days, President Alan Garcia has made Peruvians forget the food shortages, four-digit inflation and guerrilla violence that marred his first government in the 1980s. The once-reviled leader has an approval rating near 60% from preaching responsible, thrifty government and increased spending on social programmes.

Rise of the giant guinea pigs

After 34 years of patient tinkering, researchers at Peru's most prestigious agrarian university have bred a new culinary export they hope will scamper on to dinner plates throughout the United States and the world: the super-size guinea pig. Peruvians consume an estimated 65-million guinea pigs each year.

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