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Scientists in Peru have tracked down a species of rat long thought to be extinct on the thickly-forested slopes near Machu Picchu.
The arboreal chinchilla rat, which is the size of a cat and looks like a particularly fluffy dormouse, was previously known only through two skulls found in some 400-year-old pottery.
In 2009, a park ranger reported that he had seen an animal matching the description, but not until now have scientists been able to confirm the discovery.
They say the creature's future is threatened by habitat loss, but add that it is afforded some protection by the Machu Picchu national park.
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A convicted drug smuggler jailed in Peru is set to be transferred to Northern Ireland where she will serve the rest of her sentence.
Michaella McCollum, from Dungannon, County Tyrone, and her friend Melissa Reid, from Glasgow, were jailed last year for six years and eight months.
The pair both admitted to trying to smuggle cocaine worth £1.5 million from the South American country to Spain.
Melissa Reid, one of two women convicted of drug smuggling in Peru last year, could serve the rest of her sentence in the UK after Lima authorities requested a transfer.
The Scottish Prison Service confirmed it has received a repatriation application that could see the 20-year-old return home in the coming months.
Reid and Michaella McCollum, from Ireland, were both jailed for six years and eight months in September after pleading guilty to boarding a flight at Lima airport with a £1.5 million haul of cocaine.
The first tsunami waves have reached Chile's coastline following a magnitude 7.6 earthquake, the country's navy.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said the tsunami wave activity on Chile coast reached a height of 2.4 feet (0.7 metre). The tsunami warning for Chile and Peru has now been cancelled.
Peru has issued a tsunami alert after a 7.4 magnitude earthquake struck off the the northern Chilean coast.
A similar alert was issued yesterday after a larger quake.
Authorities in Peru started evacuating communities in the southern coastal region of Ica after an 8.0 magnitude earthquake struck off neighbouring northern Chile, local RPP radio reported.
A series of pictures of a remote, uncontacted tribe in the Amazon basin has been released. The pictures were taken near the Xinane river in Brazil's Acre State, close to its border with Peru.
The tribe was first identified as "uncontacted" in 2011 when satellite pictures revealed this community was living near the border with Peru.
In the latest pictures, taken on March 25, the uncontacted people are seen reacting to a plane flying overhead. As many as five tribal men can be seen raising their weapons in a threatening manner at the plane.
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