A city employee carries a bag of cocaine to an incinerator at a police base in Lima, Peru, a small part of the more than 4 tons of drugs seized in March and April - including cocaine, marijuana and heroin - that were burned there. Increased drug trafficking in Peru has been driven, in part, by the success of a U.S.-backed operation last decade that pushed operations out of Colombia into its neighbor to the south. Now, the U.S. is helping the Peruvian government fight the same battles. (Associated Press)
** FILE ** A top leader of the once-powerful Shining Path rebel group, Comrade Artemio, whose given name is Florindo "Juan" Flores, center, is escorted by police officers outside a police hospital in Lima, Peru, Wednesday Feb. 22, 2012. Flores was captured by Peruvian troops on Sunday, Feb. 12, in the remote coca-growing Upper Huallaga Valley of central Peru. (AP Photo/Martin Mejia)
** FILE ** Military officers carry the coffin containing the remains of police captain Nancy Flores at a police base in Callao, Peru, Friday April 13, 2012. Flores was killed while on board a helicopter that was searching for dozens of rebel-held hostages in Peru's Amazon jungle when it was attacked by gunfire Thursday. (AP Photo/Martin Mejia)
An unidentified miner (left) is helped by an emergency worker after being rescued from the Cabeza de Negro gold-and-copper mine in Yauca del Rosario, Peru, on Wednesday, April 11, 2012. Nine miners had been trapped inside the wildcat mine since Thursday. (AP Photo/Martin Mejia)
Joran van der Sloot, 24, sits Jan. 13, 2012, in the courtroom at San Pedro prison in Lima, Peru, before he received a 28-year sentence for the 2010 murder of Stephany Flores, a young woman he met at a Lima casino. (Associated Press)
Joran Van der Sloot attends his murder trial Jan. 6, 2012, held at the San Jorge prison in Lima, Peru. Van der Sloot, 24, stands trial for the 2010 murder of Stephany Flores, 21, of Peru, nearly seven years after he became the prime suspect in the unsolved disappearance of an American teenager on holiday in Aruba. (Associated Press)
A fire destroys the former Westclox Co. clock factory in Peru, Ill. The building, which the National Park Service in 2007 deemed eligible for the National Register of Historic Places, caved in on itself Sunday morning. (Associated Press)
Volunteer firefighter William Sierra carries fire hoses to be tested outside El Agustino 176 fire station in Lima, Peru. The country's underequipped first responders are unable to answer 40,000 emergency calls a year, or nearly a third of the annual pleas for help, because they are short of equipment, pumps and ambulances. (Associated Press)
Paroled U.S. activist Lori Berenson, accompanied by her son, Salvador Apari, waits at the international airport in Lima, Peru, on Monday, Dec. 19, 2011, before boarding a plane to the United States. (AP Photo/Frank Bajak)
Commuters board a bus that was one of the few still operating during a 24-hour bus strike in Lima, Peru, in July. Most bus drivers struck to protest an increase in fines and the reorganization of the bus system. The nation's capital contends with exasperating traffic congestion and gridlock on major thoroughfares. (Associated Press)
Peruvian congresswoman Martha Chavez shouts as she points to a copy of Peru's 1993 Constitution that was approved during the Alberto Fujimori regime. Supporters of the earlier regime tried to shout down the new president during his swearing-in.
A man dressed as an Inca Indian performs during the reopening ceremony of the Machu Picchu Inca citadel at the Koricancha temple in Cuzco, Peru. Machu Picchu, Peru's most famous tourist attraction, on July 7 marked the centennial of its rediscovery. Its popularity with visitors has raised fears about damage to the site.