Illegal gold mining machinery dynamited in Peru
In a raid, about 1,500 police and troops dynamited $20 million worth of heavy machinery as Peru’s government throttled up a crackdown on illegal gold mining that has badly scarred the ecologically rich southeastern jungle region of Madre de Dios. The operation on Monday was the first such action since a nationwide ban on illegal mining took effect April 19. Security forces accompanied by prosecutors blew up backhoes, generators and water pumps in the Huepetuhe district, a mining boomtown dating back to the 1980s that includes two entire streets of brothels and many more of machine shops.
Picture editor's choice
While banned in some countries, dogfights are a common attraction in north China’s Shanxi province
238 people on board a Turkish Airlines jet had a lucky escape when the plane missed the runway on landing
Villarica volcano in southern Chile erupts, spewing heavy smoke into the air as lava surge down its slopes
Journey to take 5 months with stops in Oman, India, Myanmar, China, US, Europe or North Africa