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Presidential standoff jeopardizes Peru's prized political stability

Martin Vizcarra waving in front of a stadium crowd
Martín Vizcarra. Photo: Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

The escalating standoff between Peru's president, Martín Vizcarra, and Congress is putting the country's weak political institutions to a once-in-a-generation test.

Why it matters: After the past week's rapid-fire measures and countermeasures, Peru finds itself in new and uncertain political territory — bringing the specter of instability to what has been one of the steadiest economies in Latin America.

The Amazon rainforest is being ravaged by wildfires burning at record rates

In this image, a darkened and cloudy skyline is seen over a dark city
A darkened skyline in São Paulo, Brazil, Aug. 19. Photo: Andre Lucas/picture alliance via Getty Images

The largest swaths of the Amazon rainforest, located in Brazil and Peru, are burning at the highest rates since records began in 2013 — an increase of 84% compared to the same period last year, according to INPE, Brazil's National Institute for Space Research.

What's happening: On Tuesday, "Inpe registered a new fire roughly every minute" across Brazil, the Wall Street Journal reports. 2019's sharp increase is largely due to illegal loggers "burning newly cleared land for cattle ranching and agricultural use," according to environmental experts.